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A War Named Desire

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Traditional  愛與誠
Mandarin  Ài Yǔ Chéng
Directed by  Alan Mak
Initial release  July 2008 (France)
Box office  2.27 million HKD
6.8/10 IMDb

Simplified  爱与诚
Cantonese  Ngoi Jyu Sing
Produced by  Joe Ma
Director  Alan Mak
Music director  Mark Lui
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Screenplay  Alan Mak, Joe Ma, Clement Cheng
Cast  Francis Ng, Gigi Leung, Daniel Chan, Dave Wong, Sam Lee
Similar  Francis Ng movies, Movies about the Triads, Action movies

A War Named Desire is a 2000 Hong Kong action film co-written and directed by Alan Mak and starring Francis Ng, Daniel Chan, Dave Wang and Gigi Leung.


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Charles (Francis Ng) and James (Daniel Chan) are two brothers who lived with their grandmother during childhood. When Charles was eight years old, he committed an unexpected and unforgivable mistake, where he took HK$50,000 of cash from his grandmother's home and disappeared afterwards. James has held the grudge on his elder brother for his departure, not only for the fact that he took their grandmother's money, but mainly due to fact that his brother abandoned him without notice.

As the years go by, James has grown up and has met a good girlfriend, Jess (Pace Wu), while on the other hand, James became a member of a triad gang in Thailand, and is dating his triad brother, York's (Dave Wang) sister, Snow (Gigi Leung). After his grandmother dies, James finally have the opportunity to face down his past demon and he travels to Thailand with Jess to look for his brother.


  • Francis Ng as Charles Fong
  • Daniel Chan as James Fong
  • Dave Wang as York
  • Gigi Leung as Snow
  • David Lee as Henry Hung
  • Sam Lee as Keith
  • Pace Wu as Jess
  • Grace Lam as Chan Pui-sze
  • Chan Yiu-ming as Master Sun
  • Zhou Shu-yuan as Master King
  • Wasun Sakulponh as King's bodyguard
  • Venna Rujirosakul as Ken
  • Anusak Mekseree as Ming
  • Vassana Namund as Keith's dancer girlfriend
  • Archara Khantadat as Keith's dancer girlfriend
  • Wong Wai-fai as Thug
  • Keung Hak-shing as Thug
  • Theme song

  • I Miss Her (我想她)
  • Composer: China Huang
  • Lyricist: Wu Hsiung
  • Singer: Dave Wang
  • Critical

    LoveHKFilm gave the film a positive review praising the performances of Francis Ng and Gigi Leung, and director Alan Mak for allowing each character to have their own moments. So Good Reviews also gave the film a positive review, praising Mak's ability to accomplish visual storytelling, the cinematography by Chan Chi-ying, Nicky Li's action chorgoraphy and Ng's subtle performance.

    Box office

    The film grossed HK$2,269,655 at the Hong Kong box office during its theatrical run from 9 to 27 April 2000.


    A War Named Desire Wikipedia