6.3/10
314
2 user 6 critic

Run Papa Run (2008)

Yat kor ho ba ba (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 10 April 2008 (Hong Kong)
A father desperately tries to hide his Triad lifestyle from his daughter.

Director:

Sylvia Chang

Writers:

Benny Li Shuan Yan (book) (as Li Shun Yan), Susan Chan (screenplay) (as Susan Chan Suk Yin) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
1 win & 10 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Rob-B-Hood (2006)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Thongs and Octopus accept a job from their landlord: kidnap a baby. Soon, the baby awakens strong paternal feelings in the two crooks, leading to complications when it comes to handing him over to his possibly crazy gang boss grandfather.

Director: Benny Chan
Stars: Jackie Chan, Michael Hui, Louis Koo
Lust, Caution (2007)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

During World War II era, a young woman, Wang Jiazhi, gets swept up in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue with a powerful political figure, Mr. Yee.

Director: Ang Lee
Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Wei Tang, Joan Chen
Hanzawa Naoki (TV Mini-Series 2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

An idealistic banker takes on corruption and wrongdoing at his large corporate bank. While forging ties with some unlikely allies, he must use his financial expertise, his instincts about ... See full summary »

Stars: Masato Sakai, Aya Ueto, Mitsuhiro Oikawa
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A man becomes a cop in order to take down the police superintendent who may have killed his father, and that of a vengeful Triad boss.

Directors: Marco Mak, Jing Wong
Stars: Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Jordan Chan, Raymond Ho-Yin Wong
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Rene Liu successfully delivers the complex role of Mi, who chooses to remain single rather than risking the slightest chance of being dumped. She loves her friend Nan (Louis Koo) more than... See full synopsis »

Director: Jingle Ma
Stars: Louis Koo, Rene Liu, Bowie Tsang
Lost in Time (2003)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Sui Wai lost her fiance Ah Man in a car accident. With the obligations of life sitting heavy on her shoulders, she lives on only to find herself confiding in her beloved through a phone ... See full summary »

Director: Tung-Shing Yee
Stars: Michael Wai-Man Chan, Min-Leung Chan, Cecilia Cheung
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

On the course of a case involving terrorists, Sing has been demoted to traffic duty. After feeling insulted being assigned to traffic duty, he quits the police force. Having no money left ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Chan
Stars: Stephen Chow, Man Cheung, Man-Tat Ng
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A young policewoman is picked for an undercover job--getting close enough to a gangster's son so that she can plant a microphone at a table where the gangsters make their deals. Complications arise when she finds herself falling for him.

Director: Joe Ma
Stars: Miriam Chin Wah Yeung, Daniel Wu, Shiu Hung Hui
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

In Patrick Kong's latest movie "Never Too Late", the main characters (Alex Fong and Cecilia So) got lost in their relationship because of their timidity and inferiority.

Director: Patrick Kong
Stars: May Ka-Kai Chan, Jacqueline Chong, Lorretta Chow
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

May is a martial artist and Chinese medicine practitioner who resides in a temple in Omei mountain. Under the threat of her lovelorn master, Misery, she decides to seek the help of infamous... See full summary »

Directors: Johnnie To, Ka-Fai Wai
Stars: Sammi Cheng, Louis Koo, Suet Lam
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A woman from Beijing, pregnant with the child of her rich married boyfriend flies to Seattle in order to deliver the baby. There she meets another Chinese immigrant man working as a driver, even as she finds her life beginning to change.

Director: Xiaolu Xue
Stars: Wei Tang, Xiubo Wu, Hai-Qing
Dealer/Healer (2017)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Biography of Chen Hua, a former underworld kingpin and drug dealer who takes a new lease of life and help rehabilitate people from drug addiction.

Director: Lawrence Ah Mon
Stars: Ching Wan Lau, Ka Tung Lam, Yiyan Jiang
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Louis Koo ... Lee Tin-Yun
Rene Liu ... Mabel Chan
Nora Miao ... Auntie Ying
Yihan Liu ... Lee Haiyi
Siu Chung Mok ... Big Eyes (as Max Mok)
Suet Lam ... Big Mouth
Conroy Chi-Chung Chan ... Big Head
Derek Tsang ... Chicken
Jinglin Guo Jinglin Guo ... Officer Lau
Monica Lam Monica Lam ... 1-Year-Old Lee Haiyi (as Ka-Yu Lam)
Wai-Lam Wong Wai-Lam Wong ... 5-Year-Old Lee Haiyi (Juvenile)
Wai-Ching Wong Wai-Ching Wong ... 10-Year-Old Lee Haiyi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Altan Au Altan Au ... Tin-Yun's Bodyguard
Wai-Lun Au Wai-Lun Au ... Young Peter Lau
Brian R. Barrons Brian R. Barrons ... Priest
Edit

Storyline

A father desperately tries to hide his Triad lifestyle from his daughter.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | Thai | English

Release Date:

10 April 2008 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Run Papa Run See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

Edit

Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,820,780
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Looking Forward So Much
Music by Kay Huang
Lyrics by Penny & David Ke
Performed by Rene Liu
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Nutshell Review: Run Papa Run
21 April 2008 | by DICK STEELSee all my reviews

As far back as I can remember, Sylvia Chang was playing the tomboyish female inspector character opposite Karl Maka and Sam Hui in the Aces Go Places franchise, and it's been quite a transition for her from actress to acclaimed director. I haven't been watching a lot of her films lately, the last being Princess D and saw her in person during the local gala of the film. So in all honesty, I had decided to watch Run Papa Run based on her directing pedigree.

Run Papa Run reunites Louis Koo and Rene Liu again for the big screen, after their initial leading pairing in Happy Birthday. Here, they too play a couple that are polar opposites, Koo being in familiar territory as triad chief Lee Tin-Yun, and Liu as Mabel, an aspiring lawyer who decided to junk her high flying career to start a family with Tin-Yun, given after all, a shotgun wedding to begin with.

As most would say, fatherhood will begin to change a man, and for Tin-Yun, the arrival of daughter Hai-Yi begins an uphill battle within himself to change for the better. Gone are the recklessness of youth where fights and getting injured are part and parcel of territorial disputes, and begins to rebrand his illegal business to more legitimate ones, albeit some being a front for the same seedy business, but drugs is something he would not touch.

Sylvia Chang managed to present quite a sympathetic tale weaved primarily for the Tin-Yun character, and with deft touch provides multiple layers to his triad character, with ample comedic moments to lighten up the mood. Being essentially a superstitious character who has prophetic dreams (which we will see in an animated opening credits sequence), I thought Tin-Yun had provided some very interesting insights on his take of religion, having to convert to Catholicism, while yet maintaining his ties to Guan Gong, the deity of choice of many triad members out there.

But more importantly, it tells of the growing up of the Tin-Yun character over a period of many years, chronicling his ups and downs, rise and fall within the triads, though with good buddies Big Mouth (Lam Suet, check out his incredible hairstyle in the beginning), and Big Eyes, starring Max Mok in a welcome return to the big screen, even though both of them really didn't have a lot to do. As such, this movie is primarily a Louis Koo vehicle, and provided him a platform to showcase his acting range, while at the same time, crafting a very likable character. Rene Liu on the other hand, whilst given the meatier role in their previous collaboration Happy Birthday, clearly takes the backseat in this movie, as the long suffering wife whose pride and joy slowly drifts to become more like the father, who has spend a lot of time getting into and out of police stations, and finding it difficult to keep what Tun-Yun is doing, from their daughter.

However, the movie does take its time to tell its story, and toward the last act you do feel a little hard pressed for things to move a notch faster, as it creates a lot of subplots that you'd see coming from a mile away, which while nice to have, doesn't really contribute a lot to the story's depth. For Louis Koo fans, I know that this is one movie that you shouldn't miss!


9 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed