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A couple working for the triad boss Tang decides to leave/flee the triad and Hong Kong. They meet again in Vancouver 1.5 years later fighting crime. She now has a fiance. The Tang triad comes to Vancouver to do weapons "business".

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John Woo
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandrine Holt ... Li Ann Tsei
Ivan Sergei ... Mac Ramsey
Nicholas Lea ... Victor Mansfield
Robert Ito ... The Godfather
Michael Wong ... Michael Tang
Alan Scarfe ... Robertson Graves
Jennifer Dale ... The Director
Nathaniel DeVeaux Nathaniel DeVeaux ... Dobrinsky
Greg Chan Greg Chan ... Dance MC
Young Ryu Young Ryu ... Li Ann's Dance Partner
Matthew Walker ... Interpol Judge
Paul Wu ... Judge's Aide
Phillip Tsui Phillip Tsui ... Fong
Derek Lowe ... Mill Security Guard
Mike Mitchell ... Biker 1
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Storyline

Set in Hong Kong and Vancouver, the story follows Mac Ramsey and Li Ann Tsei, lovers and professional thieves who are separated while fleeing the powerful Hong Kong underworld crime lord who raised and trained them. After being imprisoned in Hong Kong, Mac is forcefully recruited into a clandestine international crime-fighting unit by a hard-nosed, menacing Director. He is teamed in Vancouver with Li Ann, who thought Mac was dead, and her new fiancé Victor Mansfield, an ex-cop who is attracted to the unorthodox methods of the agency. Conflict flares between Mac and Victor as the trio take on their assignment. They soon learn that their principal target is their foster brother Michael Tang, who had been given Li Ann as his future wife and who has vowed to hunt down the pair for their disloyalty to the "family". Written by <ndgprods@earthlink.net>

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1996 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

John Woo's Once a Thief See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the John Woo directed movie by the same name. See more »

Goofs

When Mac and Victor end up hanging from the chandelier, the extension cord tied between them becomes fairly obviously a black steel cable, then turns back into an extension cord once they are no longer hanging on it. See more »

Quotes

Mac: Yeah, people call me Mac.
The Director: People will call you DEAD if you interrupt me again
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Remake of Zong heng si hai (1991) See more »

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A pretty good show
13 August 1999 | by FruheadSee all my reviews

Once a Thief was a pretty good show and I was sorry to see it go off the air. It was a really good show for a Canadian show and had a excellent lineup of actors.

True, the plots were just rip-offs of many other TV shows but I think that is just part of the show itself. The slogan of the show was "The art of violence, the art of romance, the art of action" which fits it perfectly.

The show is a humorous show with a few serious overtones to make it interesting. And ANY good show does a few ripoffs of other shows, but I agree that OAT did it a bit too much.


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