The Fast and the Furious might seem like some unstoppable juggernaut of a movie franchise – but we’ve got word that there’s a Hong Kong competitor to the high octane car racing action of The Fast and the Furious! It’s Golden Job (黄金兄弟), an action adventure film which sees five special individuals teaming up to take down a virtually unstoppable menace – Lion (Ekin Cheng), Crater (Jordan Chan), Calm (Chin Ka-lok), Mouse (Jerry Lamb), and Bill (Michael Tse).

But first things first. Ever noticed how Chinese titles never quite sync up to the English ones? If you were unfortunate enough to have studied Chinese in school, you’ll notice that the Chinese title for, 黄金兄弟, actually means “Golden Brothers” (instead of Golden Job). If you think about it, that’s even more apt title for a film that’s the Cantonese counterpart of The Fast and The Furious – both films feature brotherhood heavily as a theme.

So here’s why we think Golden Job (黄金兄弟) is going to dethrone The Fast and the Furious as the new action film franchise to look out for!

 

1. Both films feature nigh impossible vehicular stunts

Stunning car races in Golden Job (黄金兄弟). Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Stunning car races in Golden Job (黄金兄弟). Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

The Fast and the Furious started rather modestly with their vehicle stunts – before we got cars crashing through windows to get from one skyscraper to another or thrilling chases across icy wastes with a submarine tearing after them. Each subsequent instalment manages to find ways to top previous films in terms of the insanity of their car choreography.

Golden Job (黄金兄弟) has the team of mercenaries scheming to create a traffic gridlock in order to divert a van holding their target – in Budapest, no less! It’s one thing to create traffic jams in Hong Kong, but to do it in a far-off land takes skill and gumption that only the truly extraordinary have.

 

2. Both films are about a “special” team of mercenaries who take on “special” tasks

The team discovers that not all is as it seems in Golden Job (黄金兄弟). Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

The team discovers that not all is as it seems in Golden Job (黄金兄弟). Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

By now, the characters of The Fast and the Furious franchise are pretty iconic. There’s tough guy Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), pretty boy Brian O’Conner (the late Paul Walker), tech guy Tej Parker (Ludacris), and tough gal Letty (Michelle Rodrigues), to name a few. They’re all defined by the skills they bring to the team, and each of them fulfils a very specific role whenever they’re called on to accomplish a mission.

It’s the same for Golden Job (黄金兄弟) – you’ve got charismatic leader Lion (Ekin Cheng), explosives guy Crater (Jordan Chan), tech guy Mouse (Jerry Lamb), spy dude Bill (Michael Tse)… and getaway driver Calm (Chin Ka-lok). Well, maybe anybody could be a getaway driver, but it’d be difficult to fill any of the other niches.

 

3. Both films take place in exotic locations around the globe

Massive explosions in Golden Job (黄金兄弟). Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Massive explosions in Budapest in Golden Job (黄金兄弟). Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

In just one film, the Golden Job (黄金兄弟) characters travel to Budapest, Japan, and even Montenegro. That’s pretty much as cosmopolitan as you can get! Comparatively, the team in The Fate of the Furious (the 7th The Fast and the Furious instalment) goes to New York (normal), Cuba (exotic), and the icy regions of Russia (exotic).

We think they’re about on a par with each other in terms of globetrotting.

 

4. Both films have amazing set piece finales where the team storms a nigh-impenetrable fortress

Mouse (Jerry Lamb) storms the bad guy's Montenegro fortress in Golden Job (黄金兄弟). Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Mouse (Jerry Lamb) storms the bad guy’s Montenegro fortress in Golden Job (黄金兄弟). Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

In The Fast and the Furious, it always seems like Dom’s team is attempting to lay siege to some bad guy’s base, like attacking the Russian base of Cipher (Charlize Theron) in The Fate of the Furious and storming the giant aircraft of Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) in Fast & Furious 6.

Similarly, Golden Job (黄金兄弟) has its heroes assaulting a fortress built on an entirely artificial island in Montenegro! We’re not sure how much land reclamation costs there, but building a fortress anywhere is impressive.

 

5. Both films have leaders who are ex-convicts

Ekin Cheng is Lion in Golden Job (黄金兄弟). Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Ekin Cheng is Lion in Golden Job (黄金兄弟). Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

If you’ve watched any The Fast and the Furious film, Dom is sure to bring up his criminal past (despite the fact that it never impedes him in any significant way). He’s always reminding audiences that he was from the wrong side of the law, but he’s fighting for good, and that he sometimes (actually, always) has to break the law for moral reasons.

Lion in Golden Job (黄金兄弟) faces… similar circumstances. We’re not spoiling it for you here, but there’s a bit more about Lion’s character that’s revealed during the film. Let’s just say that by the end of the movie, Lion can claim that he’s an ex-convict, too.

Golden Job (黄金兄弟). Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Golden Job (黄金兄弟). Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Are you ready to see how the team executes their Golden Job (黄金兄弟)?  If the line-up looks familiar, that’s because they’re the same cast from Young & Dangerous (古惑仔之人在江湖) – reunited 20 years later for yet another epic film about brotherhood! The team is sent to intercept a shipment of goods, but are betrayed from within. There’ll be hell to pay when they discover the traitor in their ranks, and you can be sure to see some explosive action too!

Plus, there’s Eric Tsang (who plays Cho) in the film. We’re pretty sure it’s going to outdo The Fast and the Furious, by even faster and, er, furiouser.

 

Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

 

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