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Dog Bite Dog (2006)

Gau ngao gau (original title)
A Cambodian assassin finds himself on the run from Hong Kong police after completing his assignment.

Director:

Soi Cheang

Writers:

Matt Chow, Kam-Yuen Szeto (as Szeto Kam Yuen) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edison Chen ... Pang
Sam Lee ... Insp. Ti Wai
Weiying Pei Weiying Pei ... Yu (as Pei Pei)
Eddie Cheung ... Chief Insp. Sum (as Cheung Siu Fai)
Yiu-Cheung Lai ... Insp. Tang Wing Cheung (as Lai Yiu Cheung)
Suet Lam ... Insp. 'Fat' Lam (as Lam Suet)
Ka Wah Lam ... Insp. Ti - Wai's Father (as Lam Ka Wah)
Hao Ren ... Mr. Lee (as Yam Ho)
Kam-Wah Koo Kam-Wah Koo ... (as Koo Kam Wah)
Ask Lee Ask Lee ... Ben
Chi Wai Lao Chi Wai Lao ... Internal Affairs Officer (as Lao Chi Wai)
Fire Lee ... Taxi Driver (as Lee Ka Wing)
Ka Sing Chau Ka Sing Chau ... Funny Eyes (as Chau Ka Sing)
Kar Fai Lee Kar Fai Lee ... Kitchen Boy (as Lee Ka Fai)
Ting-Fung Li ... Young Wai (as Lee Ting Fung)
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A Cambodian assassin finds himself on the run from Hong Kong police after completing his assignment.

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CRY AWAY
Performed by Cammay Ng
Composed by Ben Cheung
Lyrics by Cammay Ng
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Bridges the Gap . . .
14 January 2008 | by illeatyourdogSee all my reviews

Those individuals familiar with Asian cinema, as a whole, are aware that Japan is renowned, or notorious, for it's hyper-violent films and Korea is now garnering a reputation for viciously brutal films. Dog Bites Dog, while not necessarily getting as hyper-violent as the craziest Miike film, nor is it as unapologetically brutal as some Koreas more ambitious efforts, it is a perfect in between with its own brand of brutality all it's own. The greatest strength this film has though, like the greatest of the Japanese or Korean efforts, is that the brutality, rather than detracting from the film, actually develops the characters, if not, pushing the story forward. The two main characters are both incredibly vicious individuals with their own motivations and emotional underpinning for being as such. Sam Lee's character, for instance, is on the edge from the very start and slowly and surely, amidst various encounters with Chang's character, it is revealed why he is. Without spoiling this part of the story too much, it involves the morally ambiguous nature of his father. Chang's character, on the other hand, has his most primal instincts honed to, if not perfection, brutal efficiency. Surprisingly, Chang's story arch, while not necessarily revealing a more human side, actually reveals a side to our animal nature which many forget about which is the natural ability to recognize a fellow broken animal (and no I am not talking about Sam Lee, rather Pei Pei's garbage dump girl character). Ultimately however, for the first 80 minutes or so, it is a, more or less, straight forward cat and mouse, or Dog chase Dog, film in which every encounter ends in at least one death (seriously, once Sam Lee and Chang Square off, some one will die) and the fun part of movie is you never know who hands will commit the act. Which brings us to the film's one weakness. Unforunatley to delve into it would be yet another spoiler but, to put it simply, it is guilty of pushing one of the main points of the film since, rather then letting the point be made as is 80 minutes into the film, the film goes on for another 20 minutes or so to further emphasize it. Don't get me wrong, if transitioned better from the 80 minute mark to the climax and if the final act wasn't filled with sweet music (in fact if it, like the majority of the film, kept the music to the barest minimum and let the disturbing sound effects do their job), it still could have worked and not detract from the film. As it is though, despite the third act having the most vicious and bloody of the encounters, the way it was handled made it feel tacked on, and almost, insults the viewers intelligence since it felt it had to go this far to get it across. Nevertheless, it is still a breath of fresh air from Hong Kong cinema since even the most bloody of the martial arts films never reaches the level of viciousness and brutality while keeping the the character archs in tact.


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Release Date:

17 August 2006 (Hong Kong) See more »

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Bangkok, Thailand See more »

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