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Nai-Hoi Yau (written by) &
Kin-Yee Au (written by)
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Release Date:
27 December 2001 (Hong Kong) See more »
Catch Me... If You Can.
Ho Sheung Sang finds himself wrapped up in another cat-and-mouse game, this time against a tricky magician. | Add synopsis »
3 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Ching Wan Lau ... Inspector Ho Sheung Sang (as Lau Ching Wan)

Ekin Cheng ... The Thief

Kelly Lin ... Teresa

Shiu Hung Hui ... Assistant Commissioner Wong Kai Fat (as Hui Shiu Hung)

Suet Lam ... Ken (as Lam Suet)

Ruby Wong ... Madam
Wan-San Ding ... Shan (as Ding Yuin-Shan)

Directed by
Wing-Cheong Law 
Johnnie To 
Writing credits
Nai-Hoi Yau (written by) (as Yau Nai Hoi) &
Kin-Yee Au (written by) (as Au Kin Yee)

Julien Carbon  characters (uncredited)
Laurent Courtiaud  characters (uncredited)
Nai-Hoi Yau  characters (uncredited)

Produced by
Catherine Chan .... production executive
Tiffany Chen .... administrative producer
Johnnie To .... producer
Original Music by
Ying-Wah Wong  (as Raymond Wong)
Cinematography by
Siu-Keung Cheng (director of photography) (as Cheng Siu Keung)
Film Editing by
Wing-Cheong Law 
Chi Wai Yau  (as Yau Chi Wai)
Art Direction by
Sung Pong Choo  (as Choo Sung Pong)
Simon So 
Costume Design by
Jay Cheng 
Makeup Department
Maggie Choy .... makeup artist
Sui Keung Tse .... hair stylist (as Tse Sui Keung)
Michelle Wong .... makeup artist
Production Management
Chi-Shing Chiu .... unit manager (as Chiu Chi Shing)
Jackson Ha .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Po Ki Ip .... assistant director (as Ip Po Ki)
Vivian Wong .... second assistant director
Art Department
Jeffrey Kong .... assistant art designer
Pak Shing Lai .... head property master (as Lai Pak Shing)
Hung Chin Lau .... assistant art designer (as Lau Hung Chin)
Sound Department
Calvin Chan .... assistant adr recordist
Martin Richard Chappell .... sound mixer (as Martin Chappell)
Martin Richard Chappell .... supervising sound editor (as Martin Chappell)
Tony Cheng .... sound mixer
Charlie Lo .... adr editor
Charlie Lo .... adr recordist
Charlie Lo .... sound effects editor
Cheung Wing Mak .... boom operator (as Mak Cheung Wing)
May Mok .... adr editor
May Mok .... adr recordist
May Mok .... sound effects editor
Tomy Yu .... foley artist (as Yu Ka Luk)
Tomy Yu .... foley recordist (as Yu Ka Luk)
Visual Effects by
Jacky Chung .... CGI animator: Cubists Limited
Ping Hin Kong .... CGI animator: High Legend Limited (as Kwong Ping Hin)
Pak Chung Kwan .... CGI animator: Cubists Limited (as Kwan Pak Chung)
Fannis Lam .... CGI coordinator: High Legend Limited
Chi Wai Law .... CGI animator: High Legend Limited (as Law Chi Wai)
Stephen Ma .... visual effects supervisor
Lawrence Yip .... CGI animator: Cubists Limited
Bruce Mang .... action choreographer
Camera and Electrical Department
Ting Fong Kwong .... best boy (as Kwong Ting Fong)
Kwan Cheung Lee .... still photographer (as Lee Kwan Cheung)
Hung-Mo To .... cinematographer: second unit (as To Hung Mo)
Kwok Chiu Wu .... gaffer (as Wu Kwok Chiu)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Siu Lan To .... wardrobe (as To Siu Lan)
Editorial Department
Kwok Wai Ha .... assistant editor (as Ha Kwok Wai)
Chi Kit Lau .... assistant editor (as Lau Chi Kit)
Kam Fat Liu .... assistant editor (as Liu Kam Fat)
Other crew
Christy Chan .... production assistant
Ho-Ming Chan .... continuity (as Chan Ho Ming)
Ringo Chen .... production assistant
Meggy Cheng .... production assistant
Wan-San Ding .... film coordinator (as Ding Yuin-Shan)
Charles Heung .... presenter
Lai-Fung Tai .... craft service (as Tai Lai Fung)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Am zin 2" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Hidden War 2" - Hong Kong (English title) (literal title)
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USA:95 min

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Follows Running Out of Time (1999)See more »
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Give it a chance and savor Lau Ching-wan's performance!, 15 March 2002
Author: Brad Crain from Arkansas

I'm sure many people are going to say that this film is not as good as the first one, and they would be right. Many people are going to say that Ekin Cheng is not as good as Andy Lau, and they would be right.....

However, if for nothing else, watch this film for Lau Ching-wan's wonderful performance. He is truly one of the greatest actors in the world. In the last 6 months, he has portrayed a bra designer (La Brassiere), a hip-hop mahjong conman (Fat Choi Spirit, which I have not yet seen), and an ace police negotiator (Running out of Time 2). His performances, including this one, are always a joy. In this film, he is funny, edgy, exasperated, tough, and cool. I thoroughly enjoyed him.

Regarding the film itself, the plot revolves around a Robin Hood-style thief who steals precious art for a ransom, and then challenges a police negotiator to a game of "catch me if you can." The plot is simply an excuse to set up some "cool" scenes between Ekin and Lau, and most of these scenes worked for me. I particularly enjoyed scenes revolving around a smoke bomb in a police station and an extended chase scene which culminated with both participants on bicycles. I was also surprisingly touched by the resolution of a small subplot involving Lam Suet's gambling addicted character and Ekin. This subplot was important to me as it finally allowed me to feel some sympathy for Ekin's character. Some elements of the film didn't work as well for me. The inexplicable speaking of English in various scenes, the ever-present eagle, and the stupidity of Lau's boss immediately come to mind. Those annoyances aside, I enjoyed this film. Lau Ching-wan was wonderful and director Johnnie To included some signature style. Finally, regarding Ekin Cheng, I thought he was quite good in the film even though his character was not as interesting as Andy's in the original. While you're giving this sequel a chance, give Ekin a chance too.

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