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Daai si gin (Breaking News) (2006)



Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 1

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When a live TV news crew broadcasts an embarrassing defeat of Hong Kong's police department by just five bank robbers, public opinion of the force plummets and the department vows to capture the robbers at any cost. So when Detective Cheung accidentally stumbles upon the five bank robbers hiding out in an abandoned building, Yuen (Richie Jen), the ultra-cool leader of the gang, suddenly finds himself and his partners under siege by thousands of police officers. Sensing an opportunity to restore

Mar 7, 2006

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[Breaking News] is one of [director] To's typically tangled meditations on the smearing of good and evil, in moments where instinct overcomes morality.

November 27, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Prolific Hong Kong lenser Johnnie To delivers another solid action picture with this latest effort.

February 13, 2006
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To, Hong Kong's best action auteur since John Woo left for Hollywood, doesn't disappoint.

February 10, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Generally good performances from the Hong Kong, Taiwanese and Mainland cast, plus kinetic widescreen photography, deliver solid enough entertainment.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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A film filled with terrifically choreographed action and very little on its mind.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Well executed but ultimately unsatisfying ...

January 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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This is a film Michael Bay would green light in a heartbeat.

July 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
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A brainless but harmless display of senseless slaughter!

May 2, 2007 Full Review Source:

Starts with an astonishing tracking shot lasting nearly seven minutes that could rank with Orson Welles' much-admired Touch of Evil opener.

February 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Veteran Hong Kong director Johnny To (Fulltime Killer) has turned out yet another slick, expertly shot action thriller.

February 10, 2006 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

...another in a long line of expertly made Johnnie To films. While it may not be the director's best work, it has some knockout sequences.

January 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

To takes on the relationship between the media and the police in this taut, cynical thriller.

January 27, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Smart and sly, Breaking News shows that genre doesn't have to mean predictable.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source:

The story's unrefined point about media one-upmanship is crudely spaced out across the film's terse 90 minutes.

June 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Inventive action film from Hong Kong looks at how modern media and electronic communications changes everything in the old game of cops and robbers.

January 31, 2005 Full Review

A strong police drama, so long as you can get past the fact that nobody -- cop or criminal -- can hit the side of a barn.

September 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Planet Sick-Boy
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To took a shot at a big fat bull's-eye and, for the most part, missed.

August 28, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Daai si gin (Breaking News)

Breaking News lives up to its title and is another successful Hong Kong crime thriller for Johnnie To.The story only takes 90 minutes to unfold and it starts off on the right foot. The 10 minute introduction does what it's supposed to do; introduce the characters, set up the story, and deliver flying bullets. To top it all off, it is done in one continuous cinematic shot. The film does move at a slower pace, but the concept of the story helps to avoid complete boredom.The action is unleashed at the right moments, which isn't a whole lot in comparison to the rest of the story; however, those segments are nicely written.Richie Ren is cool, calm, and collected. The trio of major cast members is rounded out by Kelly Chen and Nick Cheung.The opening sequence alone is worth a checkout. The rest of Breaking News is also recommendable.
May 4, 2014
JY Skacto

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With a highly impressive 7-minute opening scene done in a single take, it raised my expectation level on how enjoyable the rest of the film might be. It just fizzled from that point on.
July 11, 2009
El Hombre Invisible

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"Breaking News" starts with a stakeout of Yuen's(Richie Ren) gang going badly awry as it devolves into a running shootout. To make matters worse, a policeman is killed, the criminals get away and the whole fiasco ends up on the nightly news. Deputy Commissioner Rebecca Fong(Kelly Chen) comes up with the idea of the police videotaping the arrest of the criminals in order to reassure the public that they can do their job properly. Inspector Cheung(Nick Cheung) is one step ahead of them and still on the case, by the way, has cornered the criminals in an apartment building.

There is a lot in "Breaking News" that might seem familiar to viewers with its media coverage of an ongoing police situation. What's different here is the lack of chaos, with both sides vying to be in control of the message and attaining levels of success. So add to that Johnnie To's kinetic style of filmmaking(especially in the opening tracking shot that gets more suspenseful as it goes on) and you have a smart thriller that also entertains. However, the movie is not without its share of faults with inappropriate comic relief and major characters that come and go as they please.
June 19, 2011
Walter M.

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John Woo of today,To is using his techniques to the utmost overreaction.Drama,altercation of images and a twirling ballet of bullets and camera angles.The plot is fading as the pace is growing and the news device showing the manipulation of the public is too naive.Still,it smashes all the everyday Hollywood flicks.
November 25, 2008
Dimitris Springer

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