Lung fu ga juk
Mandarin: Long hu jia zu
English: Dragon Tiger Families
Here is a triad actioner from the late 80s that has fallen between the cracks
and is not mentioned in the usual reference sources. Honorable gangster Koo
(Norman Tsui Siu-keung) asks permission to leave the underworld, in order
to help his sister, Ming (Miss Hong Kong 1985 Shallin Tse Ling), run her business.
Naturally, this does not sit well with his boss, Cheung, who orders that Koo
be murdered while performing one last errand. Koo survives the trap but ends
up spending four years behind bars. Upon release, he is greeted by his hot-tempered
little brother Pang (Kwan Lai-kit) and Ming's husband, Wei (Gordon Lau Kar-fai).
The latter owes HK$200,000 to loan shark Chuen, a debt that Koo helps to clear
up for him. However, that is only the beginning: Wei and Ming's factory is
also HK$1 million in debt. One evening, Pang gets carried away in a fight
and kills rival hood Chau Tai-fat (played by the film's director, Wilson Tong
Wai-shing), who was one of Cheung's lieutenants. The deed will be forgiven
if Pang and Koo murder a Caucasian lawyer trying to bring down powerful mobster
Law Chung-lit (Lo Lieh), a job for which they will also be paid exactly the
amount needed to bail out Wei and Ming. The execution is carried out but a
witness (Ng Man-tat) relays descriptions of the men to police and the pair
are soon apprehended. Wei and Ming manage to free Koo and Pang, while they
are being transported to prison, and the four plan to hop a boat for Taiwan.
However, Law's men and a police inspector are determined to prevent their
Probably filmed in tandem with the director's A BLOODY FIGHT (a 1988 Attraction
Film production also toplined by Tsui and Lau), this is a typical effort for
Tong, meaning it is second rate in most departments and third rate in the
rest. There is plenty of action and, considering the time and money, much
of it is well staged. Ultimately though, the plotting and presentation are
so routine, the film will really only be of interest to fans of the stars
and "Heroic Bloodshed" completists. The stock score includes cues
heard in KILLER ANGELS, another indie from around the same time that also
features Lau. Chen Jing and Tai Po also appear.
Cover art courtesy WA.
|WA #D-DVD 2336
(Mainland China label)
Dolby Digital 5.1
Dubbed Mandarin Language Track
Optional Subtitles in English and Simplified Chinese
8 Chapters Illustrated in the Menu With Clips
Coded for ALL Regions
90 Minutes (at 25 frames-per-second)
Contains brutal violence
menu courtesy WA.
BOARD RATINGS AND CONSUMER ADVICE
WA's transfers are generally pretty good, given the
age of the films, but this one looks more like a World Video release and leaves
a lot to be desired. The image is soft and pale, while dark sequences are
very lacking in detail and suffer from soft contrasts. As usual with this
label, the audio is echo chamber mono that is best run through a single speaker.
The English subtitle translation is poor and significant paraphrasing is constantly
in evidence. The disc comes packaged in a Super Jewel Case and there are no
FIERY FAMILY is
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