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Tiger on the Beat
Chinese: 老虎出更
Chow Yun-Fat
Year: 1988
Director: Lau Kar-Leung
Producer: Karl Maka
Cast: Chow Yun-Fat, Conan Lee Yuen-Ba, Nina Li Chi, Shirley Ng, Phillip Ko Fei, David Chiang (Keung Dai-Wai), Gordon Liu (Lau Ka-Fai), Norman Chu (Tsui Siu-Keung), James Wong Jim, Ti Lung, Lydia Shum Din-Ha, Liu Chia-Yung, Shing Fui-On
The Skinny: Largely typical eighties Hong Kong flick that delivers some of the best over-the-top action you'll ever see.
 
Review
by Kozo:

Excellent eighties action-comedy stars Chow Yun-Fat as a lazy cop who gets teamed with a buff new partner (the under appreciated Conan Lee). From there, the pair basically screw around for ninety minutes, but itís a damn fun ninety minutes. Their first assignment is discovering who was responsible for a drug scam gone wrong. They tail the buxom Nina Li to find some clues, which leads them to bad guy Norman Chu and his vicious right-hand man, the even badder Gordon Liu. Then all hell breaks loose. 

A very typical HK flick, Tiger on the Beat contains the usual breakneck pacing, magnified emotions, and poor political correctness that made eighties HK Cinema so damn amusing. Lastly, it contains action - tons of it. Chow gives us the gunplay with a few well-choreographed bits, but itís Conan Lee who steals the show with some terrific stuntwork and some amazing fight sequences. This is one of those films where every punch or fall can make the viewer wince reflexively. Unfortunately, film possesses a misogyny that leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Why Chow Yun-Fat slaps so many women around in his movies is beyond me. Still, this is a must-see for those that like their HK Cinema nonsensical and loaded to the teeth with jaw-dropping moments. (Kozo 1998)

 
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Joy Sales
16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 2.0
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles
*Also Available on Blu-ray Disc

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