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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 »
Genre:
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:
Interesting take on the crime-caper genre See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Richie Ren ... Yuen (as Richie Jen)
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)
 
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)
Wing-cheong Law .... associate director (as Law Wing Cheong)
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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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Goofs:
Continuity: Just after the opening shootout, Cheung's MP5 has a flashlight attached under the muzzle. Later, when the police are chasing the bad guys on foot, the flashlight has disappeared.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Battle for Haditha (2007)See more »

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Interesting take on the crime-caper genre, 5 February 2006
Author: BroadswordCallinDannyBoy from Boston, MA

When a gang escapes from the police and some reporters get the whole incident on tape there is an outcry towards the competence of the police force. Looking for a chance to redeem themselves the police once again track down the gang in an apartment building and stage a real-TV type of event with hundreds of cameras to show the city of Hong Kong that they can do their job properly. Things get interesting when the crooks fire back with their own video of the incident and it is also revealed that there is not one gang in the building, but two.

From the opening 7 or so minute scene that has no cuts and culminates in a shootout to the unpredictability of the rest of the movie this is film that really grabs your attention as if itself were a piece of "breaking news." Interesting is the fact that the "breaking news" almost breaks the reputation of the police. The ability of the media to get information literally everywhere in the blink of an eye is given an interesting commentary in that it can hurt the police as much as a raging shootout. And how can anyone, in such a hectic and tiresome line of work, be able to do anything correctly or according to some procedure if they have everyone else around them breathing down on their neck? It is possible when your success rate is high, but the moment you fail you are treated with a badgering as this film demonstrates.

All in all, this is more a film about the media then it is about the police. The media are in the background throughout and the cops and crooks are the main characters, but it is the effect of an information hungry media that essentially is the driving force for the events in the film. The film's use of news-like footage is another thing - you want to know and see what is going to happen next, but it is that precise constant peering over the shoulder that hinders the police in doing their job. That makes for an interesting take on the crime-caper genre with the traditional drives like greed and corruption almost totally set aside. 8/10

Not rated (yet at least), but contains R level violence.

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