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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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Cast

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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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

9 April 1998 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Beast Cop See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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New wave Hong Kong action
21 February 2000 | by contronaturaSee all my reviews

A gritty and beautifully shot Hong Kong action film, one that announces all is not lost in the post-Woo/Hark/Lam Hong Kong action genre. Anthony Wong gives an astonishing performance as a cop who walks the line between police officer and triad. Michael Wong is for once not completely bland, and even has a couple of wonderful comic moments. And the violence in this film is remarkably startling, which is not something I find too much in Hong Kong cinema. In most films, even in masterpieces like The Killer or City on Fire, the violence is relatively unsurprising. Here, perhaps because it's mostly committed with crude machetes, the violence is brutal and tough. And the way it's cut and edited makes it all the more effective. For fans of Hong Kong cinema, it's not to be missed. And even for people who aren't usual fans of that genre, this is an interesting film to check out. From me, this is easily a 9/10.


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