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People's Hero (1987)

Yan man ying hung (original title)
A bumbling pair robs a bank, taking everyone inside hostage when it goes wrong. However, one of the hostages turns out to be a notorious wanted criminal and he takes over the hostage situation.

Director:

Tung-Shing Yee

Writers:

Tung-Shing Yee (screenplay), Keith Li (screenplay) (as Pak Ling Li) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Lung Ti ... Sunny Koo
Tony Chiu-Wai Leung ... Sai (as Tony Leung)
Tony Ka Fai Leung ... Captain Chan (as Kar Fai Leung)
Elaine Jin
Paul Chun
Ronald Wong ... William Wong / Boney
Bowie Lam ... Bank Employee
To-Hoi Kong To-Hoi Kong ... (as Benz Kong)
Sabrina Ho Sabrina Ho
Ching Tien ... (as Cheen Tien)
Wing-Cho Yip ... Fat Customer (as Wing Cho Ip)
Kit Mok Kit Mok
Chia Chien Li Chia Chien Li ... (as Jessie Lee)
Mansook Ahmed Mansook Ahmed
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Biu Gam ... (as Piao Chin)
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Storyline

A bumbling pair robs a bank, taking everyone inside hostage when it goes wrong. However, one of the hostages turns out to be a notorious wanted criminal and he takes over the hostage situation.

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Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

3 December 1987 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

People's Hero See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Connections

References Long Arm of the Law (1984) See more »

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entertaining, claustrophobic heist thriller
11 April 2002 | by very_metalSee all my reviews

After spending many years watching HK action movies one can find a numbing form of familiarity to them, that said this wasn't the case with, Peoples Hero. A very involving, sublimely tense heist-gone-wrong thriller (admittedly that description no longer holds that much currency with the endless recycling of said formula) but this one's a Lulu. One thing I personally enjoyed was the inclusion of a tremulously inept teenage epileptic bank robber, a very effective device, as it provides for much bleak humour and and some rousing tension as he freezes up unable to defend himself against the genuinely sinister hood played by Ti Lung. A character who initially appears as if he is yet another generic kill 'em all gangster but is given a lot more depth by the above average script and a brilliant performance by the always watchable Ti Lung. If you are looking for gory heroic bloodshed this isn't the fella for you but if you fancy some stylish claustrophobic cops & robbers entertainment, this tightly directed piece will not disappoint. It is however a shameless retread of Dog Day Afternoon...but done with aplomb. 7/10. Check it out.


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