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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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... 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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You can't play by the rules when there aren't any. 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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Box Office

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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(DeLuxe) (Technicolor)

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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

At the end of the car chase, when the burgundy Cadillac's left front tire blows out, the hubcap can be seen flying off in a close-up. When the car flips over, the hubcap is back on. See more »

Quotes

Nick Chen: Beef intestine noodle?
Danny Wallace: Uh, no.
Nick Chen: You wanna be Chinese, you gotta eat the gross stuff.
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References ABC News Nightline (1980) See more »

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My One and Only Love
Written by Guy Wood & Robert Mellin
Performed by John Coltrane (as Johnny Coltrane) & Johnny Hartman
Courtesy of GRP Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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good action, good acting and a deep plot
2 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

Wahlberg and Chow both perform very believably and work well on screen together. This partnership reminded me of Training Day (with Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke). That is, the green cop being "educated" by the seasoned cop and we're not sure if the seasoned one is corrupt or not. I also thought it was shot well with good use of lighting. The action scenes were well directed and quite spectacular in some cases (eg. the car chase and several shoot-outs) without going too over the top. The plot was a little hard to follow at first, but I blame this on myself, not the storyline. It's commendable that so much thought was given to the script and plot so it didn't always seem we were just waiting for an action scene. The drama added intensity and suspense well, too. For example, the tension between Chen and Wallace. The thread with Wallace and his father added good depth to his character and the story, as did the fact that he and Chen retained their partnership in fighting even when the suspected worst was revealed about Chen. It was also notable the role music played in the film. For example you always knew when the Asian punks were about to show up due to the rap music. The subtle music in dramatic dialogue scenes gave the scenes a good atmosphere.


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