Century of the Dragon

1999 [CN]

Action / Crime

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 58%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 58%
IMDb Rating 6.5 10 337

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by paul_haakonsen 6 / 10

More than just another undercover cop in the Triads movie...

Oddly enough with my fascination and love for the Hong Kong cinema, then I never heard about "Century of the Dragon" (aka "Lung joi bin yuen") before now in 2021 as I sat down to watch it.

One might argue for or against "Century of the Dragon" being just another triad and undercover police movie, but there is just something to the storyline that sets "Century of the Dragon" aside from the myriad of similar movies that flooded the Hong Kong cinema during the 1990s.

The storyline was pretty good, although it essentially was just another undercover police officer sent into the Triads movie. But the pacing of the story from writer Jing Wong in the hands of director Clarence Fok made it work out quite well, and saved it from slumping into being just another undercover cop in the Triads movie. Thankfully it didn't end up that way.

And I will say that the storyline does have enough turns along the way to remain interesting and thus preventing from becoming a generic and predictable one. So thumbs up to writer Jing Wong for that. There is a great combination of action, drama and suspense to the storyline to add variation to the movie as you watch it.

Something that definitely helped "Century of the Dragon" stand out was the cast ensemble, which included Hong Kong heavy weight actors Andy Lau, Louis Koo and Anthony Chau-Sang Wong. I must say that I really think Anthony Chau-Sang Wong is so well-cast for movies as this, just a shame that his character didn't have more on-screen time.

If you enjoy the undercover cops and Triads movies, then I can warmly recommend that you sit down to watch "Century of the Dragon", especially if you enjoy Hong Kong movies.

My rating of "Century of the Dragon" settles on a six out of ten stars. Definitely well-worth a watch.

Reviewed by atravaglini 7 / 10

"prequel" to Infernal Affairs?

If you like the "Infernal Affairs" series you will most likely enjoy this film as well. Andy Lau and Steven Chang also are in the cast of this film and the roles they play seem very similar to the ones created in the "Infernal Affairs" films. Regardless this is an enjoyable film told with great performances from Louis Koo and Andy Lau. Filmed three years before "Infernal Affairs" it clearly hasn't the budget of "Infernal Affairs". However the story of the film creates the same compassion for the character as "Infernal Affairs", so it is a very enjoyable film to watch. And Yes, I do think it is the same story. Watch it, it really is. A cop goes undercover to infiltrate the gang and becomes the sole insider reporting to one cop who may or may not be crooked... Very similar. But bravo for achieving the same theme as successfully with a much smaller budget.

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 5 / 10

Routine gangster drama

CENTURY OF THE DRAGON is a routine, little-known gangster drama from Hong Kong, chiefly of interest for teaming up two of the region's biggest stars, Andy Lau and Louis Koo. The former plays an old-time gangster, supposedly retired but still very much in the thick of things; Koo is an undercover cop come to sort things out. With director Clarence Fok at the help, this is a film which is all about melodrama and over-emoting from the central characters. A wealth of violent incident is interspersed amid the plotting and dialogue, but none of it means very much when the characters are underwritten and unlikeable in some instances. In the end, CENTURY OF THE DRAGON is a film that washes over you rather than drawing you in.

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