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All About Ah-Long (1989)

Ah Long dik goo si (original title)
A father's ex-girlfriend resurfaces after a 10-year absence wanting to take her son away from him. With his world shattered, he must decide between what is best for his son and his own future happiness.

Director:

Johnnie To

Writers:

Sylvia Chang (story), Yun-Fat Chow (story) (as Chow Yun Fatt) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yun-Fat Chow ... Ah-Long Yeung (as Chow Yun Fatt)
Sylvia Chang ... Sylvia Poon / 'Por-Por'
Kun-Hsuan Huang Kun-Hsuan Huang ... Porky Yeung
Man-Tat Ng ... Dragon Ng (as Ng Man Tat)
Tian-Lin Wang ... TV Producer
Galen Yu ... Patrick Yu (as Ka-Lun Yu)
Sin Hung Tam ... Sylvia's Mother
Joseph Chi ... Motorcyle Racer (as Joe Chu)
Kai-Keung Sze ... Fat Man at Tug-of-War (as Gai-Keung Si)
Oi Sam Tsui ... Fat Woman at Tug-of-War
Kim-Hung Lee Kim-Hung Lee ... Motorcycle Racer
Kwok Keung Chan Kwok Keung Chan
Michael P. Da Silva Michael P. Da Silva
Chi-Kwong Kwan Chi-Kwong Kwan
Denny Ng Denny Ng
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Storyline

A father's ex-girlfriend resurfaces after a 10-year absence wanting to take her son away from him. With his world shattered, he must decide between what is best for his son and his own future happiness.

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | English

Release Date:

16 March 1989 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

A lang de gu shi See more »

Filming Locations:

Guia Circuit, Macau, China See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cinema City See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

When Porky catches up with Ah-Long at the circuit he practices his racing at, Ah-Long was given a Yamaha TZR 250 by Dragon. The next day, Ah-Long competes at the Macau superbike race in a Suzuki GSX-R750.

No explanation is given why Ah-Long changed to a powerful motorcycle (requiring an advanced degree of skill to ride) in such a short notice or how he managed to bypass the practice and qualifying sessions and straight into the front row within that 24 hour period in a powerful motorcycle he do not appear to have ridden throughout the film. In reality, as there are other races supporting the event, he would have to have gone through practice and qualifying which would have occurred before the race. Nor can be explained is how can smaller bikes, such as the Suzuki RGV250, be able to qualify at the front row with powerful superbikes (over 750cc such as the Honda VFR750R). See more »

Soundtracks

The Love Song for Ar Long
Performed by Sam Hui
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One of Chow Yun-Fat's best performances.
1 August 1999 | by zoo-8See all my reviews

Chow Yun-Fat gives a heart-rending performance as Ah Long, a single dad struggling to bring up his son amidst crushing working-class poverty in 1980's Hong Kong. The strong bond between father and son is tested when a chance encounter with someone from Ah Long's past changes the course of their lives.

Gritty in its realism, this film pulls no punches in examining the life of an admitted wastrel who wants more than the life of an uneducated laborer for his son but sees no more hope for himself. No matter how heinous his behavior in the past, when his son's happiness is challenged Ah Long shines forth as a man of honor, compassion and love.

Chow Yun-Fat's performance is daring and showcases his brilliant talents. He also has a writer's credit in this film. For those who are dismissive of action films (the genre for which he is best known), this film should make believers of all those who savor finely crafted, razor-sharp characterizations.

5 out of 5 stars. Don't forget to bring along a full box of tissues - this film will leave all but the most jaded in tears.


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