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Time and Tide (Shun liu Ni liu) (2001)



Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 5

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Movie Info

Two men who have a great deal in common become friends, only to find themselves turned into enemies in this slam-bang action fest from Hong Kong. Tyler (Nicholas Tse) is a man trying to make a career in a rough section of Hong Kong. One night, after several drinks too many, he hooks up with Ah Jo (Cathy Chui), an off-duty undercover cop who has also had a bit more alcohol than usual. Tyler and Ah Jo spend the night together, even though she usually prefers the company of women, and Ah Jo soon

Aug 7, 2001

TriStar Pictures

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All Critics (59) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (16) | DVD (16)

Goofy, outlandish and exhilarating.

August 9, 2001
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Makes for compulsive viewing even though its noirish plot doesn't make a lick of sense.

June 26, 2001
Mr. Showbiz
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Proves once again that it doesn't matter if the camera is dancing a jig on the ceiling if the storytelling is no good.

June 25, 2001
New York Post
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Spectacular and exhilarating, plot be damned.

April 4, 2010 Full Review Source:

Tsui Hark does not disappoint. From dizzying camera plummets to strange slow motion or freezeframe hammer-to-the-face shots, the film is visceral and bombastic enough to keep the midnight crowds awake through it all.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

All and all, Time and Tide is, to be completely unprofessional for a moment, really damn cool.

February 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

I can't find any entertainment value in this cartoon-like violent film.

November 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

If only I had any idea what it was about.

August 12, 2001 Full Review Source:

Time and Tide looks imaginative, and that's sufficient.

August 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Tsui Hark reborn from the ashes of his sojourn into Hollywood pap, flying high minus the wirework theatrics and loving every freaky frame.

July 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Buzzing with the action set pieces that made Hark famous.

June 28, 2001 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A stunner that out-summers all the other American summer movies so far.

June 28, 2001 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Longtime fans of Hong Kong action should be delighted to see Tsui back where he belongs and going as strong as ever.

June 26, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

There really is something new under the sun when it comes to shoot-outs and fist fights and this film has it.

June 25, 2001 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

There's no question Hark still has talent -- he just needs to find his footing again.

June 22, 2001

A funny, thrilling, kinetic barrage of brilliant Hong Kong action.

June 22, 2001 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire

A rabid dog of a movie, careening about about wildly in a fashion that's briefly fascinating but grows increasingly repetitive and exhausting.

June 18, 2001 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

A lyrical, exciting adrenaline rush.

June 15, 2001 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Audience Reviews for Time and Tide (Shun liu Ni liu)

I can forgive a lot of things to a HK movie: bad script, bad acting, low production values, if i get a good chainsaw fight or something equally over the top i'm a happy man. But some HK movies just can't hide the fact that they're extremely generic and easy to forget. Time and Tide tries way too hard to stand from the rest with some silly camera tricks that end up being far from "cool" and actually very annoying. Hark, just watch The Killer again, that movie works because, among other things, i can see who is shooting who, not because i could see a bullet coming out from the inside of a gun in first person view.
October 1, 2009
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

Nothing out of the ordinary here, unless you haven't seen a Tsui Hark film before. Basically, this is your typical Hong Kong crime action movie with a Tsui Hark twist to it.The first 5 minutes of the film is actually deceiving. The story actually feels like a romantic comedy of sorts. A few minutes later the film takes a turn and you now have the action adventure you should be expecting. The thing with Tsui Hark is that his cinematography and editing can make any type of film feel frantic. What would usually be a moderate to slow paced film actually feels like a thrilling roller coaster ride. While this is fine and dandy it can also confuse the viewer and throw off what should be a simple story. With that said, the first half of this film isn't anything spectacular and the action is somewhat limited. There is more of a focus on character buildup, which isn't too bad. The last 40-50 minutes of the film is all one big Tsui Hark stylized action sequence. Fairly entertaining.Like other Hark pieces, the action is different from other films of this genre and the choreography is quite good. What really sucks here is the editing and camera shots. At times it is good, but at many other times, and not just in this film, the fights become degraded by this. If it wasn't for Hark's editing and camera work, the action sequences could be impressive.The acting is pretty good for this type of film. Nicholas Tse is a good lead and most of the supporting cast is up to par. The only disappointments are the villains. They have a bunch of English lines and we all know how those turn out most of the time. It isn't as bad as other films though.The only people I would recommend this film to are fans of Tsui Hark or people in need of a different style of action film.
January 30, 2008
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

Nicolas Tse does a great performance as a streetwise young man who becomes a bodyguard to score quick cash and befriends a former mercenary (Wu Bai) who determined to begin life anew with the woman he just married. Terrific hardcore action in the building of apartments and train station.
January 10, 2008
Dean McKenna

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Time and Tide works on two levels, as a dramatic film and as an action film, both benefiting from each other. The action becomes more intense because the audience cares for the film's characters, and at the same time the drama is more emotional because the audience wants the characters to succeed in their redemption. This movie occupies a unique place in the action-cinema genre. One of the best Hark Tsui's movie.
September 2, 2008

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