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THE CORRUPTOR

 
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At Theaters: 3/12/1999 On Video: 8/10/1999
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 51 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 029907
Studio: New Line Cinema
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Nick Chen is one of the NYPD's most decorated officers. The first Chinese-born immigrant on the force, Chen has used his close ties with a group of Chinese "businessmen" known as the Triads to rise through the ranks. Now, a gold shield detective and the star officer on the city's highly touted Asian Gang Unit; it's Chen's job to keep the peace in Chinatown.

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Action Drama - Fans of talky police dramas and some Chow Yun-Fat devotees may enjoy. Older viewers may also enjoy, but the violence could be a turn-off. Young adult action fans will be disappointed; children will be bored.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Chow Yun-Fat (The Replacement Killers)
Mark Wahlberg (The Big Hit)
Director: James Foley (The Chamber)
Producer: Dan Halsted (U-Turn)
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About The Production
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PROFANITY: Fairly frequent use of strong profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: Some sex, both hetero and lesbian, with nudity.
VIOLENCE: Numerous bloody shootouts.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol use and cigarettes smoking.
ACTION: A few action scenes, but not as many as one would expect.
COMEDY: Isolated to an odd wisecrack.
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Hong Kong action superstar Chow Yun-Fat is one of the most dynamic, charismatic screen presences to ever hit the screen in any country. Yet for some reason, American filmmakers have yet to figure out how to properly use him. While his stateside debut, last year's The Replacement Killers, was an enjoyable-enough no-brainer with energy to spare, it barely scratched the surface of Chow's talent. The same can be said of his latest, even more disappointing American vehicle, James Foley's talky and slow The Corruptor. It's unfortunate not only because Chow and his ardent HK-era fans deserve better, but the stateside masses deserve to see just how magnetic a star--and how talented an actor--Chow truly is.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 116 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
19
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
25
High
88%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
17
Fairly High
94%
30+Adults (M)
36
High
72%
30+Adults (F)
19
Low
63%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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Nick Chen (Chow Yun-Fat) is one of the NYPD's most decorated officers. The first Chinese-born immigrant on the force, Chen has used his close ties with a group of Chinese "businessmen" known as the Triads to rise through the ranks. Now, a gold shield detective and the star officer on the city's highly touted Asian Gang Unit; it's Chen's job to keep the peace in Chinatown.

But a turf war has erupted between the Triads and the newly arrived and brutally violent Fukienese Dragons. As the precarious peace in Chinatown is interrupted, the NYPD beefs up the Asian Gang Unit with a new recruit: an idealistic cop, Danny Wallace (Mark Wahlberg), who is unaware of how power and influence have compromised his superiors. When the Tongs boldly attempt to corrupt this young officer, Chen is forced to realign his loyalties.

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