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The Corruptor (1999)

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With the aid from a New York City policeman, a top immigrant cop tries to stop drug-trafficking and corruption by immigrant Chinese Triads, but things get complicated when the Triads try to bribe the policeman.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Nick Chen (as Chow Yun-Fat)
... Danny Wallace
... Henry Lee
... Schabacker
... Jack
... Willy Ung
Elizabeth Lindsey ... Louise Deng
... Sean Wallace
... Bobby Vu
... Benny Wong
Bill MacDonald ... Vince Kirkpatrick
Susie Trinh ... Amy San
... Black Eyes
... Tai
Lynda Chiu ... Kim
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Nick Chen is one of New York City's most martial police officers and the first Chinese-born immigrant on the force. Chen's job is to keep the peace in Chinatown from a turf war that has broken out between the Triads and the ruthless, and dangerous Fukienese Dragons. Chen teams up with Danny Wallace, who is terribly unaware of this situation. When the Tongs boldly attempt to bribe Wallace, Chen is forced to keep his faithfulness. Written by Anonymous

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No law. No rules. No justice. [translation Dutch tagline] See more »


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Rated R for strong violence, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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12 March 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le corrupteur  »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,765,300, 14 March 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,156,200, 16 May 1999
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The ship in the film is the Great Lakes grain carrier "S.S. Canadian Mariner", and is not really suited for crossing the ocean. See more »

Goofs

The NYPD's 13th Precinct does not cover Chinatown, the 5th Precinct does. They worked out of the 15th precinct, not the 13th, and there is no longer a 15th precinct in NYC. See more »

Quotes

Nick Chen: You don't change Chinatown, it changes you.
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References ABC News Nightline (1980) See more »

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The Corruptor's Execution
Written by Chad Butler (as C. Butler), Bun B (as B. Freeman), E-40 (as E. Stevens),
B-Legit (as B. Jones)
Performed by Chad Butler (as Pimp C) and Bun B of UGK, E-40 & B-Legit
Courtesy of Jive Records
Contains a sample of "Another Execution"
Written by George Clinton (as G. Clinton), Isaac Hayes (as I. Hayes) & Cold 187um (as G. Hutchins)
Courtesy of Ruffhouse/Epic Records
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Chow Yun Fat is back in form
14 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

Fans of Chow Yun Fat can finally exhale; he has made a decent Hollywood movie at last.

I went to see "The Corruptor" this past Saturday in HK. While it's not an especially good film, it's a solid piece of entertainment. Most importantly, it allows Chow Yun Fat to be Chow Yun Fat. Whereas he was stiff and tentative in "The Replacement Killers", in "The Corruptor" Chow burns up the screen. From the very first few seconds of his appearance in the movie you can see that "The Coolest Actor in the World" is back in form.

In fact, it's the acting that saves the movie. The story is a tired one, but Mark Wahlberg and especially Chow are charismatic and make their characters sympathetic. Chow also develops an onscreen chemistry w/ Wahlberg that was completely absent in his partnership w/ Mira Sorvino.

Because of it's uninspiring storyline, however, "The Corruptor" will probably still not make Chow a household name in America. But it will win him lots of new fans. Let's hope this upward trend in Chow's career continues w/ "Anna and the King".


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