Gangs 2001
Hong Kong 2001
Directed by Sam Ho.

This is a surprisingly entertaining film about the horrors of Rave scene drugs such as ecstasy, reminiscent of those old American drug scare films of the fifties. The young bunch (the 'gang' of the title, I suppose) go to Shenzhen on the mainland to Rave the night away. They score some drugs, and get crazier and crazier, at last resulting in ruin, overdose, death. Blackie Ko is a social worker they meet along the way who tries to help them out and who inexplicably breaks into song at one point. The drug scare scenes are most effective when they show the kids in the bathroom, afterwards, inevitably trying to take a painful dump, vomiting, or even getting urinated on and being too whacked out to notice.

Rating: Marginally Recommended (Marginally Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on May 10, 2004.

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