7.4/10
4,321
24 user 38 critic

Running Out of Time (1999)

Am zin (original title)
Trailer
1:36 | Trailer
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.

Director:

Writers:

(as Yau Nai Hoi), | 1 more credit »
Reviews
5 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Ho Sheung Sang finds himself wrapped up in another cat-and-mouse game, this time against a tricky magician.

Directors: Wing-cheong Law, Johnnie To
Stars: Ching Wan Lau, Ekin Cheng, Kelly Lin
The Mission (1999)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Triad boss Lung, who has just escaped being killed in an assassination, hires five killers for his protection. Their grown solidarity is under compulsion when Lung gives a special order.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Francis Ng, Jackie Chung-yin Lui
PTU (2003)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Over the course of one night, a team of cops frantically search for their colleague's missing gun.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Simon Yam, Suet Lam, Ruby Wong
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A monk turned body-builder, with the gift to see into people's lives, befriends a female cop, and uses his gift to change the force of Karma and her destiny.

Directors: Johnnie To, Ka-Fai Wai
Stars: Andy Lau, Cecilia Cheung, Siu-Fai Cheung
Election (2005)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Rival gang leaders are locked in a struggle to become the new chairman of Hong Kong's Triad society.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Louis Koo, Suet Lam, Tony Ka Fai Leung
Mad Detective (2007)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A rookie cop teams up with a former detective with a supernatural gift to hunt down a serial killer.

Directors: Johnnie To, Ka-Fai Wai
Stars: Ching Wan Lau, Andy On, Ka Tung Lam
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

As election time nears, current Triad chairman Lok (Yam) faces competition from his godsons. At the same time, Jimmy (Koo) looks to increase his business relations with mainland China.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Louis Koo, Simon Yam, Nick Cheung
Romance | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Wah and Kinki both working at the same department of a computer company. Both of them are not getting on very well initially, but friendship develops when they get to know each other after ... See full summary »

Directors: Johnnie To, Ka-Fai Wai
Stars: Andy Lau, Sammi Cheng, Fiona Leung
Action | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A corrupt cop named Sam handles negotiations between two Triad leaders who plan to join forces. However, he meets a suspicious bald man named Tony, who keeps following him around and disrupting his personal business.

Director: Tat-Chi Yau
Stars: Ching Wan Lau, Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Maggie Siu
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Two very different hitmen find themselves to be in each other's way. They use all their skill to solve the problem.

Directors: Johnnie To, Ka-Fai Wai
Stars: Andy Lau, Takashi Sorimachi, Kelly Lin
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A cop is forced into early retirement due to retinal damage. But after witnessing a bank robbery along with a female inspector - who believes he has acute senses - they team up in hope to solve the case.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Andy Lau, Sammi Cheng, Kerry Chan
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Three people - a criminal, a bank officer and a cop - end up in a catastrophic situation in the midst of a global economical crisis and are forced to betray any morals and principles to solve their financial problems.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Richie Jen, Ching Wan Lau, Terence Yin
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
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 Al ...
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)
Edit

Storyline

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 <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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.


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

23 September 1999 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Running Out of Time  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

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.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Hong Kong Stories (2003) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
evocative, searing crime thriller
24 December 2004 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

Terrific, deeply moving crime thriller starring Andy Lau and Lau Ching Wan.

From the dizzying opening sequence to the extremely satisfying conclusion, this cat and mouser hardly misses a beat.

Johnny To, again working with ace composer Arthur Wong, constructs another operatic actioner that grots in the face of its contemporaries.

To's images are strong and moving. His cutting, combined with the extraordinary music cues, is exemplary. You are in the hands of a master cinematician.

The two sequences in which Andy Lau "hides" from the cops on a bus by pretending to accompany a lithe beauty (Ruby Wong) are testament to To's unique directorial skills.

Lau Ching Wan is strong and commanding as the harassed cop while Andy Lau is dynamic as a dying man avenging his father's death.

This is superb movie-making, only mildly compromised by some bad English dubbing in one scene with criminal Waise Lee.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
This is considered as the top 3 movies of all time in HK best_wells
American remake? LolaM
How Violent? jaylaurie90
SOUNDTRACK PLEASE!!!???? marty_australia
newspaper at the end? GirardJackson
Discuss Running Out of Time (1999) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?