Overview and Thoughts
*Contains some spoilers*
I went to see the movie last night and thought it was pretty cool!! Haven’ t seen a HK movie in Aussie cinemas for a long time. I went up to the counter and I’m like..”I’d like tickets to ‘Laughing- gor” (It sounded a bit awkward lol!! Would have been easier to say “Turning Point” Movie please ^^)
I think it’d be quite different watching this movie as a standalone movie, and one as the prequel to E.U. Watching it from the perspective of E.U. prequel, I like how there were references from the series (e.g the coin).
They’ve also mixed in similar ideas from E.U- mainly the latter bit in the series where everyone gets killed…
Like E.U how they mentioned the police force sends a lot of undercovers; and many either die – identity revealed, or get shot by their own police members (like Laughing Gor in EU, Kenny Wong in Turning Point) without them evening knowing- or what the police fear the most- undercovers turning into real gangsters.
But as it is also a standalone movie- and Laughing’s character being a bit different from the series; the story does not directly link to E.U. Laughing, is not the same Laughing in E.U- his intentions are different- the one in the series never had doubts about his identity and his intentions were clear- he was a cop. In the movie however, I’m slightly confused in what he was actually doing lol Did he start out wanting to be a gangster and follow Anthony Wong because he saved him and he looked up to him? When he was sent to be an undercover, and the police sent him back as an undercover- what was he really trying to achieve? I saw Laughing as a good guy though so this part kind of confuses me ^^
Storyline put aside, I really liked watching Anthony and Francis XD One was cool, the other was funny and entertaining to watch! Anthony looked great with the makeup~ rather stylish I must say haha I also enjoyed watching Francis and Fala’s sibling relationship~ it was very touching… and sad they had to end that way. Seeing the TVB actors in it was also quite awesome~ Fala Chen (Francis’ sister), Koni Lui (Anthony’s gf), Tracy Yip(Lawyer), Johnson Lee (traitor), Wayne Lai( Cop- yuck, didn’t like him at all), Kenny Wong(undercover) and of course, the cameo appearance of Ron and Sammul!! LOL (I loved that part at the end XD) Wish we got to see more of them hehe
Finally, a scene which left me thinking. Near the end of the movie, we are once again shown the flashback of where Laughing follows Anthony Wong out of the convenient store.. We still see the shoe left behind by the robbers. As the two walk out; a police officer walks pass them and the scene is frozen there. Were they trying to imply that the police/justice will eventually win in the end? Or imply that if the police had came by sooner and saved Michael- he may have been a police instead of following the bad side?