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San ren xing (2016)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Thriller | 24 June 2016 (China)
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Realizing that he will be defeated in no time during a police showdown, a thug shoots himself to force the cops to cease fire and take him to the hospital. In the hospital, he claims human ... See full summary »

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Johnnie To

Writers:

Ho Leung Lau (screenplay), Tin Shu Mak (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Wei Zhao ... Dr. Tong Qian
Louis Koo ... Chief inspector Ken
Kathy Wu ... Nurse
Wallace Chung ... Shun
Suet Lam ... Fatty
Michael Tse ... Whistling Gangster
Siu-Fai Cheung ... Dr. Fok
Adrian Wong ... Nurse
Hoi-Pang Lo ... Chung
Benjamin Yeung ... Radiologist
Zhenhui Li Zhenhui Li
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Realizing that he will be defeated in no time during a police showdown, a thug shoots himself to force the cops to cease fire and take him to the hospital. In the hospital, he claims human rights to refuse immediate treatment in order to bide time for his underlings to rescue him. The detective in charge sees through his scheme but decides to play along so as to capture his whole gang once and for all. Written by DooK

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Country:

Hong Kong | China

Language:

Mandarin | English | Cantonese

Release Date:

24 June 2016 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Howaito baretto See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$65,500, 26 June 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$65,500, 26 June 2016
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2.35 : 1
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Cool Concept With A Poorly Written And Melodramatic Execution
28 June 2016 | by TheFilmGuy1See all my reviews

A great and thrilling concept stuffed into a melodramatic package.

Johnnie To is a name that most people associate with great films, but I on the other hand can't quite 100% agree. I always find his films, while action packed, often poorly written and filled with melodrama. This film is no different.

A big gripe was the writing. There's this doctor character thrown whose storyline is quite prominent. It doesn't have much of a payoff, so it's strong presence seems odd. Then there's the silly moments. A paralyzed man falling down the stairs and being able to walk, a gun jamming not once but numerous times over and over just for the sake of drama. Even someone cocking a gun in the middle of emptying a clip. C'mon Johnnie, you make films with guns all the time! Learn how they work!

The main action set piece is a disappointment too. It's a long, one take (aided by trick editing and CGI) pf a gunfight. In theory it sounds amazing, and it does touch on greatness, but there's two big flaws in it. The musical choice is terrible. An unfitting song with unfitting lyrics. The 2nd flaw is that everyone looks like they're doing that "pretend slowmo run" that people do when they're fooling around. It's terribly laughable and sucks the drama out of the scene completely.

I wanted to be thrilled by this, but by the lackluster ending I was left disappointed.


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