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The Big Heat
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Avg. Customer Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars(based on 3 reviews)
Sales Rank: 55298
Category: DVD

Directors: Johnny To, Hark Tsui
Publisher: Tai Seng
Studio: Tai Seng
Manufacturer: Tai Seng
Label: Tai Seng
Format: Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, Ntsc
Languages: English (Unknown), English (Subtitled)
Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Media: DVD
Running Time: 90 minutes
Number Of Items: 1

UPC: 601643007243
EAN: 0601643007243
ASIN: B00004YS9E

Release Date: November 14, 2000
Theatrical Release Date: November 30, 1989
Availability: Usually ships in 1-2 business days

Customer Reviews:

4 out of 5 stars Great movie, but terrible DVD!   July 17, 2001
  2 out of 2 found this review helpful

The picture quality is sooo bad! Wait for a remaster!

4 out of 5 stars Violent hard-edged police thriller from Hong Kong   May 15, 2001
  3 out of 3 found this review helpful

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.

4 out of 5 stars Good Thriller With Waise Lee at his best!   September 2, 2000
  1 out of 2 found this review helpful

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.

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