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Running Out of Time (1999)
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Police inspector and excellent hostage negotiator Ho Sheung-Sang finds himself in over his head when he is pulled into a 72 hour game by a cancer suffering criminal out for vengeance on Hong Kong's organized crime Syndicates.



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Inspector Ho Sheung-Sang (as Lau Ching Wan)
YoYo Mung ...
Leung Yuen Ting - Girl on Mini Bus (as Yoyo Mung)
Waise Lee ...
Baldy (as Lee Chi Hung)
Shiu Hung Hui ...
Chief Inspector Wong Kai-fat (as Hui Shiu Hung)
Suet Lam ...
Suet, Baldy's Henchman (as Lam Suet)
Ruby Wong ...
Head of Interpol
Wai Ai ...
Cop at bank (as Al Wai)
Wai Kin Lam ...
Negotiator Hui (as Lam Wai Kin)
Diamond Dealer
Wai Leung Hung ...
Building Caretaker (as Hung Wai Leung)
Ching Ting Law ...
Elevator Cop (as Lo Ching Ting)
Man Shing Yau ...
Bank Robber (as Yau Man Shing)
Tin Hung Yee ...
SPU Leader (as Yee Tin Hung)
South Kei Lee ...
Street Thug (as Lee South Kei)


Dying Wah has nothing to be afraid of anymore when he realizes that he has only 4 weeks to live, and he's determined to get revenge for his father. Later, when Wah successfully gets away in a robbery, detective San makes up his mind and chases after Wah and arrests him. But, we can only have one winner in a game, who's gonna win? Written by L.H. Wong <>

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A criminal genius, who has only 14 days left in his life. A CID, who has the support of the entire police force. A psychological but fatal game between two men of super talent.


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23 September 1999 (Hong Kong)  »

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Running Out of Time  »

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SGD 356,158 (Singapore) (5 November 1999)

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Cheung: Where am I going to die, when am I going to die... all that doesn't matter to me any more. The most important thing is that I don't die in a police station.
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Against re-establishes Johnny To as the best working action director.
26 April 2000 | by (Jersey) – See all my reviews

Lifeline, A Hero Never Dies, and you think he couldn't top himself off. This film manages to be one of the most intelligent action films ever made and still fits in a compelling love story told in three scenes better than most films can tell a love story in the entire film. The gag premise, a man with 4 weeks to live takes on the Hong Kong police is only part of the brilliance of the film. I have to thanks the script writer for a constantly innovative script, as much as Johnny and I await their next collaboration with much anticipation.

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