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Corruptor
     

The Corruptor

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Director: James Foley

Cast: Chow Yun-Fat, Mark Wahlberg, Ric Young

 

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Nick Chen (Chow Yun-Fat) was the first Chinese-born immigrant in the NYPD, and is now one of the force's most decorated officers. As such, he's been named leader of the city's Asian Gang Unit, who are the primary peacekeepers in Chinatown. Trouble has just arrived for the Triads, the long-entrenched Chinese gangsters who are the real power behind Chinatown. After

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Nick Chen (Chow Yun-Fat) was the first Chinese-born immigrant in the NYPD, and is now one of the force's most decorated officers. As such, he's been named leader of the city's Asian Gang Unit, who are the primary peacekeepers in Chinatown. Trouble has just arrived for the Triads, the long-entrenched Chinese gangsters who are the real power behind Chinatown. After years of posing as honest businessmen, the Triad's powers are threatened by the newly arrived Fukienese Dragons. With a gang war on the horizon, the city sends a new recruit, Danny Wallace (Mark Wahlberg), to join Chen's unit. Danny finds Chen and the AGU in a very comfortable (perhaps too comfortable) relationship with the Triads. When the mobsters attempt to corrupt Danny, Chen must reassess his relationship with the Triads, and Danny must also learn that certain concessions must be made to ensure the peace in this world set apart from the rest of New York.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Genevieve Williams
As a take on the familiar cop-buddy movie, The Corruptor has as many twists and turns as a Raymond Chandler novel, if not nearly as much panache -- or comprehensibility. This was Hong Kong action star Chow Yun-Fat's second American film (1998's The Replacement Killers was the first), and director James Foley gets a lot of mileage out of imitating the trademark style of John Woo -- at least, as far as the action scenes are concerned. The first glimpse of Yun-Fat's cynical, wiseass New York detective Nick Chen is immediately familiar, and when he tumbles behind a table and comes out shooting two-fisted, he's on well-trod ground. With the introduction of Mark Wahlberg as rookie partner Danny Wallace, and an apparently obvious target -- gang violence in Chinatown, complicated by Wahlberg's necessary cultural awkwardness -- the plot seems clear, but as the script adds layer upon layer of complications, soon the only thing that's clear is that nothing is as it seems. Much of the time, this works, largely due to the genuine chemistry between the co-stars and the outstanding supporting cast, particularly Ric Young as slippery crime boss Henry Lee, Brian Cox as Wahlberg's estranged father, and Paul Ben-Victor as an FBI agent who's too clever for his own good -- all stereotypical characters, but well-realized. Unfortunately, Foley can't seem to decide whether he's making a buddy movie, an action flick (complete with obligatory high-speed chase scene and multiple-digit body count -- at least they don't drive through a parade), or a hard-bitten, cynical drama. Sure, all of these are related, but none of them really predominates, so that at the end you're left wondering just what it was you just saw, and disturbed by some of the film's blunter clichés. Still, The Corruptor has some sterling moments. It helped establish Yun-Fat's presence in the United States (remember, this was before Anna and the King or, more importantly, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), and marks a bit of a change of pace for Wahlberg, who manages a serious, sensitive portrayal, although he never looks entirely comfortable in his part.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/07/2015
UPC:
0883929444908
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
New Line Home Video
Time:
1:50:00
Sales rank:
36,389

Special Features

Commentary by director James Foley; From the (under)ground up: the making of The Corruptor ; UGK "Take It Off" music video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chow Yun-Fat Nick Chen
Mark Wahlberg Danny Wallace
Ric Young Henry Lee
Paul Ben-Victor Schabacker
Jon Kit Lee Jack
Andrew Pang Willy Ung
Brian Cox Sean Wallace
Elizabeth Lindsey Louise Deng
Byron Mann Bobby Vu
Kim Chan Benny Wong
Bill MacDonald Vince Kirkpatrick
Susie Trinh Amy San
Tovah Feldshuh Margaret Wheeler

Technical Credits
James Foley Director
Paul Denham Austerberry Art Director
Jeffrey Steven Authors Asst. Director
David Brisbin Production Designer
Carter Burwell Score Composer
Bill Carraro Executive Producer
Terence Chang Executive Producer
Jaro Dick Set Decoration/Design
Douglas Ganton Sound/Sound Designer
Doug Hall Costumes/Costume Designer
Dan Halsted Producer
Jonathan Krauss Executive Producer
Anne McCarthy Casting
Oliver Stone Executive Producer
Robert Pucci Screenwriter
Juan Ruiz-Anchia Cinematographer
Dana Sano Musical Direction/Supervision
Howard E. Smith Editor
Jay Stern Executive Producer
Mary Vernieu Casting
Brian Witten Executive Producer

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The Corruptor 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An innocent Irish cop comes off the beat to come on the unknown Asian Gang Unit where Chow Yon Fat, who is the Corruptor. Wahlberg is a novice to this world Cantonese world until he learns about the murdered prostitutes, Triads and Dragons, and of course sexual favors for cops and bribery and extortion attempts. Nothing new to the Big Apple, I guess, but especially routine in this cloistered world with the corrupt ahem! Kerik Police Department.