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Breaking News -- When a live TV news crew broadcasts an embarrassing defeat of Hong Kong’s police department by just five bank robbers, public opinion of the force plummets and the department vows to capture the robbers at any cost.

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Director:
Writers:
Hing-Ka Chan (written by) &
Tin-Shing Yip (written by)
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Release Date:
10 June 2004 (Hong Kong) See more »
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Plot:
When an ambulatory TV news unit live broadcasts the embarrassing defeat of a police battalion by five bank robbers in a ballistic showdown... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
5 wins & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
More than just a shoot-em-up movie. See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Richie Jen ... Yuen
Kelly Chen ... Commissioner Rebecca Fong

Nick Cheung ... Inspector Cheung
Siu-Fai Cheung ... Eric Yeung (as Cheung Siu Fai)
Shiu Hung Hui ... Hoi (as Hui Siu Hung)
Suet Lam ... Yip (as Lam Suet)
Yong You ... Chun (as You Yong)
Haifeng Ding ... Long (as Ding Hai Feng)
Haitao Li ... Chung (as Li Hai Tao)

Simon Yam ... Asst. Commissioner C.K. Wong
Maggie Siu ... Grace Chow (as Maggie Shiu)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kam Pong Chow ... News Reporter
Yuk-Keung Kwok ... Policeman
Chi Wai Wong ... Wong
Wah Wo Wong ... White Hair

Directed by
Johnnie To 
 
Writing credits
Hing-Ka Chan (written by) (as Chan Hing Kai) &
Tin-Shing Yip (written by) (as Ip Tin Shing)

Produced by
Biao Cao .... producer
Catherine Chan .... associate producer
John Chong .... executive producer
Elos Gallo .... consultant producer
Sanping Han .... associate executive producer (as Han Sanping)
Tao Jiang .... administrative producer (as Jiang Tao)
Shirley Lau .... associate producer
Johnnie To .... producer
Buting Yang .... executive producer (as Yang Bu Ting)
 
Original Music by
Ben Cheung 
Chi Wing Chung  (as Ching Chi Wing)
 
Cinematography by
Siu-Keung Cheng (director of photography) (as Cheng Siu Keung)
 
Film Editing by
David M. Richardson  (as David Richardson)
 
Production Design by
Bruce Yu 
 
Art Direction by
Raymond Chan 
 
Costume Design by
Steven Tsang 
 
Makeup Department
Kit Ling Chan .... on-set dresser (as Chan Kit Ling)
Miko Chu .... makeup artist (as Mico Chu)
Rachel Kong .... hair stylist (as Rachel Kwong)
 
Production Management
Elaine Chu .... project manager
Jackson Ha .... production manager
Eric Huen .... assistant production manager
Dong-ming Shi .... production in charge (as Shi Dong Ming)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wai Chu Chan .... second assistant director (as Chan Wai Chu)
Wai Hung Chan .... first assistant director (as Chan Wai Hung)
Derick Lau .... second assistant director
Wing-cheong Law .... associate director (as Law Wing Cheong)
Wing-cheong Law .... associate director (as Wing Cheong Law)
 
Art Department
Joey Chan .... assistant art director
Wai Kin Lam .... property master (as Lam Wai Kin)
 
Sound Department
Chun Wang Au .... foley artist (as Au Chun Wang)
King Fai Choy .... foley artist (as Choy King Fai)
Wing Hong Fung .... foley artist (as Fung Wing Hung)
Shek Key Kwong .... foley artist (as Kwong Shek Key)
Hon Chiu Lam .... foley artist (as Lam Hon Chiu)
Wai Lun Lam .... dialogue recordist (as Lam Wai Lun)
Sin-kwok Lee .... sound recordist (as Lee Sin Kwok)
Charlie Lo .... sound editor
Charlie Lo .... sound
May Mok .... dialogue recordist
May Mok .... sound mixer
May Mok .... sound
Kwok Fai Ng .... boom operator (as Ng Kwok Fai)
Kwong Heung Yam .... foley artist (as Yam Kwong Heung)
Chi Man Yu .... foley artist (as Yu Chi Man)
Tomy Yu .... foley artist
 
Special Effects by
Peony Lam .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Ping Hin Kong .... CGI animator (as Kong Ping Hin)
Pak Chung Kwan .... CGI animator (as Kwan Pak Chung)
Sui Lun Leung .... CGI animator (as Leung Siu Lun)
Stephen Ma .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Bun Yuen .... stunt coordinator (as Yuen Bun)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ting Fung Kwong .... best boy (as Kwong Ting Fong)
Hirotake Okazaki .... still photographer
Hung Mo To .... cinematographer: second unit (as To Hung Mo)
Kwok Chiu Wu .... gaffer (as Wu Kwok Chiu)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kitty Chau .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Christy Chan .... post-production coordinator
Simon Fung .... assistant editor
Aaron Lau .... assistant editor
Calmen Lui .... post-production executive
 
Other crew
Kenneth Cheung .... continuity
Chi-Shing Chiu .... location manager (as Chiu Chi Shing)
Wan-San Ding .... film coordinator (as Ding Yuin Shan)
Wan-San Ding .... translation consultant: English subtitles (as Ding Yuin Shan)
Ching Ting Law .... set runner (as Lu Ching Ting)
Maggie Lee .... translator: English subtitles
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dai si gin" - Hong Kong (original title)
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Runtime:
Hong Kong:90 min | Argentina:90 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival) | Philippines:88 min (cut)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Goofs:
Continuity: When Cheung and his team approach the abandoned police van, the magazine of Cheung's MP5 disappears and then reappears.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Finding Nemo (2003)See more »

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
More than just a shoot-em-up movie., 14 April 2005
Author: Aziriphale from New Zealand

Imagine a street scene. Its not a flash street, just a small side street in down town Hong Kong. Something's going down, but we don't really know what - we can see two men in a car, talking in code with people on their radios, as they watch three men. Then all hell breaks loose, the three men are joined by a fourth and they're shooting. Their weapons cause foot long jagged flames, and those bullets sound like they're hitting spots not far from where we are sitting. We realise the two men in the car were policemen (Inspecter Cheung turns out to be one of the main characters), and they're joined by reinforcements. Lots of them. In a Police van, which the four gunmen steal and get away. Until they're stopped by traffic. More policemen. More shooting. Policemen in uniforms are surrendering and being shot dead anyway. Then the four gunmen make a final getaway, by stealing an ambulance, leaving someone stranded on a stretcher.

That's the first seven minutes of this movie. Afterwards, the gunmen hole up in a labyrinthine apartment block while the Police do their best to smoke them out - there is the CID (the good Inspector Cheung and his team half a dozen) and the OCB led by a very ambitious Inspector Rebecca Fong - there are something like a thousand (!) cops deployed in her assault on the building. Then there is the UCD (?), a sinister group, dressed in black body armour and face masks.

But there is more going on in this movie than the bringing of these criminals (and another pair who just happen to have been in the building as well) to justice or the turf wars between Cheung and Fong. The title gives this away - Breaking News. Thanks to the street fight, the media has got hold of the story and the cops are not looking good. So, most of what Fong is doing is playing up her response for the media - sending in 1,000 cops in bus after bus makes for an impressive sight. Then you put webcams on all the cops and select what is going out to the public. Hell, why not put a sexy soundtrack behind scenes of the cops going after their men.

But the crims aren't beyond playing that game too - they've got their own footage, in which they're winning, setting explosions off that are killing more cops. And they're holed up in an apartment with web access. Then, to show they're real people as well, they cook lunch, a really nice lunch it was too, and broadcast images of them sitting down to a joyful meal with their hostages.

Of course, with the kind of manpower the Police are throwing at the crims, you never really expect them to get away. And yet, the two leaders of the two groups get a lot further than you might expect.

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