Men from the Gutter

Men from the Gutter ★★★★½

Men from the Gutter (暗渠) (1983, dir. Lam Nai-Choi)

This is such an awesome movie! I felt like a kid watching it.

It’s got some of the most inventive, wonderfully well-staged & choreographed and convincingly executed action set pieces of any movie I can think of, and some of the most impressive stunt work I’ve ever seen.

It sets things up a bit confusingly for the first half - with some rad fight sequences punctuating the exposition - but in that final 40 minutes this goes balls-to-the-fucking-wall with its brutal action. Car and foot chases, hand-to-hand combat and gunplay, and some absolutely exhilarating stunt work.

It even makes time for some melodrama in its swift 82-minute runtime.

The music is excellent, too.

What a great find! This filmmaker doesn’t get talked up enough - he also made Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (力王) (1991) and The Seventh Curse (原振俠與衛斯理) (1986), both also awesome and excitingly inventive.

Grade: A-

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