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Hit Team

Daniel Wu on a lobby card from Hit Team.
Year: 2001  
Director: Dante Lam Chiu-Yin  
Cast: Daniel Wu (Ng Yin-Cho), Alex To Tak-Wai, Jo Koo, Samuel Pang King-Chi, Monica Lo Suk-Yi, Ruby Wong Cheuk-Ling, Chin Kar-Lok, Alan Moo, Joe Lee Yiu-Ming, Tony Ho Wah-Chiu
The Skinny: Well-done action film from director Dante Lam succeeds thanks to attention to detail and character. While not living up to his best work, this film is still a welcome genre entry.
by Kozo:
     Routine actioner from Dante Lam succeeds thanks to attention to detail and believably human performances. Another in the “cop soap opera” genre, Hit Team details the clash between two groups of cops. One is the special “Hit Team,” designed to go after heavily armed bad guys, and the other are a group of rogue cops robbing underground banks.
     Alex To leads the rogue cops, who are actually stealing the money to fund an operation for their crippled buddy Chin Kar-Lok, who was shot by evil triads and hung out to dry by his superiors. The Hit Team is led by Daniel Wu, who manages to show a surprising intensity as the serious squad leader. Right off they suspect that the robberies are done by cops, and as the truth comes to light things get a bit complicated. Of course Daniel disagrees with what Alex and his pals are doing, but he agrees with their purpose. Ultimately, decisions are made and things are explained through action rather than words.
     There is a certain shifting of loyalty that occurs, and while the actual events seem unlikely, the results are believable. Overall Dante Lam has crafted a rather understated cop action film that develops in a subdued, even pedestrian manner. A bit more procedure would have been welcome, or even some more character development, but the conflicts are well-drawn and the action well-directed. Though you might expect more from the co-director of Beast Cops, Hit Team does the job nicely. (Kozo 2001)
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Universe Laser
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles

image courtesy of Universe Film Production

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