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Tiger On Beat 
Written by: on June 12th, 2014

Theatrical Release Date:
Hong Kong, 1988
Director: Lau Kar Leung
Writer: Kwok Chi Tsang
Cast: Chow Yun-Fat, Nina Li Chi, Conan Lee, Norman Chu, Chia-Hui Liu, Shirley Ng, Phillip Ko, David Chiang, James Wong, Lydia Shum

DVD Released: May 13th, 2008
Approximate Running Time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: IIB (Hong Kong)
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Cantonese, Dolby Digital Stereo Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Chinese
DVD Release: Joy Sales
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC (Hong Kong)
Retail Price: OOP

Synopsis: Two cops are partnered up that seem a bad match at first, but as they are drawn deeper and deeper into a drug war they develop a strong bond.

This film would be notable as one of Chow Yun-Fat’s last action pictures prior to his breakthrough film A Better Tomorrow. Here we also have Conan Lee (no relation to Bruce Lee) in one of his best features, and Nina Li Chi in one of her early roles. Direction is by Lau Kar Leung (Heroes of the East, My Young Auntie). The pre-credits sequence has Chow in bed with a married lady when her cuckolded husband comes home, played by non other than Fui-On Shing (Blue Jean Monster). The first part of the film does have a strong humorous tone, but this aspect is fleeting and soon gives way to nasty brutality and violent deaths.

Most of the comedy and dramatics are essayed by Chow, while Conan handles the bulk of the physical confrontations. These include hand-to-hand martial arts, large scale shootouts, and some innovative and ingenious ‘new’ methods of mayhem that keep the audience on the edge. This all leads into an epic chainsaw duel between Conan and Gordon Liu (The 36th Chamber of Shaolin) that really must be seen to be believed.

The DVD:

A nice widescreen anamorphic presentation with English subtitles that are mostly appropriate and error-free. The theatrical trailer is provided as an extra.

A buddy cop feature that presents comedy that works even for western audiences (though often low-brow) with nail-biting action and suspense show casing Conan Lee’s formidable skills. This title comes recommended.

Note: Fortune Star since this release has also released this film on Blu-Ray.

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