So you live in China and you think you’re a gangster. You think you have got what it takes to join a gang; you know how to kick ’em kung fu style and you have even mastered speaking like a gangster. But wait a minute, you don’t know who Andy Lau is? Oh, don’t tell me you’ve never seen Wu Jian Dao? Sorry, man, but you’ve got a lot to learn. You know how to speak like thug, well, now it’s time to act like one, and we have got your back on that.
Below is our list of the Top Ten Gangsters Movies, as found in China, both on the Chinese mainland and in Hong Kong, based on Youku hits:
10. 杀破狼 Kill Zone (2005)
Youku Hits: 1,249,687
Director: Wilson Yip
Starring: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Sammo HungChan is living his last days as a senior detective. He’s taking care of the daughter of a witness of a ruthless crime- Lord Po. In the midst of chaos, a martial arts guru named Ma is ready to take over as head of the crime unit, replacing Chan, bringing a new era of crime detection.
9. 无间道 Infernal Affairs (2002)
Youku Hits: 1,523,001
Director: Andrew Lau, Alan Mak
Starring: Andy Lau, Tony Leung, Anthony Wong, Eric Tsang
Perhaps you have seen The Academy-awards winning American Movie – The Departed. Yes, cult classic, Internal Affairs is the infamous real story behind the plot of that particular DiCaprio’s film. Chan Wing Yan, a young police officer, has been sent undercover as a mole in the local mafia scene. Lau Kin Ming, the real young mafia member, camouflages himself, entering the police force. Years later, their older counterparts, Chen Wing Yan and Inspector Lau Kin Ming race against time to expose who’s the real mole and real cop within their midst.
8. 掃毒 The White Storm (2013)
Youku hits: 1,674,878
Director: Benny Chan
Starring: Sean Lau, Louis Koo, Nick Cheung
An operation against a notorious drug lord in Thailand, changes the destiny of a HK narcotic team: the workaholic captain loses his men and bright career; the loyal officer who goes AWOL; and the the undercover cop who was chooses to walk away from the past. Several years later, a drug dealing-related crime brings them together for a final face-off.
7. 无人区 No Man’s Land (2013)
Youku Hits: 3,755,877
Director: Ning Hao
Starring: Xu Zheng, Yu Nan, Huang Bo
Xu is a young lawyer from the city who travels to the Gobi desert where he embarks on a series of adventures and challenges. No Man’s Land is a road-movie sets within a 500 mile square no man’s land, an uncivilized wilderness. Xu is in search of a hunter and drives back to city, en route in desert a series of mishaps occur, which encompass a killer, a prostitute (Yu), and two lorry drivers. While the boss is a hunter, who harbors a plan to kill rid Xu.
6. 毒战 Drug War (2013)
Youku hits: 6,836,119
Director: Johnnie To
Starring: Louis Koo, Honglei Sun, Yi Huang
A man crashes his car accident and the cops realized this is no ordinary, but drug lord Tian Ming. In order to avoid the death penalty, Tian Ming helps the police bust an entire drug trafficking ring, but as soon as the police are ready to make the bust, Tian Ming makes a decision to shock everyone.
5.冲锋战警 The Constable (2013)
Youku Hits: 8,776,196
Director: Dennis Law
Starring: Simon Yam, Lam Suet, Sam Lee, Maggie Shiu
4. 风暴 Firestorm (2013)
Youku Hits: 8,991,764
Director: Alan Yuen
Starring: Andy Lau, Yao Chen, Gordon Lam
A group of gangsters led by Nam (Hu Jun) and armed with high-powered weapons, pull off another smooth and violent armored car heist in broad daylight in a crowded street. Whoever tries to get in their way are shown no mercy. This shames and humiliates the police. A hard boiled senior police inspector Lui (Andy Lau), hot on the trails of Nam and his tight crew, tries to put an end to the madness that is damaging lives of innocent people. But he soon comes face to face with the cruel reality that police tactics are too futile. Extreme crime requires extreme justice, even if it means crossing moral lines. Tou (Lam Ka Tung), an ex-con desperate to leave his criminal past behind, volunteers to be Lui’s snitch in exchange for a fresh start with his girlfriend Bing (Yao Chen). But little does he know what a hellish situation he’s getting himself into.
3. 边境风云 Lethal Hostage (2012)
Youku Hits: 10,514,378
Director: Cheng Er
Starring: Sun Honglei, Wang Luodan
Lethal Hostage is a Chinese movie about the relationship between Hong, a drug dealer, and Annie, his hostage. Ten years previously Annie’s father was a dentist who worked with drug dealing gangsters, however their plan went wrong when a mob boss was killed by police. His henchman Hong kidnapped ten year old Annie and took her to Burma where he raised her as his daughter. Years later they ended up becoming lovers due to Stockholm Syndrome. Before they could be married Hong faces one last job.
2. 特殊身份 Special Identity (2013)
Youku Hits: 11,160,873
Yen takes on the role of Dragon Chan, a Hong Kong undercover police officer, deep within the ranks of one of China’s most ruthless underworld gangs. The leader of the gang, Xiong (Collin Chou), has made it his priority to weed out the government infiltrators in his midst. Struggling to keep his family together and his identity concealed, Chan is torn between two worlds.
Upping the stakes, as Chan’s undercover comrades are dealt with, one by one, Chan fears his days are numbered. Now, he must risk everything to take down the organization and reclaim the life he lost when he took on this perilous assignment. As the action mounts, Chan must do everything he can to protect the special identity he wishes he never had, before it’s too late.
1. 旺角卡门 As Tears Go By (1988)
Youku hits: 11,585,076
Director: Wong Kar Wai
Starring: Andy Lau, Maggie Cheung, Jacky Cheung
A low-level triad “big brother” has a hot-tempered “little brother” who can’t keep out of trouble and consequently is in a constant need to be bailed out by his protector. The “big brother” is super cool, but lacks the ambition to rise in the ranks of the triad societies – and once he meets his cousin from Kowloon and falls in love with her, he even thinks about leaving “the life”.