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Wild City 

Wednesday, Jul 29 2015
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There's always been a strain of morality running through Hong Kong action movies, but in his first feature-length picture since 2003, director Ringo Lam he seems more concerned with philosophizing about the damaging effects of money and greed than he is in delivering an entertaining action picture. Wild City's title metropolis is Hong Kong, where former cop T-Man (Louis Koo) gets pulled into a mostly deadly game of cat-and-mouse when he meets Yuen (Tong Liya), who was recently raped and is being pursued by gangsters regarding a suitcase full of cash. Also involved is T-Man's stepbrother Chung (Shawn Yue), who the press kit describes as "forthright and kind-hearted," even though he creeps on Yuen through the first act, then proceeds to treats her like dirt. T-Man and Chung also give little credence to both Yuen's prior rape — even their mother Mona (Yuen Qiu) brushes it off, saying that "people often allege rape and molestation these days" — and T-Man is largely unconcerned when the bad guys attempt to rape Yuen again, because he's too busy brooding about the deleterious effects of money. Both Yuen and Mona are little more than pawns, and while Wild City isn't required to have strong female characters, it would almost be excusable if the picture was fun enough to earn its title.

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