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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.

Director:

James Foley

Writer:

Robert Pucci
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yun-Fat Chow ... Nick Chen (as Chow Yun-Fat)
Mark Wahlberg ... Danny Wallace
Ric Young ... Henry Lee
Paul Ben-Victor ... Schabacker
Jon Kit Lee ... Jack
Andrew Pang ... Willy Ung
Elizabeth Lindsey Elizabeth Lindsey ... Louise Deng
Brian Cox ... Sean Wallace
Byron Mann ... Bobby Vu
Kim Chan ... Benny Wong
Bill MacDonald Bill MacDonald ... Vince Kirkpatrick
Susie Trinh Susie Trinh ... Amy San
Ho Chow ... Black Eyes
Olivia Yap ... Tai
Lynda Chiu Lynda Chiu ... Kim
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Storyline

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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You can't play by the rules when there aren't any. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

12 March 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le corrupteur See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,765,300, 14 March 1999

Gross USA:

$15,164,492

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,493,601
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Color:

Color (DeLuxe) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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

Bobby Vu: [while watching TV 'Uncle' Benny hears gunshots outside and pulls a revolver out of draw just as Bobby and his hit squad kick open his door] Uncle Benny
Benny Wong: [defiant last lines] You think you can kill me?
[shoots himself]
Bobby Vu: We kill you anyway
[fires gun into Benny's body while screaming along with the others]
Bobby Vu: UNCLE BENNY! UNCLE BENNY! UNCLE BENNY!
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Alternate Versions

German VHS release was cut by ca. 6 minutes to secure a "Not under 16" rating. See more »

Connections

References Cagney & Lacey (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Break It Down
Written by Mattias Gustafsson (as M. Gustafson) & Larry Loftin (as L. Loftin)
Performed by Marc Dorsey
Courtesy of Jive Records
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Misunderstood - A Great Film
13 March 2005 | by letsrollSee all my reviews

The Corrupter is beset by expectations of Yun-Fat Chow in another John Woo flick. This isn't a John Woo flick (and I mean the old John Woo pre-American Studio), but it does evoke moments that are very John Woo/Yun-Fat Chow esque ala The Killer and the blind girl.

This film is a character study of Nick Chen and Danny Wallace (played very well by Mark Wahlberg) as cops that must make decisions that may compromise their professional and personal integrity, but the lines drawn are not as simple as that. The film really asks people under what circumstances is it okay to bend the rules in order to achieve results that otherwise would not be possible? Would it be okay to let one guilty person go in order to catch ten more in the future? Would it be okay to convict one innocent person in order to catch a thousand guilty in the future?

Danny Wallace joins Nick Chen in the Chinatown task group. Danny is forced to ask himself whether the short term actions, and their moral implications, are worth the long term good of the force, himself, and his family.


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