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Release Date:
24 November 2000 (Hong Kong) See more »
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Tagline:
Wareware ni fukanô wa nai [Japan]
Plot:
Action adventure in which the formula for a cancer-curing medicine is stolen, and a kung-fu fighting team must overcome rivals and doublecrosses in order to get it back | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Leon Lai ... Mac

Jordan Chan ... Bird

Qi Shu ... June

Sam Lee ... Sam
Michelle Saram ... Michelle

Alex To

Terence Yin
Kong Lung (as Patrick Lung)
Ken Wong
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kin-Shing Choi ... Guard
Debbie Goh ... Apple

Leon Head ... Spencer Matheson

Michael Clements ... Scientist (uncredited)

Directed by
Wilson Yip 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Clement Sze-Kit Cheng  (as Sze-kit Chan)
Chi-kin Kwok 
Greg Mellott  story
Kam-Yuen Szeto 

Produced by
Raymond Chow .... producer
Stephen Chu .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Tommy Wai 
 
Cinematography by
Chi-Ying Chan (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ka-Fai Cheung 
 
Art Direction by
Lim Chung Man 
 
Costume Design by
Dora Ng 
 
Production Management
David Chan .... executive in charge of production
Claudie Chung Jan .... executive in charge of production (as Claudie Chung)
Doris Tse .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Clement Sze-Kit Cheng .... assistant director
 
Stunts
Marcus Fox .... car stunt coordinator
Jackie Yeung .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Pui Lun Ho .... dollyman
Kit-Cheong Kei .... assistant camera
Chi Tai Lam .... dollyman
Ming Hing Ng .... gaffer
Wing Yiu Ng .... grip
Hei-Hang Poon .... gaffer
Wai-Tong Tai .... grip
Man Tsui .... second assistant camera
Siu Kong Tsui .... lighting technician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Man Kit Chow .... assistant costume designer
 
Other crew
Jackie Yeung .... action director (as Tak-ngai Yeung)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"San tau chi saidoi" - China (original title)
"Skyline Raiders" - Hong Kong (English title)
"Spy Team" - International (English title)
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Runtime:
89 min
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Total kinetic energy, 24 April 2001
Author: Michael Chmilar from Los Angeles

I don't think I've seen another film with as much action as Skyline Cruisers. It is relentless, and there are no lulls. While some sequences are silly, they blow by so fast that before you have time to reflect, you are onto the next one.

Despite the non-stop action, the characters are developed. Each actor provides a sense of personality. Character development occurs through action and facial expressions, rather than dialogue. Skillful direction and editing makes the slightest eye movement meaningful.

The film makers are relying on the audiences' knowledge of action films. They assume we know the basic rules and stereotypes: the hero and his sidekicks, internal team struggles, the femme fatale, the double-double-cross, etc. Thus, they don't bog down the action with setups and explanations. They only provide the key details we need to understand their hero, or the current sub-plot. They assume the viewer is intelligent, and knows the genre. No time is wasted overexplaining the details. This is not a shortcoming but a strength of Skyline Cruisers.

The film is also stylish. Sets are glass and steel. Cold, grey colors dominate. The camera is always in motion, adding to the kinetic energy. The cinematography and lighting is crisp and glossy. The whole package gives Skyline Cruisers a high-tech, state-of-the-art action film look.

Skyline Cruisers is not a big-budget film: there are no huge, expensive "set pieces". But, they are not needed. Intelligent planning, good casting, and understanding of the genre and its audience has replaced spending. Hollywood can learn from Skyline Cruisers. Perhaps they will stop making $100,000,000 turkeys and make some movies like Skyline Cruisers: smart, entertaining, and full of action.

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