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Tiger on Beat (1988)

Lo foo chut gang (original title)
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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(as Lau Kar Leung)

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(as Tsang Kwok Chi)
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Credited cast:
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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
Norman Chu ...
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)
James Wong ...
Police Inspector Jim Pak
Lydia Shum ...
Department store staff (as Sun Tin Ha)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Bryan Baker ...
Boss (as Joseph Bryan Baker)
Chi-Shing Chan ...
Shing
Chia Yung Liu ...
Sour Puss
Fui-On Shing ...
Dummy (as Sing Fui Ann)

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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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Trivia

The chainsaws in the movie were not on for the fight, but actually had incense inside them to make them look like they were smoking. See more »

Goofs

The amount of raw eggs in the glass in the cafe. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Followed by Lao hu chu geng II (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Middling comedy and superb action in a Hong Kong crime flick
11 September 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

TIGER ON THE BEAT has been described by some as the Hong Kong version of LETHAL WEAPON although to be fair this kind of comic action was doing the rounds in cinemas in the East long before the Mel Gibson flick came out. The movie stars the ubiquitous Chow Yun-Fat as a rookie cop who ends up teaming with a tough acquaintance (NINJA IN THE DRAGON'S DEN's Conan Lee) to tackle a drug-smuggling ring headed by a bunch of foreigners.

Where to begin? This film offers an exciting blend of comedy and action, and as is usually the case with such productions, it becomes more and more serious as time goes on. Yun-Fat's supplying the comedy here and is very good when he's drinking raw eggs or using a shotgun on a piece of elastic to eliminate foes (the latter scene has to be seen to be believed). Lee is the hard man who engages in some expertly staged fight scenes which come as no surprise when you find out the director is Lau Kar-Leung.

TIGER ON THE BEAT is a particularly well cast film for anyone with an interest in Hong Kong cinema of the 1970s and 1980s. There are supporting parts for the likes of Phillip Ko, Ti Lung, and David Chiang here, while model-turned-actress Nina Li Chi supplies laughs and glamour as the femme fatale caught up in the mess. KILL BILL's Gordon Liu has an excellent role as the unstoppable chief henchman. Overall, though, - and questionable comedy aside - it's the action that makes this a top film. The fight in the beauty parlour is exemplary, a car and foot chase ably mix laughs and thrills, but the stand-out is the action-packed climax that ends with a chainsaw duel. Incredible stuff that makes this stand out from the crowd.


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