When an obnoxious detective loses his gun to four young thugs, it's up to the P.T.U. (Police Tactical Unit) and their iron-willed leader to recover the weapon and clean up the mess before daybreak.

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Johnnie To

Writers:

Nai-Hoi Yau (as Yau Nai Hoi), Kin-Yee Au (as Au Kin Yee)
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Credited cast:
Simon Yam ... Sergeant Mike Ho
Maggie Siu ... Kat (as Maggie Shiu)
Suet Lam ... Sergeant Lo Sa (as Lam Suet)
Ruby Wong ... Inspector Leigh Cheng
Raymond Ho-Yin Wong ... Supervisor Wong (as Raymond Wong)
Eddy Ko ... Eye Ball (as Ko Hung)
Hoi-Pang Lo ... Bald Head (as Loi Hoi Pang)
Jerome Fung Jerome Fung ... Sergeant Fung
Frank Michael Liu ... Triad (as Frank Liu)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chi-Ping Chang ... Insp. Chan's subordinate (as Chi Ping Cheung)
Soi Cheang ... Undercover cop (as Pou-Soi Cheang)
Moon-Yuen Cheung ... PTU Orderly (as Kenneth Cheung)
Chi-Shing Chiu Chi-Shing Chiu ... Ponnytail
Wai-Kwok Kwok Wai-Kwok Kwok
Roderick Lam ... Mike's team member
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When an obnoxious detective loses his gun to four young thugs, it's up to the P.T.U. (Police Tactical Unit) and their iron-willed leader to recover the weapon and clean up the mess before daybreak.

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Into the Perilous Night...

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Sergeant Mike Ho: Everyone in uniforms are brothers.
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Followed by Tactical Unit - Comrades in Arms (2009) See more »

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good but not great...
19 August 2007 | by snow0rSee all my reviews

We meet the PTU on one of their worse nights. Chasing a suspect, a police sergeant loses his gun, and streets away, the son of a crime lord is stabbed to death in a small restaurant. We follow the PTU in their attempts to both find the policeman's weapon and prevent the fallout from the murder escalating. While it sounds an intriguing premise, PTU is not the pacey action-thriller you might expect, but is instead a slow, dark, and tense journey through the HK underworld.

Some scenes are brilliant, the use of harsh light and almost omnipresent shadow works well, effectively capturing the mood of the underworld. There's some real artistry here, and it's for that reason that the pacing frequently seems to be a little slow; the scenes look so good that the camera lingers on them for perhaps too long, causing pacing issues in some sections. However, it does work well in terms of suspense as the film builds towards its inevitably violent conclusion.

On a negative note, the music is terrible, and significantly dates a film that's only four years old. You have to wonder if they ran out of action movie ambiance sounds and just hit the classic cheese guitar button instead, but I guess that's just an Eastern film meets Western audience convention clash. It does however, in my opinion, completely undermine the final scene, which comes across as faintly ridiculous instead of as a dramatic release.

While it suffers from pacing and score issues, PTU's style and sense of tragic irony are enough to make it enjoyable if not quite essential viewing.


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | English

Release Date:

17 April 2003 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

PTU: Police Tactical Unit See more »

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$849
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Dolby Digital EX

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2.35 : 1
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