Reviewed by Cherie Jung
Starring: Chow Yun Fat, Mark Wahlberg, Ric Young, Jon Kit Lee, Paul Ben-Victor, Byron Mann
Directed by: James Foley
Screenplay by: Robert Pucci
Nick Chen (Chow Yun Fat) is a highly decorated, very efficient New York City cop. His current assignment is with the Asian Gang Unit where he is expected to keep the peace in Chinatown. Over the years, Chen has used his association with the local Chinese businessmen to keep his finger on the pulse of Chinatown...and they have used him. However, times have changed. A turf war has erupted between the established gangs and a new group, calling itself the Fukienese Dragons. Enter Danny Wallace (Mark Wahlberg) as an eager new recruit to the Chinatown beat.
Amidst the growing power struggle in Chinatown, alliances change, violence erupts, and there are enough twists and turns in the dynamics of this film to satisfy even the most jaded members of the audience. (Not to mention, the spectacular chase sequence through the streets of Chinatown.)
There is so much going on in this movie that you may feel like you need to see it again, just to make sure you caught everything. It's the only movie I've seen so far this Spring that I would even be willing to sit through again, let alone do so enthusiastically!
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