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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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Vince Kirkpatrick
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Ho Chow ...
Black Eyes
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Tai
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Kim
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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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Rated R for strong violence, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Opening Weekend:

£139,738 (UK) (21 May 1999)

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£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

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 »

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Sean Wallace: [to his son] Got a drink? I'm drier than a ninety-year-old tit.
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Solid crime thriller
29 October 2006 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Nick Chen is a tough as nails New York cop who works on both sides of the law. When a new rookie cop is assigned to his unit he sees how the local crime boss tries to corrupt him and Chen reconsiders his ethics. All the while a few twists and turns show who is really playing who.

This is by no means a very original movie, especially for Chow Yun-Fat. His first American film, 'The Replacement Killers,' also was kind of a re-run, but what is there to say? He's good at this type of stuff.

Just like 'The Replacement Killers' this film was also a flop at the box office and it is probably through its gritty and uncompromising tone. Yeah, there's action and intense shootouts, but it is not like 'Die Hard' or anything. Innocent people die, the ending isn't happy, but what matters is that the film isn't cheesy - it pulls no sucker punches or cheap thrills. It sticks to the characters while keeping the action secondary, but no less intense. The plot too is also pretty interesting and is a little more intricate than 'The Replacement Killers' or Chow Yun-Fat's cult hits from Hong Kong like 'Hard Boiled.' It is not quite a masterpiece of genre, but remains a solid crime thriller nonetheless. 8/10

Rated R: strong violence, and profanity


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