Long Arm of the Law
Dir: Johnny Mak Scr: Philip Chan
Cast: Lam Wai, Wong Kin, Kong Lung, Chan King
1984 / Colour / DCP / Cantonese / Chi & Eng Subtitles / 100min
In the early 1980’s, Hong Kong’s rapid economic development and Mainland China’s new open policy made the city a new land of opportunity for its neighbours up north. This critically acclaimed crime thriller follows a group of opportunists from China looking to strike riches in Hong Kong, only to experience culture shock and betrayals that will lead to their downfall. Director Johnny Mak captures the chase between the police and the robbers with terrifying realism, enhancing the impact of the action scenes to beyond simple escapism. Nearly 30 years later, the explosive climatic standoff in the Kowloon Walled City remains one of the best finales in Hong Kong cinema history and serves as an important historical record of a landmark lost to modernity. In addition to two Hong Kong Film Awards and two Golden Horse awards (including Best Director), Long Arm of the Law is often recognised as one of the best Hong Kong films ever made.
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