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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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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
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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No law. No rules. No justice. [translation Dutch tagline] 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

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

Before shooting out the tires on the red vehicle, the 2 officers unload dozens of pistol and shotgun rounds towards the approaching vehicle. NYPD does not authorize firing at a moving vehicle when the vehicle alone is being used as a weapon. Also, with pursuing Patrol Cars behind the red vehicle, they were essentially firing at other officers. See more »

Quotes

Willy Ung: You never know how a guy gettin' his dick rubbed is gonna react when you charge the room, so keep your eyes sharp and your Glock cocked. And don't be tryin' to feel any Chinese titties either, ya little pervert!
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The Corruptor's Execution
Written by Chad Butler (as C. Butler), Bun B (as B. Freeman), E-40 (as E. Stevens),
B-Legit (as B. Jones)
Performed by Chad Butler (as Pimp C) and Bun B of UGK, E-40 & B-Legit
Courtesy of Jive Records
Contains a sample of "Another Execution"
Written by George Clinton (as G. Clinton), Isaac Hayes (as I. Hayes) & Cold 187um (as G. Hutchins)
Courtesy of Ruffhouse/Epic Records
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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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