What the fuck is meaning? All I know is brotherhood. -Monkey
A-po, Monk, Dragon, Mosquito, and Monkey || Monkey, Mosquito, Dragon, Monk, and A-po
Courtesy of Anonymous, I finally got a chance to watch this movie last night. If you are a fan of the uncensored brutality in Election and/or Young and Dangerous (Hong Kong) gangster series then you’ll enjoy this film directed and co-written by veteran actor himself, Doze Niu (playing as Grey Wolf).
The story takes place in Taipei a district called Monga (a.k.a. Bangka) familiarly to natives during the 80’s. Before the 90’s abolish prostitution and govern more reforms, Monga was considered the open red light and commercial center district selling fantasies and opportunities. Their old will never see eye-to-eye with their young. The now and then triad (or gang) operations haven’t differentiate by much, sectioning regions in Monga – front temples, back alleys, and feuds arise to conquer territorial expansion. Seems betrayal plays a large role during gang wars overthrowing traditions and their bosses who implement old rules to bring forth new order and a modern generation of bosses, so evidently this movie depicts its tragic art of treachery. Who will survive those deceits and stay alive in the end? Find out.
I saw this part and was like “OH NO! Don’t do it!”
Of course, my monitor would be a bestie and talk back to console me, right? *SOBS*
Chinese Title: 艋舺 / Bangka
Cast: Ethan Ruan, Mark Chao, Rhydian Vaughan, Alice Ke, Han-Dian Chen, Doze Niu
Date Released: February 5, 2010 (Taiwan)
Download Links: DVDrip+softsubs // Mirror Parts 01 | 02 | 03 | Chi/Eng softsubs
Some great successes produced out of this film are the long list of award nominations and WINS, as so the awesome original soundtrack. I think Aziatix member Nicky Lee’s rendition to Air Supply’s cover, Making Love Out Of Nothing At All [Download], is swoon-worthy and does something to people. In a good way, of course. Even if there’s too much bloodshed in the movie, when it comes to first loves, the innocent romance between Mosquito (played by Mark Chao) and Xiao Ning (played by Alice Ke) wipes clear of the gore across the board. Another awesome track, is called Love Trap covered by Grasshoppers, original artist is Alan Tam. Oh man, I didn’t know a Cantonese song like this conjures up fond memories when I sat with my third uncle, aunt, and older cousins at nights watching Jade channel.
Ethan Raun & Mark Chao duet for the first time.
Okay, maybe Ethan and Mark shouldn’t quit their day jobs.
It’s like a bad karaoke night. Gees, thank goodness for all the pretty!
You have a winner! Why is he so beautiful when he looks the ugliest there (snot running miles down to hell)? I say that the enactment above swept an award, when I saw this segment last night, Monk’s (played by Ethan Ruan) soul being tormented by Dragon’s (played by Rhydian Vaughan) father’s murder, I had a tingling feeling something great was paved for Ethan’s big screen performance. So, he was named 2010 ‘Best Lead Actor’ Golden Horse Award winner for this picture. Cool find.
Mark Chao, a Canadian actor I didn’t really care for in the drama Black & White? I see him as a combination of Leehom Wang and Hawick Lau in looks. Do you not see it? I honestly don’t know where he gets his courage from continuing to vocalize tracks on a few OSTs he’s associated in. I just know he’ll fit right in with the TVB roster
struggling juggling actor and singer all at once. Mark has been beefing up and busier year 2012. I’m actually anticipating his forthcoming Chinese movie, called First Time, a remake to Korea’s …ing (2003) to which I bawled my eyes out watching it ages ago. I dunno, he kinda is growing on me as the Asian Ryan Gosling; and you know how Ryan shoots cupid arrows on cougars, or shall I say noonas, in his reality love life. Mark went public with his forbidden romance (per se baba Allen Chao) earlier this year claiming his cougar, Gao Yuanyuan, too. Even though this film aims Mark as the star character narrating the story, but I have to say Ethan stole Mark’s thunder on this one. Better luck next time Mark.
To conclude, I actually watched this film because (Ethan) Xiao Tian was in it, not knowing he was actually awarded honorary credibility for it. I can’t deny I was swooned by his caterpillar eyebrows character in Fated To Love You, Ji Cun Xi, which skyrocketed his career. (I feel like marathoning the series again. Ji Nian Pin. Sobs.) I won’t hear much of Xiao Tian rest of the year, besides the release of his last film Love, till next year when he’s completely done his mandatory (Marines) military service. Too bad he’s taken and by a well deserving beauty too; Tiffany Hsu has a lot of patience for her man.
I’m about to start up the film reel of Love, another Doze Niu film masterpiece director and cameo by yours truly. A bunch of stars in this one, involving Monga M&M (Monk & Mosquito) studs, Vicki Zhao, Eddie Peng, Ivy Chen, Shu Qi, and Amber Kuo. And if you happen to miss Mosquito’s and Xiao Ning’s romance as much as I do, then you can find a Mark and Alice parody 2 years later (starts here @1:31). I won’t spoil it for you. Who knows? I may ask you out on another movie date with moi again real soon.
Enjoy the popcorn and beverage! Here’s a bonus, a little thank you note for being a reader herein escapade, Stand By Me (First Time theme song) [Download] by Mark Chao. Leave a comment if you feel like, or if links are broken report ’em below.