"The Longest Nite is a very, VERY dark Hong Kong thriller starring Tony Leung as an extremely bad cop having an extremely bad night - you know, the usual round of smashing hoodlums' gun hands, torturing suspects and witnesses alike, finding a headless body in his apartment with a locker number written on its hand, being set up to kill the crimelord he works for: probably all in day's work in Macau.
While the first 20 minutes or so are very grim and exceptionally merciless, when the plot kicks in and the wheels start turning and the fingers start pointing, it actually becomes a gripping little number, with one quite superb sequence at a ferry station as the walls start to come crashing down on our anti-hero. Sadly the last 20 minutes are average shoot-em-up stuff that lacks the ingenuity of the central sting, but if you can stomach the violence it's well worth a look. Leung in particular is ideally cast - he has the perfect hangdog face for this kind of character, conveying world-weariness, confusion and desperation without seeming to need to make any effort."
Lau Ching Wan rocks!
julio espin | New York | 12/21/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is Lau Ching Wan at his best. This film is another reason why he has proclaimed the acting crown of Chow Yun Fat once he left Hong Kong to do movies in the US. Many of Lau Ching Wan's movies have him characterized as the cool cop you would wanna hang with or the lovable hard-on-his-luck guy that girls can't help [but]feel something for. In the Longest Nite, he is just a pure bad-ass with a bald head. The taxi scene and his conversation in his holding cell with Tony Leung are worth the purchase of this movie alone! DO buy it!"
A lot of twists and turns
Mariano Apuya Jr | Kapolei, HI United States | 09/09/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've know about Tont Leung for awhile now and know that he is a superb chinese actor. He was the undercover cop in the movie "Hardboiled" with Chow Yun Fat. In this movie he is cool, as other reviewers have noted, he plays a corrupt cop. You really have to pay attention watching this movie. The little details such as phone numbers of a restaurant and the number written on a hand of a headless corpse. My favorite part is where the assasin tells Sam that he'll know what will happen in an hour, talk about suspense. This movie was made in 1998 is I'am not mistaken. The languages that are only available for this movie are cantonese and mandarin. The pace that the subtitles appear is a bit fast, becomes even more important because there is no wasted dialog in this movie. Longest nite is a bit violent, Sam likes to snap off fingernails as a form of torture and he is generally sadistic."
Almost Perfect Hong Kong Thriller
Debbie Tam | Omaha, NE | 05/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This film boasts an incredible first hour as Tony Leung Chui-Wai's corrupt cop attempts to keep rival gangs from breaking a truce on the night of an important triad meeting. He's also trying to keep at bay a wave of two-bit hitmen who have come into town in response to a contract on one mob boss's head. Oh, yeah, and if all this wasn't enough, a decapitated body is discovered in his apartment and a bald Lau Ching-Wan is popping up mysteriously like Clint Eastwood in one of his Westerns. What develops is one of the more inventive and devious chess matches on film.I remember seeing this film for the first time and finding myself just smiling over its intricate plot and images. There's a dimly lit scene in a holding cell that's magical despite being somewhat brutal, and Tong Leung and Lau Ching-Wan are excellent.The film does unravel a bit in its final act. The final showdown is a bit over-the-top and noisy, but the filmmakers (Milkyway Productions) have built up so much goodwill during the previous hour or so that it doesn't matter. Until "The Mission" came out, I considered this Milkyway's finest effort.Highly recommended.For the record, the DVD contains some unsubtitled footage of a press conference and initial showing with the cast. There's an excellent trailer (though it is incorrectly preceded by a scene from the actual film) and some unused footage (without sound). Unlike the VCD, the subtitles are not small and can be removed. One may select either Cantonese or Mandarin (oddly enough, there is a line or two of Mandarin which is subtitled in English while there is no accompanying Cantonese dialog)."
Antonio Cardell | Brooklyn, New York United States | 06/14/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a must see DVD! This movie is Hong Kong action at it's best, and it is almost perfectly made. The movie never slows down and you must pay attention to detail. As I said befor this is a must see DVD."