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Running Out of Time (1999)

Am zin (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 23 September 1999 (Hong Kong)
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Police inspector and excellent hostage negotiator Ho Sheung-Sang finds himself in over his head when he is pulled into a 72 hour game by a cancer suffering criminal out for vengeance on Hong Kong's organized crime Syndicates.

Director:

Johnnie To

Writers:

Nai-Hoi Yau (as Yau Nai Hoi), Laurent Courtiaud | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Lau ... Cheung
Ching Wan Lau ... Inspector Ho Sheung-Sang (as Lau Ching Wan)
YoYo Mung ... Leung Yuen Ting - Girl on Mini Bus (as Yoyo Mung)
Waise Lee ... Baldy (as Lee Chi Hung)
Shiu Hung Hui ... Chief Inspector Wong Kai-fat (as Hui Shiu Hung)
Suet Lam ... Suet, Baldy's Henchman (as Lam Suet)
Ruby Wong ... Head of Interpol
Wai Al ... Cop at bank (as Al Wai)
Wai Kin Lam ... Negotiator Hui (as Wai-Kin Lam)
Robert Sparks ... Diamond Dealer
Wai Leung Hung Wai Leung Hung ... Building Caretaker (as Hung Wai Leung)
Ching Ting Law Ching Ting Law ... Elevator Cop (as Lo Ching Ting)
Man Shing Yau Man Shing Yau ... Bank Robber (as Yau Man Shing)
Paco Yick Paco Yick ... SPU Leader (as Yee Tin Hung)
South Kei Lee South Kei Lee ... Street Thug (as Lee South Kei)
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Storyline

Dying Wah has nothing to be afraid of anymore when he realizes that he has only 4 weeks to live, and he's determined to get revenge for his father. Later, when Wah successfully gets away in a robbery, detective San makes up his mind and chases after Wah and arrests him. But, we can only have one winner in a game, who's gonna win? Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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A criminal genius, who has only 14 days left in his life. A CID, who has the support of the entire police force. A psychological but fatal game between two men of super talent.


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | English

Release Date:

23 September 1999 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Running Out of Time See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Cheung: Where am I going to die, when am I going to die... all that doesn't matter to me any more. The most important thing is that I don't die in a police station.
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An action thriller comparable to the best from the States.
10 December 2001 | by heychastSee all my reviews

I've recently seen An zhan. Not because it was a Hong Kong film, but because I was looking for a change from the films being produced here in the US. In my humble opinion, I believe the film could easily compete against the action thrillers being produced here, except for the traditional idiocyncracies of Hong Kong film. The one that still bothers me was the chief inspector character. I still don't understand why there has to be a complete-idiot-comic-relief-type character even in the serious films that come out of Hong Kong, but I can live with it when the movie is this good. The characters are believable even if the situations they are in are not. The story is fast paced and really sucks you in to it. The real cincher scenes for me were the two bus rides that the thief character takes. Overall, a really solid film.


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