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Tiger on Beat (1988)

Lo foo chut gang (original title)
A seasoned cop and his rookie partner are a pair of mismatched partners in this Hong Kong action-comedy in the style of 'Lethal Weapon'. The wacky twosome are up in arms as they try to solve the murder of a heroin trafficker.

Director:

Chia-Liang Liu (as Lau Kar Leung)

Writer:

Kwok Chi Tsang (as Tsang Kwok Chi)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yun-Fat Chow ... Sgt. Francis Li (as Chow Yun Fat)
Nina Li Chi ... Marydonna (as Li Chi)
Conan Lee ... CID Officer Michael Tso
Norman Chu ... Poison Snake Ping (as Tsui Shui Keung)
Chia-Hui Liu ... Fai, the Hitman (as Gordon Liu)
Shirley Ng Shirley Ng ... Mimi Li, Francis' sister
Phillip Ko ... Heroin dealer (as Ko Fai)
Tommy Tam Tommy Tam
David Chiang ... Police Suprintendant (as John Keung)
James Wong ... Police Inspector Jim Pak
Lydia Shum ... Department store staff (as Sun Tin Ha)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Bryan Baker Joe Bryan Baker ... Boss (as Joseph Bryan Baker)
Chi-Shing Chan ... Shing
Chia Yung Liu ... Sour Puss
Fui-On Shing ... Dummy (as Sing Fui Ann)
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Storyline

A seasoned cop and his rookie partner are a pair of mismatched partners in this Hong Kong action-comedy in the style of 'Lethal Weapon'. The wacky twosome are up in arms as they try to solve the murder of a heroin trafficker.

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | Hakka

Release Date:

19 March 1988 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Tiger on Beat See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cinema City See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the beginning of the film, Fui-On Shing and Yun-Fat Chow talk about being from the Hakka district of Hong Kong. Chow himself is from Hakka. See more »

Goofs

The amount of raw eggs in the glass in the cafe. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Francis Li: Hey, wake up! Wake up! Hey, wake up, and put on your clothes! My wife's home! Hey!
Dummy's Wife: You have a wife?
Francis Li: Whatever. Put on your clothes! I'll explain it to you another day.
Dummy's Wife: What do you mean "Put on my clothes?" This is my home!
Francis Li: Your home? Then, who's the person trying to get in?
Dummy's Wife: Oh! My husband's back!
Francis Li: Your husband? Why didn't you tell me earlier?
Dummy's Wife: I told you! You just pretended not to understand.
Francis Li: I'm deaf! When I hit on you, you should've said something!
[...]
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Connections

References Running Scared (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

THEME SONG
Composed by Teddy Robin Kwan
Lyrics by James Wong, Nieh Chun, and Mak Chi Ho
Sung by Maria Cordero
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Hong Kong Lethal Weapon?
3 January 2005 | by Antzy88See all my reviews

'Tiger On The Beat' is considered by some to be the Hong Kong version of 'Lethal Weapon', in which Chow Yun-Fat plays Sergeant Francis Li, a police officer who has not had a promotion in 11 years due to his constantly chasing women with his irrepressible charm instead of knuckling down to his work. His supervisor gives him his big case that he needs to earn a promotion -- a drug heist that may or may not involve a group of local Thais -- and is put with antagonistic martial-arts cop Michael Tso (Conan Lee).

Unfortunately, Francis and Michael really do not see eye to eye, and clash frequently over many things. But when things hot up, can they put their differences aside for long enough, especially when their trail leads to that of a possible link to the crime, a woman named Marie-Donna (Nina Li Chi ['Twin Dragons'], who's now best known for being married to Jet Li), is thrown into the mix?

This is more of a comedy than an all-out actioner, and some possible unintentional comedy can be found in the 1980's fashions (bright yellow trousers, anyone?). The intentional humour will depend on whether you are watching an English dub (which, like many other English dubs, loses some of that comedy) or its original Cantonese with English subtitles (and those will depend on who released the version you watched). Some of the humour doesn't travel that well outside of the Cantonese-speaking market, but there's still some great one-liners in the version I saw (the DVD release by Hong Kong Legends, which also has an audio commentary from Bey Logan explaining some of the more obscure gags), and one particular one from Chow when up against a Western kung-fu fighter had me in stitches when I first saw it -- just the timing of it! Chow is actually a gifted comedy performer, and for those used to his work in 'The Killer', 'Hard-Boiled' or even 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' may be surprised at this difference. He does still get to do some action himself, though.

As with many Hong Kong 1980's movies, the main reason people lapped up these movies was because of the action sequences, and that's largely where Conan Lee comes in, although he really doesn't get that much fighting to do in the movie. He still gets to do a one-on-one encounter with Gordon Liu (recently seen in 'Kill Bill') in which they are both armed with some very unique weapons in one of the most memorable battles of this era (I won't give it away but it's crazy!). Still, there are some bits that make you really wish that things had worked out better for Conan (who's also known as Lloyd Hutchinson in other movies) in terms of his potential career as an action superstar.

One thing I should warn women in particular of, however, is a scene where Francis and Marie-Donna have a bit of a disagreement. It's something that played well to local audiences in Hong Kong, but many Westerners may object to it and it may leave an unpleasant taste in the mouth, and it wouldn't surprise me if even some Chinese-speakers found it over-the-top in today's climate.

All in all, though, while not completely great, it does have a certain retro charm, and the action in it is enjoyable.


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