Plot: Stephen Fung's directorial debut Enter The Phoenix grossed over $10 million at the Hong Kong box office in 16-days' opening. The director/actor Fung revives classic Mafia topics with shades of black humor while tempering contentiousness of homosexuality with the love of father-and-son.
Georgie Hung (Daniel Wu) is handsome, stylish, and charming, but he hides a secret that his old fashioned father, Hung (who is a triad leader), can never forgive: he has been sent to Thailand since he was a child and never returned. After Hung's death, his right-hand Cheung intends to bring back Georgie to take over. However, Cheung finds Sam (Eason Chen), Georgie's flat-mate, whom he mistakes for Georgie. Because of this mistaken identity, Sam becomes a triad leader and Georgie becomes his right-hand. On their return, their rival, Chow (Stephen Fung), learns Georgie's secret and reveals it to the rest of the triad, hoping to become Godfather himself..
«While not an outstanding film, the fun popstars, genial performances, and good sense of humor make Enter the Phoenix decent fun. The film does lose its way towards the end, and the climactic action sequences are somewhat muddled. However, for director Stephen Fung, this is a good beginning.»
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