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Beast Cops (1998)

Ye shou xing jing (original title)
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One of the most universally acclaimed motion pictures in the history of Hong Kong cinema. Acclaimed director Gordon Chan ("Fist Of Legend", "2000 AD", "The Big Heat") dispenses with ... See full summary »

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Gordon Chan, Dante Lam
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Credited cast:
Anthony Chau-Sang Wong ... Tung
Michael Wong ... Michael Cheung
Stephanie Che ... Yee
Kathy Chow ... Yoyo
Sam Lee ... Skinny Sam
Patrick Tam ... Pushy Pin
Roy Cheung ... Brother Fai
Arthur Wong ... Tai Ge
Sammuel Leung ... Paul
Kong Kam ... Newsman Hope
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wing-Fai Chan
Kim-Fai Che Kim-Fai Che
Mo-Chan Chik Mo-Chan Chik
Ngai-Ming Chow Ngai-Ming Chow ... Robbery victim
Chau Sang Lau ... Pushy Pin's Man
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One of the most universally acclaimed motion pictures in the history of Hong Kong cinema. Acclaimed director Gordon Chan ("Fist Of Legend", "2000 AD", "The Big Heat") dispenses with convention to bring one of the most graphic and insightful action-thrillers of recent years. Ruthlessly realistic, and vivid and unremitting in its uncompromising brutality and honesty, Beast Cops is a visceral and hard-hitting exploration of the dichotomous existence of two cops charged with upholding the law, while balancing on a moral knife-edge. Compelling and controversial, with a breakout performance of startling intensity from leading man Anthony Wong, this raw and enticing action-thriller has mesmerized audiences worldwide with its disturbing examination of the subjective and marginal morality, which inhabits the uncertain and ambiguous world of law enforcement. The graphic intensity of the final reels underpins an unforgettable and harrowing spectacle, which has seldom, if ever, been paralleled in... Written by JimKills

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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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A new plateau in HK action
16 November 2003 | by sinistre1111See all my reviews

Anyone who didn't like this film must've come to the table with expectations. It does not cascade from one tightly-choreographed action scene to the next like the John Woo classics, which as good as they are to watch, are still played more for bullets and explosions than for story or characters. This is a totally different kind of film, with casual, believable dialogue, some great acting, and its "cowboys" and "indians" not so clearly defined.

Not that it isn't high on stylish shot-framing, editing and dynamite costume design; this is, after all, still a Hong Kong production. But I saw flashes of Cassavettes and Pedro Almodovar-less homage to Ringo Lam or Ronny Yu. Anthony Wong's character, "Brother Tung" still gets to go crazy at the end and spill a lot of blood, in a gritty hand-to-hand fight scene. What more could one ask? I've seen more than my share of slow-motion shootouts. This film is something more: a drama, at times a comedy, with cops and triads as its milieu, rather than its reason for being. An easy five stars.


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

9 April 1998 (Hong Kong) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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