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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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Director:
Writers:
Nai-Hoi Yau (written by) &
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Release Date:
23 September 1999 (Hong Kong) See more »
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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.
Plot:
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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A smart and satisfying film See more (24 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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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Runtime:
93 min
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Quotes:
Doctor:Looks like we won't see each other again.
Cheung:Only in this life, doctor.
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A smart and satisfying film, 5 October 1999
Author: ajy1 from United States

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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