Born Wild
Hong Kong 2001
Directed by Patrick Leung.


Tide (Daniel Wu) and Tan (Louis Koo) are fraternal twins -- even in the womb, they were always competing, always boxing. All grown up, Tan is found dead and Tide, who hasn't seen his brother since he turned 18, meets his brother's girlfriend Sandy and his old friends and begins inhabiting his dead brother's world of gangsters and underground boxing, until at last he can seek revenge for his brother, and closure for himself, in one last spasm of pugilistic excess. This one has a lot of passion, with both Koo and Wu putting in strong performances. The boxing scenes are not well staged, excepting their fights with the toughest, meanest gwailo actor I've ever seen, referred to throughout as "the black guy" (White Wraith), which are absolutely punishing.

Rating: Recommended (Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on March 31, 2004.


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