Cop on a Mission
Hong Kong 2001
Directed by Marco Mak.

Daniel Wu stars as a cop who goes undercover and finds he likes it there more than he should. Eric Tsang does his best Robert DeNiro as Al Capone impersonation as the Triad boss he's trying to bring down. And Shooky Kwan is Tsang's beautiful wife, unable to find fulfillment, as it turns out, because her husband is impotent. Our cop hero is always ready to step in and lend a hand, though. The film charts the corruption of an undercover cop without sympathy as he ruthlessly climbs the ladder of power, at first out of duty, then out of desire. Yet the line is so thin it is almost impossible to tell when he changes. Strong performances all around and steady and competent direction by longtime editor Marco Mak make this more than just another routine actioner. Plus, Daniel Wu's naked ass is featured prominently, if that's of interest to anyone.

Rating: Recommended (Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on March 31, 2004.

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