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The Big Heat
The Big Heat
Actors: Ken Boyle, Roy Cheung, Michael Chow Man-Kin, Kong Chu, Philip Kwok
Directors: Hark Tsui, Johnny To
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Mystery & Suspense
UR     2000     1hr 38min

On the eve of his retirement a seasoned cop wong is forced to pick up his weapon once again when a good friend is brutally murdered. His time is running out however as the killer begins slaughtering those that are connecte...  more »


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Actors: Ken Boyle, Roy Cheung, Michael Chow Man-Kin, Kong Chu, Philip Kwok
Directors: Hark Tsui, Johnny To
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Crime, Hong Kong Action, Indie & Art House, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Tai Seng
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 11/14/2000
Original Release Date: 01/01/1988
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1988
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 1hr 38min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Chinese
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Great movie, but terrible DVD!
blacanesemale | Southfield, Michigan | 07/17/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The picture quality is sooo bad! Wait for a remaster!"
Violent hard-edged police thriller from Hong Kong
Brian Camp | Bronx, NY | 05/15/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"THE BIG HEAT (1988) is a fast-paced, gritty, down-and-dirty crime thriller shot in the streets and urban spaces of Hong Kong as it follows a group of cops in a life-or-death struggle with a gang of thugs employed by a corrupt businessman doing some high-level smuggling. Every scene is pitched around a confrontation that leads in every case to a shootout, car chase, foot chase, explosion or attempted assassination. Although none of the action scenes boasts the spectacle of a John Woo thriller (HARD-BOILED, THE KILLER), the action is consistently exciting, well-crafted, suspenseful and, up until the final showdown, fairly believable. One superb setpiece involves a face-off between the cops and an assassin in a hospital elevator shaft that serves as a model of how to stage action scenes in tight spaces. The film was co-directed by Andrew Kam and Johnny To and produced by Tsui Hark. It was part of a wave of top-ranked HK urban thrillers led by Woo's A BETTER TOMORROW (also produced by Hark) and Ringo Lam's CITY ON FIRE. The cast of THE BIG HEAT includes Waise Lee (A BULLET IN THE HEAD), Joey Wong (A CHINESE GHOST STORY), Chu Kong (THE KILLER) and, in an ingenious bit of casting, Philip Kwok, formerly one of Shaw Bros.' FIVE DEADLY VENOMS, who, in the interest of greater realism here, refrains from kung fu, but does his share of shooting, punching, running, leaping, and driving at high speeds. The film features much brutal violence, with some particularly gruesome bits (as in that hospital elevator scene). But if you're a fan of hard-edged crime thrillers, this film is for you."
Good Thriller With Waise Lee at his best!
Brian Camp | 09/03/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Unfortunately, many remember Waise Lee as simply a villain because of his roles in ABT and BITH. But he plays a hardened cop with a bad hand, pursuing a crime boss(The Killer's Chu Kong) and working with a young idealistic cop, who buys it at the end. Dont expect the best film Hong Kong has ever put out, but expect a good cop thriller. Waise Lee is good, but is still pretty calm. Chu Kong is slimy as hell, and it is a little gory. Good final scene with Tsui Hark will have you rolling on the floor. This film is widely available on DVD on several web sites, so check it out. By the way: excellent music from The Killer's Lowell Lo."