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The Corruptor (1999)

R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Chen (as Chow Yun-Fat)
Henry Lee
Willy Ung
Elizabeth Lindsey ...
Louise Deng
Bill MacDonald ...
Vince Kirkpatrick
Susie Trinh ...
Amy San
Black Eyes
Olivia Yap ...
Lynda Chiu ...


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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You can't play by the rules when there aren't any. See more »

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

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Release Date:

12 March 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le corrupteur  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$5,765,300 (USA) (12 March 1999)


£282,919 (UK) (28 May 1999)

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(DeLuxe) (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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The ship in the film is the Great Lakes grain carrier "S.S. Canadian Mariner", not really suited for crossing the ocean. See more »


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 »


Nick Chen: Beef intestine noodle?
Danny Wallace: Uh, no.
Nick Chen: You wanna be Chinese, you gotta eat the gross stuff.
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References Cagney & Lacey (1981) See more »


Song for a Jolly Gathering
Written by Bobby Chen & Huang Lian Wang
Performed by Bobby Chen
Courtesy of Rock Records Co., Ltd.
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Misunderstood - A Great Film
13 March 2005 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

The Corrupter is beset by expectations of Yun-Fat Chow in another John Woo flick. This isn't a John Woo flick (and I mean the old John Woo pre-American Studio), but it does evoke moments that are very John Woo/Yun-Fat Chow esque ala The Killer and the blind girl.

This film is a character study of Nick Chen and Danny Wallace (played very well by Mark Wahlberg) as cops that must make decisions that may compromise their professional and personal integrity, but the lines drawn are not as simple as that. The film really asks people under what circumstances is it okay to bend the rules in order to achieve results that otherwise would not be possible? Would it be okay to let one guilty person go in order to catch ten more in the future? Would it be okay to convict one innocent person in order to catch a thousand guilty in the future?

Danny Wallace joins Nick Chen in the Chinatown task group. Danny is forced to ask himself whether the short term actions, and their moral implications, are worth the long term good of the force, himself, and his family.

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