Tiger On The Beat (1988) Chinese Movie Information
Title in Chinese –老虎出差
Title in Pinyin – Lao Hu Chu Cha
Genre – Action comedy
Subject/theme – A seasoned cop and a rookie are paired together to solve a drug case
Language – Cantonese
Region – Hong Kong, China
Hong Kong – 19 March 1988
Germany – June 1989
Movie Runtime – 88 minutes
Director – Liu Chia-liang
Cast & Role Played
Chow Yun-fat – Sergeant Francis Li
Conan Lee – Police offier Michael Tso
Nina Li-chi – Marie-Donna, beautiful drug courier
Shirley Ng – Mimi, Francis’s sister
Norman Chu – Poison Snake Ping
Gordan Liu – Fai, hitman
Philip Ko – drug dealer
Ti Lung – Loong, bar owner
Chow Yun-fat plays Francis, a lazy cop who spends all his time womanizing and avoiding work. One morning after running from a married woman’s bed, Francis is caught up in a robbery and used as a hostage. Michael is a young dedicated cop who bluffs the robber and rescues Frnacis who was so scared, he wet himself.
Back at the station, the chief pairs Francis up with Michael so the two opposites can work on a drug case. The two of them gradually overcome their personal differences and set of on the trail of a bunch of ruthless drug runners. Michael starts to fall for Francis’s sister Mimi while Francis is given the mission of seducing a beautiful drug courier Marie-Donna. The body count starts to mount and the two heroes end up facing the drug gang head on.
Editor’s Review of Tiger On The Beat – 7/8
This is a typical Chow Yun-fat late 80’s movie with plenty of action and humour thrown in together to create a standard enjoyable movie. Chow is charming as a rogue ladies man cop who tries to do as little work as possible. Conan Li is ok but comes across as a wannabe Jacky Chan with similar looks and fighting roles. He lacks Chow’s onscreen charisma but makes a good counterpoint in this movie. The action is typical of Chow’s movies with John Woo with Chow sticking to his guns blazing role and letting Conan do all the hand to hand fighting.