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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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No tigers, no dragons... just a hell of a lot of bullets. 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?


Wu Bai was requested by the director to compose a Happy Birthday song that nobody has ever heard of just half an hour before filming. Then he was given half an hour again to come up with alternate lyrics for the song, used for a later scene of them singing in the car. See more »


Tyler: If I had a real gun I'd come out and shoot you!
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References Trainspotting (1996) See more »

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"Time And Tide" Caught My Attention, And Never Let Go.
18 December 2002 | by (Sunny, Southern California) – See all my reviews

The first time I saw this was on Cable TV at 2 AM. I stayed up because I had never heard of the movie before, and the summary said that Nic Tse (one of my favorite young HK actors) was the lead role. Plus, it's directed by Tsui Hark - who has done excellent work with The Legend Of Zu and other such movies. So, I felt inclined to watch. I had almost fallen asleep, but as soon as the opening credits kicked in, I was wide awake.

The following are some statements that ran through my head while watching...

"Hey, the main character isn't invincible!" "Alleyway full of grenades?! This won't be pretty." "Wow, shopping mall action! Escalators are more fun than I thought!" "Oh my GOD... Are they having a gunfight on the side of a building?" "Refrigerators: Sensible AND Safe!" "I need to go to a Cantonpop show!"

There were plenty more, you can trust me on that. Needless to say, I went out the next day and bought the DVD. I have watched Time and Tide over 10 times now, and it still hasn't gotten dull. I guess this movie just ended up being that entertaining. It gets my highest recommendation - so go out and see it. Go on, do yourself a favor and see what HK cinema is really capable of!

"Time And Tide" Caught My Attention, And Never Let Go. It Still HAS My Attention, I Think.

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