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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)
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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)
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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>

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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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SGD 356,158 (Singapore) (5 November 1999)
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Doctor: Looks like we won't see each other again.
Cheung: Only in this life, doctor.
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The best of enemies
23 February 2003 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

These are my thoughts after re-watching Aau Chin on a VCD recently bought at HK$15 (definitely NOT a pirated version). I still found it quite enjoyable.

The "setup", while not brilliant, is carefully done, with attention to details. No doubt the audience will find the total incompetence of the villiant "Baudy" quite unbelievable. But he only serves as something on which the duel between the two heroes is built.

Here's is where this film differs from many others in this genre (most notably John Woo's), in which the two heroes usually start off in sharp confrontations, although they may end up appreciating each other. Not here. Right from the beginning, Lau Ching-wan and Andy Lau give you the impression that they are engaged in no more than a friendly game of chess. I, for one, like this arrangement, as a refreshing change.

Lau Ching-wan delivers his usual easy style that is well liked by his audience. He is the mouse in this cat-and-mouse game, a dignified mouse, for that matter. Andy Lau is the cool cat, actually too cool. Hong Kong movie stars who are also Canto pop stars (and that accounts for some 90% of them) often have to watch the role they play in movies to ensure that they wouldn't tarnish their image as a singer. Andy Lau, however, is so popular that I don't think he needs that caution. He just like to look cool in this movie. Didn't hurt either, as it won him his first Hong Kong Oscar.

Finally, while this is a good movie from director Johnny To, my top favorite of his is The Mission, in which style is king.


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