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Time and Tide (2000) More at IMDbPro »Shun liu ni liu (original title)

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Time and Tide -- Hong Kong, present day. A streetwise young man becomes a bodyguard to score quick cash. Although the two men find themselves working together to foil an assassination attempt, their partnership is short-lived: gradually, they've been propelled toward the opposite sides of a deadly confrontation.
Time and Tide -- US Theatrical Trailer from Sony Pictures


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19 October 2000 (Hong Kong) See more »
Trust is fatal. See more »
Tyler is a restless, streetwise 21-year-old Hong Kong native who's had trouble gaining the trust of others all his life... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Hark Tsui 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Koan Hui 
Hark Tsui 

Produced by
Nansun Shi .... co-producer
Hark Tsui .... producer
Original Music by
Jun Kung  (as Joventino Couto Remotigue)
Tommy Wai 
Cinematography by
Chiu-Lam Ko 
Herman Yau 
Film Editing by
Marco Mak 
Production Management
Koan Hui .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tat Wah Fok .... assistant director
Koan Hui .... co-director
Sound Department
Martin Richard Chappell .... sound effects editor
May Mok .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Dave Terman .... sound editor (uncredited)
Tomy Yu .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Bart Wong .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Justo D. Cascante III .... visual effects
Bart Wong .... main title design & animation
Marcus Fox .... car stunt coordinator
Marcus Fox .... stunt double
Xin Xin Xiong .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Man-Ching Ng .... gaffer
Chak-Shun Tang .... still photographer
Lin Yau Tsou .... assistant cinematographer
Tin Yan Wu .... gaffer
William Yim .... second unit cinematographer
Puccini Yu .... cinematographer: second unit (as Yu Kwok-ping)
Chun-Wah Yuen .... assistant cinematographer
Editorial Department
David Cole .... telecine operator (uncredited)
Other crew
Peggy Lee .... production controller

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Shun liu ni liu" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Drift" - Japan (English title) (alternative title)
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Rated R for pervasive strong violence and brief drug use
113 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2001 (#04)See more »
Tyler:[First Lines] It is said in the beginning there was nothing. Everything was pitch black. The one in charge said that wouldn't do. Then there was light. Light is good. It lets you see the world around you. The next day, sky appeared. That same sky has rainbows. And lightning, too. Very interesting. On the third day, there was water. Water brought plants...See more »
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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Guy Ritchie should be taking notes, 25 August 2001
Author: jagfx from Montreal, Quebec

The effect of music videos over the past two decades on the film industry has been phenomenal. Directors such as Spike Jonze ("Being John Malcovich") & Tarsem ("The Cell") started their careers in the music video game. Soundtracks and their accompanying videos are as much part of the advertising of a movie as the trailers themselves. Most importantly, techniques used in popular music videos are often mimicked in feature films. Economy has played a large part too, and now with the popularity and relative low-cost of digital cameras and effects almost anyone can create a visually alluring piece of eye-candy.

David Fincher upped the ante of digital effects with "Fight Club". A original storyline with an even more original script, it initially received a lukewarm response before becoming a cult favourite. Mr. Fincher is an example of a director using a new medium with a combination of precise care and wonderful abandon.

And then there is Guy Ritchie. A mostly talentless hack who in "Snatch" proved that fancy camera effects and funny accents will wear themselves out if there is nothing to support it.

"Time & Tide" by Tsui Hark is both a homage to the films that helped popularize a new visual style and it raises the bar a few more (large) notches. It is by turns brilliant, relentless, and breathtaking.

"Time & Tide" follows the interweaving lives of a pregnant lesbian cop, two mercenary friends and their underworld dealings, and a pregnant surrogate woman drawn into their world. Thematically it delves into issues ranging from mafia-like loyalty to Peckinpah-esuqe themes of man entering manhood through violence. But what is most impressive in "Time & Tide" is the delicate balance of tension and release. Something that flashy directors like Guy Ritchie should be paying attention too. The last two action sequences are phenomenal and take up a good half of the movie, but with Mr. Hark's careful direction you hardly notice. The first sequence is simply unequaled, taking place in three apartment towers in the tenements of Hong Kong. The second in a train station and stadium downtown. It is in these sequences that requires characters to hold back their flaring emotions in order to survive that Mr. Hark clearly flexes his directorial muscles. In a sequence which involves a young man trapped in an apartment slowly filling with gas, its conclusion is one of the most clever bits of action in recent memory.

"Time & Tide" is the real deal. An action film that delivers from beginning to end and doesn't blow its load halfway through. It is also truly cares about its characters and valiantly tries to delve into large issues. However, it never takes itself too seriously and for any action fan this is a must.

Highly recommended. Do not pass this up.

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