Organized Crime & Triad Bureau

Reviewed by YTSL
 
Watching this 1994 crime/police drama, one gets the sense that its director (Kirk Wong, who also helmed "Crime Story", "Rock and Roll Cop" and "Police Confidential") and producer cum star (Danny Lee, who is infamous in HK movie circles for wishing he really were a cop) meant for viewers of their film to sympathize with those of its characters who are officially on the right side of the law but do not hesitate to employ strong arm tactics to corner their criminal prey and make them pay for what wrong acts they have committed.  However, I couldn't help but root for the most part for the nominal villains of the piece.  This not least on account of the desperate -- for much of the movie -- duo portrayed by Anthony Wong and Cecilia Yip strongly coming across as nicer, more loyal and more caring folk than Inspector Lee (portrayed by guess who?) and his squad of bullies as well as just plain over-enthusiastic exponents of thoroughly rough justice.
Danny Lee and Anthony Wong
It (also) does not help the fictionalized ORGANIZED CRIME & TRIAD BUREAU's case that the reason why Tung (Anthony Wong's character), Cindy (Cecilia Yip's) and the other members of their gang are so wanted by the police is not made explicit until fairly late into the film.  By then, one has been made witness to the torture -- using such seemingly mundane items as perfume and wet towels along with various sections of the human body -- of some of the apprehended individuals by Inspector Lee's men (and one woman).  This after the kind of massive and thorough manhunt that would seem to guarantee the dehumanization of the hunted individuals.
Cecilia Yip and Wong
Despite having such troubled feelings and reactions, I have to confess to not being able to stop viewing ORGANIZED CRIME & TRIAD BUREAU all the way through to its very end (despite my originally planning to watch it over a couple of evenings).  Although this seriously humorless -- and morally dubious -- offering has a simple storyline (which only really gets complicated by way of a couple of secondary characters turning out to have certain allegiances and debts that one wouldn't have thought that they would have), it manages to retain an air of suspense that really made me hanker to know what would happen next in the film and what would be the fates of each of the main characters.
Fan Siu Wong and Parkman Wong
ORGANIZED CRIME & TRIAD BUREAU ends with an extended action sequence which has people blasting away with shotguns and pistols that may not be greatly spectacular yet is still pretty exciting.  Other notable segments of the movie include that which have Cindy softly crooning -- almost whispering -- a haunting song whose lyrics contain such lines as "Our love is as pure as snow...Trust each other, that's what love means..."; sometimes in precisely the kind of circumstances that one would think could really call into question the concept of love.  In fact, those scenes actually touchingly reveal the strength of her and her -- married, but not to her... -- man's commitment to each other (as much as certain more loudly dramatic actions).  A very nice -- and quiet, relative to the rest of the film -- moment that one would not expect to find in films of this nature involves the pleasure that water can give to two thirsty and dirty individuals.
Anthony, Roy Cheung and Cecilia
This production is also distinguished by its possessing a number of cast members who may not be the biggest name stars of HK cinema but certainly can give performances which enhance a film's quality.  All in all, I can't understand why Roy Cheung, Fan Siu Wong and the now retired Elizabeth Lee -- not just Cecilia Yip and Anthony Wong -- have not been accorded more recognition and adulation than they have.  And re Parkman Wong (who played Inspector Lee's right hand man) and Li Fai (who played the hardly token female member of "Lee Sir"'s ORGANIZED CRIME & TRIAD BUREAU):  Let me just say here that they are so convincing as dogged pursuers and rabid interrogators that they have succeeded in making me fear them in a way that thespians don't usually do.

My rating for the film:  7.5