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The Big Heat (1990)

Cast: Sai-kit Yung, Sai-kit Yung, Philip Kwok, more...
Director: Andrew Kam, Andrew Kam, Johnny To, more...
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Tai Seng
Genre: Action, Foreign, Hong Kong, Cops
Running Time: 92 min.
Languages: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English
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Not to be confused with Fritz Lang's 1953 classic, this film is a gritty two-fisted police drama directed by Johnny To Kei-fung and Andrew Kam Yeung-wah. John Wong (Waise Lee Chi-hung) is a grizzled cop faced with quitting the force after an injury impairs his reaction time with a gun. He changes his mind when his co-worker and buddy -- who once saved his life -- is killed in Malaysia. Aided by his partner Kam (Phillip Kwok Tsui) along with rookie Lun (Matthew Wong Hin-mung), John ventures to Malaysia and soon figures out that shady businessmen Han Ching (Paul Chu Kong) and Ho Ka-nin (Sai-kit Yung) are responsible for the slaying. It turns out that John's friend was blackmailing the two with a film of Ho engaging in homosexual sex and Han with Ho engaging in illegal activities. Desperately trying to keep his drug enterprise afloat, Han was in turn blackmailing John's dead friend. ~ Jonathan Crow, All Movie Guide

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Gruesome Mayhem by tboot July 24, 2002 - 4:32 PM PDT
5 out of 6 members found this review helpful
Produced by Tsui Hark, this little-seen actioner makes John Woo look like a model of restraint. Impossibly over-the-top in just about every way, the film simply refuses to look away from even the most gruesome mayhem. Heads fly, bones snap and explode, a man is mulched by speeding traffic, dozens of innocent bystanders are machine-gunned just to get them out of the way. The story pits Inspector Wong (Waise Lee, also seen in A Better Tomorrow and A Bullet In The Head) against a drug smuggling ring as his last case before he's forcedinto retirement due to nerve-damaged hand. Bitter, racked with pain, and attacked by nightmares, the ferocity with which he tackles the case is astonishing, and the film matches his rage note for note. Co-director Johnny To is still cranking them out, though he's making them a lot more audience-friendly these days.

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