My Rating: 4/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “A wonderful market gangster story. A story of brotherhood and betrayal!”
Monga (艋舺), directed by Niu Chen-zer (鈕承澤), is a classic gangster tale. The scene is set when Mosquito, played by Mark Chao (趙又廷), a new boy in the high school finds himself being picked on. His brave response catches the attention of Dragon, played by Rhydian Vaughan (鳳小岳), who is the son of Geta, the boss of the Temple Front.
He is inducted into the gang and forms part of the group of five that also includes Monk, played by Ethan Ruan (阮經天). Monkey and Dog Boy complete the line up.
The film, set in Taipei’s Wanhua district in the 1980s, evokes a nostalgia for a not so distant past. It perhaps represents a time of innocence, a world on the cusp of old and new. This sets up the plot with outside gangs seeking to move in and change things, while the Temple Front resists change. Mosquito has grown up without a father and looks up to Geta, played by Ma Ru-long (馬如龍), as a father figure.
Xiaoning, played by Ke Jia-yan (柯佳嬿), is Mosquito’s love interest. However, she plays a fairly peripheral role. This is essentially a film about a male world of brotherhood and betrayal. There are quite a few fight scenes, some of which are quite violent. However, the real focus is on the relationships between the gang members.
Posted on July 10, 2010, in action, Action/Suspense, Crime, Drama, romance, Thriller and tagged Ethan Ruan, Ke Jia-yan, Ma Ru-long, Mark Chao, Rhydian Vaughan. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.