|Archibald||1||Except for those enamored of Andy Lau, Joey Wong or of Mong Kok area, stay away...|
The Prince Of Temple Street is the typical "Andy Lau" movie of that period of his career. Little pitch to enlight you : Wah-Jai (Andy Lau Tak-Wah) is a young big-hearted Tai Lo (triad boss) who peacefully reigns on Temple Street (one of Hong-Kong main street, well-known for its markets, its prostitutes and its triads of all kind) until the apparition of a young woman preaching her evangelistic church and desirous to open a religious centre in the famous street. Which doesn't really please the local triads who ask answer for their boss, Andy Lau. Except that, this mobster happens to be a lover-boy and gets completely hooked on this little angel played by Joey Wong Cho-Ying. And then, the troubles arrive...The young and oretty virgin or the good old neighborhood symbolised by his stooge Ng Man-Tat...the choice is tough.
You'd have understood it, it's total nonsense : Andy Lau (who is a mobster, I remind you) assiduously writes a diary with names and dates...rather original and representative of the general dereliction. Actors don't believe in it, technicians neither apparently when you catch sight of a sound-pole in the corner of the frame...a great date in cinema history.
In Brief, you're in front of a "young, handsome & big-hearted triad member" movie type like Andy Lau himself must have done a dozen of times...The Prince Of Temple Street is a movie to watch only in serious cinematic shortage period, and even though...