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1 March 2001 (Hong Kong) See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Eric Tsang ... Yum King Tin

Daniel Wu ... Mike
Suki Kwan ... Pauline
Shu Tong Wong ... Yiu
Chi Hung Ng ... Nam
Suet Lam ... Ho
Tony Ho ... Chick
Anya ... Gee
Chi Fai Chan ... Nathan
Fung Kwok ... Ji
Chi Yeung Wong ... Benny
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Directed by
Marco Mak 
 
Produced by
Bowie Lau .... associate producer
Ka Hee Wong .... associate producer (as Lawrence Wong)
 
Original Music by
Kin Law  (as Lincoln Lo)
 
Cinematography by
Tony Miu 
 
Film Editing by
Angie Lam 
Marco Mak 
 
Art Direction by
Che Kiu Lam  (as Eric Lam)
 
Costume Design by
William Fung 
 
Makeup Department
Eric Cheung .... hair stylist
Vincci Woo .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Irene Kong .... production manager
Chan Sze Ting .... unit production manager
Kannex Wong .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wai Hung Chan .... assistant director (as Chan Wai Hung)
Irene Tang .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Lung Wah Hui .... prop coordinator
 
Sound Department
Po Wing Ho .... assistant sound recordist
Cheung Ping Keung .... dubbing coordinator
Jamas Tse .... location sound recorder
Kuo-Hua Wu .... sound effects (as Ng Kwok Wah)
 
Special Effects by
Shui Tin Chi .... special effects (as Chi Shui Tin)
 
Stunts
Kai-Tong Chan .... car stunts
Yuk-Sing Ma .... action coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mak Kwok Kay .... gaffer
Mak hoi Man .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yun Mei Man .... wardrobe coordinator (as Man Yun Mei)
 
Other crew
Siu Yuk Fong .... catering
Jerry Keung .... production assistant
Chee Wai Man .... continuity
Chi Hung Ng .... consultant
Ma Yu Sing .... martial arts director
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ji fat faan fat" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Know the Law, Break the Law" - Hong Kong (English title) (literal title)
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Runtime:
USA:89 min | Hong Kong:102 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Maddie:[to himself, while he is climbing the roof to escape from the police] The cops are stupid. Should I jump down? It's not a movie. Nuts!See more »
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References The Untouchables (1987)See more »

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Character-driven crime drama, with superb performances, 17 April 2005
Author: Libretio

COP ON A MISSION (Zhi Fa Fan Fa)

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Sound format: Mono

An undercover cop (Daniel Wu) rises through the ranks of a powerful Triad gang and is corrupted by delusions of grandeur.

Taking the director's chair for only the third time in his career, former editor Marco Mak (ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA, THE STORM RIDERS, etc.) overcomes the drawbacks of limited funding to make a powerful statement about the corruptive nature of Absolute Power and the consequences of poverty on a divided heart. Though the budget allows for only a handful of major set-pieces (choreographed by action director Ma Yuk-sing), the plot is buoyed by skillful editing and a busy narrative, and is further energized by three standout performances: Wu is superb as the undercover cop whose worldview is transformed by the gangster lifestyle (leading to a number of surprising plot twists), while veteran entertainer Eric Tsang makes a virtue of restraint as the murderous Triad leader - rendered impotent following a bloody gang battle - who takes Wu under his wing. Suki Kwan plays Tsang's beautiful wife, torn between loyalty to her beloved husband and the earthier charms of Wu's carnal embrace.

There's a deliberate emphasis on Wu's physical beauty during the film's early stages, though the loving attention paid to his naked torso (alongside a couple of nude shower scenes) serves a dual purpose: To promote Wu as a rising star in the HK movie firmament, and to reinforce the audience's rapport with a sympathetic character, which makes his slow descent into immorality and murder all the more disturbing. Mak references other films with relish (SUNSET BLVD. and THE UNTOUCHABLES are two of the most obvious), and he manages to combine a character-driven storyline with stylish visuals (excellent work by cinematographer Tony Miu), despite the limitations imposed by a lack of financial resources. Also starring David Lee (DEVIL FACE, ANGEL HEART) as a fellow cop and one of Wu's closest friends, Karel Wong (THE JAIL OF NO RETURN) as a psychopathic gang leader whose violent behavior prompts Wu's slide into debasement, and Lam Suet as a wannabe Triad member who bears the brunt of Wu's dishonorable conduct. Tense, dramatic, and emotionally satisfying, COP ON A MISSION is a fine addition to the HK crime genre.

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