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China Strike Force (2000)

Leui ting jin ging (original title)
R | | Action | 17 July 2001 (USA)
A young Chinese Security Officer, Darren, is called for Team 808, which fights against the smuggling of drugs and corruption. Noriko, a Japanese Interpol officer, collaborates with Darren ... See full summary »

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Stanley Tong
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Kwok ... Darren Tong
Norika Fujiwara ... Norika
Leehom Wang ... Alex Cheung
Ruby Lin ... Ruby
Coolio ... Coolio
Mark Dacascos ... Tony Lau
Ken Lo Ken Lo ... Ken Low
Paul Chun ... Sheriff Lin
Siu-Ming Lau ... Uncle Ma
Jennifer Lin Jennifer Lin ... Jennifer
Chun Lai Chun Lai ... Chong
Jackson Lou ... Training Chief
Li Hsueh Tung Li Hsueh Tung ... Uncle Wang
Paul Cheng Paul Cheng ... Hotel Receptionist
Jung Yuen Jung Yuen ... Lee (Coolio's bodyguard)
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A young Chinese Security Officer, Darren, is called for Team 808, which fights against the smuggling of drugs and corruption. Noriko, a Japanese Interpol officer, collaborates with Darren for the destruction of a large international drug cartel. At the same time, a senior government officer's daughter is suspected of corruption. Written by Ninja01

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Extortion. Murder. Revenge.

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Action

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | English

Release Date:

17 July 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

China Strike Force See more »

Filming Locations:

Beijing, China See more »

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Budget:

$13,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(USA) | (original)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

After the car falls through the glass plate, it cannot be seen in any of the subsequent shots of the places in the air and/or ground where it should be. See more »

Quotes

Coolio: [after Uncle Ma disapproves of his plan of selling drugs in Leung Chan] So that's it? Just like that, he just shuts us down, just like that?
Tony Lau: Have patience.
Coolio: Have patience? Doctors have patients. And I ain't moving to China.
Tony Lau: It will take just a little time.
Coolio: A little time? Come on, Tony cuz! I've seen that old man manicuring on that little-ass tree he got. Them types of dudes, man, they don't smoke, they don't drink, they don't do nothing! So if you waiting for his ass to check out, you can forget ...
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References The Terminator (1984) See more »

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Train wreck
15 February 2004 | by Simon BoothSee all my reviews

CHINA STRIKE FORCE is the poster child for the disastrous attempt the Hong Kong film industry made in the early 2000s to achieve more "international" appeal - notably to sell the film to US markets, which is why it is filmed in English, but you also have a Taiwanese singer and a Japanese model in the cast to try to appeal to those markets. This kind of calculated marketing driven film-making process is just not what Hong Kong film-makers do well (leave that to Hollywood boys), and the result is a grand disaster of a film that I can't imagine appealing to *anybody*, whatever their nationality.

The primary culpit is the script, which fleshes out a paper thin and utterly generic plot with terribly inane dialogue, delivered in poor English by a cast for who the language is mostly not a natural choice (and I include Coolio in that :p). As a result it's hard for the acting not to be utterly dreadful, even if the cast *were* made of people who actually could act in their native language. I'm not sure how the spurious racism sprinkled through the script was meant to increase international appeal either.

The film's one saving grace is the action scenes, which Stanley Tong *does* know how to direct. There's a few moments of greatness to be found in these scenes, especially the finale set atop a pane of glass precariously suspended hundreds of floors above the ground (for whatever reason). This scene is almost worth the price of a rental by itself. If the film had just been a string of action scenes like this it might have been a significant guilty pleasure, but unfortunately these scenes are too few to really redeem an otherwise awful film.


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