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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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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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A huge disappointment
27 April 2013 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

The cover of the BEAST COPS DVD makes it look like a cracking Hong Kong thriller with a dark edge; the involvement of Dante Lam led me to hope that it shared more than a few qualities with his excellent kidnapping story, BEAST STALKER.

Sadly, BEAST COPS turns out to be nothing like that movie; instead, it's a plot less film that flounders its way through an overlong running time while boring the viewer in the process. Don't get me wrong: the production values are faultless, the look and feel of the movie is right, and the characters are well drawn…it's just that everything exists apart from a storyline.

Anthony Wong and Michael Wong, playing a pair of tough cops, aimlessly wander from one scene to the next while the film struggles to find verve or momentum. There are a couple of decent sequences, with a chase about halfway through and a really killer ending, but these aren't enough to sit through the rest of the film for.

There's no faulting the performances – Anthony Wong has always delivered strong turns, and unlike many people, I don't have a problem with Michael Wong either; Sam Lee's comic supporting role is effective, too. But this film is just downright boring; it isn't about anything, and as an arty character study it lacks impetus and incident.


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