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City War (1988)

Yi dan hong chun (original title)
Two cops--both partners and best friends--find their friendship and their lives at stake when they try to take down a ruthless drug dealer.


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Credited cast:
Officer Dick Lee Chiu (as Chow Yun Fatt)
Officer Ken Chow (as Ti Lung)
Niu Tien ...
Penny (as Tien Niu)
Norman Chu ...
Ted Yiu Tat (as Chui Siu Keung)
Mrs. Yee
Teresa Carpio ...
Lieh Lo ...
Uncle Kuen (as Lo Lien)
Ka Ding Lee ...
(as Lee Ka Ding)
Bobby (as Michael Chow)
Kwai Sing Wong ...
(as Wong Kwai Sing)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Allan Chan
Chi Fai Chan ...
Yiu Tat's Henchman
John Ching ...
Ling Chow
John Ladalski ...
Foreign Boss (as John V. Ladalski)


Detectives Dick Lee (Chow Yun Fat) and Ken Chow (Ti Lung) have different ethics and ways of working but after a tense confrontation with a major Triad boss, they must put aside their differences and hunt him down before they are both killed. Written by HoskinsMan

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Together They'll Tear It Apart!




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Release Date:

21 December 1988 (Hong Kong)  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When they are travelling to Canton by train, the sound from the train is that of a steam engine, but on screen there is a "Dong Fong Hung" diesel engine. In any case diesel replaced steam as early as 1960s. See more »


Dick Lee: Even if your superiors want to frame you, you'd better shut up and do what you're told.
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Referenced in Ninja Mission 2000 (2000) See more »

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emotional openness
16 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

while not a great film, of the first round of 'new wave' action films to come out of Hong Kong in the later 1980s, this has been the most imitated - not the films of Woo and Lam.

Probably the main reason for this is that the characters wear their emotions on their sleeves. When it's time to have fun, they do nothing but have fun, when it's time to cry, they cry rivers. And of course, when it's time to fight, they go at it with a fury rarely seen in action films - which of course makes this a very good action film, since such fury is really what action film fans want to see.

This emotional openness invites over-acting, and there are certainly moments of that here, especially from the usually more guarded Chow Yun-Fat. On the other hand, this is a perfect venue for Ti Lung, who was trained in the more histrionic method expected of all Shaw Bros. stars of the '70s; and Ti Lung's performance really makes this film believable, despite some rather twists in the relationships presented here (such as the odd respect everyone pays to the aging triad boss).

It's a tough, dramatic story, and the gun-fight at the end is among the best in Hong Kong action cinema. Certainly not a classic like "The Killer" or "City on Fire", but you won't go wrong watching this, even a couple times.

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