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Dai si gin (2004)

When an ambulatory TV news unit live broadcasts the embarrassing defeat of a police battalion by five bank robbers in a ballistic showdown, the credibility of the police force drops to a ... See full summary »

Director:

Johnnie To

Writers:

Hing-Ka Chan (as Chan Hing Kai), Tin-Shing Yip (as Ip Tin Shing)

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Cast

Cast overview:
Richie Jen ... Yuen
Kelly Chen ... Rebecca Fong
Nick Cheung ... Inspector Cheung
Siu-Fai Cheung ... Eric Yeung (as Cheung Siu Fai)
Shiu Hung Hui ... Hoi (as Hui Siu Hung)
Suet Lam ... Yip (as Lam Suet)
Yong You Yong You ... Chun (as You Yong)
Haifeng Ding Haifeng Ding ... Long (as Ding Hai Feng)
Haitao Li Haitao Li ... Chung (as Li Hai Tao)
Simon Yam ... CK Wong
Maggie Siu ... Grace Chow (as Maggie Shiu)
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Storyline

When an ambulatory TV news unit live broadcasts the embarrassing defeat of a police battalion by five bank robbers in a ballistic showdown, the credibility of the police force drops to a nadir. While on a separate investigation in a run-down building, detective Cheung discovers the hideout of the robbers. Cheung and his men have also entered the building, getting ready to take their foes out any minute. Meanwhile, in order to beat the media at its own game, Inspector Rebecca decides to turn the stakeout into a breaking news show. Written by Official synopsis

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Action | Crime | Drama

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin | English

Release Date:

10 June 2004 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Breaking News See more »

Filming Locations:

Kowloon, Hong Kong, China

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$132,563 (Hong Kong), 18 June 2004, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

When Yip is dangling outside the window and the camera looks down, the street is full of pedestrians casually walking or standing around, and there are no police visible. The narrow street is also inconsistent with exterior shots showing a wide open space in front of the building, full of vehicles and people. See more »

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BREAKING NEWS is yet another JOHNNY TO film exploring the theme of honour among thieves
3 October 2004 | by simonize-1See all my reviews

BREAKING NEWS is yet another JOHNNY TO film exploring the theme of honour among thieves. Earlier successes included THE MISSION and FULL TIME KILLER; others would certainly come to mind if I were to peruse his filmography but you can do that yourself on www.IMDb.com!

Mr TO and the CREATIVE WRITING TEAM of MILKWAY have a habit of not giving the viewer a lot of information, and letting the visual elements that define cinema take precedence.

The opening sequence is very tightly and cleverly shot and edited, so much so that it is a pleasure to sit back and play it over again.

That first sequence introduces most of the protagonists, at least those who will do battle; the subsequent act introduces the upper levels of policedom, who decide to stage a publicity coup.

The need for more effective policing to ensure the safety of citizens should be paramount, but the woman in charge (KELLY CHEN) is every bit as ruthless as the gunmen in her sights.

Caught in the middle is DETECTIVE CHEUNG, the police officer in charge of the initial, disastrous stakeout that sets the story in motion.

Every one seems to want to save face: the thieves refuse to surrender even when the odds seem insurmountable; DETECTIVE CHEUNG becomes more an avenger or a vigilante than a lawman, and refuses to back down, even when ordered to desist and give over to SDI, while CHEN in the safety of her control vehicle, uses technology and superior firepower to prove her worth to her superiors.

JOHNNY TO and his team must take pride in making films where the viewer must EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED (a superior policier starring the wonderful LAU CHING WAN). BREAKING NEWS is no exception: there are several twists; scenes of quiet humour, which manage to humanize the villains of the piece, and of course, those nice touches that ensure some memorable characterizations.

By the time the credits roll, everything has come together, and the muddle of the various conflicts is resolved, quite eloquently.

I cannot quite fathom the wide variety of music chosen for this film but it all seems to work.

BREAKING NEWS is an entertaining 90 minutes, and certainly does not wear out its welcome. Now that the anamorphically enhanced DVD is out, you can watch it more than once, to savour all its nuances.


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