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Cop Abula (2000)

Tiao zi a bu la (original title)
Cop Abula arrests a pregnant illegal immigrant, Xiao Qing, who came from mainland China to look for the father of her baby. Upon arrest, Xiao Qing gives birth to a baby girl in the police ... See full summary »

Director:

Khan Lee

Writer:

Khan Lee
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2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Blackie Shou Liang Ko ... Abula
Chen-Nan Tsai
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chao-jung Chen
Li Yu ... Xiao Qing
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Cop Abula arrests a pregnant illegal immigrant, Xiao Qing, who came from mainland China to look for the father of her baby. Upon arrest, Xiao Qing gives birth to a baby girl in the police station, causing disorder in the place. Abula takes care of her and even helps to search for the father. On the other hand, Abula has to face other worries, like the problem between him and his son, Ah Yi. In addition, there is the Mafia who makes life difficult for Abula as he refuses to accept bribery. In the end, Abula resorts to the improper way of solving the problem, resulting in a hilarious ending to the story. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

18 July 2000 (Singapore) See more »

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Color
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By-the-book cop show with some good performances
27 April 2006 | by gmwhiteSee all my reviews

Cop Abula is the first film, as far as I know, directed by Khan Lee, the brother of Ang Lee. It is a by-the-numbers police yarn redeemed by good performances, a sense of humour, and some nice accents.

Abula is, you may have guessed, a policeman in Taiwan. Most of his department are corrupt. He is a widower, but has a teenage son with whom he is struggling to see eye-to-eye. The two main story arcs concern a very pregnant mainlander who has arrived in Taiwan illegally to look for the father of her child. The other main story has to do with a criminal gang - the same one paying off most of the police department.

Storywise, there is nothing much new here, but the actor playing the sloppy-but-honest Abula plays his role with relish, contributing immensely to the enjoyment of the film. The gangsters are very stereotypical, especially one of the pony-tailed, strutting thugs, and the cigar-chomping, wine-tasting boss. Li Yu, who plays the pregnant Xiao Qing, also does an excellent job with her rather sympathetic character.

A variety of accents are on display, which is of additional interest for those who like to hear regional varieties of language, and this is one of the distinctly Taiwanese aspects of the film, which is otherwise quite light on social commentary, apart from showing something of the fate of illegal immigrants from the mainland.

All in all, not a bad film, though very standard plot-wise, the title character is quite engaging, and dominates every scene he is in, lifting this film from the predictable to the enjoyable.


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