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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.


(as Sun Chung)


(as Lo Tung), (as Leung Wai Ting) | 1 more credit »
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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 »


Ken Chow: What? What are you looking at? Do you see six eyes or five noses on my face?
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Referenced in Ninja Mission 2000 (2000) See more »

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Highly emotional Police action
16 August 2008 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

The second to last film of Shaw director Sun Chung's career reunites him with his long time best actor Ti Lung. It's also Chung's only effort to work in the new style action cinema of late 1980's Hong Kong.

The film has many of the hallmarks of HK cinema of the late 1980's and early 1990's, frenetic action, over the top near hysterical acting, stunt men being throw over all sorts of hard objects, extreme pessimism with the system and a feeling that chaos and crime is just around the corner. Distrust of Mainland China is a repeated theme as the HK criminals smuggle in assassins from there. While the character of "Dick", played by Chow Yun Fat, behaves like a clown at times and many of the early scenes reflect that, the film is really about as downbeat as one can get. If the citizens of Hong Kong really felt that the system was as bad as portrayed here, it a wonder anyone stayed there before China took over.

As a film it certainly has the solid and stylish direction that Sun Chung put into all his work even with the lower budget he clearly had to work with here. The action scenes are generally well done, better than other films of the time, but the plot leaves a bit to be desired. A fascinating husband and wife assassination team is introduced at the beginning of the film only to be seen going back to China by train in the middle, never to return. Why bother introducing them at all if the heroes are never going to battle them?

Not bad if you like this genre, the actors are great, and the film isn't too long.

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