Christopher Walken has spent too much time in prison, so he feels no remorse in Abel Ferrara’s King of New York

Take another look at…King of New York

Christopher Walken plays Frank White, a drug lord released from prison, in Abel Ferrara’s King of New York.

At the start of the film, he sidles up to his lead henchman Jimmy (Laurence Fishburne), and tells him that he has spent too much time in prison and that he feels no remorse.

And what is he talking about?

The Colombian drug dealer he has had assassinated.

Frank has similar plans for rival Italian and Chinese dealers.

His aim is very simple.

He wants to dominate New York’s lucrative drug trade, and use the proceeds to fund charitable works such as the public hospital in the South Bronx.

But the path to this goal of bought legitimacy is fraught with danger.

Frank’s ‘street mouth-piece’ Joey (Paul Calderone) conducts business with the Triads.

And a team of violent and unorthodox cops lurks there.

They store the corpse of one of Frank’s victims in their squad car.

And, on another occasion, they conduct a commando-style raid on Frank’s warehouse killing, rather than arresting, members of his posse.

But it’s Christopher Walken’s performance that will amaze you.

His Frank White is a credible screen criminal.

And that’s very rare.

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