‘Imprisoned: Survival Guide for Rich and Prodigal’ 2005 Review: An interesting and unique Hong Kong film

Imprisoned: Survival Guide for Rich and Prodigal is adapted from a Hong Kong internet novel.  The first half of the movie is a comedic portrayal of life in Hong Kong prison.  The second half involves a bad guy trying to harm the protagonist and his friends.  It ends with some lectures of trying to be a good person. I’m not sure this is the best way to finish a drama.  Anyway, on the whole it is marginally above average as compared to other Hong Kong movies.

Imprisoned: Survival Guide for Rich and Prodigal (Luat Tu) is a movie originated from a storytale in the Golden forum, that was published into a novel and later made into film. From the producer of “Due West: Our Sex Journey”, Christopher Sun directed this time.

The story depicts a youngster who’s a typical 2nd generation of the wealthy and rich, got himself involved in an accident and was jailed in the Hong Kong She Pik prison. Stars: Gregory Wong, Justin Cheung, Kwong Leung Wong

During his service, he faced numerous challenges; the brutality of his inmates, the cruel realities of bribery and betrayal and in the end how he finds happiness on his own terms.

Although the movie was 2hrs, it was not hard to watch with some light humor. The pace was well kept so u won’t feel bored. The acting was persuasive by the new comers and enjoyable from the old timers. And in the end leaves u sth to think and reflect about. Quite an interesting and unique HK film (phim hanh dong hong kong) in its own right.

Author: Duong VR

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