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The Tigers
Year: 1991 "Didn't I tell you guys not to work with Wong Jing!?"
Tony Leung, Andy Lau and Felix Wong
Director: Eric Tsang Chi-Wai
Writer: Nam Yin, James Yuen Sai-Sang
Action: Tony Leung Siu-Hung
Cast: Andy Lau Tak-Wah, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Felix Wong Yat-Wah, Miu Kiu-Wai, Ken Tong Chun-Yip, Leung Ka-Yan, Irene Wan Pik-Ha, Chen Kuan-Tai, Lo Lieh, Phillip Chan Yan-Kin, Wong Kam-Kong, Yammie Nam Kit-Ying, Joan Tong Lai-Kau, Poon Wang-Ban, Nam Yin, Ka Lei, Michael Dinga, Hui Fan, Shing Fui-On
The Skinny: Entertaining action-thriller that feels too implausible to be more than a passing time-waster.
by Kozo:
     A surprisingly dark and gritty crime thriller that taxes your sympathy as five of the best cops in Hong Kong take some dirty drug money and proceed to watch everything go to hell. TVBís Five Tigers (Andy Lau, Tony Leung, Felix Wong, Miu Kiu-Wai) play four of the tigers, with Leung Ka-Yan as their captain. The fifth TVB tiger (Ken Tong) doesnít play one of the good guys - he instead plays the viciously evil bad guy Tung.
    During a routine drug bust, Leung Ka-Yan lets Tung go because he was once his brother-in-law. Tung lets the cops have $10 million HK dollars, and in probably the filmís biggest suspension of disbelief, the five cops take the money. All except Felix Wong, that is, who manages to be righteous even while his cop brothers take the money with varying degrees of guilt. Sadly, the whole thing goes insane as Tung returns to blackmail the cops, and each step they take to stop Tung is met with an increasingly depressing darkness. 
     Some energetic action and dark moments make this flick work, but the disbelief at watching everything go to hell is a difficult problem. How could these five cops be so stupid? With that in mind, itís hard to root for some of our heroes. Andy Lau turns in one of his more unrepentant performances, though his final act is worth sticking around for. Everything aside, there are some entertaining moments in this otherwise routine cop thriller. (
Kozo 1999)
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Mega Star Video Distribution
16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen
Cantonese/Mandarin Language Track
Dolby Digital 2.0
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles

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