Dare Ya!
Hong Kong 2002
Directed by Louis Tan.

A documentary about the Cantonese hip-hop group LMF (LazyMuthaFuckahs, for the uninitiated). Bandmember talking heads tell us why they love getting high and playing video games while the documentary utterly fails to provide any context as to why we should care. The only thing colorful about the group appears to be their language. If nothing else, I did discover that one bandmember is a dead ringer for Willem Dafoe. Ultimately one of the guys (never could keep them straight) summed up my feelings exactly: "What a fucking waste of time. Partying's better."

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on May 18, 2004.


what a terrible, terrible REVIEW. The documentary was good, it provided insight into life as an underground band member in an overly materialistic and capitalistic society. It also shows how these people, looked down upon by society, know more than any millionaire in the city, or many of those who are "educated" (proven by a "degree")

Posted by: quadshock at May 21, 2007 03:08 AM

Quadshock, I'll meet you halfway -- I agree it's a terrible review, but I just can't agree that the documentary was good. In terms of providing insight into Hong Kong society and the role of musicians, I found HEAVENLY KINGS to be more insightful, even though it was fake. LMF makes energetic, fun, sometimes even quite excellent music; I own several albums and listen to them with pleasure. The tragedy is that themselves, they just aren't very interesting. And far from any societal statement, they pretty much seemed just like every other bored suburban college student I know who decides to form a band, filled with righteous indignation and rebellion against ambiguous others for reasons no one is able to properly articulate. I blame the poor quality of this film on the director, not on the band; a great movie is still waiting to be made about Hong Kong's underground music scene.

Posted by: PTN at May 23, 2007 10:34 PM
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