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First Option (1996)

Fei hu (original title)
Hong Kong action thriller, about the Hong Kong Police Department's Special Duties Unit. When a raid by customs officials goes drastically wrong, the SDU are called in to deal with the ... See full summary »

Director:

Gordon Chan

Writers:

Hing-Ka Chan (as Chan Hing Kai), Gordon Chan
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Cast

Credited cast:
Michael Wong ... Officer Don Wong (as Michael Fitzgerald Wong)
Gigi Leung ... Inspector Minnie Kwan
Damian Lau ... Inspector Lau
Kathy Chow ... Sue
Tak-Kwong Chan ... Chief Kwong (as Stephen Chan Tak Gwong)
Man Biu Lee ... SDU member
Kwong Kim Yip Kwong Kim Yip ... Forensics tech
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brian Banowetz ... Albert
Anthony Carpio Anthony Carpio
June Chan ... Angel
Wai-Man Cheuk Wai-Man Cheuk ... Customs officer
Alex Cheung Alex Cheung
Chun Hung Cheung Chun Hung Cheung ... SDU member
Hung On Cheung Hung On Cheung ... Recruit
Joe Man Kwong Cheung Joe Man Kwong Cheung ... Joe
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Storyline

Hong Kong action thriller, about the Hong Kong Police Department's Special Duties Unit. When a raid by customs officials goes drastically wrong, the SDU are called in to deal with the ruthless mercenaries responsible, but before long the operation is derailed by a series of inter-departmental rivalries that could cause more innocent lives to be lost. Written by IvanWong

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Genres:

Drama | Action

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | English | Thai

Release Date:

14 September 1996 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

First Option See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Alternate Versions

Released in Germany in four different versions:
  • "First Option", 86min, 18 (Initial Video Release
  • "Operation Panther Force", 84min, 16 (To-Buy-Video)
  • Both versions were run on Pay-Tv, both titled "First Option"
  • TV-Version was retitled "First Option: Operation Panther Force", 84min, 16
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References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »

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Last Resort.
25 June 2000 | by pmwgreenSee all my reviews

This film marries wooden acting, bad production values, a stupid script, and what I can only assume is contempt for the public to produce a multi-car pile-up you can only stare at in disbelief. What anyone can find to entertain them in this film is beyond me. Why can't they just dub Michael Wong into Chinese? The man is a multi-lingual ham, he can't act in any language! The whole film seems over exposed, you can't follow what's going on, and you can't believe it when you can.

Giving this film anything more than a 2 is an insult to the Hong Kong film industry, that has produced many fine films over the years.


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