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The Corruptor (1999)

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With the aid from a New York City policeman, a top immigrant cop tries to stop drug-trafficking and corruption by immigrant Chinese Triads, but things get complicated when the Triads try to bribe the policeman.

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James Foley

Writer:

Robert Pucci
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yun-Fat Chow ... Nick Chen (as Chow Yun-Fat)
Mark Wahlberg ... Danny Wallace
Ric Young ... Henry Lee
Paul Ben-Victor ... Schabacker
Jon Kit Lee ... Jack
Andrew Pang ... Willy Ung
Elizabeth Lindsey Elizabeth Lindsey ... Louise Deng
Brian Cox ... Sean Wallace
Byron Mann ... Bobby Vu
Kim Chan ... Benny Wong
Bill MacDonald Bill MacDonald ... Vince Kirkpatrick
Susie Trinh Susie Trinh ... Amy San
Ho Chow ... Black Eyes
Olivia Yap ... Tai
Lynda Chiu Lynda Chiu ... Kim
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Storyline

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. Written by Anonymous

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If you have a secret, he knows it. If you have a weakness, he exploits it. If you have anything good in you, he destroys it... See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

12 March 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le corrupteur See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,765,300, 14 March 1999

Gross USA:

$15,164,492

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,493,601
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Color:

Color (DeLuxe) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The close-ups of Chow Yun-Fat shooting a criminal at point blank range with a small revolver (as in the opening, and massage parlor raids), were directly inspired by the famous photograph of a Vietnamese soldier committing an execution. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the car chase, when the burgundy Cadillac's left front tire blows out, the hubcap can be seen flying off in a close-up. When the car flips over, the hubcap is back on. See more »

Quotes

Willy Ung: You never know how a guy gettin' his dick rubbed is gonna react when you charge the room, so keep your eyes sharp and your Glock cocked. And don't be tryin' to feel any Chinese titties either, ya little pervert!
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Alternate Versions

German VHS release was cut by ca. 6 minutes to secure a "Not under 16" rating. See more »


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Chow Yun Fat is back in form
14 February 1999 | by James-113See all my reviews

Fans of Chow Yun Fat can finally exhale; he has made a decent Hollywood movie at last.

I went to see "The Corruptor" this past Saturday in HK. While it's not an especially good film, it's a solid piece of entertainment. Most importantly, it allows Chow Yun Fat to be Chow Yun Fat. Whereas he was stiff and tentative in "The Replacement Killers", in "The Corruptor" Chow burns up the screen. From the very first few seconds of his appearance in the movie you can see that "The Coolest Actor in the World" is back in form.

In fact, it's the acting that saves the movie. The story is a tired one, but Mark Wahlberg and especially Chow are charismatic and make their characters sympathetic. Chow also develops an onscreen chemistry w/ Wahlberg that was completely absent in his partnership w/ Mira Sorvino.

Because of it's uninspiring storyline, however, "The Corruptor" will probably still not make Chow a household name in America. But it will win him lots of new fans. Let's hope this upward trend in Chow's career continues w/ "Anna and the King".


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