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Nai-Hoi Yau (written by) &
Kin-Yee Au (written by)
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Release Date:
17 April 2003 (Hong Kong) See more »
Into the Perilous Night...
Over the course of one night, a team of cops frantically search for their colleague's missing gun. | Add synopsis »
11 wins & 19 nominations See more »
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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:
Pou-Soi Cheang ... Undercover cop
Chi Ping Cheung ... Insp. Chan's subordinate
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)
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 Fung 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
Wing-cheong Law .... associate director (as Law Wing Cheong)
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:

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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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Featured in Johnnie Got His Gun! (2010)See more »


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16 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Into the perilous night, 30 September 2004

This is quite possibly one of my most favorite films ever. Johnnie To returns to the crime genre with a bang. Literally. Known for his "The Mission", Johnnie To takes us into the perilous night and folds us into his dark and rich world.

The story follows a band of police tactical units, who keep order in the streets of Hong Kong during the night. Lam Suet plays anti-crime detective officer Lo, a cop who's night is about to go upside down. He gets beaten up by your regular triad gang, and he wakes up to find his gun is missing. Risking his job and lives, he must find his gun before it does any damage. He gets help from Mike (Simon Yam) and his party, the PTU, to search for his gun until dawn. The characters themselves are not quite developed. However, these characters need no words or development when it comes to this film. Much like, "The Mission", development is not needed to express themselves throughout the film. The characters are simple enough for anybody to understand. The film's music is also really well done and fits the mood of "PTU" very well.

The effects used throughout the film are highly impressive. Johnnie To places us in some kind of magical world, painting Hong Kong in darkness and plays around in it like some kind of playground. The light on dark shots are very well done to say the least. Fans of the "Silent Hill" video games for example I think will definitely enjoy the scenery of the film.

Highly recommend this film to you. If you haven't seen any Johnnie To film yet, this would be a good place to start. If you liked this, chances are you'll also like his "The Mission" film as well.

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