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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)
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 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
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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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: PTU, 12 April 2007
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

The reason why I bought this was simple. Since I was on a DVD buying spree, and had picked up Johnnie To's The Mission (see review here), I thought I might as well pick up yet another of his movies which I have not watched, and so PTU presented itself because of the price, and the uber cool slip case cover.

PTU, or Police Tactical Unit, is quite unlike To's movies like the Election series, or The Mission. Here, we look at cops. Ordinary cops, who like everyone else, just want to go home safe and sound after their tour of duty. The movie started off with the sounds of the bustling streets of Hong Kong, before we find ourselves inside a police truck, with everyone in sombre mood during their trip to their patrol grounds of Tsim Sha Tsui, and listening quite ominously to an announcement over the radio regarding the death of a cop.

And so begins am eventful night, which is the time period where PTU takes place in. We follow quite a number of characters - Lam Suet as Lo from the Anti-Crime Division, whose firearm was lost during a scuffle with thugs, and forms the crux of the story in which the lives of everyone else in the movie revolves around, Maggie Siu as Kat, sergeant of her team of PTU cops, and Simon Yam as Mike, her counterpart leading the other team. It's a great character study piece of the three main characters, initially one who knows he's in lots of trouble for the loss, and desperately trying to recover it, in order to save face, and keep his reputation intact for an upcoming promotion, Kat's sense of doing what's right, following procedure, and Mike, who's willing to risk it all to help another of his own "for kay" (slang for cop).

Under To's direction, PTU is a brilliant visual piece. Creative use of light and shadow illuminates PTU, making it a visual spectacle, so much that you'll still enjoy the movie even if you turn off the volume. I particularly enjoyed the rather quiet moments which were plenty throughout the movie, rather than the usual wham-bang kind of action with guns ablazing. In fact, a shot is never even fired, until the end-all finale, combining all the separate threads of the story into one heck of a finale. What could probably raise eyebrows, are the unorthodox methods employed by the upholders of the law. You can't help but ponder over the methods, and how the lieutenants either turn a blind eye to, or are in full agreement with the provocative procedures meted out by their captain. Surely a talking point, if fire should be met with fire when dealing with scum.

There are many subtle touches in this compact tale of less than 90 minutes, with the ubiquitous mobile phone being so important as a plot element, and that strong sense of irony in the narrative. And again in To's cops and robbers / triad movies (though I may be wrong), it seemed that the cool soundtrack which is peppered throughout the film, seemed to stem from a single primary theme music, this time with some electric guitar riffs.

PTU doesn't get bogged down by wasting time explaining the many whys and how comes, and prefers to zap you right into the moment. It's the sense of contemplative urgency that makes it compelling to watch, and every turn brings something unexpected. The ending is particular interesting too, especially for those who have written statements in uniformed groups - you surely know what they're doing!

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