Turning Point (2009 action film)

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Turning Point
Turning Point poster.jpg
Directed by Herman Yau
Produced by Tommy Leung
Screenplay by Yip Tin Shing
Poon Man Hung
Wong Yeung Tat
Story by Sharon Au
Starring Michael Tse
Anthony Wong
Francis Ng
Felix Wong
Wayne Lai
Fala Chen
Eric Tsang
Yuen Biao
Music by Mak Chun Hung
Cinematography Chan Kwong Hung
Edited by Chung Wai Chiu
Distributed by Intercontinental Film Distributors (HK)
Release dates
  • 13 August 2009 (2009-08-13)
Running time 89 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Box office US$2,020,712[1]

Turning Point (simplified Chinese: Laughing Gor之变节; traditional Chinese: Laughing Gor之變節; pinyin: Laughing Gor Zhì Bìan Jié; Jyutping: Laughing Gor Zi1 Bin3 Zit3) is a 2009 Hong Kong film directed by Herman Yau and starring Michael Tse in the title role of "Laughing Gor" and co-starring veteran actors Francis Ng and Anthony Wong. Released in Hong Kong on 13 August 2009, this is the first film to be produced by Shaw Brothers since 2003's Drunken Monkey.

Michael Tse's performance as "Laughing Gor" in the TVB television serial E.U was well received, and due to his popularity, TVB general manager Stephen Chan Chi Wan, during an interview with Tse in Be My Guest on 1 April 2009, announced that a prequel/spin-off featuring "Laughing Gor" would be made and presented Tse a contract for the film.


The story takes place before the early year of 2000 when Laughing (Michael Tse) is an undercover cop, but because of a drug case, Inspector Poon (Felix Wong) has been trying to track him down.

Laughing is supposedly an undercover cop who has infiltrated a triad organization. However, before he became a cop, Laughing was a member of the triads and worked for the triad leader Lai Tin Yat aka Brother One (Anthony Wong). Brother was very good to Laughing, and Laughing looked up to him as his elder brother. In order to strengthen his business and illegal activities, Brother One arranges for Laughing to join the Police Force and become his mole to gather information about the plans and counter-plans for operations by the police.

Laughing graduated from Police Academy with outstanding results but before he was assigned to a post as a police officer, his "bad boy" image attracted the attention of the Head of District Anti-Triad Squad, Superintendent Sin (Yuen Biao) who arranges his assignment as an undercover cop to infiltrate the mob syndicate.

Laughing is now a "double" agent. Brother One was happy with this turn of events as Laughing was assigned to infiltrate the mob of his triad rival sibling Zatoi (Francis Ng), who tries to make life difficult for Laughing. To further complicate the situation, Laughing falls in love with Zatoi's sister, Karen (Fala Chen).

How will Laughing contend with the law, the triad brotherhood, and his love affair? No matter which camp he sides with, he is doomed to be a traitor to the other. Which path will Laughing ultimately choose to follow?


Ching Hing Society (Brother One's Gang)[edit]

Cast Role Description
Anthony Wong Lai Tin Yat / Brother One
Main villain
Zatoi's rival
Triad Boss
Former undercover cop
Michael Tse Leung Siu Tong / Laughing Gor
梁笑棠 / Laughing哥
Brother One's follower turned Undercover Cop
Kenny Wong (黃德斌) Che Chai
Brother One's follower
Undercover Cop
Dickson Wong (黃文迪) Brother One's follower
Oscar Leung (梁烈唯) Siu Lung
Laughing's underling
Tracy Ip Brother One's girlfriend
Lorretta Chow Brother One's girlfriend
Koni Lui Brother One's girlfriend
Sherry Chen Brother One's girlfriend
Lin Chi Hung (連志雄) Laughing's follower
Chow Chi Ho (周志豪) Laughing's follower

Ching Hing Society (Zatoi's Gang)[edit]

Cast Role Description
Francis Ng Zatoi
Triad Boss
Brother One's rival
Karen's older brother
Johnson Lee Child
Zatoi's men
Undercover who secretly works for Brother One
Ngo Ka-nin No Fight
Zatoi's follower
Edwin Siu Zatoi's lawyer
Fala Chen Karen Zatoi's younger sister
Non-triad member
College student
Laughing's girlfriend

Ching Hing Society (The Elders)[edit]

Cast Role Description
Eric Tsang Master Ford
Head of Ching Hing Society
Lee Ka Ting (李家鼎) Master Ting

Police unit[edit]

Cast Role Description
Yuen Biao Sin Sir
OCTB Superintendent
Felix Wong Poon Man Kei
OCTB Senior Inspector
Wayne Lai Mo
OCTB Inspector
Tai Chi Wai (戴志偉) Police Trainer
Laughing's trainer
Ron Ng Police Constable
Sammul Chan Police Constable
Benjamin Yuen OCTB officer
Matthew Ko OTCB officer
Anna Yau (丘凱敏) Sin Sir's wife


Cast Role Description
Sung Poon Chung (宋本中) Robber
Lai Tung Hong (黎桐康) Killer
Alan Chui (徐忠信) Master Da
Taiwanese drug dealer
Wong So Fun (黃素歡) Amy Waitress


Due to Laughing's character already flavoured among local audiences, the film performed outstanding in Hong Kong's Box office, earning $675,295 in 35 screenings with $19,294 per average topping the charts during its opening weekend.[2] Till today, the film finally grossed $2,020,712 [3] (HK 15.7 million), one of the four domestic films to be placing into the top 10 in the summer.[4]

Conflicts between E.U. and Turning Point[edit]

The production company that produced Turning Point made the unusual decision to exclude the very story writers of E.U. to have another group to fill in Laughing's prequel story. Due to the lack of consideration of canon, a series of plot conflicts between the series and movie were revealed. Most of the established lore of Laughing in E.U. were ignored and replaced by an alternate reality time line of Laughing's life as an undercover cop:

  • Laughing was shown to join the police academy for his idealism for justice and honor. His motivations also convinced his girlfriend, Wendy, to also join the academy to become good peacekeepers; the movie replaces his original undercover recruiter, officer Kwok Pui, with officer Sin. Wendy's involvement in E.U. was ignored in the movie.
  • Laughing's diary clearly mentions his 10-year stint undercover was largely involved in Yik-Tin's triad to expose their activities; the movie mentions his involvement with another triad that greatly conflicts with the time-line within his diary.
  • The movie revolves more of Laughing's life as an underling rather than a gang boss.
  • The 5 dollar HK coin Laughing has was given to him by Brother One, but in E.U. it was just an ordinary coin Laughing was going to give Wendy just to buy a drink.
  • In E.U. it was said that Laughing had never killed anyone but in Turning Point he killed his boss Brother One.
  • In E.U. when Laughing met Hau, he was bald, but in Turning Point he wasn't.

Award nomination[edit]

29th Hong Kong Film Awards

Note: Wang Po Chieh's original nomination for the Best New Performer for Bodyguards and Assassins was withdrawn after he was confirmed to be an actor in the 2008 Taiwan film Winds of September. His nomination was replaced by Fala Chen.[5]


In 2011, Lives of Omission TV series sequel was released.

In 2011, Turning Point 2 film was released.


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