Nick Chen is a tough as nails New York cop who works on both sides of the law. When a new rookie cop is assigned to his unit he sees how the local crime boss tries to corrupt him and Chen reconsiders his ethics. All the while a few twists and turns show who is really playing who. This is by no means a very original movie, especially for Chow Yun-Fat. His first American film, 'The Replacement Killers,' also was kind of a re-run, but what is there to say? He's good at this type of stuff. Just like 'The Replacement Killers' this film was also a flop at the box office and it is probably through its gritty and uncompromising tone. Yeah, there's action and intense shootouts, but it is not like 'Die Hard' or anything. Innocent people die, the ending isn't happy, but what matters is that the film isn't cheesy - it pulls no sucker punches or cheap thrills. It sticks to the characters while keeping the action secondary, but no less intense. The plot too is also pretty interesting and is a little more intricate than 'The Replacement Killers' or Chow Yun-Fat's cult hits from Hong Kong like 'Hard Boiled.' It is not quite a masterpiece of genre, but remains a solid crime thriller nonetheless. 8/10 Rated R: strong violence, and profanity
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The Corruptor (1999)
With the aid from a NYC policeman, a top immigrant cop tries to stop drug-trafficking and corruption by immigrant Chinese Triads, but things complicate when the Triads try to bribe the policeman.
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Nick Chen is one of New York City's most martial police officers and the first Chinese-born immigrant on the force. Chen's job is to keep the peace in Chinatown from a turf war that has broken out between the Triads and the ruthless, and dangerous Fukienese Dragons. Chen teams up with Danny Wallace, who is terribly unaware of this situation. When the Tongs boldly attempt to bribe Wallace, Chen is forced to keep his faithfulness.
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Solid crime thrillerReviewed byBroadswordCallinDannyBoyVote: 8/10
Yes, I know critics, it has Wahlberg but Foley has him on a leash here.If you notice, unlike The Departed, where he went wild and ran themovie over, here he has limited dialog which is a good thing. Everyonesays Replacement Killers is better, I disagree, Fat gives a much morecomplex, multi-layered performance here. He portrays his mixedloyalties to Uncle Benny, the police department and his growing fatherlike affection for Danny very well. The script itself is much morecomplex than Fuqua's action fest. I own that movie also but this onefollows Danny into the ambivalencies of going undercover to check outFat which is complicated by his growing friendship with him and hisfather's gambling debts which suck him into the grasp of the Tongs andHenry Lee, well played by Ric Young. This is a very intense wellwritten piece of work that bombed frankly because Wahlberg has a bit ofa negative reputation. Please, The Happening? where he tried to play ascientist? Whose idea was that? Here, he is very much subdued and undercontrol; Foley wisely limits his dialog there are no long spiels wherehe displays the limitations of his acting range. The loyalties get allmixed up as Danny gets deeper and deeper plus Lee starts manipulatinghim by using his wish to help people as a oar to steer him into troublewith.
Fat will shock you with how well he does here. I am one of the fewpeople who loved his performance in Anna And The King. My favoritescene is after this cop flips him crap, he pops his mouth with hisfinger and displays it in a circle with a sneering smile. The man issuch a gifted actor. Imagine the Curse Of The Golden Flower withouthim? The characters are drawn well full of dichotomous feelings, lightand dark, like all human beings. As corrupt as Fat is, he still ishelping a prostitute that Henry Lee has slaving for him. These are notall good or all bad cartoon characters like many action movies. Ireally cannot understand the low IMDb rating except for people whodetest Wahlberg. It certainly cannot be Fat's performance which Iconsider to be his best in an American film. The film's intensitybegins from the first frame with Bobby Vu, the leader of the FuchineseDragons, blowing up a store and shooting the poor burning guy comingout.
As we discover as the movie progresses, Lee is doing a behind thescenes mission to usurp control over the Tong from aged Uncle Benny.Fat feeds him information hoping to keep him away from Danny but goodluck, Lee wants a white cop inside the precinct. The movie builds tothe showdown where Fat has to decide whether to kill Danny when Leediscovers he is internal affairs. I admired the lack of a clichéd storywith the stupid, happy ending. Foley makes a very different film evenDanny's father is corrupt. There are no pure good or evil charactersonly the complex people you find in real life. Do not believe the aboverating, this is an excellent movie. I own some of Fat's Chineseperformances but this was his best role in English. A Hidden Treasure.
They say everyone has a secret. The Corruptor is a prime example of thissaying because everyone in Chinatown is hiding something in this movie.Detective Nick Chen, played by international star Chow Yun-Fat, heads theAsian Crime Unit in his precinct. Chen is a decorated hero with many yearson the force. He is also in the back pocket of Uncle Benny, the leader ofthe old-line gang in the city. Because of this he is fighting even harder totake down the Fukienese Dragons, a gang of young Chinese recently arrived toAmerica. Adding to his problems Chen has a new cop in his unit, MarkWahlberg plays Danny Wallace. Wallace is a rookie with his own secretsincluding a father who owes the Italian mob a large sum ofmoney.The Corruptor is fun! Any movie that starts off with an entire storefrontexploding and the one `survivor' being gunned down as he comes out the dooris bound to grab your attention. Many gunfights and chase scenes later youeven realize there is a story here. Mark Wahlberg continues to improve as anactor though it is hard to think of him as anything other than `Marky Mark.'Chow Yun-Fat is the main reason to see this movie. He was a star in Chinafor many years before we were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of him. HisEnglish has improved immensely from his first American movie, TheReplacement Killers, and his charisma is at the level that it always hasbeen. When Chow is on the screen it is hard to watch others and it willdefinitely be interesting to see him in the remake of The King and I withJodie Foster. James Foley directed this movie. It's not for everyone but if movies likeHard-Boiled and The Killer entertained you then check out The Corruptor.It's worth it!