Friday, March 15, 2013
Young and Dangerous, the entire series
Recently, I found time to watch the whole Young and Dangerous series. The original film was based on the Hong Kong comic series called Teddy Boy. It is basically about some guys who grew up on a Hong Kong government housing estate, who didn't want to continue with school and joined the local triad gang. The series has been popular, but controversial. Since it is seen to be glorifying the triads. I heard about the series many years ago, but back then it didn't appeal to me. Having seen it, I actually think it is rather good. There are six films in the series, with about four spin-offs. This is a rarity in Hong Kong cinema. Films get made, last for about 90 minutes, get shown, get released on VCD/DVD and then that's it. All for a quick buck. Where there are sequels or prequels, the cast often differs. There is a lot of short termism thinking here, as fans want to see a familiar face in the role, not a different one. So for the Young and Dangerous series to have the same people in the same role is rather new. Sure, people do get killed, but the actors come back in different roles. After watching the series, I really can't see it as being as bad as people say. I'm sure there are films out there that are far more of a bad influence for young people that Young and Dangerous. I'm not saying that this film is suitable for all, but we have to keep an open mind about the content. It is fiction, though it is based on the triad culture, it is not how it is in real life. It should be treated as fiction and nothing more. In the space of so many films, it was possible to expand and explore the characters. I liked that and I don't believe this is common in Hong Kong cinema. I enjoyed the way the characters relate to each other, they're not one dimensional either. As they say, honour amongst thieves. I would watch them all again some time. I know there is a reboot, but I doubt I'd watch it.