Andy Lau plays drug lord Jong who portrays himself as a businessman. His pregnant wife (Anita Yuen) does not know about his illegal drug business. Nick (Daniel Wu) is an undercover officer who had spent the last eight years penetrating into the core of Jong's drug sales ring and is working his way up to be Jong's closest aide and 'protégé'. Meanwhile, Louis Koo and Zhang Jingchu (as Jane) plays husband and wife who are both linked with the drug business, with Jane herself being a drug addict. Louis Koo as a drug trader and the heartless husband even uses their 3-year old daughter in traficking drugs. In her struggle to quit drugs, Jane is entangled in an affair with both Jong and Nick.
Talking about ratings may not be the most appealing of review openers, but the Hong Kong ratings board just makes it so easy. Either they hand out restrictive ratings like Spring Festival red pockets, or they blithely choose to ignore stuff that in other markets would have raised red flags, and none too festive at that.
Which one is the lesser or greater evil, that's up to each viewer to decide
Protégé contains some very explicit drug use depictions and a pervasive mood of...