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Time and Tide (2000)

Shun liu ni liu (original title)
Tyler is a restless, streetwise 21-year-old Hong Kong native who's had trouble gaining the trust of others all his life. He secretly fantasizes about living the good life in South America. ... See full summary »




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Credited cast:
Ah Hui
Cathy Tsui ...
Ah Jo
Uncle Ji
Jun Kung ...
Miguel (as Joventino Couto Remotigue)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arsenio Bhoy Agpoon
Tsu Chun Bon
Angelo Carmones
William Chan
Hung On Cheung
Charles Fok
Police Officer


Tyler is a restless, streetwise 21-year-old Hong Kong native who's had trouble gaining the trust of others all his life. He secretly fantasizes about living the good life in South America. After a while, he is forced to deal with the reality of impending fatherhood. Hankering for quick cash, however, he joins a bodyguard company. Later, he makes friends with a once disillusioned mercenary determined to begin life in a new way. However, their companionship is brief: they both are uncontrollably forced toward opposite sides of a deadly showdown... Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Trust is fatal. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong violence and brief drug use | See all certifications »




Release Date:

19 October 2000 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Time and Tide  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$10,770 (USA) (4 May 2001)


$93,817 (USA) (25 May 2001)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


A poster for Trainspotting (1996) can be seen on Tyler's door, when the cop went out. See more »


Tyler: If I had a real gun I'd come out and shoot you!
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References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »

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A welcome return for Tsui to the HK action genre!!
23 June 2001 | by (Montreal, Canada) – See all my reviews

The new film from the man who pretty much launched the careers of Jet Li, John Woo *and* Chow Yun-Fat (pretty damn impressive resumé) and Tsui Hark returns with a vengeance. A *very* interesting and intricate film, with masterful performances by Nicholas Tse and Wu Bai.

The one major issue with this film: a very tight plot, but horrible transition. The film was all over the place, and any lax viewer will get easily lost. The explanations are few, and one really has to pay attention to grab necessary details - a difficult endeavour considering the rapid shots and fast pace.

The cinematography is really brilliant, though. Some of the shots were magnificent, and very creative, especially the scene at the apartment complex.

Here's one quick question to ask, though: who the heck was that old chinese sniper apparently working with the Angels?? Just curious, as he keeps popping up with no apparent introduction or purpose...

Anyhow, this film had me talking for days about how good it was, it's definitely worth watching. A must see for any HK action fan. If it wasn't for the sloppy transition and need for a bit of clarity, it could easily have been a perfect ten. 8/10.

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