WHAT WE'RE ABOUT(WITH SUBTITLES)
The Young and Dangerous film series (Chinese: 古惑仔) is a collection of Hong Kong films about a group of triad young members, detailing their adventures, dangers and growth in a Hong Kong triad society. The series is based on a popular comic book series known as “Teddy Boy”.
The series contributed a lot to the public image of triads and was condemned by certain quarters as glorifying secret triad societies. However, it was immensely popular in Hong Kong and spun 9 sequels and spin-offs. Its main actors and actresses have also became major stars in their own right.
Andrew Lau served as cinematographer and director for parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 including a prequel with radio personality Manfred Wong writing scripts for the ongoing franchise.
Young and Dangerous (Chinese: 古惑仔之人在江湖) (1995)
Young and Dangerous tells the story of Chan Ho Nam (Ekin Cheng), “Chicken” Chiu (Jordan Chan), Tai Tin Yee (Michael Tse), Pao Pan (Jerry Lam) and his brother Chow Pan (Jason Chu) during their inclusion into the “Hung Hing” Society. The focus is on internal squabbling within the triad, spearheaded by “Ugly Kwan” (Francis Ng).
Young and Dangerous 2 (Chinese: 古惑仔之猛龙过江) (1996)
The story in Young and Dangerous 2 is told in two parts: the first focuses on Chicken and his exile in Taiwan skipped over in the first film. The second half deals with the Hung Hing Society trying to ally with Chicken’s Taiwanese triad “San Luen”. The character “Banana” (Jason Chu) is recruited into Ho Nam’s circle. At the same time, an election to obtain the branch leadership status of Causeway Bay is underway, with Chan Ho Nam as its prime candidate, until a rivalry breaks out between him and another Hung Hing member, “Tai Fei” (Anthony Wong).
Young and Dangerous 3 (Chinese: 古惑仔之只手遮天) (1996)
Chan Ho Nam and Chicken are back again in Young and Dangerous 3, this time taking on the rival “Tung Sing” triad, who is attempting to usurp Hung Hing influence in Hong Kong by having Tung Sing member “Crow” (Roy Cheung) frame Ho Nam for the murder of Hung Hing Chairman Chiang Tin Sang (Simon Yam). On the plus side, Chicken finds a new love interest in Wasabi (Karen Mok), the daughter of the comedic priest, Father “Lethal Weapon” Lam.
Once Upon a Time in Triad Society (Chinese: 旺角揸Fit人) (1996)
The story of a gangster “Ugly Kwan” (Francis Ng)’s rise and fall in the Triads. This is a sort of spin-off from the Young and Dangerous series. While Ng is basically reprising his role as Ugly Kwan from Young and Dangerous 1 and the priest from the series (Lam) makes an appearance, their ends don’t mesh with the Y&D storyline.
Once Upon a Time in Triad Society 2 (Chinese: 旺角揸Fit人2) (1996)
Continuation of “Ugly Kwan“‘s (Francis Ng) story from ‘Once Upon a Time in Triad Society’. Ng is reprising his role as Ugly Kwan from Young and Dangerous 1.
Young and Dangerous 4 (Chinese: 97古惑仔之战无不胜) (1997)
When the branch leader position is open for Tuen Mun, Chicken decides to run for it and is up against fellow Hung Hing member “Barbarian”, who resorts to ruthless Tung Sing member “Thunder Tiger” (Roy Cheung) for help in his candidacy. The triad also has to deal with finding a new chairman to the Hung Hing Society, Chiang Tin Yeung (Alex Man), Chiang Tin Sang’s older brother, who resides in Thailand. Young and Dangerous 4 also brings in new characters first appearing among the Hung Hing ranks, such as Ben Hon (Wan Yeung Ming), “Sister 13” (Sandra Ng) and “Prince”.
Young and Dangerous 5 (Chinese: 98古惑仔之龙争虎斗) (1998)
Although Chicken does not make an appearance, Chan Ho Nam finds a new love interest in the form of Mei Ling (Shu Qi). Meanwhile, Tung Sing returns to cause trouble again for Hung Hing, in the form of new leader Szeto Ho Nam (Mark Cheng). Young and Dangerous 5 occurs during the transfer of Hong Kong sovereignty to China, with the “boys” becoming “men”, as they develop and mature into more business-like dealings.
Portland Street Blues (Chinese: 古惑仔情義篇之洪興十三妹) (1998)
Portland Street Blues is the first spin-off to the franchise, providing a different contrast to the familiar Young and Dangerous films with more character development. This time, the story’s focus centers on “Sister 13”. In a triad underworld dominated by men, the film tells the story of how she faces the trials and tribulations of rising to become the Hung Hing’s branch leader of Portland Street, and her willingness to forgo a heterosexual relationship. The film also gives more details and insights on the rival Tung Sing triad and the mutual friendship between Sister 13 and Ben Hon.
Young and Dangerous: The Prequel (Chinese: 新古惑仔之少年激鬥篇) (1998)
Showcasing the earlier years of Chan Ho Nam (Nicholas Tse) and Chicken (Sam Lee), this prequel tells of their time during their willingness to follow Hung Hing’s “Uncle Bee”. The film co-stars Shu Qi and Daniel Wu.
The Legendary ‘Tai Fei’ (Chinese: 古惑仔激情篇洪興大飛哥) (1999)
In another spin-off, after Tai Fei obtains branch leadership status of North Point in Young and Dangerous 4, he discovers he has a son. Worse yet, his son is a member of the hated Tung Sing triad, now dealing in narcotics.
Those Were The Days (Chinese: 古惑仔之山鸡的故事) (2000)
This semi-prequel/spin-off follows the life of Chicken before he joined the Hung Hing triad. The film co-stars Gigi Leung as Chicken’s childhood friend.
Born To Be King (Chinese: 勝者為王) (2000)
Born to Be King, also known as Young and Dangerous 6, is the last and final installment to the mainstream franchise and characters. This film is a return to form for the series with what is considered a fitting end by fans. Chicken is set to marry Nanako (Anya), the daughter of Japanese yakuza boss Isako Kusaraki (Sonny Chiba), to tie relationships between the Taiwanese San Luen triad and Kurasaki’s clan. When Chicken is set up and framed again for murder, he seeks his old friends from Hung Hing to clear his name.
Once a Gangster (Chinese: 飛砂風中轉) (2010)
Once a Gangster is a 10th year anniversary spin-off parody. This film does not directly follow the mainstream plot. The film is an action comedy. Both Ekin Cheng and Jordan Chan are starred in the film as “Sparrow” and “Roast Chicken.”
Young and Dangerous
“Young & Dangerous is a clothing line brought into excistence to provide fashion alternatives for the burgeoning class of rebellious youth and bold fashionistas, with edgy tops, skirts, distressed denim and accessories, influenced by all things subversive; from the Hippie movement of 1960, punk-rock era of 1974, the goth revolution of 1980, up to the indie imersion of today.
Reflecting the rebel mistakes of the never forgotten teenage years Y&D aims to go againts the norms, and bring souls out of their comfort zones.
Y&D will forever defy all rules of conformity and encourage deviance in fashion.
We will be accepting orders starting on March 16 2012.