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Nai-Hoi Yau (written by) &
Kin-Yee Au (written by)
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  (in credits order)

Simon Yam ... Sergeant Mike Ho
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:
Chi Ping Chang ... Insp. Chan's subordinate (as Chi Ping Cheung)
Pou-Soi Cheang ... Undercover cop
Kenneth Cheung ... PTU Orderly
Chi-Shing Chiu ... Ponnytail
Roderick Lam ... Mike's team member
Ching Ting Law ... Robber in final shootout
Tian-Lin Wang ... Uncle Cheung
Chi Wai Wong ... Brother Hei
Chi-Wang Wong
Wah Wo Wong ... Bill

Courtney Wu ... Bodyguard
Ronald Yan ... Senior Inspector Yu
Bo Yuen ... Robber in final shootout
Ka Ting Lee ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Johnnie To 
Writing credits
Nai-Hoi Yau (written by) (as Yau Nai Hoi) &
Kin-Yee Au (written by) (as Au Kin Yee)

Produced by
Catherine Chan .... production executive
Elos Gallo .... consultant producer
Johnnie To .... producer
Patrick Tong .... administrative producer
Original Music by
Chi Wing Chung  (as Chung Chi Wing)
Cinematography by
Siu-Keung Cheng (director of photography) (as Cheng Siu Keung)
Film Editing by
Wing-cheong Law  (as Law Wing Cheong)
Production Design by
Ringo Cheung 
Jerome Fung 
Art Direction by
Jerome Fung 
Costume Design by
Sukie Yip 
Production Management
Ringo Chen .... production manager
Elaine Chu .... project manager
Hak Lam .... unit manager (as Lam Hak)
Patrick Tong .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ho-ming Chan .... assistant director (as Chan Ho Ming)
Wing-cheong Law .... associate director (as Law Wing Cheong)
Wing-cheong Law .... associate director (as Wing Cheong Law)
Art Department
Wai Kin Lam .... head property master (as Lam Wai Kin)
Sound Department
Chun Wang Au .... foley artist (as Au Chung Wang)
Martin Richard Chappell .... supervising sound editor (as Martin Chappell)
Phyllis Cheng .... adr editor
King Fai Choy .... foley artist (as Choy King Fai)
Wing Hong Fung .... foley artist (as Fung Wing Hong)
Wai Hung Kwong .... foley artist (as Kwong Wai Hung)
Hon Chiu Lam .... foley artist (as Lan Hon Chiu)
Sin-kwok Lee .... sound mixer (as Lee Sin Kwok)
Charlie Lo .... sound effects editor
Charlie Lo .... sound
May Mok .... adr editor
May Mok .... adr recordist
Kwok Fai Ng .... boom operator (as Ng Kwok Fai)
Man Keung Ngai .... boom operator (as Ngai Man Keung)
Kwong Heung Yam .... foley artist (as Yam Kwong Heung)
Tomy Yu .... foley supervisor (as Tommy Yu)
Visual Effects by
Kosby Fu .... CGI animator
Pak Chung Kwan .... CGI animator (as Kwan Pak Chung)
Stephen Ma .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Ting Fong Kwong .... best boy (as Kwong Ting Fong)
Hirotake Okazaki .... still photographer
Hung Mo To .... focus puller (as To Hung Mo)
Kwok Chiu Wu .... gaffer (as Wu Kwok Chiu)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Fuk-Ying Shing .... wardrobe assistant (as Shing Fok Ying)
Editorial Department
Christy Chan .... post-production coordinator
Chi Kit Lau .... assistant editor (as Lau Chi Kit)
Calmen Lui .... post-production consultant
Other crew
Catherine Chan .... production executive
Ho-ming Chan .... continuity (as Chan Ho Ming)
Wan-San Ding .... film coordinator (as Ding Yuin-Shan)
Jerome Fung .... consultant
May Lam .... craft service
Kuo Hsing Li .... presenter (as Li Kuo Hsing)
Frank Michael Liu .... consultant (as Frank Liu)
Helen Tong .... production assistant
Hui Chun Wu .... film coordinator (as Wu Hui Chun)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"PTU: Police Tactical Unit" - USA (DVD title)
"Police Tactical Unit" - International (English title) (long title)
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Rated R for violence and some language
88 min | Germany:87 min (Berlin Film Festival) | USA:85 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Sergeant Lo Sa:Go fire twice, Madam. It will be easier for the report. Probably you will get bonus.See more »
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13 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Technically competent, sunk by weak ending, 17 April 2003
Author: Karfoo from Hong Kong

I have not seen many of Johnny To's films, until I hit on The Mission. From that point on, I was hooked. So I went back, and watched all his other "masterpieces", specifically his cop films. These included The Heroic Trio (interesting, in a strange, anything goes kind of way), A Hero Never Dies (an excellent piece), Running Out of Time (excellent, if a bit contrived), The Mission (his best piece IMO), Fulltime Killer (excellent, though with another terminally ill Andy Lau and therefore reminiscent of Running Out of Time, therefore lowering its value in terms of the characterization), Running Out of Time 2 (obviously a half-hearted and very commercial attempt to make a fast buck, riding on the original). And, based on the above, it must be said that PTU is weak.

The film spends over 90% of the time trying to weave together the various characters, and, based on what we know of To, we expect everything to come together seamlessly and end with some sort of a bang. If not, at least with some elation as to how things will pan out in the end. Instead, Johnny To seems to realize, 70 minutes into the film, that he can't really do it or can't be bothered, and throws in another group of wholly irrelevant and previously unseen stand-ins. Just so everything can be explained away in one word: Coincidence. That is just weak. And sloppy too. For me, this rates up there with the disappointment that was the film called Hero (Zhang Yi Mou).

On the technical side, however, To is of course his usual self. The dark moods were nicely cast by the dark alleyways, the semi-lit and deserted streets. I do agree that the supporting cast is a bit weak, in that they do not seem natural. In fact, the only people who seem natural in the whole film were Simon Yam and Lam Suet. The female cast, of course, were dispensable as in all Johnny To (and John Woo) films.

All in all, the film only rates as "see it if you have nothing else to do on a Sunday afternoon" fare.

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