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The Longest Nite (1998)

Am faa (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Mystery | 1 January 1998 (Hong Kong)
A corrupt cop named Sam handles negotiations between two Triad leaders who plan to join forces. However, he meets a suspicious bald man named Tony, who keeps following him around and disrupting his personal business.


Tat-Chi Yau (as Patrick Yau), Johnnie To (uncredited)


Kam-Yuen Szeto (screenplay by) (as Szeto Kam Yuen), Nai-Hoi Yau (screenplay by) (as Yau Nai Hoi)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ching Wan Lau ... Tony (as Lau Ching Wan)
Tony Chiu-Wai Leung ... Sam (as Tony Leung)
Maggie Siu ... Maggie (as Maggie Shiu)
Hoi-Pang Lo ... (as Lo Hoi Pang)
Fong Lung ... Mr. Lung (as Lung Fong)
Siu-Lung Ching ... Ronny (as Ching Siu Lung)
Tian-Lin Wang ... (Guest star) (as Wong Tin Lam)
Mark Cheng ... Mark - Guest star
Kong Fong ... Informer - Guest star (as Sunny Fang)
Bun Yuen ... Sam's Cop Buddy (as Yuen Bun)
Sau Kei Lee ... Kei-Suk (as Lee Suk Kei)
Suet Lam ... Cafe Owner's Assistant (as Lam Suet)
Santoas Santoas
Kwok Chiu Wu Kwok Chiu Wu ... (as Wu Kwok Chiu)
Chak Shun Ha Chak Shun Ha ... (as Ha Chak Shun)


A corrupt cop named Sam handles negotiations between two Triad leaders who plan to join forces. However, he meets a suspicious bald man named Tony, who keeps following him around and disrupting his personal business.

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Release Date:

1 January 1998 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

The Longest Nite See more »

Filming Locations:

Macau, China

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Ka-Fai Wai has stated that most of The Longest Nite (1998) was directed by Johnnie To. To took over directing the film after Tat-Chi Yau had shot five scenes with Ka-Fai Wai re-writing the script as they were shooting. See more »


Despite taking place all in one night Tony Leung's facial hair is different in several scenes. See more »


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Very good, no doubt... But...
28 July 2006 | by Liquid_NukeSee all my reviews

At the expense of sounding a bit cliché, it wasn't on par with the best of the genre (Such as John Woo's better films), and in my opinion it wasn't quite on par with a more closely related title, The Big Heat. Why? The constant music was nothing special, and at it's worst, slightly annoying.

There are a few somewhat wooden performances. Tony Leung Chiu Wai was far better in Hard Boiled. I don't think Tat-Chi Yau knew how to wring all of the potential Tony has out of him for this film, and it shows.

There was a certain dynamic that's almost a staple of the HK action/crime genre missing... The power of the weapons wasn't conveyed as I've seen it numerous films over the years. What I mean is that the guns didn't truly seem as powerful as they should of. The shots, underpowered, and it's a bit underwhelming when I'm used to even pistols coming across as these loud, near deafening, definitive things. Small thing but it ran through the entire film and I think it's worth mentioning.

Could of been about 20 minutes longer, with more characters being fleshed out a bit more. Film could of benefited a lot from that.

Bad subtitles. Quite a few misspelled words and I'm sure I missed the gist of multiple things because of the poor subs. Ah well.

Those are all relatively small issues I had with though, and on the flip side it's got a lot more positive things going for it. A great build-up of suspense at multiple times through the film, a pretty complex interweaving plot, two very interesting, I might dare say original action scenes which made me grin...

To boot, it was brutal and uncompromising. No humor (Though the random, unexplained vomiting kind of teetered on it) A few nice, brutal for this kind of film scenes that pleased the inner gore hound in me. The coloring throughout the film, as mentioned by others, was nice and added a nice dynamic to the film.

Hehhehehee, the movie also stars, without a doubt, the most unrelentingly sweaty character in the history of film. Tony Leung literally wipes his face down with a towel every few moments for almost the entire film. Hey, it's the little things that I get a kick out of. He kept washing his hands and what not too. I think he had some kind of sanitation issue.

Overall, a 7.5 out of 10 in my very personal opinion. Well worth hunting down and adding to your collection, as it's a very solid entry in a sadly still declining genre.

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