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I CORRUPT ALL COPS

In the 1960s and 1970s, Hong Kong was a corrupted place where law existed only in theory and an anti-corruption agency was created to solve these problems. The leader of the corruption practices is Senior Inspector Lak (Tony Leung) who soon becomes increasingly arrogant. The Hong Kong governor set up an Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) to deal with the corruption and Yan Guo Liang (Bowie Lam) is in charge of arresting Lak. Through sheer perseverance, they successfully bring down the corrupted police force.

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Genre: Thriller / Crime
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Cast: Nick Cheung, Eason Chan, Kate Tsui, Bowie Lam, Anthony Wong, Alex Fong Lik Sun, Tony Leung Ka-Fai
Director: Wong Jing
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Watch this if you liked: "Election","Run Papa Run"

Seasonal sex farce rubbishman Wong Jing stretches to a semi-serious level in producing this messy, unfocused and overcrowded crime drama loosely centred around how the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) in Hong Kong came to be, told mostly through the eyes of Eason Chan's morally ambiguous bent cop character.

The man evens stars in it (one of his more meaningful appearances to date) as a sniggering, bent middleman with all ten fingers and toes in every dirty pie all over the island. "I Corrupt All Cops" benefits immensely from a stellar cast with solid turns from everyone - Anthony Wong has fun being a lowlife cop turned good and Tony Leung (the uglier, more talented one) is effortlessly glorious as the underhanded police chief (although he can't dribble a football to save his life). Busty broad Natalie Meng Yao, the Wong Jing-favourited milk factory (to borrow Anthony Wong's words from the movie) has been... well, 'industrious' since "Beauty And The Seven Beasts", "My Wife Is A Gambling Maestro" and "The Vampire Who Admires Me", giving us an eyeful whenever she can in this movie. Even her Cantonese (if it was indeed hers) has improved!

Easy complaints against the movie would include some sporadic cheesiness (especially by some over-acting peripheral characters who say silly things) and also the annoying censoring of Anthony Wong's cutter blade Canto-cussing (if you're watching this in sensitive territories like Malaysia). However seasoned HK cinema fans will tell you that this movie is by and large uneven in execution and direction. Character development is (for once in a movie!) overdone and we get a few odd developments that frustratingly toss the story about. The movie spreads itself too thin and ends up achieving only half of what it would have had if the script were tighter.

Still it's not every day we get to see Tony Leung and Anthony Wong share the screen. "I Corrupt All Cops" is a missed opportunity on every front it tries to assault but we can be sure it's worth a watch, if only to hear some fresh creative swearing in Cantonese.

Cinema Online, 21 May 2009
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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