Young and Dangerous (film series)

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Young and Dangerous film series
Young and Dangerous (series) DVD cover.jpg
Young and Dangerous DVD cover
MandarinGǔ Huò Zái
CantoneseGu2 Waak6 Zai2
Directed byAndrew Lau
Cha Chuen Yee
Raymond Yip
Kant Leung
Produced byAndrew Lau
Manfred Wong
Raymond Chow
Wong Jing
Cha Chuen Yee
Rico Chung
William Wu
Lee Siu-kei
Siu Wah
Screenplay byManfred Wong
Sharon Hui
Cha Chuen Yee
Patrick Kong
Lee Siu-kei
Cheung Kwok Yuen
Story byCowman
Dicky Yau
StarringEkin Cheng
Jordan Chan
Gigi Lai
Simon Yam
Anthony Wong
Francis Ng
Michael Tse
Jerry Lamb
Jason Chu
Shu Qi
Roy Cheung
Lam Sheung-yee
Sandra Ng
Wan Yeung-ming
Blackie Ko
Michael Chan
Lee Siu-kei
Chin Kar-lok
Mark Cheng
Danny Lee
Kristy Yang
Nicholas Tse
Peter Ho
Frankie Ng
Sonny Chiba
Moses Chan
Loletta Lee
Ken Lo
Ng Man-tat
Sam Lee
Daniel Wu
Music byClarence Hui
Ronald Ng
Chan Kwong-wing
Peter Ngor
To Chi Chi
Tommy Wai
Samuel Leung
CinematographyAndrew Lau
Lai Yiu-fai
Kwong Tin Wo
Edited byMarco Mak
Ma Ko
Angie Lam
Danny Pang
Distributed byGolden Harvest
San Bo
Release date
Young and Dangerous:
Born to Be King:
CountryHong Kong

The Young and Dangerous film series (Chinese: 古惑仔電影系列) is a collection of Hong Kong films about a group of triad young members, detailing their adventures, dangers and growth in a Hong Kong triad society. The series is based on a popular comic book series known as "Teddy Boy".

The series contributed a lot to the public image of triads and was condemned by certain quarters as glorifying secret triad societies. However, it was immensely popular in Hong Kong and spun 9 sequels and spin-offs. Its main actors and actresses have also become major stars in their own right.

Andrew Lau served as cinematographer and director for parts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 a subsidiary of Young and Dangerous later was renamed to Born to Be King including a prequel with radio personality Manfred Wong writing scripts for the ongoing franchise.

The Series[edit]

Andrew Lau[edit]

Young and Dangerous (1995–2000)[edit]

Young and Dangerous tells the story of Chan Ho Nam (Ekin Cheng), "Chicken" Chiu (Jordan Chan), Tai Tin Yee (Michael Tse), Pao Pan (Jerry Lam) and his brother Chow Pan (Jason Chu) during their inclusion into the "Hung Hing" Society. The focus is on internal squabbling within the triad, spearheaded by "Ugly Kwan" (Francis Ng).
The story in Young and Dangerous 2 is told in two parts: the first focuses on Chicken and his exile in Taiwan skipped over in the first film. The second half deals with the Hung Hing Society trying to ally with Chicken's Taiwanese triad "San Luen". The character "Banana" (Jason Chu) is recruited into Ho Nam's circle. At the same time, an election to obtain the branch leadership status of Causeway Bay is underway, with Chan Ho Nam as its prime candidate, until a rivalry breaks out between him and another Hung Hing member, "Tai Fei" (Anthony Wong).
Chan Ho Nam and Chicken are back again in Young and Dangerous 3, this time taking on the rival "Tung Sing" triad, who is attempting to usurp Hung Hing influence in Hong Kong by having Tung Sing member "Crow" (Roy Cheung) frame Ho Nam for the murder of Hung Hing chairman Chiang Tin Sang (Simon Yam). On the plus side, Chicken finds a new love interest in Wasabi (Karen Mok), the daughter of the comedic priest, Father "Lethal Weapon" Lam.
When the branch leader position is open for Tuen Mun, Chicken decides to run for it and is up against fellow Hung Hing member "Barbarian", who resorts to ruthless Tung Sing member "Thunder Tiger" (Roy Cheung) for help in his candidacy. The triad also has to deal with finding a new chairman to the Hung Hing Society, Chiang Tin Yeung (Alex Man), Chiang Tin Sang's older brother, who resides in Thailand. Young and Dangerous 4 also brings in new characters first appearing among the Hung Hing ranks, such as Ben Hon (Wan Yeung Ming), "Sister 13" (Sandra Ng) and "Prince" (Ken Lo).
Although Chicken does not make an appearance, Chan Ho Nam finds a new love interest in the form of Mei Ling (Shu Qi). Meanwhile, Tung Sing returns to cause trouble again for Hung Hing, in the form of new leader Szeto Ho Nam (Mark Cheng). Young and Dangerous 5 occurs during the transfer of Hong Kong sovereignty to China, with the "boys" becoming "men", as they develop and mature into more business-like dealings.
Born to Be King, also known as Young and Dangerous 6, is the last and final instalment to the mainstream franchise and characters. This film is a return to form for the series with what is considered a fitting end by fans. Chicken is set to marry Nanako (Anya), the daughter of Japanese yakuza boss Isako Kusaraki (Sonny Chiba), to tie relationships between the Taiwanese San Luen triad and Kurasaki's clan. When Chicken is set up and framed again for murder, he seeks his old friends from Hung Hing to clear his name.

Yip Wai Man[edit]

The story of a gangster "Ugly Kwan" (Francis Ng)'s rise and fall in the Triads. This is a sort of spin-off from the Young and Dangerous series. While Ng is basically reprising his role as Ugly Kwan from Young and Dangerous 1 and the priest from the series (Lam) makes an appearance, their ends don't mesh with the Y&D storyline.
Not a continuation of the original, the sequel stars Ng in the role of Dagger who has a reputation for being good with fighting. In reality his reputation has been overblown by rumours and he uses his wit to get out of lethal situations.
Portland Street Blues is the first spin-off to the franchise, providing a different contrast to the familiar Young and Dangerous films with more character development. This time, the story's focus centres on "Sister 13". In a triad underworld dominated by men, the film tells the story of how she faces the trials and tribulations of rising to become the Hung Hing's branch leader of Portland Street, and her willingness to forgo a heterosexual relationship. The film also gives more details and insights on the rival Tung Sing triad and the mutual friendship between Sister 13 and Ben Hon.
Showcasing the earlier years of Chan Ho Nam (Nicholas Tse) and Chicken (Sam Lee), this prequel tells of their time during their willingness to follow Hung Hing's "Uncle Bee". The film co-stars Shu Qi and Daniel Wu.
In another spin-off, after Tai Fei obtains branch leadership status of North Point in Young and Dangerous 4, he discovers he has a son. Worse yet, his son is a member of the hated Tung Sing triad, now dealing in narcotics.
This semi-prequel/spin-off follows the life of Chicken before he joined the Hung Hing triad. The film co-stars Gigi Leung as Chicken's childhood friend.
Once a Gangster is a 10th year anniversary spin-off parody. This film does not directly follow the mainstream plot. The film is an action comedy. Both Ekin Cheng and Jordan Chan are starred in the film as "Sparrow" and "Roast Pork".

Jingle Ma Chor-Sing[edit]

  • Goodbye Mr. Cool (Chinese: 古惑仔之九龍冰室) (2001)
Goodbye Mr. Cool is the successor of the Young and Dangerous film series. Ekin Cheng and Karen Mok are starred in the film as "Dragon" and "Queen of the Underworld". The plot follows a retired triad leader (Cheng) whose life of crime has been traded for a waiter's apron at the Kowloon Cafe. Queen of the Underworld (Mok) seduces Dragon back to the crime business. Though Dragon is reluctant to go back, it's only a matter of time before he plays a key role in a bloody gang war.

Daniel Chan Yee-Heng[edit]

  • Young and Dangerous: Reloaded (古惑仔之江湖新秩序) (2013)
This film is a reboot to the series. On a dark Mong Kok night, May, the cousin of Dai Tin-Yee (Dominic Ho), was gang-raped to death by Med King (Deep Ng) and his men. The furious Tin-Yee, together with his buddies, Chan Ho Nam (Him Law), Chicken (Oscar Leung), Pou-Pan (Jazz Lam) tracked down Med King to revenge May's death. As Med King was under the wing of Ugly Kwan (Sammy Sum), a leader of the Hung Hing triad, Kwan gave orders to get rid of Ho-Nam by all means....

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