Violent Tradition

Film, Thrillers

Time Out says

The title and the packaging are misleading. This isn't the ultra-violent action bonanza they would have us believe, but a kinder, gentler John Woo flick, a made-as a-cable pilot introducing an eccentric crime-fighting trio: two refugees from the Hong Kong triads, Li Ann (Holt), and Mac (Sergei), who is in love with her, and an ex-cop (Lea) who is her fiancé. Li Ann's admirers don't stop there: there's also Michael (Wong), heir to a powerful crime family. Inspired by Woo's 1991 HK comedy Once a Thief, this conceit harks back further to classy crime capers like Topaz or Gambit. Very minor, but quite watchable.


Release details

96 mins

Cast and crew

John Woo
Glenn Davis, William Laurin
Sandrine Holt
Ivan Sergei
Nicholas Lea
Michael Wong
Jennifer Dale