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The Corruptor1998

The Corruptor (1998)



Critic Consensus: 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

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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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Critic Reviews for The Corruptor

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (17)

You probably can't blame Chow for The Corruptor. No way he could outmaneuver the director and the writers. The only thing in The Corruptor more catastrophic than the car chases is the script.

January 1, 2000

It's rote baloney, trotting out every dead-stupid cop-movie cliche in the book and doing it colorlessly.

January 1, 2000

Take away all the flash and dazzle, and what you're left with in The Corruptor is a police procedural.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Visceral. Textural. Interesting.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4

It surprises by taking us inside Chinatown, where we discover just how sinister and elaborate the relationships between the police and the businessmen can be.

January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Jarringly entertaining!

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Corruptor

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
Al S

Super Reviewer


Insipid and forgettable attempt to imitate Hong Kong cime flicks.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

Another of Chow Yun Fat's decent but unspectacular early forays into Hollywood, it has a nice gritty feel and an interesting culture clash backdrop. Not up to the standard of his HK films, but a creditable cop thriller.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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