Not an easy film to like but...
(5 out of 5 stars)
"OCTB isn't an easy film to like. The "good" cop isn't so good. The "bad" guy isn't so bad. While many cop films have done this with varying levels of success, few have done it with the intensity that OCTB has. And few have done it with a believable and gentle romantic love story in the middle of all the violence. Also, few have had the benefit of great HK stars like Danny Lee, Anthony Wong and Cecilia Yip. Danny Lee's character is a man possessed with capturing the "bad" Anthony Wong. And in the beginning we are completely on his side. However, we find that there is a "gentler" side to Anthony Wong's bad guy. The lengths Lee and his team go to to get Wong and his gang is unsettling. The ending is great and makes you sympathise with Wong's character. This is good HK action, the pace is incredible, the shootouts great, even the music score is good. This isn't really generic HK action stuff. It isn't merely, bang bang, who cares about the plot? It isn't John Woo action either. OCTB's action is gritty, it is after all Kirk Wong, the guy who gave us Jackie Chan's unfunniest movie to date. That's why OCTB isn't usually considered a HK action classic. I liked it though, but I know people who didn't and I know there will be people who won't like it. But I say give OTCB a chance and you may like it as much as I did."
Standard HK cop fare
Brendan Klein | philadelphia | 07/23/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This film is Part 2 in Kirk Wongs Police Trilogy (1-Police Story, 3-Rock N Roll Cop). For the most part this film was standard action fare, nothing spectacular, untill the end, which pulled out all the stops in a shootout across a crowded HK shopping district, a pulse pounding soundtrack makes this scene all the more exciting. Intriguing performances from Danny Lee, Cecelia Yip and Anthony Wong(unusually restrained). I'll buy this one just for the climax."