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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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Cast

Credited cast:
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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)
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Pou-Soi Cheang ...
Undercover cop
Chi Ping Cheung ...
Insp. Chan's subordinate
Kenneth Cheung ...
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Chi-Shing Chiu ...
Ponnytail
Roderick Lam ...
Mike's team member
Ching Ting Law ...
Robber in final shootout
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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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Into the Perilous Night...

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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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)

Gross:

$362,671 (Hong Kong) (2 May 2003)
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Sergeant Mike Ho: Everyone in uniforms are brothers.
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Followed by Tactical Unit - The Code (2008) See more »

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Great study in moody, low-budget filmmaking
16 November 2003 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

I saw a screening of PTU at UCLA tonight, with the director (and his translator) in attendance. I found the film to be a bit slow in spots, but I was willing to go along with the deliberate pace and slow burn of the film. I think in this country we're way too spoiled on visual chaos, with most studio films thrusting a car chase or a slapstick joke in our face every two minutes or so. It doesn't have to be that way. The film was shot beautifully and there is a quiet cool about the whole thing, very reminiscent of a Lee Marvin vibe as someone else here pointed out.

To did stay to answer questions after the movie, and although this did not alter my opinion of the film it did make me appreciate it even more. It was shot over the course of two years, while he would stop to make other commercial films; some actors gain or lose weight on screen! The budget only came out to $400k U.S. Several of the actors were actually crew people from his other films. One person asked him how he made his cinematography choices (i.e. the constant pools of light) and he laughed and said it was strictly budgetary; they couldn't afford to dress every set and they only had a few overhead lights, so voila! I think the limitations of what they had to work with only make the film stronger, much like Jaws is a better movie because the shark always broke down.


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