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Tiger on Beat (1988)
"Lo foo chut gang" (original title)

TV-MA  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  19 March 1988 (Hong Kong)
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A seasoned cop and his rookie partner are a pair of mismatched partners in this Hong Kong action-comedy in the style of 'Lethal Weapon'. The wacky twosome are up in arms as they try to solve the murder of a heroin trafficker.

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Sgt. Francis Li (as Chow Yun Fat)
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Marydonna (as Li Chi)
Conan Lee ...
CID Officer Michael Tso
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Poison Snake Ping (as Tsui Shui Keung)
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Fai, the Hitman (as Gordon Liu)
Shirley Ng ...
Mimi Li, Francis' sister
Phillip Ko ...
Heroin dealer (as Ko Fai)
Tommy Tam
David Chiang ...
Police Suprintendant (as John Keung)
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Police Inspector Jim Pak
Lydia Shum ...
Department store staff (as Sun Tin Ha)
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Chia Yung Liu ...
Sour Puss
Fui-On Shing ...
Dummy (as Sing Fui Ann)
Lung Ti ...
Loong
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A seasoned cop and his rookie partner are a pair of mismatched partners in this Hong Kong action-comedy in the style of 'Lethal Weapon'. The wacky twosome are up in arms as they try to solve the murder of a heroin trafficker.

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In one scene, Yun-Fat Chow tells a receptionist that his name is Mark Gor. Mark Gor is the name of a popular character he played in A Better Tomorrow (1986) (A Better Tomorrow). See more »

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[first lines]
Francis Li: Hey, wake up! Wake up! Hey, wake up, and put on your clothes! My wife's home! Hey!
Dummy's Wife: You have a wife?
Francis Li: Whatever. Put on your clothes! I'll explain it to you another day.
Dummy's Wife: What do you mean "Put on my clothes?" This is my home!
Francis Li: Your home? Then, who's the person trying to get in?
Dummy's Wife: Oh! My husband's back!
Francis Li: Your husband? Why didn't you tell me earlier?
Dummy's Wife: I told you! You just pretended not to understand.
Francis Li: I'm deaf! When I hit on you, you should've said something!
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THEME SONG
Composed by Teddy Robin Kwan
Lyrics by James Wong, Nieh Chun, and Mak Chi Ho
Sung by Maria Cordero
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Prett good, 80's buddy cop comedy
23 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

Before Tiger on a Beat hits the ten-minute mark Chow Yun Fat is taken hostage, not only does he wet his paints, but he faints and falls into a puddle of his own urine. If his wardrobe of a black sun visor, a Hawaiian print shirt tied at the waist, and bright colored golf pants didn't clue you in that he is not the same tough character he played in The Killer, Prison on Fire, or Hard Boiled, that diner holdup scene will. However, in the same scene he does swallow eighth raw eggs in one gulp, so thats to his credit.

Tiger on a Beat features Yun Fat and muscle-bound Conan Lee (who looks like Jackie Chan on steroids) as mismatched cops, Yun-Fat the unambitious, streetwise, womanizer, and Lee the hot-tempered, rookie. Its a buddy cop movie, the Hong Kong Lethal Weapon or Running Scared, with less emphasis on action than the cops drama-comedy antics in trying to bust a drug smuggler. They use a girl named Marydonna, who has started smuggling dope for her no good brother, to try and catch the gang, one of whom is the great Gordon Lui as the main henchman, but even rarer is the fact that he has hair (fans will know what I mean). Veteran Lau Kar Lueng keeps the pace going, though the action is minimal, until a fantastic final battle that involves Conan Lee and Gordon Lui dueling with some big chainsaws. Other than that it is your standard fare, some humor, some drama, an action scene or two. The film is dated, you can tell it was an 80's flick as easily Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo. Die-hard Hong Kong action fans should enjoy it. All others may want to approach with caution, as the comedy and wardrobe may be too silly for some tastes.

Also, A Better Tomorrow fans take note, Ling Ti does a cameo as an informant.


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