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Over the course of one night, a team of cops frantically search for their colleague's missing gun.

Director:

Johnnie To

Writers:

Nai-Hoi Yau (as Yau Nai Hoi), Kin-Yee Au (as Au Kin Yee)
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Cast

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 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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Storyline

Over the course of one night, a team of cops frantically search for their colleague's missing gun.

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Into the Perilous Night...

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Pathé [France]

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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$156,712 (Hong Kong), 18 April 2003, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Sergeant Mike Ho: Everyone in uniforms are brothers.
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Followed by Kei tung bou deui - Fo pun (2009) See more »

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Great study in moody, low-budget filmmaking
16 November 2003 | by whiteshaftSee all my reviews

I saw a screening of PTU at UCLA tonight, with the director (and his translator) in attendance. I found the film to be a bit slow in spots, but I was willing to go along with the deliberate pace and slow burn of the film. I think in this country we're way too spoiled on visual chaos, with most studio films thrusting a car chase or a slapstick joke in our face every two minutes or so. It doesn't have to be that way. The film was shot beautifully and there is a quiet cool about the whole thing, very reminiscent of a Lee Marvin vibe as someone else here pointed out.

To did stay to answer questions after the movie, and although this did not alter my opinion of the film it did make me appreciate it even more. It was shot over the course of two years, while he would stop to make other commercial films; some actors gain or lose weight on screen! The budget only came out to $400k U.S. Several of the actors were actually crew people from his other films. One person asked him how he made his cinematography choices (i.e. the constant pools of light) and he laughed and said it was strictly budgetary; they couldn't afford to dress every set and they only had a few overhead lights, so voila! I think the limitations of what they had to work with only make the film stronger, much like Jaws is a better movie because the shark always broke down.


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