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Hing-Ka Chan (written by) &
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Release Date:
10 June 2004 (Hong Kong) See more »
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 »
5 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Richie Jen ... Yuen

Kelly Chen ... 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 ... CK Wong

Maggie Siu ... Grace Chow (as Maggie Shiu)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kenneth Cheung ... TV reporter (uncredited)
Mo-Chan Chik ... CID cop (uncredited)
Chi Keung Chow ... Police officer (uncredited)
Lee Wah Chu ... Police chief Yin (uncredited)
Alan Chung San Chui ... Chun's target (uncredited)
Chung Wai Ho ... Grace Chow's assistant (uncredited)
Hoi Chau Ho ... Target's bodyguard (uncredited)
Wai Leung Hung ... Pedestrian at traffic light (uncredited)
Hak-Shing Keung ... Xin (uncredited)
Wong Yin Keung ... CID cop (uncredited)
Yuk-Keung Kwok ... Policeman (uncredited)
Ching Ting Law ... Biker (uncredited)
Man Fan 'Fanny' Lee ... TV reporter (uncredited)
Frank Michael Liu ... CID cop (uncredited)
Mei-Seung Pang ... Mother of killed cop on TV (uncredited)
Kon Chung Tam ... Cop hurling cup at TV (uncredited)
Pui Chung Tong ... Target's bodyguard (uncredited)

Sau-Ming Tsang ... Surrending policeman (uncredited)
Wai Yin Tse ... CID cop (uncredited)
Chi Wai Wong ... Wong (uncredited)
Man-Chun Wong ... Cop (uncredited)
Parkman Wong ... PTU commander (uncredited)
Wah Wo Wong ... White Hair (uncredited)

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 (as Cao Biao)
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 Chung 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
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
Bun Yuen .... stunt coordinator (as Yuen Bun)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ting Fong 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
Location Management
Chi-Shing Chiu .... location manager (as Chiu Chi Shing)
Other crew
Kenneth Cheung .... continuity
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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Hong Kong:90 min | Argentina:90 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival) | Philippines:88 min (cut)
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Continuity: When the Police Commissioner calls a meeting after the humiliating defeat of his police that was broadcast on television, he sits down in front of a large projection screen television that features a Microsoft Windows desktop. The Windows clock at the beginning of the scene displays the time of 10:55. Seconds later it reads 11:10, and by the end of this 2 minute scene, the clock reads 12:53.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Johnnie Got His Gun! (2010)See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Make sure your pacemaker is working and you've got your nitroglycerin tablets handy!!, 3 April 2008
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Wow, is this a tense action-packed film. So much so, that I felt my heart racing throughout the film and I was on the edge of my seat! While I usually HATE action films, this one was something else--an intelligently made action film and one of the few in this genre that I can wholeheartedly recommend! Why it only has an IMDb score of 6.6 is completely beyond me.

Unlike many action films, while there are a lot of explosions and gun fire, there also is an intelligent parallel plot that has to do with the news media and how the government will manage and manipulate the news to best meet their needs. This was brilliant but I was also very surprised, as this film was made in China--a country NOT known for its freedom of expression. Here, the filmmakers have a cynical attitude towards the cops and their occasionally dishonest attempts to manipulate the press. This parallel plot makes this movie far more than just mindless violence, but social commentary. A one-dimensional violent film is a complaint I have with many other action films--but not this one.

The film begins with an undercover surveillance mission by the police. Two uniformed cops blunder into the operation and this results in a massive shootout--and it's obvious that the crooks are far better armed than the police. Eventually, most of the bad guys get free and take refuge in a high-rise apartment--where most of the film takes place.

Despite a very simple plot idea, the film never lets up or becomes just an action feature. Again and again, I was amazed at the intelligence of the writing and intensity of the film without managing to be gratuitously bloody or violent. Yes, this certainly is a violent film, but despite all the shooting and explosions, the body count is amazingly low and it does not look quite as intensely violent some of the John Woo films. Excellent writing, direction and acting make this a must-see film for the genre.

Watch this film...just be sure you DON'T watch it with children or those who are bothered by violent imagery.

PS--I noticed that one reviewer complained about the bad subtitles. While the film I saw didn't have perfect subtitles (there were a few grammatical errors here and there), they were nothing like the ones they described. There were no white captions on white background and I don't recall words like "bandits" being used. I assume there must be another version out there, as I saw the film on the Sundance Channel and it wasn't bad at all. It is also possible I have seen so many badly captioned Asian films that this one looked pretty good to me--and believe me, there are MANY badly captioned Asian films.

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