In the 70s & 80s of Hong Kong Cinema, quite a lot films used gangsters and youth as the themes. This year, we select four representative films of the time in which we can see the representation of Hong Kong society at that time through the depiction police, thieves, frustrated young people ─ compared to today, the situation can still resonate with the audience.
Cops and Robbers is essentially the story of three cops and one robber, the former an amalgam of professionals with different temperaments, the latter a psycho killer obsessed with guns. The title comes from a children's game, in which players are assigned roles of either law enforcers or lawbreakers largely by chance, colouring the film with a shade of fatalistic irony. Director Alex Cheung, a wunderkind who had been winning film awards since his teens, tackles his feature debut with abandon, indulging in filmic and storytelling devices like a kid in a candy store, staging kinetic scenes in ordinary neighbourhoods, planting psychological clues in everyday situations and lobbing grenades of sensational emotions into the narrative mix.