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The Corruptor (1999)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  12 March 1999 (USA)
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With the aid from a NYC policeman, a top immigrant cop tries to stop drug-trafficking and corruption by immigrant Chinese Triads, but things complicate when the Triads try to bribe the policeman.

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Nick Chen (as Chow Yun-Fat)
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Henry Lee
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Schabacker
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Willy Ung
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Louise Deng
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Bill MacDonald ...
Vince Kirkpatrick
Susie Trinh ...
Amy San
Ho Chow ...
Black Eyes
Olivia Yap ...
Tai
Lynda Chiu ...
Kim
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Storyline

Nick Chen is one of New York City's most martial police officers and the first Chinese-born immigrant on the force. Chen's job is to keep the peace in Chinatown from a turf war that has broken out between the Triads and the ruthless, and dangerous Fukienese Dragons. Chen teams up with Danny Wallace, who is terribly unaware of this situation. When the Tongs boldly attempt to bribe Wallace, Chen is forced to keep his faithfulness. Written by Anonymous

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If you have a secret, he knows it. If you have a weakness, he exploits it. If you have anything good in you, he destroys it... See more »


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Rated R for strong violence, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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12 March 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le corrupteur  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£139,738 (UK) (21 May 1999)

Gross:

£282,919 (UK) (28 May 1999)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the original script when Nick Chen walks in on Henry Vu being fed grapes in the bath, she was supposed to be giving him oral sex. Yun-Fat Chow said that Chen would not continue a relationship with May after witnessing this act, and the grape-feeding was suggested. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the car chase, when the burgundy Cadillac's left front tire blows out, the hubcap can be seen flying off in a close-up. When the car flips over, the hubcap is back on. See more »

Quotes

Sean Wallace: [to his son] Got a drink? I'm drier than a ninety-year-old tit.
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Soundtracks

5 Boroughs
Written by KRS-One (as K. Parker), Keith Murray (as K. Murray), Joseph Simmons (as J. Simmons),
Cam'ron (as C. Giles), Redman (as R. Noble), Buckshot (as K. Blake), Prodigy (as A. Johnson),
, Killah Priest (as W. Reed), J. Graham, William Broady (as W. Broady) & R. Corwin
Performed by KRS-One featuring Cam'ron (as Cam'Ron), Killah Priest, Joseph Simmons (as Run) of Run DMC,
Buckshot, Redman, Prodigy (of Mobb Deep), Keith Murray & Vigilante
Courtesy of Jive Records
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Very Stylish Thriller
9 June 2004 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

On the surface this is just an old fashioned tale of a slightly wet newbie cop teaming up with a hardened veteran , in short it`s a buddy movie that were very common in the late 80s/early 90s but what sets THE CORRUPTER apart from similar movies is just how stylish it all is . James Foley started his career by directing videos but with one brief exception this doesn`t really show too much with his action style being inspired by the likes of John Woo and Hong Kong action movies . There`s some superb technical aspects such as the editing and the cinematography is breath taking especially the scenes where light filters through windows and we see the spectrum imposed on the characters faces

There are some flaws to the movie of course . One is Foley has cast actors whose native tongue is not English which does cause some unintentional sniggers namely when the characters mention the word " Fokkien " , yeah okay I know it`s set in Chinatown but as is common in movies no one will complain if the characters speak perfect English no matter their ethnic origin or upbringing . The script does get a bit confused and complicated in the final third which did spoil the movie slightly and some people will no doubt be put off by the sometimes over the top violence , but as a violent thriller I was entertained by this movie


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