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Wild City (2015)

Mai sing (original title)
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A cop-turned-bar owner befriends a drunken woman and finds himself pursued by her former lover and the thugs he employs. The chase turns deadly when the bar owner's deadbeat brother and a suitcase full of cash enter the picture.

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Ringo Lam

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Ringo Lam (story), Ringo Lam | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Louis Koo ... Kok Tin Man
Shawn Yue ... Kok Siu Chung
Liya Tong ... Tong Yun
Hsiao-chuan Chang ... Blackie
Jack Kao ... King
Simon Yam ... Wong
Michael Tse ... George
Sam Lee ... Yan
Qiu Yuen ... Siu Chung's Mom
Philip Keung
Philip Ng ... Kwan
Marc Ma
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shu Fung Cheng Shu Fung Cheng
Edward Chui ... Kwai
Marcus Fox Marcus Fox
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A cop-turned-bar owner befriends a drunken woman at closing hours and finds himself pursued by her former lover and the thugs he employs. The chase turns deadly when the bar owner's deadbeat brother and a suitcase full of cash enter the picture. Written by IvanWong

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | Min Nan | Cantonese

Release Date:

31 July 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bou Chau Mai Sing See more »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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First film directed by Ringo Lam in almost seven years. See more »

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Not the return to form fans of Ring Lam have been waiting for.
31 July 2015 | by ScoPiSee all my reviews

It's been twelve years since Ringo Lam directed a full length film, but his new movie Wild City doesn't feel particularly special. It's a low budget thriller about a bunch of sad sacks who steal money from a corrupt lawyer and are harassed by gangsters.

Louis Koo plays T-Man, a disgraced former cop who owns a bar. One night a woman, Yun (Liya Tong), gets badly drunk at his bar, and T-Man, worried for her safety, takes her to the house of Mona, the woman who helped raise him. Together with Mona's taxi-driving son Chung (Shawn Yue), T-Man tries to help Yun get her car back the next day (she lost the key while drunk), but she's kidnapped off the street by a Taiwanese gang! After a car chase T-Man and Chung manage to stop the gang from escaping with her, but she disappears as soon as the police show up.

It develops that Yun stole a lot of money from her lawyer boyfriend, who was heavily involved in organized crime. She convinces T-Man and Chung to help her retrieve the money, which is in a briefcase in the back of her car, resulting in an escalating series of chases, fights, and double crosses.

Most of the movie lacks any distinctive style. The early action scenes would not be out of place in an American TV series. The big chase/shootout at the end of the movie includes moments that almost feel like they could be from golden age of Hong Kong action movies, but there aren't many of them. This is not the return to form fans of Ring Lam have been waiting for.


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