Goodbye Mr. Cool
Hong Kong 2001
Directed by Jingle Ma.

This update of STORY OF A DISCHARGED PRISONER follows a former triad leader (Ekin Cheng) after his release from prison. He tries to start a new life, working at the cafe of an old friend (Lam Suet), but his old friends, enemies, and lovers won't let him. A boy he didn't even know he had is dumped on him, he accepts responsibility. But his old girlfriend (Karen Mok), still high flying in the triad ranks, wants him to rejoin her at the top. This film felt like Ekin's farewell to his YOUNG AND DANGEROUS roles of the past, and he puts all of his considerable charm into the role. Almost everyone in the film is given some depth, even the bad guys have their reasons, no ultimate evil here, just shades of grey. A couple good fight scenes, but at its heart this is a drama about an ex-con trying to start over.

Rating: Recommended (Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on May 12, 2004.

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