First-class acting lost on story

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 21 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 21 October, 2007, 12:00am

Brotherhood and bloodshed are popular elements in Hong Kong movies. And they are exactly what director Derek Chiu Sung-kee's Brothers is all about.

The movie features veteran TV actor Michael Miu Kiu-wai as Yiu, the elder son of a mob boss (Wang Zhiwen) who gets literally stabbed in the back, an event which starts a gang war.

Canto-pop star Eason Chan Yik-shun plays his younger brother Shun, an IT guy who returns from America for his father's funeral. Despite their conflicting philosophies, the brothers join forces to avenge their father's death.

But Shun soon finds his brother's manipulativeness could endanger his life.

Chiu likes to pose philosophical questions in commercial films, but he fails here. Despite gripping opening scenes, Brothers eventually degenerates into a stereotypical gangster movie that defies logic.

The acting, at least, is first class, especially the supporting cast members such as Andy Lau Tak-wah, who plays an oddly chirpy cop who seems to be both at once amused and disgusted by the bloody rivalry within the family, Ken Tong Chun-yip, who plays a bald crime lord, and Felix Wong Yat-wah, who plays Yiu's loyal servant.

Brothers is entertaining enough. It just fails bring anything new to the ageing gangster drama genre.

Brothers is showing now