Running Out of Time (1999)
"Am zin" (original title)

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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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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 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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1.85 : 1
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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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A smart and satisfying film
5 October 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you're familiar with the work of auteur Johnny To and his band of filmmaking cronies over at Milky Way, you know what to expect with this latest production. All the familiar elements are in place: the strong camaraderie between two characters: usually a cop and a baddie, the coincidences and chances that turn on a dime and pay off handsomely in the end, and the humor that arises even in the most dire of situations.

Andy Lau plays a man who has 72 hours to live and decides to rob an insurance company. Lau Ching-Wan (also brilliant in other Milky Way films like "Longest Nite," "A Hero Never Dies," and "Where A Good Man Goes") portrays a hostage negotiator/cop who is on the robber's tail, even as the robber sets up a series of tricks and clues that he must follow in order to get his man.

Funny, poignant, and cool while being subtle, "Running" is actually one of the most entertaining Milky Way films to date. Don't miss the performances by the two leads, esp. Andy Lau, usually considered an average actor who has rarely been this natural and fun to watch. This film is one to go out of your way to see.

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