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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 »


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


Gordon Chan




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


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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Producer Hark Tsui appears in cameo as a long haired and a mustache policeman in ending scene. See more »


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 »


Detective Ah Kam: [chatting with Inspector Wong] The hostage asked me why I shot him. I told him the gun misfired. He says he'll sue. These guns are supplied by the UK. Go sue the England.
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Very serious crime investigation. No comic relief or romantic subplot here, strictly business.
26 January 2013 | by tntokmenkoSee all my reviews

One of Johnnie To's earlier films, this tale is more akin to the hard crime thriller of Martin Scorsese rather than To's recent "tongue-in- cheek" style. What we have here is brutal storytelling of blackmail, espionage, corruption, and violence all facing one struggling Hong Kong detective. Even by today's standards the violence is both shocking and disturbing to see. Some sequences may be over the top, and while out of place they are vastly entertaining. The plot of "a washed-up cop pulled back in for one last job" had been done to death even back in 1988, however Johnnie To added in some twists plus heavy suspense to make the material fresh. In my opinion the faults are the editing and lack of charisma from Waise Lee's character. The protagonist could have been more likable to better engage the audience, and the editing is dated with some awkward cuts and sped up/slowed down moments which don't blend well with the drama. Other than that the material hit home with me, and the all-out conclusion left me in awe. Keep in mind this is filled with winding clues and bloody confrontations, not an easy watch. -7/10

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Cantonese | Malay

Release Date:

22 September 1988 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

城巿特警 See more »

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