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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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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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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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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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Trivia

The close-ups of Yun-Fat Chow shooting a criminal at point blank range with a small revolver (as in the opening, and massage parlor raids) were directly inspired by the famous photograph of a Vietnamese soldier committing an execution. See more »

Goofs

The NYPD's 13th Precinct does not cover Chinatown, the 5th Precinct does. See more »

Quotes

Nick Chen: You know Chinese don't trust whites or cops, and you send me a white cop?
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I Hurt You Accidentally
Written by Johnny Chen
Performed by Alex To
Courtesy of Rock Records Co., Ltd.
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good action, good acting and a deep plot
2 October 2004 | by (NSW, Australia) – See all my reviews

Wahlberg and Chow both perform very believably and work well on screen together. This partnership reminded me of Training Day (with Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke). That is, the green cop being "educated" by the seasoned cop and we're not sure if the seasoned one is corrupt or not. I also thought it was shot well with good use of lighting. The action scenes were well directed and quite spectacular in some cases (eg. the car chase and several shoot-outs) without going too over the top. The plot was a little hard to follow at first, but I blame this on myself, not the storyline. It's commendable that so much thought was given to the script and plot so it didn't always seem we were just waiting for an action scene. The drama added intensity and suspense well, too. For example, the tension between Chen and Wallace. The thread with Wallace and his father added good depth to his character and the story, as did the fact that he and Chen retained their partnership in fighting even when the suspected worst was revealed about Chen. It was also notable the role music played in the film. For example you always knew when the Asian punks were about to show up due to the rap music. The subtle music in dramatic dialogue scenes gave the scenes a good atmosphere.


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