Monga (艋舺), directed by Niu Chen-zer (鈕承澤), is a classic gangster tale. The scene is set when Mosquito, played by Mark Chao (趙又廷), a new boy in the high school finds himself being picked on. His brave response catches the attention of Dragon, played by Rhydian Vaughan (鳳小岳), who is the son of Geta, the boss of the Temple Front. He is inducted into the gang and forms part of the group of five that also includes Monk, played by Ethan Ruan (阮經天). Monkey and Dog Boy complete the line up.
The film, set in Taipei’s Wanhua district in the 1980s, evokes a nostalgia for a not so distant past. It perhaps represents a time of innocence, a world on the cusp of old and new. This sets up the plot with outside gangs seeking to move in and change things, while the Temple Front resists change.
Mosquito has grown up without a father and looks up to Geta, played by Ma Ru-long (馬如龍), as a father figure. Xiaoning, played by Ke Jia-yan (柯佳嬿), is Mosquito’s love interest. However, she plays a fairly peripheral role. This is essentially a film about a male world of brotherhood and betrayal. There are quite a few fight scenes, some of which are quite violent. However, the real focus is on the relationships between the gang members.
Overall Monga is a well executed production that successfully builds dramatic tension and sympathy for the key protagonists. With the benefit of a wide opening Monga has already enjoyed success at the box office and will no doubt draw big crowds over the Lunar New Year holiday. It is an entertaining film and the audience will certainly enjoy it.
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Overall i find that its a pretty good show!! Its got hilarious yet touching scenes, on top of all the actions!! Would give it a 4/5 popcorns! =)
After the movie, we head over to Swee Choon Dim Sum for supper! Gosh, i ate so much i almost exploded!! Below are photos of the food we ordered~ The food are not too bad, but kinda pricey!! =(
Our Dim Sum Supper!
Eggtarts, XiaoLongBao, Drunken Chicken, Fried Carrot Cake, Noodles, FriedRice, etc etc.!
And after our filling supper, we all head home to rest for the night. I was really tired and knocked out soon after washing up. =)