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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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Marydonna (as Li Chi)
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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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Some missed potential, but still a pretty sweet Hong Kong action comedy
30 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Tiger on the Beat surely could have been a truly awesome film. With the fine cast and direction from the mighty Liu Chia Liang could be forgiven for expecting fireworks, but strangely fireworks are largely absent in this film. The plot sees a lazy sergeant played by Chow Yun Fat teamed up with the hard fighting and enthusiastic young Conan Lee. They then become involved in gang violence and drugs in an occasionally humorous, sometimes violent but ultimately inconsequential story, though the heat is turned up by martial arts veteran Gordon Liu playing a vicious baddie. Shaw Brothers regular Norman Chiu plays another bad guy and there are cameo turns from David Chiang and Ti Lung as well. The moments of bona fide fighting in the film are pretty ace but generally the film has more gun violence, which though suitably bloody isn't quite what is expected from the terrific performers involved and one of the greatest of all fight choreographers. There's the argument to be made of course that martial arts is less appropriate for the setting, but on the other hand the film doesn't take itself seriously enough for such considerations to be reasonable and even if they were it still seems a shame not to explore the potential for brilliance. The action is exciting and well choreographed though, and like I said violent. Though there could have been more of it and it would be more effective if connected to a better plot. There are however two scenes, one with chainsaws and one with a shotgun that are utterly inspired and very entertaining, scenes that any Hong Kong action lover will likely find memorable. Acting wise everyone does well, Chow Yun Fat isn't as likable or cool as his more noble roles, Conan Lee makes one wonder why this film and the great Ninja In The Dragon's Den didn't propel him to stardom and Norman Chu makes a good villain, whilst Gorodon Liu is ace, mean and savage. The film moves along nicely, its just a bit lacking in punch. There are sweet scenes, and one part with a female suspect that will likely have a lot of people gasping but the movie is never quite funny or exciting enough to be truly great. Still, I'd recommend it to Hong Kong action junkies, its pretty good stuff overall, just not one of the greats.


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