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Ying hung yan mat (2001)

A cop takes on the task to try to track down a gang consisting of some of the most dangerous criminals in Hong Kong.


Shun Chuen Law


Law Au

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Credited cast:
Danny Lee ... Lee
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yennis Cheung ... Chan's girlfriend
Blackie Shou Liang Ko
Suet Lam
Ying Kwan Lok ... (as Felix Lok)
Michael Tong


A cop takes on the task to try to track down a gang consisting of some of the most dangerous criminals in Hong Kong.

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Hong Kong



Release Date:

14 June 2001 (Hong Kong) See more »

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Hero of City See more »

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Hero of city (on fire)
18 August 2012 | by Viva_ChibaSee all my reviews

We all know that Quentin Tarantino as been often criticized for "ripping off" or "stealing" ideas or scenes from other movies, for example, Reservoir Dogs is a "remake" or "re-imagination" of City on fire (starring Chow Yun-fat and directed by Ringo Lam) and i actually think that Reservoir Dogs is a far better film, but what this has to do with this movie?

Basically, this film is real a copy of Reservoir Dogs (a rip off of a rip off!), both films are VERY similar, the characters are similar, the situations are similar and the differences are not that much (but some of the few differences are interesting).

Just like Reservoir Dogs, you don't see the actual robbery scene, but the emphasis on action is larger, the chase after the robbery is much more detailed, but this action scene feels very cheap and it looks like that the budget couldn't afford proper gun effects (speaking of cheapness, i can't believe that this film actually got a theatrical release...it lasted in theaters for 6 days, according to HKMDb).

In the cast we have Blacky Ko (in a combination of the role of Chris Penn and Lawrence Tierney), Simon Lui (in the Michael Madsen role), Suet Lam (in the Steve Buscemi role) and Danny Lee (playing a cop for the 23456th time, he also appears for less than 20 minutes), just to name a few and i felt that all the actors were wasted in this movie.

This film is definitely not a masterpiece, but you can have fun by finding the similarities and differences between Reservoir Dogs and Hero of city.

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