If like me you reminisce about how they don’t make them lượt thích this anymore, well in this case they did.

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A good decade after “Colour of the Truth” & “Colour of the Loyalty” came the final installment of what is khổng lồ date a loose thematic trilogy produced by Wong Jing. With the first two riding the wave of crime thrillers that followed the smash hit “Infernal Affairs”, this latter piece feels a bit out of time, as usually sequels tkết thúc to follow thiông xã và fast in the region. With an eclectic cast of up and coming talent mixed with veteran performers, is it able lớn st& out from what is a fairly crowded genre?

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After an incident involving the rape và murder of ganglvà trùm Dragon’s (Lau Siu Ming) wife, Wallace (Simon Yam) is ordered by Slaughter (Lam Suet) to lớn put a team together khổng lồ take out the culprit, Robert, the son of another boss Nine (Waise Lee). He recruits Chun (Jordan Chan), BBQ (Cheung Siu-fei), Superman (Lit Wai Leung) alongside his no 2 Sky (Philip Ng) and daughter Lily (Sabrina Qiu). After a failed attempt that leads lớn BBQ being wounded, the team is forced inlớn hiding. Unbeknownst lớn them, Sky is actually an undercover policeman và is the one the triads are also trying khổng lồ find. Loyalties become increasingly conflicted as they find out they have been betrayed and set up lớn take the fall by any means. As the truth emerges, a final confrontation must take place but not all will survive unscathed.

Simon Yam has a world-weary air in the lead role. It’s a downbeat performance & his face looks lượt thích it has lived every year. He retains his charisma, but we get both sides of his character. One that inspires loyalty from his team yet also a man that has khổng lồ survive. He knows the world in which he resides and the dangers it includes. Like many of his contemporaries, as he has aged, his performances have sầu become more nuanced when the effort is required, and he is a perfect fit for the part. Similarly, Jordan Chan who in his youth was fairly annoying in his past works, but possesses a more lived in look here. His Chun is essentially playing how an older version of his “Young and Dangerous” style character if he had graduated to middle age. Philip Ng, representing the younger generation, gets khổng lồ bởi vì a bit more than martial arts as the undercover cop questioning his loyalties part that is almost requisite for these features, & a debuting Sabrina Qiu is more than capable as Wallace’s feisty daughter Lily. Cheung Siu-fei as the loyal BBQ và Lit Wai Leung as Superman provide solid supporting turns as the remainder of Wallace’s crew.

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Fatalism is something that is interconnected with the genre & it does mean that we know where the outcome is heading, long before the conclusion. These characters, however, accept this as part of the life they have sầu chosen & therefore death is inevitable, just a matter of when. Scratch beneath the surface gloss (bright White suits that inevitably are blood stained at the kết thúc for example) and there is a melancholic air about proceedings. BBQ needs to do the job as has medical bills to lớn pay for his wife, despite Wallace’s reluctance khổng lồ involve sầu hyên ổn. Loyalty is a shifting sand and despite the pretext of honour, it is sacrificed throughout for financial gain. From the moment they take on the job they are doomed, and Wallace seems lớn recognize it straight away. We get a clear contrast in the actions of the foot soldiers that act within their own code of honour và their bosses that will vị anything for the pursuit of power. While the police side of the story appears weaker with their flitting in & out of the narrative sầu, they are not the focus so a laông chồng of depth here can be understood.

Familiarity though does not always bring contempt and we get a very well-crafted narrative almost from the outphối. With the acting kept straight (apart from Waise Lee who I think started making me twitch watching hyên ổn overact) there are scenes of dark comedy that play really well. The crew’s invasion of a slaughter’s house khổng lồ interrogate hlặng is a pitch perfect sequence of mounting tension amidst the nervous laughter. Desperate lớn avoid questioning, he keeps taking helping after helping of the meal, trying to postpone the inevitable. It’s a fantastic scene that is beautifully played by all and especially by Lam Suet. Some of the narrative may feel a bit contrived but genre tropes are what we expect at times. Brotherhood & loyalty is a theme that goes back to the days of Wu Xia fiction and combined with the fatalism that this belief often leads us khổng lồ understand the actions of the characters. There is one exception lớn this và comes right at the conclusion that feels lượt thích a narrative sầu device as it the character’s actions feel out of place.

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The action sequences are efficiently done with a couple of explosive shootouts & a finale that recalls the best of heroic bloodshed. We even get a brutal duel that allows Philip Ng to lớn cut loose with his martial skills. The sequences are clearly shot with little of the frenetic editing that mars them at times. What makes the final scenes even better is the flashbacks lớn the earlier days of Wallace, BBQ & Chun as we see their former selves in the same location joining the triads. It gives us the sense of life coming full circle as they meet their fate.

“Colour of the Game” is one of the better modern era crime thrillers. With a solid storyline, it reminds of the heroic bloodshed movies that resonated with my generation. It’s well directed and performed và featuring enough action khổng lồ satisfy the inner adrenaline junkie. It involves you with the characters và has a sincerity that many of its genre lack. If, lượt thích me, you reminisce about how they don’t make them lượt thích this anymore, well in this case they did.

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