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Expect the Unexpected (1998)

Fai seung dat yin (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 28 May 1998 (Hong Kong)
A group of inept Mainland criminals botch a jewelry store robbery. The cops, led by the straight-laced Ken and the wise-cracking Sam, begin to investigate the case and quickly confuse the ... See full summary »

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Tat-Chi Yau (as Patrick Yau)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Simon Yam ... Ken
Ching Wan Lau ... Sam
YoYo Mung ... Mandy
Ruby Wong ... Macy
Suet Lam ... Collins
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chit-Man Chan ... Head of Security Carrier Robbers
Joe Cheng ... Heavy-armed Robber in Apartment
Shiu Hung Hui ... Ben
Kar Sin Pak Kar Sin Pak ... Isabella
Keiji Sato ... Jewellry Shop Robber
Raymond Ho-Yin Wong ... Jimmy (as Ho-Yin Wong)
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A group of inept Mainland criminals botch a jewelry store robbery. The cops, led by the straight-laced Ken and the wise-cracking Sam, begin to investigate the case and quickly confuse the jewel thieves with a group of hard-ass Mainland robbers staying in the same area.

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Action | Crime | Drama

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

28 May 1998 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

HKD6,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Police Drama with an Unexpected Twist
3 March 2000 | by eibon09See all my reviews

Although most of Hong Kong's top talent has left for Hollywood, there has been a wave of interesting films from new directors like Patrick Yau who directed this sombering drama. The tune of the film shifts from drama to comedy to action back to comedy and finally to tragedy. The top performances were given by Simon Yam and Lau Ching-Wan as Police officers who are in love with the same woman. Expect The Unexpected along with The Longest Nite(1997) and The Odd One Dies(1997) show the emergence of another great director from Hong Kong. Expect The Unexpected(1998) is one of the best films in Hong Kong in the last ten years.

What makes this movie different from other Police dramas is it focuses more on the relationship the members of the Crime Unit have with each other and less with action scenes. Expect The Unexpected reminded me of the films of Takeshi Kitano in that like in his films the violence is sudden and tragic. The ending took me by surprise, but also impressed me because of the courage Patrick Yau had in filming this scene. The ending of Expect The Unexpected makes the finale of John Woo's The Killer(1989) look like a happy ending{This was the second time that Patrick Yau ended a film in irony(The Longest Nite(1997) was the other time)}. A good moment in the movie is when the waitress at the end is waiting for Lau Ching-Wan as she watches the news to learn of the Fate of the Hong Kong Crime Unit.


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