The Corruptor

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This uninspiring cop thriller doesn't measure up to Chow Yun-Fat's Hong Kong work.



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Nick Chen (Chow Yun-Fat) was the first Chinese-born immigrant in the NYPD, and is now one of the force's most decorated officers. As such, he's been named leader of the city's Asian Gang Unit, who are the primary peacekeepers in Chinatown. Trouble has just arrived for the Triads, the long-entrenched Chinese gangsters who are the real power behind Chinatown. After years of posing as honest businessmen, the Triad's powers are threatened by the newly arrived Fukienese Dragons. With a gang war on the horizon, the city sends a new recruit, Danny Wallace (Mark Wahlberg), to join Chen's unit. Danny finds Chen and the AGU in a very comfortable (perhaps too comfortable) relationship with the Triads. When the mobsters attempt to corrupt Danny, Chen must reassess his relationship with the Triads, and Danny must also learn that certain concessions must be made to ensure the peace in this world set apart from the rest of New York. ~ Ron Wells, Rovi


Yun-Fat Chow
as Nick Chen
Mark Wahlberg
as Danny Wallace
Ric Young
as Henry Lee
Paul Ben-Victor
as Schabacker
Elizabeth Lindsey
as Louise Deng
Brian Cox
as Sean Wallace
Byron Mann
as Bobby Vu
Kim Chan
as Benny Wong
Bill MacDonald
as Vince Kirkpatrick
Susie Trinh
as Amy San
Ho Chow
as Black Eyes
Pak-Kong Ho
as Phan Ho
Beau Starr
as Capt. Stan Klein
Leroy Allen
as Guard One
Frank Pellegrino
as Large Agent
Tovah Feldshuh
as U.S. Attorney Margaret Wheeler
Tig Fong
as Sumo Guard
Karen Huie
as Woman in Brothel
Mike Jung
as Doctor
Howard Hoover
as Smaller Agent
Lucille Soong
as Elderly Agent
Mark Williams
as Co. Captain
Alice Poon
as Masseuse
Jason Ting
as Young Boy
Arthur Lo
as Man on Street
Alice Lee Chun
as Frightened Woman
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  • Jan 04, 2013
    I really enjoy this film thanks to the depth of the characters. Usually an action film will firmly become an action film with little room for character. The emotion of each character doesn't feel forced and the corruption is simply a means to an end. The direction is quite down played especially the well created score of the film. The film really divided audiences who expected an all out action film and what was delivered was an interesting police drama. The film is criminally underrated and is basically a drama dressed in an action front to sell more tickets. This doesn't work and its a common studio issue of selling a movie to the wrong audience. Mark wahlberg continues to impress me with some down played characters. He couldn't follow in he's co stars spot light because the film would feel odd. The film was good and well acted but the issues were the bursts of action and over acting. This film should of done a lot better but was left out to dry thanks to the studio. Don't give this film the cold shoulder
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Oct 16, 2007
    An explosive crime thriller. A gritty, stylish, gripping, unpredictable and unforgettable movie thrill-ride. Searing suspense and non-stop action fuel this outstanding and heart-pounding adrenaline-rush. An awesome movie. It's Serpico meets Hard-Boiled. Chow Yun-fat and Mark Wahlberg give powerful, emotionally complex and sensational performances. It's shocking, riveting and exhilarating all the way to it's devastating conclusion. This is James Foley's finest film. A full-throttle action-packed flick that delivers pure explosive energy
    Al S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2007
    Insipid and forgettable attempt to imitate Hong Kong cime flicks.
    Tsubaki S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2007
    Superb action-thriller about life as a cop in the violent and merciless underbelly of New York's Chinatown. Not up to the standard of Chow Yun-Fat HK films, but a creditable cop thriller.
    Steven V Super Reviewer

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