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3 July 1991 (Hong Kong) See more »
An all-action tale of police corruption in Hong Kong.
Cops find their careers and their lives in jeopardy when they spend a gangster's bribe money after releasing him from custody during a drug bust. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Andy Lau ... Lt. Lau Chi-Ming

Tony Chiu-Wai Leung ... Tau-Pi (as Tony Chiu Wai Leung)

Felix Wong ... Bong
Kiu Wai Miu ... Wah
Ken Tong ... Fong Heung-Tung
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philip Chan ... Supt. Tsao Siu-Ping

Kuan Tai Chen ... Hon Wai
Michael Dingo ... Defense Attorney
Lee Fung
Yung Kwan
Kit Ying Lam ... Wah's Wife

Ka-Yan Leung ... Sgt. Lam Hoi-Tim / Uncle Tim
Lieh Lo ... Chiu Chow
Yin Nam
Wang Ban Poon
Fui-On Shing ... Shing Sha-Pi
Joan Lai-Kau Tong

Eric Tsang
Irene Wan ... Shirley Lam
Kam-Kong Wong ... Tam

Directed by
Eric Tsang 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Yin Nam 
James Yuen 

Produced by
Wallace Cheung .... executive producer (as Wallace Cheung Kwok Chung)
Wallace Cheung .... producer
Original Music by
Patrick Lui 
Tats Yau 
Cinematography by
Jingle Ma 
Film Editing by
Ma Kam 
Art Direction by
Chi-Ngai Lee 
Production Management
Jessinta Liu .... production manager
Bill Yip .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jan Kwong Leung .... assistant director
Hon Keung Ng .... assistant director
Art Department
Fai Fong .... props assistant
Camera and Electrical Department
Chi-Ying Chan .... assistant camera
Shing-Fat Cheung .... electrician
Tony Cheung .... lighting technician
Yat-Leung Wong .... still photographer
Other crew
Lee Fung .... action director
Siu-Hung Leung .... action director
Kiu Wai Miu .... planner
Wei Tung .... action director
Tak Yuen .... action director

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ng foo cheung: Kuet lit" - Hong Kong (original title)
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100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

This movie is based on the television series known as "The 5 Tigers" which aired on TVB and starred Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, 'Felix Wong', Kiu Wai Miu, Andy Lau, and Ken Tong in the 80s as the five tigers.See more »


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HK Neo Reviews: The Tigers, 25 June 2008
Author: ( from Australia

Tagline: A star-stunned cast spoiled by a mediocre script…

Review by Neo: Imagine the 5 biggest TVB actors at the time starring in a movie together and within the five, there are little names like Andy Lau and Tony Leung Chiu Wai. So what can possibly go wrong, maybe it is due to the all too ordinary direction from veteran actor Eric Tsang or perhaps we can just blame it on the routine and blend script. The film is basically trying to say that one wrong act will lead to another one and eventually to the point of no return. A bleak and dark look into police corruption, director Tsang fails to make use of his 5 tigers (Andy Lau Tak-Wah, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Felix Wong Yat-Wah, Miu Kiu-Wai, Ken Tong Chun-Yip) and the result is a brutally average flick that never rises above its genre convention. While it is okay to be efficient, there are moments that the audience actually feels bored and it doesn't help when the running time is clocked at just a little under 2 hours. Perhaps 30 minutes too long, The Tigers is ultimately a missed opportunity and a waste of once in a life time chance to see all 5 tigers in action.

It is almost amazing to witness the annoying performance of two superstars of Asian Cinema. The unbelievable have happened, Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Andy Lau are just plain annoying. Luckily, Leung manages to impresses in the scenes prior to his death in the car park and Lau manages to pick his act together and actually attempt to act upon the death of Leung. The second half provides an Andy Lau that shows glimpses of the actor Lau is right now.

As for the evil tiger (Ken Tong Chun-Yip), he never seems to be able to create anymore than a pretty much one-dimensional villain. Current TVB star Miu Kiu-Wai is dead pan wooden and Felix Wong Yat-Wah is just his typical angry filled face throughout. Shaw Brothers favourite Leung Kar Yan is the unlikely person to shine above the aforementioned tigers and his character is sympathetic enough for the audience to care about.

All in all, the star power of the 5 tigers is alone worthy for the price of the movie and while the movie is really like the case of an unfulfilling romance, it isn't exactly total downhill. There is no doubt that the script have let the 5 former and present TVB superstars down and for some of them luckily have gone on to better things. At the end of the day, The Tigers struggles to be average and all they are trying to say is that one mistake leads to another and eventually to the point of no return. Life as a corrupt cop sucks in The Tigers and so are the awaiting audience hoping for something better. With that being said, the film did gives the audience some answers to their questions, Tony Leung Chiu Wai can actually be annoying, Andy Lau showing glimpses of his future and Eric Tsang is a far better producer than director. Finishing off, The Tigers is really a movie that tries to be average and comes up falling short… (Neo 2008)

I rate it 5.75/10


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