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      People's Hero

      1988 1h 22m Action Crime Drama List
      Reviews 74% Audience Score 250+ Ratings A criminal's plans to rob a Hong Kong bank fall into ruin when two like-minded amateurs beat him to the punch. Read More Read Less

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      mark c Ti Lung's character is delicately crafted, expertly acted out, without being over the top, which creates an unnerving tension in this tight focus story. Ending was abrupt, much like this. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review dave j Tuesday, July 3, 2012 (1987) People's Hero (In Chinese with English subtitles) THRILLER/ DRAMA (May contain spoils) There's alot of Hong Kong veteran actors starring in this film which doesn't exactly add up to very much. the story goes that actor Tony Leung Chi Wai plays small time hoodlum and his long time friend has some huge debts to pay to some triads(general name for Chinese gangs) with attempts to rob a loaning bank but just when he decides to give himself up, one of Hong Kong's most wanted veteran Hong Kong actor Ti Lung puts a stop to it by taking over the bank himself and then detaining the two rookie robbers to a locked gate where the money is being kept, he then builds a rapport with it's so-called hostages by acting like a considerate, caring mongel demanding to see his girlfriend who she doesn't even care about him and then goes to suicide-by-cop mode. All I can say is that I hate movies which portray the protagonist as a not so bad person only to kill him off at the end. 1 out of 4 Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member inspired films such as john q but less social commentary, more on what you would do when pinned against a wall and a hard place. there are only grey characters, as the constant theme draws out terrific performances by all! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member A quality crime thriller with great depth. It goes well beyond your typical gun-ho shoot-em-all hk flick but instead goes on to explore the inner emotional struggles and psychological states of the main characters, at the same time reflecting some of the social issues at the time. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member As commented by another user, it starts as a bank robbery movie, and turns out to be a slow-paced story on the interaction among the characters ... and very few action sequences. Just bear in mind that it is a drama, not an action movie. Judged as a 80s Hong Kong movie, it is a good one. Just one complaint: My VCD of this movie has only Tony Leung on the case cover, and Ti Lung on the back cover. But actually, Ti Lung, not Tony Leung, is the main character. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member a hong kong film critics guessed it was inspired by "dog day afternoon", but i don't think so. it's much more witty, juicy, well-written, emotionally sensitive, and well-organized. most imprtantly, the theme and message are totally different fm the one starring al pacino. all actors involved were utilized by directors. despite his great talent(no offense, but sorry, i think he's much better than such so-called internationally-acclaimed local directors as john woo, ronny yu, etc.), director yi's sensitivity and care about the minority groups, the issue which haven't been widely discussed (hv we, now?), outstanding all others. it's not the cheap sympathy, but care through the understanding of their feelings and situations. it's best illustrated by the injured pakistani guard. frankly, leung chiu wai was still too young, and hasn't yet enlightened. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A criminal's plans to rob a Hong Kong bank fall into ruin when two like-minded amateurs beat him to the punch.
      Tung-Shing Yee
      Action, Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      1h 22m