Finally got my hand on this highly anticipated Hong Kong production.
Jiang Hu stars Andy Lau, Jacky Cheung, Shawn Yue and Edison Chen. Important characters are also played by the likes of Eric Tsang and Chapman To thus it's only natural that people are tempted to compare this film with the Infernal Affairs trilogy. Not that a comparison would be fair however. They are very different movies.
Jiang Hu is follows triad boss Hung (Andy Lau) and his left hand man Lefty (Jacky Cheung) in the span of a single night. It's an eventful night. Someone's plotting to assassinate Hung. Could it be his 3 liutenants or his trusted friend Lefty? Whoever it is the killer's been set loose and time is running out. Will Hung make it through the night unscathed?
Jiang Hu is very light on story and heavy on flashy images. Every significant character has their individual style just about everyone looks cool in the movie. So this is another cool-HK-triad movie, eh? Well it's certainly made to look cool and the final sequence is very well shot (IMHO) but it's just a movie without a soul. Where's the story?
It's been a trend somewhat to throw in a twist or two into movies (a trend popularised by The Sixth Sense). Well Jiang Hu's shocker moment comes right at the very end and it's quite a big one. I certainly didn't see it coming. However... it's not enough to make up for the non-existant story.
One interesting tidbit... I was in a DVD shop a week ago and the proprietor told me that there are two endings for Jiang Hu. One for Malaysia and another for Hong Kong. While this is not uncommon (Young and Dangerous and Infernal Affairs had different endings in different countries), I certainly do not think this is true. According to the proprietor Andy Lau's character ends up in jail in the Hong Kong version while in the Malaysian version he ends up dead. Having watched the movie... I must say if you think that Andy Lau ends up in jail in the end of the movie then you haven't watched the movie properly... hehe
So is Jiang Hu worth the time? Sure... if you have the time to spare go watch it. It's not a great movie but it's certainly a watchable one.