The Adventurers (1995 film)

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The Adventurer
TheAdventurers.jpg
Film poster
Traditional 大冒險家
Simplified 大冒险家
Mandarin Dà Mào Xiǎn Jiā
Cantonese Daai6 Mou6 Him2 Ga1
Directed by Ringo Lam
Produced by Tiffany Chen
Screenplay by Ringo Lam
Yip Kong Yam
Sandy Shaw
Starring Andy Lau
Rosamund Kwan
Jacklyn Wu
Paul Chun
Ben Ng
David Chiang
Music by Teddy Robin
Cinematography Ardy Lam
Arthur Wong
Chow Kei Seung
Edited by Wong Wing Ming
Production
company
Distributed by China Star Entertainment
Release dates 2 August 1995 (1995-08-02)
Running time 110 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Box office HK$14,839,584

The Adventurers is a 1995 Hong Kong action film directed by Ringo Lam and starring Andy Lau, Rosamund Kwan and Jacklyn Wu. The Adventurers was Ringo Lam's last Hong Kong film before going to Hollywood in 1996. The film was filmed on location in Hong Kong, United States and Philippines, which shows Lam's ambition of going to the international routine.

Plot[edit]

In Cambodia 1975, the eight year old Wai Lok Yan witnessed the tragedy of his parents being killed by Ray Lui (Paul Chun) while hiding in the closet with his younger sister. Back then, Yan's father Wah (Phillip Ko), Ray and Seung (David Chiang) were war comrades working for the CIA in Cambodia. Later Ray gone rogue and works for the Khmer Rouge and in order to take the information gathered by Wah, he killed Yan's parents, while Yan's younger sister also dies in a fire. After this incident, Seung takes the orphaned Yan to Thailand, where he became a Thai Air Force Pilot.

In 1995, Yan (Andy Lau) learned from the newspaper that Ray, who has became a billionaire from dealing arms for many years, is attending an event in a hotel in Thailand. Yan was determined to take this opportunity to avenge his parents, but Ray was wearing a bulletproof vest and the assassination hit failed. However, Yan's friend Mark, who is also Seung's son, was caught and killed. Yan managed to leave the scene with the help of Ray's mistress Mona (Rosamund Kwan), whom Ray only treats her as a doll.

In order to escape the mine on assassin searches form Ray since Ray has close ties with Thai Military officials, Seung arranges Yan to go to the United States. With help from the CIA, they decide to have Yan get close to Ray's daughter Crystal (Jacklyn Wu), who resides in San Francisco, and slowly get close to Ray and ultimately killing him.

At that time, Crystal was kidnapped by the Black Tiger Gang and the gang demanded Ray to return money that he owed. The CIA had close ties with another gang Wah Fuk and arranges Yan to be the temporary leader of the gang under the name Mandy Chan. Yan leads the Wah Fuk Gang to terrorize the Black Tiger Gang and rescues Crystal. Later, Yan successfully develops a marital relationship with Crystal and Yan becomes his enemy Ray's son in-law.

In Yan and Crystal's wedding, a shootout occurs and General Buboei's (William Ho) son Major Bodar (John Ching) was shot and killed by the Hong Kong police. Ray decides to take Yan to Cambodia to see Buboei and use Yan as the scapegoat of Budar's death. During a pregnancy test at the hospital with Crystal, Yan gets a call from Mona telling him to meet in a hotel room. There, Mona informs Yan of Ray using him as a scapegoat. As Yan and Mona still love each other, they briefly make out in the room before being interrupted by Crystal's entrance. Mona pushes Crystal on a glass table and attempts to kill her until Yan stops her form doing so.

When Crystal is sent to the hospital, Yan explains to Ray of the incident by saying that Crystal caught him with a prostitute. Yan also sees Seung in the hospital who gives him a tracking device for him to take to Cambodia. Later, Yan tells to the unconscious Crystal about his true identity and his intention to kill her father and stating either himself or his father will only return from Cambodia. Crystal awakes and asks him to promise her not to kill her father.

In Cambodia, Ray meets up with Bubeoi who show him pictures of Yan as a pilot and a photo of Ray with the CIA and he suspects Ray to be a traitor. Yan trigger the tracking device and the Thai Military arrive. Ray, who knew along that Mona injured her daughter, shoots and kills Mona while also attempts to kill Yan to prove he is not a traitor. A big action scene occurs where later Ray and his henchman Dog (Ben Ng) takes Bubeoi hostage and Yan chases them on a helicopter. Dog kills Bubeoi in the process while also being killed by Yan with a firebomb. In the end, Yan finally confronts Ray while Yan points a gun at him, he finally decides to not kill him and let him be taken by the military force.

In the end, Yan receives pictures of Crystal and their son from Seung. Seung also bring s his son from a Hong Kong and a letter written by Crystal to Yan. She states that Mandy is the past and she is not so familiar with the name Wai Lok Yan and wants to have some time to know more, hinting that she might get together with Yan again in the future.

Cast[edit]

  • Andy Lau as Wai Lok Yan / Mandy Chan
  • Rosamund Kwan as Mona
  • Jacklyn Wu as Crystal Lui
  • Paul Chun as Ray Lui
  • Ben Ng as Dog
  • David Chiang as Uncle Seung
  • Phillip Ko as Wah
  • Nam Yin as Ray's henchman
  • William Ho as General Buboei
  • John Ching as Major Bodar
  • Ng Kwok Cheung
  • Parkman Wong as Officer Cheng
  • Four Tse as Ray's bodyguard
  • Wong Kam Kong as Military officer
  • Victor Wong as Uncle Nine
  • Hogan Vindo
  • George Cheung as Uncle Tung
  • Chris Wong
  • Wang Lung
  • Steve Hung
  • Caleb Mandate
  • Ken Chu
  • Ming Vu
  • Dale Chung
  • Tony Gee
  • Rick Heffner
  • Robert McCutchen
  • Paula Eliso as Beaten Girl
  • John Randa
  • Chu Siu Kei
  • Edward Corbett as CIA
  • Maggie Wong as Yan's sister
  • So Wai Nam as Ray's bodyguard
  • Lee Siu-kei as gambler

Theme song[edit]

  • Love Fire Never Burns Out (愛火燒不盡)
    • Composer: Tsui Ka Leung
    • Lyricist/Singer: Andy Lau

Box office[edit]

The film grossed HK$14,839,584 at the Hong Kong box office during its theatrical run from 2 to 30 August 1995 in Hong Kong.

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