Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tiger on the Beat (1988)

Tiger on (the) Beat
Just cool. Plain and simple.

After directing 20 or so old school flicks, legendary actor Liu Chia-liang took a bold leap into the 20th century with the contemporary gangster action-drama from 1998, TIGER ON THE BEAT aka TIGER ON BEAT. This is a winner of a film. Though even by 1988 the buddy cop pic was a tired trend, TIGER ON THE BEAT is wrapped tightly together by the cool Chow Yun-fat and the surprisingly stellar Conan Lee Yuen-ba. The film also stars Ti Lung, Gordon Liu Chia-hui, Philip Ko Fei, Shing Fui-on, Norman Chiu Siu-keung, the late Uncles James Wong Jim, David Chiang Da-wei, the late Lydia Shum Tin-ha, and Ms. Jet Li, Nina Li Chi. The list of notable actors that run through this flick goes on and on. Circa the late 80's flood of HK gangster action, the film just kicks ass and is near the high end of the heap. The above poster is an artists delight. From Pakistan, the print awesomely captures the films stars in full swagger. Reminds me a bit of the old painted HK film posters.

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