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The Corruptor (1999)

With the aid from a New York City policeman, a top immigrant cop tries to stop drug-trafficking and corruption by immigrant Chinese Triads, but things get complicated 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
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Black Eyes
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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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Release Date:

12 March 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le corrupteur  »

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,765,300 (USA) (14 March 1999)

Gross:

$15,156,200 (USA) (16 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. Chow Yun-Fat said that Chen would not continue a relationship with May after witnessing this act, and the grape-feeding was suggested. See more »

Goofs

The NYPD's 13th Precinct does not cover Chinatown, the 5th Precinct does. They worked out of the 15th precinct, not the 13th, and there is no longer a 15th precinct in NYC. See more »

Quotes

Bobby Vu: [while watching TV 'Uncle' Benny hears gunshots outside and pulls a revolver out of draw just as Bobby and his hit squad kick open his door] Uncle Benny
Benny Wong: [defiant last lines] You think you can kill me?
[shoots himself]
Bobby Vu: We kill you anyway
[fires gun into Benny's body while screaming along with the others]
Bobby Vu: UNCLE BENNY! UNCLE BENNY! UNCLE BENNY!
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Connections

Edited into Malevolent (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Ain't No Sunshine
Written by Bill Withers
Performed by Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Chow Yun Fat is back in form
14 February 1999 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews



Fans of Chow Yun Fat can finally exhale; he has made a decent Hollywood movie at last.

I went to see "The Corruptor" this past Saturday in HK. While it's not an especially good film, it's a solid piece of entertainment. Most importantly, it allows Chow Yun Fat to be Chow Yun Fat. Whereas he was stiff and tentative in "The Replacement Killers", in "The Corruptor" Chow burns up the screen. From the very first few seconds of his appearance in the movie you can see that "The Coolest Actor in the World" is back in form.

In fact, it's the acting that saves the movie. The story is a tired one, but Mark Wahlberg and especially Chow are charismatic and make their characters sympathetic. Chow also develops an onscreen chemistry w/ Wahlberg that was completely absent in his partnership w/ Mira Sorvino.

Because of it's uninspiring storyline, however, "The Corruptor" will probably still not make Chow a household name in America. But it will win him lots of new fans. Let's hope this upward trend in Chow's career continues w/ "Anna and the King".


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