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The Big Heat (1988)

Seng fat dak ging (original title)
Inspector Waipong Wong has to put his life and resignation from the Hong Kong police department on hold to investigate his former partner's mysterious murder. What he and his crack team of ... See full summary »

Directors:

Yeung-Wah Kam (as Andrew Kam), Johnnie To (as To Kei Fung) | 1 more credit »

Writer:

Gordon Chan
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Cast

Credited cast:
Waise Lee ... Chief Inspector Waipong Wong
Joey Wang ... Ada (as Wang Tsu Hsien)
Matthew Wong ... Inspector Kwok-Keung Lun
Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok ... Detective Ah Kam (as Kwok Tsui)
King Wah Lo King Wah Lo ... Ong Chat Fu (as Lo King Wah)
Kong Chu ... Ching Han (as Chu Kong)
Sai-Kit Yung ... Inspector Ka-Nin Ho (as Stuart Ong)
Tsui-Han Mak ... Maggie (as Mak Tsui Han)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ken Boyle Ken Boyle ... Wong's Superior
Roy Cheung ... Ho's Man
Michael Man-Kin Chow ... Assassin
Kam-Ming Kwan Kam-Ming Kwan ... (as Gam-ming Kwan)
Bei-Dak Lai ... Peter Ng
Robin Shou ... Hospital Assassin
Kirk Wong ... Gangster Who Gets Hand Blown Off
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Storyline

Inspector Waipong Wong has to put his life and resignation from the Hong Kong police department on hold to investigate his former partner's mysterious murder. What he and his crack team of three other cops uncover is a plot far more sinister than they originally anticipated. Written by Spaz <junebug2@texas.net>

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | Malay

Release Date:

22 September 1988 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Big Heat See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Screenwriter Gordon Chan appears in an uncredited cameo as a person in an airport. See more »

Goofs

Inspector Wong and his partners drives a 1975-1983 BMW 3-series coupe during all times in the movie except after being ambushed after leaving the lab. then it suddenly changes to a BMW 5-series of the 1982-1988 generation, a four door proper sedan of the same color as his previous car. In all subsequent scenes he is driving his original car again. See more »

Quotes

Chief Inspector Waipong Wong: [Wong and Lun are being tailed by two assassins] That bastard is still following.
Inspector Kwok-Keung Lun: I know I've failed. Tried twice to meet the guy.
Chief Inspector Waipong Wong: I didn't mean you. I meant those guys are tailing us again.
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A VCD release from the Chinese mainland has been edited to remove anti-communist content but has all the violence in. See more »

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Hong Kong crime thriller par excellence!
5 March 2001 | by BrianDanaCampSee all my reviews

THE BIG HEAT is an impressive crime thriller, shot in the streets and urban spaces of Hong Kong and filled with chases, shootouts and fistfights right up until the final action climax. While it doesn't have the sheer spectacle of John Woo's HK crime films (THE KILLER, HARD-BOILED), it is consistently gripping and suspenseful and generally more believable than Woo's films (at least until the final over-the-top battle). Simple one-line-plot: four cops go after a businessman in league with smugglers after the lead cop's former partner is brutally murdered.

The romantic interests are expertly interspersed into the story so that they never detract from the action, but become a part of it. This is a no-nonsense film from beginning to end, with no fat and no waste. There are numerous set-pieces, such as a face-off in a hospital elevator shaft, that are so tightly shot and edited as to rank with similar scenes in the best Hollywood urban crime thrillers.

The stars include Waise Lee (A BULLET IN THE HEAD), as the lead cop on the case, and Joey Wang (A CHINESE GHOST STORY), as a nurse who is romanced by one of the cops. The actor playing Lee's partner is none other than Philip Kwok, a one-time kung fu star (one of the Five Venoms), who, in line with the film's more authentic action, doesn't get to do any kung fu, but instead gets to shoot, run, chase, brawl, and drive at high speeds.

I should point out that the film includes much brutal violence, including beatings, mutilation and gruesome deaths. It's not for the squeamish, but if you're a fan of gritty, down-and-dirty crime thrillers, this DVD is for you.


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