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The Corruptor (1999)

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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
Elizabeth Lindsey ...
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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$15,156,200 (USA) (14 May 1999)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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

Quotes

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

Featured in Shooting the Police: Cops on Film (2006) See more »

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Written by Tim Stahl, John Guldberg, Jack Knight & ScrewFace
Performed by Monifah
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
Contains a sample of "White Horse"
Courtesy of EMI-Medley 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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