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Running Out of Time -- 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 organised crime Syndicates


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23 September 1999 (Hong Kong) See more »
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.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Andy Lau ... Cheung

Ching Wan Lau ... 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)

Robert Sparks ... 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)
Yan Tin So ... Office Worker (as So Yan Tin)
Wah Wo Wong ... Security Guard (as Wong Wah Woo)
Yui Sang Wong ... Operation Team Member (as Wong Yiu Sang)
Li Chun Man ... Operation Team Member
Chi Kwong Cheuk ... Operation Team Member (as Cheuk Chi Kwong)
Jerome Fung ... Operation Team Member
Chun Hung Cheung ... Operation Team Member
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yuk Wah Cheung ... Police officer
Sau Kei Lee ... Doctor (uncredited)

Directed by
Johnnie To 
Writing credits
Nai-Hoi Yau (written by) (as Yau Nai Hoi) &
Laurent Courtiaud (written by) &
Julien Carbon (written by)

Produced by
Catherine Chan .... production executive
Tiffany Chen .... administrative producer
Christina Lee Storm .... co-producer (as Christina Lee)
Yun Tao .... line producer
Johnnie To .... producer
Original Music by
Ying-Wah Wong  (as Raymond Wong)
Cinematography by
Siu-Keung Cheng (director of photography) (as Cheng Siu Keung)
Film Editing by
Chi Wai Chan  (as Chan Chi Wai)
Art Direction by
Jerome Fung 
Makeup Department
Tin Mei Ching .... makeup artist (as Ching Tin Mei)
Joe Kwong .... hair stylist
Production Management
Hin Koon Chan .... production manager
Ching Ting Law .... unit manager (as Law Jing Ting)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wing-cheong Law .... assistant director (as Law Wing Cheong)
Art Department
Wing Hing Lo .... head property master (as Lo Wing Hing)
Sound Department
Martin Richard Chappell .... location sound recordist (as Martin Chappell)
Martin Richard Chappell .... sound editor (as Martin Chappell)
May Mok .... boom operator
May Mok .... sound editor
Kuo-Hua Wu .... sound effects (as Ng Kwok Wah)
Special Effects by
Shui Tin Chi .... pyrotechnician (as Chi Shui Tim)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ting Fung Kwong .... best boy (as Kwong Ting Fung)
Hung Mo To .... focus puller (as To Hung Mo)
Kwok Chiu Wu .... gaffer (as Wu Kwok Chiu)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yu Ho Tang .... wardrobe assistant (as Tang Yu Ho)
Other crew
Charles Heung .... presenter

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Am zin" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Hidden War" - Hong Kong (English title) (literal title)
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93 min
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Doctor:Looks like we won't see each other again.
Cheung:Only in this life, doctor.
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Referenced in Boundless (2013)See more »


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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
An action thriller comparable to the best from the States., 10 December 2001
Author: heychast from Ohio, USA

I've recently seen An zhan. Not because it was a Hong Kong film, but because I was looking for a change from the films being produced here in the US. In my humble opinion, I believe the film could easily compete against the action thrillers being produced here, except for the traditional idiocyncracies of Hong Kong film. The one that still bothers me was the chief inspector character. I still don't understand why there has to be a complete-idiot-comic-relief-type character even in the serious films that come out of Hong Kong, but I can live with it when the movie is this good. The characters are believable even if the situations they are in are not. The story is fast paced and really sucks you in to it. The real cincher scenes for me were the two bus rides that the thief character takes. Overall, a really solid film.

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