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Hong Kong Corruptor (1990)

Joi jin gong woo (original title)
| Action, Drama | 1999 (USA)
A well-known gangster is released from prison, and decides look for his daughter with the help of a troubled young woman.


Tung Cho 'Joe' Cheung (as Tung Cho Joe)


Tung Cho 'Joe' Cheung (as Tung Cho Joe), Kar-Wai Wong (as Wong Kar Wai)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Tang ... Lung Ho-Tin
Elizabeth Lee ... Tsin Siu-Fung
May Mei-Mei Lo ... Siu-Lung
Simon Yam ... Li Pang
Andy Lau ... Wah
Melvin Wong ... Wong
David Wu ... David
Carrie Ng ... Lung's Wife
Wei Tung ... Cheung Yat-Lui
Chik-Sum Wong Chik-Sum Wong
Yi Chang ... Repairman
Chi Fai Chan ... Yeung Kun
Feng Ku ... Uncle Hung
Dennis Chan ... Hotel Clerk
Jing Chen ... Tung


A well-known gangster is released from prison, and decides to go straight while trying to look for his daughter. His only clue is a troubled teenage girl, who helped his daughter escape the orphan home they were put in. Meanwhile, both are on the run from murderous Triad gangsters. Written by FrankRizzo

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After 16 years of prison, Lung Ho-Tin is ready to get his life back.


Action | Drama


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Alternate Versions

Retitled Hong Kong Corruptor for American release by Xenon Entertainment Group. Hong Kong Corruptor has the following changes made from the original:
  • New dubbed soundtrack.
  • Chow Yun-Fat's only two scenes from Code of Honor were edited in first at the beginning of the film, and second approximately one hour into the film. They have absolutely nothing to do with anything else in the film, and are only there so Chow Yun-Fat can be listed as the 'Star'.
  • The box art for Hong Kong Corruptor has pictures from other non-Return Engagement Chow Yun-Fat films, such as The Killer and Tragic Hero.
  • Various other scenes are missing in the Hong Kong Corruptor release, notably much of the beginning.
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An average Wong Kar-Wai script that is watered-down by hammy acting, poor voice-work, and choppy editing. The action's all that's left to save this one.
12 February 2013 | by tntokmenkoSee all my reviews

All the talent surrounding this film yet it still manages to fall short of being a memorable Heroic Bloodshed flick. Return Engagement could have been up there among the ranks of great 1990's HK actioners on-par with that of John Woo or Johnnie To, however there are many scenes which are laughably bad at either an acting or technical level. First off the inclusion of white people in any Hong Kong film pre-21st century is generally a negative element, as their characters are disrespectful plus voice-overs are mismatched and over-acted. In this film the Italian mob embodies "silly" and "rude" to the extreme and the Vancouver segment should have been cut out altogether to avoid this obvious detractor. The movie wishes to be a serious action-drama about the prolonged efforts of one fallen gangster reuniting with his daughter, although there are silly moments which dissolve tension and weaken the impact of actual hard-hitting scenes later on in the movie. Next the transitions between some scenes are choppily edited, with rough cuts that leave you in haze of what's unfolding in the current scene. Wong Kar-Wai's script has some genuinely emotional moments however still is flawed with mysteries like Andy Lau's pointless character and two underdeveloped love interests. Mainly the pacing is off as there are intense shootouts followed by slow moving dialogue and filler scenes which don't progress the plot. The pros of this movie are Simon Yam's performance which is delightfully evil and the completely over-the-top shootout which happens in the final act of the film. This massive climatic gunfight alone earns this movie a 7 as it is one of the most impressive shootouts in the entirety of HK action cinema. If your interested in seeing a final shootout that rivals the work of John Woo, definitely see the movie just for the climax as it's similar to A Better Tomorrow Pt. II in terms of choreography and intense nonstop action. -6/10

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1999 (USA) See more »

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