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17 Ratings

Wild City

Bou Chau Mai Sing

Directed by Ringo Lam
Hong Kong, 2015
Action, Thriller, Crime


A cop-turned-bar owner (Louis Koo) befriends a drunken woman at closing hours (Tong Liya) and finds himself pursued by her former lover and the thugs he employs. The chase turns deadly when his deadbeat brother (Shawn Yue) and a suitcase full of cash enters the picture.

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Wild City Directed by Ringo Lam

Critics reviews

This being a Mainland Chinese co-production, Lam has to walk the same tightrope that Johnnie To did with his Drug War (12), portraying the police in a positive light, refusing to glorify criminality, making sure everyone gets their just desserts. Lam lacks To’s confidence, and he delivers a more restrained, less subtle picture than his past films. Like a pianist playing scales before tackling a concerto, Wild City feels like a warm-up, as Lam restages old scenes with slight twists.
August 06, 2015
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In its intense stunt work (most of it done without CGI), Wild City feels like a throwback to the heyday [of Kong Kong cinema]. But the immediacy of the stunts also serves to heighten the film’s suspense. Typical of Lam’s films, the characters seem driven to violence out of sheer desperation.
August 04, 2015
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The crisscrossing pursuers and pesky police suggest a watered-down version of the treacheries in “City on Fire.” But the cluttered, unfolding dynamism of Mr. Lam’s action scenes remains resilient when gunplay or knife fights are thrust into street life.
July 30, 2015
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What are people saying?

  • msmichel's rating of the film Wild City

    Ringo Lam returns to the director's chair for the first time in 7 years with this frankly underwhelming crime drama. The man who gave us 'City on Fire' and 'Full Contact' has mellowed with age and this latest foray into cops and criminals lacks teeth. Performances are subdued and even the action set pieces feel moderated.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Wild City

    By the time Johnnie To and Michael Mann became household names in the mid-90's, Ringo Lam already had crime films like "City on Fire" and "Full Contact" under his belt. While the director's first feature in almost a decade(!) may not be the dazzling return to form that many hoped for, "Wild City" is enough of a no-frills throwback to the sweat-and-bullets era of Hong Kong cinema that longtime fans should be pleased.

  • Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film Wild City

    Ringo Lam, the Hong Kong Director of City on Fire, of which, Tarantino famously took large liberties with in his debut, Reservoir Dogs, finally returns with Wild City. The film still has his signature style that influenced modern, non-Hollywood action films--or action that actually tries balancing story/character with plot and set pieces-- but here it's admittedly mismatched in all departments. Rusty he is, perhaps?

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