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PTU (2003)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  17 April 2003 (Hong Kong)
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Over the course of one night, a team of cops frantically search for their colleague's missing gun.



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Credited cast:
Maggie Siu ...
Kat (as Maggie Shiu)
Suet Lam ...
Sergeant Lo Sa (as Lam Suet)
Ruby Wong ...
Inspector Leigh Cheng
Ho-Yin Wong ...
Supervisor Wong (as Raymond Wong)
Eddy Ko ...
Eye Ball (as Ko Hung)
Hoi-Pang Lo ...
Bald Head (as Loi Hoi Pang)
Jerome Fung ...
Sergeant Fung
Frank Michael Liu ...
Triad (as Frank Liu)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pou-Soi Cheang ...
Undercover cop
Chi Ping Cheung ...
Insp. Chan's subordinate
Kenneth Cheung ...
PTU Orderly
Chi-Shing Chiu ...
Roderick Lam ...
Mike's team member
Ching Ting Law ...
Robber in final shootout


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

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Into the Perilous Night...


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 April 2003 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

PTU: Police Tactical Unit  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$156,712 (Hong Kong) (18 April 2003)


$362,671 (Hong Kong) (2 May 2003)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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good but not great...
19 August 2007 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

We meet the PTU on one of their worse nights. Chasing a suspect, a police sergeant loses his gun, and streets away, the son of a crime lord is stabbed to death in a small restaurant. We follow the PTU in their attempts to both find the policeman's weapon and prevent the fallout from the murder escalating. While it sounds an intriguing premise, PTU is not the pacey action-thriller you might expect, but is instead a slow, dark, and tense journey through the HK underworld.

Some scenes are brilliant, the use of harsh light and almost omnipresent shadow works well, effectively capturing the mood of the underworld. There's some real artistry here, and it's for that reason that the pacing frequently seems to be a little slow; the scenes look so good that the camera lingers on them for perhaps too long, causing pacing issues in some sections. However, it does work well in terms of suspense as the film builds towards its inevitably violent conclusion.

On a negative note, the music is terrible, and significantly dates a film that's only four years old. You have to wonder if they ran out of action movie ambiance sounds and just hit the classic cheese guitar button instead, but I guess that's just an Eastern film meets Western audience convention clash. It does however, in my opinion, completely undermine the final scene, which comes across as faintly ridiculous instead of as a dramatic release.

While it suffers from pacing and score issues, PTU's style and sense of tragic irony are enough to make it enjoyable if not quite essential viewing.

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