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Nick Chen is one of New York City’s most martial police officers and the first Chinese-born immigrant on the force. Chen’s job is to keep the peace in Chinatown from a turf war that has broken out between the Triads and the ruthless, and dangerous Fukienese Dragons. Chen teams up with Danny Wallace, who is terribly unaware of this situation. When the Tongs boldly attempt to bribe Wallace, Chen is forced to keep his faithfulness.

Also Known As: Korumpuotasis, Корупция, The Corruptor, El corruptor, Koruptor, Kovaa peliä Chinatownissa, O Corruptor, Paihnidia diafthoras, Corruptor, Mocskos zsaruk, Korruptant, N.Y.P.D. 15, The Corruptor - Indagine a Chinatown, Prljava igra, Corruptor - Im Zeichen der Korruption, Коррупционер, Le corrupteur

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  • stanko-zalokar
    stanko zalokar

    I rented the DVD version of The Corruptor and was immediately drawn into the story most especially from the quality directing.From the onset in the opening sequence, we the audience realize that this isn’t your usual kung fu good cop/bad cop action movie. Again the craftmanship of the film leads the way. The use of color, lighting, and visual directing serves to only enhance the mystique and intrigue of characters – notably Chow Yun Fat’s role. The story may be nothing to all that original, but yet it still works. The violence is fitting and justified — it serves to make the movie seem that more real, rooted in the actual urban environment that is it’s backdrop.I highly recommend this film to anyone who appreciates action movies which attempt to try and not to dumb it down, or play to the lowest common denominator. Stupid quips and hollow characters will not carry a movie no matter how elaborate the explosions and martial arts may be.The Corruptor: B+/A-

  • daniel-kamsaryan
    daniel kamsaryan

    The direction and cinematography for this film is excellent. I am without a doubt a film conaessiour and I find this film to be very satisfying. Chow-Yun Fat is incredible and plays his role to a T. He also completes some of the most amazing action sequences I have seen in any action film. Mark Wahlberg produces one of his best performances to date and teams up well with Chow Yun Fat. All in all this film is entertaining and has flashes of greatness with astonishing camera shots and an superb cast. ONE film you should give a chance, 8 out 10 rating.

  • mukesh-mhaaviir
    mukesh mhaaviir

    The Corrupter rides high on style and action, some of it’s action sequences are awesomely and coolly shot. Parts of that car chase were breathtakingly thrilling, I felt I was there. It’s a huge surprise, considering the film is directed by James Foley who makes films I LIKE, he’s best still being in my opinion, the very underrated, At Close Range. A second inning onto the American market, Chow Yun Fat, lives this film up. I agree, he is the coolest Asian actor, who can act. Speaking of actors, their all terrific. Wahlberg’s solid as the young rookie, undercover cop, partnered with the shady head of the Asian task force, Fat, who thinks he can play on both sides of the law and still come out clean and cool, like his parading self. Ric Young who’s the godfather of Chinatown, controlling the whole corrupt show, while buying a few cops, is so slick and slimy, in his role, he’s lovable, a big paunchy China doll. Most impressive though as rising hood, climbing up the ladder, very quick before his time, is Byron Mann, as Bobby Vu, while too, I also liked Brian Cox, always solid, as Wahlberg’s, bum of a gambling, ex cop, and weathered father, who always implores his son to get him out of his indebted messes. Too, The Corrupter has an darn interesting story, if sometimes confusing, and this I think could be it’s fault, where to un confuse it, you might have to wrack your brain a bit. But it has more meat to it, than Chow’s last simple storied, show and cool action piece, The short, sharp, and sweet actioner, The Replacement Killers. Also I liked Paul Ben Victor as the Head FBI chief, butting heads with Fat, a mutual and silent hate exchanged. Fat shows great emotion, especially in parts where he finds out, he’s bitten off more than he can chew. Too, you will notice some faults in some action parts of The Corrupter, but Foley, has crafted a very slick action pic, the early scene with Fat shooting up a light store, had me underestimating the action side of it, when I saw it at the cinema in 99. From here, it was confirmed I was in for one hell of a ride. The movies cool from the word go, and I mean from the word “Go” the cool, deviously, and shady fitting music score by Carter Burwell as the opening credits fade in and out of The larger font movie Title was an impressive start, where an explosion in the first scene, is a great invitation, which you’ll get here among a little bit of T and A, too that doesn’t go astray, where Fat always looks after his partner. The action finale on that big ship, even though played out a bit, is climactic, involving and again, cool, if shockingly affecting, not just for one thing. Foley too, plays around with some beautifully overhead shots of the big Apple. Here’s a film he should be proud of, despite a lot of negativity from a few real movie critics, towards it. I almost love this as much as ACR. One of the coolest films you’ll ever see.

  • mirko-bevc
    mirko bevc

    This One is Criminally Underrated, Director James Foley and Crew Deliver a Barrage of Action and Characters that are Stunning. We Not Only Remember the Violent Outbursts of Stylistic Violence, the Characters Stick in the Mind As Well. Certainly Chow Yun-Fat, Giving One of His Patenting Performances with Mannerisms and Controlled Mania, the FBI Agent, Brian Cox’s Mess of a Father, the Chinese Gang Members, and Yes, Mark Wahlberg at His Most Restrained.The Car Chase is Simply one of the Most Complex and Violent as You’re Likely to See, Not Afraid to Kill Innocent Bystanders at a Blistering Pace, In Fact the Whole Sequence is Alarming.The Movie has Everything Action Fans Could Want and More. The Cinematography is Excellent and the Film is Filled with Things that are Uncomfortable and Unique. Overall, it is One of the Best from James Foley, Wahlberg, and Can Hold its Own with Fat’s Hong Kong Films. Yes, John Woo’s The Killer (1989) and Hard Boiled (1992) are Better, but This One is No Slouch.

  • eva-piddubnii
    eva piddubnii

    In a world of no rules (as the log line says), films like this are bound to happen. Without a foundation from which to tell a story, corruption isn’t just something that happens to be part of the title of this film, it’s at the very core of why this film even exists.Very briefly, this film is about two cops who work in the middle of gangland Chinatown in New York. One cop, Nick Chen (played by Chow Yun-Fat), knows that he has to break some rules to get to the bad guys. The other cop, Don Wallace (Mark Wahlberg) is a rookie cop who seems to be as straight-laced as Jimmy Stewart. So with this cliche all set, the film moves into a storyline of two gangs at war with each other and detectives Nick and Don dive in head first.After all of the set-up then, the rest of the film is a very bad attempt at being clever: The double- and triple-crosses aren’t nearly as surprising as finding the morning paper on your doorstep every morning. The action is gratuitous and lends nothing to the film, let alone the imagination. The violence is unbearable and most alarmingly, goes towards glorifying gang warfare and not discouraging it. The sex is… well, it’s what it is in all movies these days: unnecessary, uninvolving, brutal, irresponsible, and stupid. The high-key lighting style of the cinematographer is completely out of place in this film since there’s nothing to really be suspenseful about. And this film absolutely does not merit any comparison to the film-noir genre even though you get the sense (if being pounded over your head with something means “sense”) that the director tries for it. For all of the black and white spaces created by using high-key lighting, the underpinning absence of a clear morality actually undermines this story instead of enhancing it.Usually, audiences assume that when you’re a cop, you stand for all that is good. Well, at least that’s what people used to assume. In any case, even in an absence of a clear line of good and bad, a strong story with good, strong characters will arise and tell a tale that makes people think about what is good and bad. This film just makes you wonder if there are any good cops out there at all (I don’t mean boy scouts).Why does everyone have to be so corrupted in movies these days? Why does it have to be so dark? I don’t believe the line that says, “It’s dark because that’s reality.” It’s only a portion of reality and even then, it’s only because certain people in this society think it’s cool to have a smoking gun and a smoking piece of garbage in your mouth. How dumb is that?Bottom line is, this film lacks a moral underpinning that makes all movies great. Whether this morality is challenged, questioned, or turned upside-down makes no difference. At least a morality exists. In THE CORRUPTOR, there is no morality to do anything with. That’s why in this film, the violence is gratuitous, the sex uninteresting, the double- and triple-crosses obvious. It’s just a stupid movie.

  • olaf-middelkoop
    olaf middelkoop

    i was very impressed with this one. i dind’t know what too expect from chow yun fat: i was most pleasantly surprised. i loved the opening sequence of the car getting blown up very effective, i loved the plot in this movie, chow’s character Nick, gotta love him,, i didn’t really know if Marky Mark could act,, too my amazement he can,, conggrats i might like you better as an actor than an 80’s singer. this movie has a great plot too, Chineese Triads trying to bribe the cops,, lot’s of shooting,, hookers getting killed, bad cops, good cops,, and of course you have to have an Uncle Benny, much like Lethal Weapon 4 , which this movie kinda reminds me of. look at all of those illegals in the boat during the movie. i have personally been in Chinatown in N.Y.C. before, about 3 years before this movie was filmed there, and it looks even better than when i was there, i remember going to eat at a Chinese restaurant and smelling all the garbage in the alley, because the city was on a trash strike,, gotta love New York, all in all i think that this was a great movie, with a lot too offer. It’s a thrill ride for the action fan, and that is me.

  • samuel-hill
    samuel hill

    Poor Chow Yun-Fat: he pays his dues in HK cinema, rising to Asian superstar, and gets a crack at Hollywood fame only to share the limelight with an ex-boy-band singer/underwear model in a mediocre crime drama.The Corrupter, directed by James Foley, opens promisingly enough with a shootout in a shop that could have been straight out of a John Woo movie, but soon settles into tedious mode with the introduction of Mark Wahlberg, who exudes all the personality of a dim sum dumpling. Wahlberg plays cop Danny Wallace, assigned to the Asian Gang Unit in New York, working alongside Lt. Chen (Yun-Fat), who is in the pocket of the Tong triads. It eventually turns out that Wallace is internal affairs, his job to collect the dirt on Chen, but predictably, he comes to realise that although Chen isn’t playing by the rules, he isn’t such a bad cop after all. Yawn.There’s quite a lot of shooting, with satisfyingly bloody squib-work, and a half-decent car chase scene midway that results in the deaths of numerous innocent bystanders, but this is heavily outweighed by the forgettable drama, which isn’t helped by some dreary guff about Wallace’s strained relationship with his father (played by Brian Cox). It wouldn’t be long before Chow Yun Fat returned to his homeland to make films, and judging by The Corrupter, who could blame him?

  • david-harris
    david harris

    The Corruptor is a film about New Yorks China town and the special police department who are there to put a stop to the extortion and illegal goings on there.The Problem is the cops are just a mixed up in the dirty dealings as the criminals. This is not a bad film at all , it is very violent and the body toll mounts up by the second.Is New York really like that?? The acting is good too . the only thing that really lets this film down is the unsatisfactory script, the film never really gets to where sets out to go. But dont let that put you off to much because apart from that it is Watchable. 6 out of 10

  • ruby-vicente-mesa-armas
    ruby vicente mesa armas

    *one minor spoiler*My thoughts on this one…. I liked this. The Corruptor is a good blend of action and drama. In this you may believe that gun-ninja, Chow Yun-Fat is to be a bad guy but you realize that he isn’t. He is actuall a corrupt, but good cop in what I can say is a contradictory role for Yun-Fat(in a different role from the one in Replacement Killers). I liked how he went to extreme measures on his cases including one part where there was a rival officer on his case from the FBI. In this with him is Mark Wahlberg as a rookie cop interested in the well being of the Chinese immigrants but also has a secret of his own. The buddy role between Chow Yun-Fat and Mark Wahlberg is pretty cool and the action in this film was well-done including one car chase that really stood out like a black sheep in a flock of white. It can be confusing at times but sometimes to enjoy something you must suspend thought even though this was a decent story with heart and action.

  • mirte-de-bock-van-maaren
    mirte de bock van maaren

    I am really annoyed as the Advertiser, our local newspaper, didn’t give a review of the Corrupter this week it was released. They usually review all of the films released during the week and it seems that the Corrupter missed out, which is really annoying. Anyway, knowing that my tastes generally diverge greatly from those of reviewers, they would probably have given it a one star and labelled it as a pointless movie with lots of violence. This I would object to because Chow Yun Fat is an absolutely brilliant actor and most of the movies that I have seen that he has been in I really enjoy. Okay, Hard Boiled was little more than a huge gunfight through a hospital, but it was still a great movie.Chow Yun Fat is a highly decorated cop in New York’s Chinatown. One day a white cop joins up, much to the annoyance of the other cops in the Asian vice squad as they are Asian and a white man does not know how Chinatown runs. It seems that this new cop is an eager and naïve boy who wants to change Chinatown, but as Fat says, “you don’t change Chinatown, Chinatown changes you.” The new cop is portrayed through the movie as being the epitome of innocence caught in the middle of a dangerous a violent world that is Chinatown. The movie opens with a shop exploding and then the members of the Fookanese Dragons, a gang trying to take over from the ruling Tong gang, kill the owner of the store. This violence is contrasted with the almost innocent life of the white cop, who we then learn has a father who is in a lot of trouble with the mafia due to gambling debts.There are two themes that run through this movie, that of shattered hope and that of corruption: even the most honoured and respected people have a corrupt side, while even the most corrupt can be capable of huge amounts of good. This is in contrast with Divorcing Jack where the corrupt are trying to create peace, only to have their corruption exposed and the peace being shattered. In the Corrupter, the corrupted are sought after, but even with the evidence to expose the corrupted, it is put aside for they are very much capable of performing great deeds.I thought that this movie was going to be predictable. It is not. As soon as you learn that the white cop is in internal affairs working to expose Fat’s corruption, we expect then to turn on each other and begin to fight. The movie is not that shallow. As we remember from the quote made: you don’t change Chinatown, Chinatown changes you. The internal affairs officer has a purpose but the corruption then seeps into even his most resolute honour. The FBI are portrayed as rather nasty individuals, though they are simply obsessed with their job, and they hide themselves away behind desks, coming out only to claim fame for somebody else’s bust.Internal affairs isn’t much liked here, but we do sympathise for the white cop because he has experienced what it is like on the street and he is as affected by it as everybody else. He is there to collect evidence against Fat, but in reality he finds himself becoming more closer and loyal to him, when in the end Fat chooses not to shoot but to move to save his life. One cannot expect to move into Chinatown and change everything – rather they need to become a part of it, accepted by it so that the evil may be rooted out and destroyed.The main crime here is slavery. This is where the shattered hope theme comes in. Asians are illegally imported into New York for a price, and then the price is jacked up forcing them to work as prostitutes. Those who refuse are simply killed and dumped into trash cans. It makes one think about the whole idea of America being a better place. They come out to America (and Australia) expecting a better life but find themselves trapped on the streets with no money and having to degrade themselves by selling their bodies to people who simply want to abuse them. This is not the better life that they hoped for.We may all snarl and growl at criminals, but what many of us forget is that this is a harsh and uncaring world, and some people are thrown into situations which they do not know what they are doing and once they are there, they can never get out again. Drug use is the most common example, for they can find themselves without money and jobs and desperate for the drug and thus they must resort to violence to get it. In a way we should not be hating them and calling for them to be locked up in gaol. The true villains are really very few. Many of the criminals are foolish or simply caught up in something that they never expected to land up in. As such we should be helping them not causing them to be cast out.I have digressed from the movie, but we do see are very dark and miserable world here. A world where idealistic youths can’t change. This is a real world with real problems that simply cannot be solved by locking people up or even by shooting them.

  • roger-swanson
    roger swanson

    “The Corruptor” is a movie that can’t quite decide what it wants to be. For a long time I couldn’t figure out why I didn’t like this movie as much as some of Chow Yun-Fat’s earlier work. Unlike many, I enjoyed “The Replacement Killers,” and I was looking forward to this one, his second American effort. Upon seeing it for a second time, I think I have it figured out.The classic Chow/Woo collaborations that came out of Hong Kong in the late ’80s and early ’90s worked so well because the storylines were fairly simple, and the emphasis was on mind-blowing action. Themes such as brotherhood, loyalty and redemption were strongly emphasized. In short, they were myths. And they worked exceptionally well.Then, when all the Asian stars came to Hollywood, starting with Jackie Chan and followed by Chow, Woo, Jet Li, etc. this classic formula was imitated, but American film makers just haven’t got it right yet. “The Replacement Killers” tried, and I think succeeded in a limited sense. The action was good, but Chow’s acting ability was not fully used. Still, it stayed successfully away from the “American phenomenon.” Too often, American film makers take successful film concepts, then throw a bunch of sex and profanity in, seemingly at random, to make it “grittier,” or “more realistic.” Unfortunately, this just makes a good concept confused and reduces its impact. “The Replacement Killers” remained focused on action at all times and thus succeeded to a point.Other times one genre is unsuccessfully grafted on to another. Thus we have “The Corruptor.” It takes the Hong Kong “heroic bloodshed,” format and for some reason tries to make it into “L.A. Confidential.” The excessive violence so popular in the HK films seems out of place and gratuitous here, because it is presented in the same context and the same world as where illegal immigrants are tortured and killed and corruption works its way throughout the NYPD. Somehow, both legitimate genres are denigrated as a result. The action seems anemic if you take the movie as heroic bloodshed, and if it’s taken as film noir, the violence seems unrealistic and stupid. So it fails on both accounts.Still, its great to see Chow acting in an American movie, and he has an undeniable screen presence here, as always, while Wahlberg is competent enough and the supporting cast is pretty good.So, to summarize: The story is a little too convoluted and remains somewhat unconvincing; the action, such as it is, is good, especially the chase scene, but doesn’t work in context because it is presented in a framework of gritty realism. Finally, at the end of the movie, there seems to be no clear point to the film; unlike with the HK films, the viewer is left with no understanding of what the whole thing was really about. Add to that the rather unsympathetic main characters, who more often than not come across as pathetic losers than anti-heroes, and the movie really doesn’t work.Rating: 6.8/10, but it would be less if it didn’t have Chow Yun-Fat, my favourite actor, who does his best to try and save the film.

  • zakis-aleksandrs
    zakis aleksandrs

    Chow Yun-Fat’s second English language actioneer “The Corrupter” boasts a plot with greater narrative depth and stronger characterization than “The Replacement Killers,” Chow’s top-grossing U.S. feature film debut. Nevertheless, “Glengarry Glen Ross” director James Foley’s cops & robbers saga lacks the visceral music-video bravura of Anton Fuqua’s mythical gangster mow down epic. While Fuqua blew out all stops with his ballistic homage to John Woo in “The Replacement Killer,” Foley adopts a ‘reality-what-a-concept’ focus a la Sidney (“Serpico” & “Prince of the City”) Lumet in his treatment of a dirty cops crime chronicle. Good acting by Chow and a first-rate cast make this blood-stained, cultural murder mystery, with its share of surprises and shoot-outs, worth a second look.”The Corrupter” concerns an uneasy alliance between veteran NYPD Detective Lieutenant Nick Chen (Chow Yun-Fat) and his new partner, rookie cop Danny Wallace (Mark Wahlberg of “Renaissance Man”). Wallace finds himself assigned to the Chinese dominated Asian Gang Unit after a turf war erupts between the Triads and the Fukienese Dragons in the Big Apple. Wallace and Chen investigate the Chinatown mob, headed by slippery, Janus-faced Oriental businessman Henry Lee (Ric Young of “Nixon”) who skillfully plays both cops against each other as well as against the mob. Meanwhile, the Fukienese Dragons, run by vicious Bobby Vu (Byron Mann of “Catwoman”), are the culprits behind the latest bombings and shootings. Lee uses the Dragons to ice his immediate superior Uncle Bennie (Kim Chan of “Lethal Weapon IV”), so that Lee can take over the rackets without upsetting the Hong Kong mob.Initially, Lt. Chen and Danny cannot tolerate each other. Chen doesn’t want the idealistic white cop on his team, but they come to respect each other after a series of near-death confrontations with trigger-happy goons. The complications stack up when Wallace busts a drug-dealer who is an undercover FBI agent. FBI Chief Schabacker (Paul Ben-Victor of “True Romance”), stomps into their precinct with a take-no-prisoners attitude. He has always suspected that Lt. Chen was in deep with Uncle Benny, and he wants Wallace to expose Chen. Meanwhile, Danny’s seedy, ex-cop father, Sean Wallace (Brian Cox of “Rushmore”), shows up and asks Danny for some dough to help pay off his Mafia gambling debts. Danny has nothing but contempt for his dad, but Sean becomes Danny’s conscience before the gunsmoke clears.Freshman scenarist Robert Pucci exploits Chinatown in “The Corrupter” for both its territorial as well as metaphorical iconography. As the title implies subtly but unmistakably, the crime lords who pay off the cops don’t qualify as “The Corrupter” but rather the setting that mires them in the corruption of life. Not even the villains can avoid their fate in Chinatown, as Pucci points out with moody bits of dialogue like: “You don’t change Chinatown; Chinatown changes you.” Pucci’s screenplay covers familiar territory, but he enlivens it with several twists and turns punctuated by hair-raising shoot-outs.Director James Foley tries his hand at a Tarantino through-the-gun-barrel darkly plot and shows himself equal to the task. Audiences may have a tough time with “The Corrupter.” First, even if word-of-mouth propels this energetic buddy cop thriller beyond its meager opening day box office receipts, the tragic ending rules out any sequel. “The Corrupter” shares more in common with 1970s’ cop movies like “Hustle” with Burt Reynolds. Second, while Pucci’s screenplay stockpiles all the clichés and conventions of the police genre, Foley never lets action overshadow character. Forget the familiar bulletproof vest escape hatch or the miraculous recovery from multiple gunshot wounds a la “Lethal Weapon 1 thru 4.” Foley furnishes some sizzling action sequences, but he never lets us forget that today’s hero can quickly degenerate into tomorrow’s crook. Nobody escapes “The Corrupter” without paying his dues. The guns may make the killers look cool, but these dastards cannot escape their comeuppance.One of the assets of “The Corrupter” is its solid acting. Undeniably, Chow Yun-Fat delivers his best performance to date. Chow displays greater range of expression and character here than even in his legendary Hong Kong epics. John Woo never got as spirited and animated a performance as Foley draws from Chow in “The Corrupter.” As dapper Lt. Nick Chen, Chow reveals as much character with his body language as he does with his dialogue. Foley deliberately downplays Chow’s signature gun-wielding antics when the superstar whirls while firing away with a pistol in each fist.Mark Wahlberg, last seen in “The Big Hit,” gives a tight-lipped performance that quietly but effectively contrasts with Chow’s gregarious chops. Soft-spoken and bespectacled, Danny Wallace grows as a character from the moment that he teams up with Chen. Wahlberg avoids any flashy Mel Gibson heroics.The support cast excels, too. With his silky-voiced speech patterns, Ric Young is believably wicked as a double-crossing crime lord who tires to burn the candle at both ends without getting singed. Paul Ben-Victor is appropriately abrasive as an FBI honcho who wants Chen’s head on a platter. Oddly enough, Kim Chan stars as elderly crime lord named “Uncle Benny.” Check out his death scene in “The Corrupter.” Last summer, Chan played a similar Chinatown (as in Los Angeles) crime king in “Lethal Weapon 4.” Foley’s longtime lenser Juan Ruiz-Anchia’s flashy, sharp-lensed photography thrusts audiences into the thick of the action. Foley and Ruiz-Anchia repeatedly provide awesome aerial night-time shots of the Big Apple.Altogether, “The Corrupter” rates as an above-average but violent cops and crime lords shoot’em up. No, the violence does not match John Woo’s gory but stylist Hong Kong thrillers “The Killer” or “Hard Boiled” that both starred Chow, but “The Corrupter” contains an adequate amount of gunplay to satisfy genre fans.

  • natasa-dinu
    natasa dinu

    On the surface this is just an old fashioned tale of a slightly wet newbie cop teaming up with a hardened veteran , in short it`s a buddy movie that were very common in the late 80s/early 90s but what sets THE CORRUPTER apart from similar movies is just how stylish it all is . James Foley started his career by directing videos but with one brief exception this doesn`t really show too much with his action style being inspired by the likes of John Woo and Hong Kong action movies . There`s some superb technical aspects such as the editing and the cinematography is breath taking especially the scenes where light filters through windows and we see the spectrum imposed on the characters faces There are some flaws to the movie of course . One is Foley has cast actors whose native tongue is not English which does cause some unintentional sniggers namely when the characters mention the word ” Fokkien ” , yeah okay I know it`s set in Chinatown but as is common in movies no one will complain if the characters speak perfect English no matter their ethnic origin or upbringing . The script does get a bit confused and complicated in the final third which did spoil the movie slightly and some people will no doubt be put off by the sometimes over the top violence , but as a violent thriller I was entertained by this movie

  • ronald-harris
    ronald harris

    I am not a fan of films that are as explicit or as violent as The Corruptor is, as a general rule, but I bought The Corruptor because of Chow Yun-Fat’s splendid performance as Nick Chen. I really like Nick Chen, despite, or perhaps because of his flaws. Beneath his cynical attitude toward the inevitability of corruption in ANY police department and in particular the Asian Crime Unit of New York, is an honest man.The way he tries to protect the prostitute he loves is touching and beautiful, especially the scene where he feeds her while she is in bed. Nick’s motivations and his own entanglement in the shadow-world of human exploitation is always colored by a desire to correct the wrong and make things right. He takes pride in his being a policeman like his father was before him, and wants to be thought of as a “good cop”, which he really is.The famous “plum” scene is a gem. Yun-Fat and his partner, Walberg (who is MUCH better in this role than I expected him to be), are strolling through the open market district of China Town and Yun-Fat stops to purchase a plum and offers one to Walberg. Walberg rejects the plum in favor of a peach. The way Yun-Fat talks about Frank Sinatra and his reference to his “godfather” who “made me look good, and I LIKE it!” is sad and joyful at the same time. Beautiful scene.Others have covered the action in this film, so I won’t go over the same ground. The London-based Chinese actor who plays the role of the king-pin of the operation is outstanding. He brings to the screen true deceit without apology.For me, the BEST part of the DVD is the director’s commentary. He explains the scenes and how they were accomplished. There is also a documentary on How the film was made with Chow Yun-Fat and Mark Walberg talking about their roles. This is fascinating.Because I like Nick Chen so much, the end of the film is tough for me to watch but it contains some of the best scenes in the film, for example: Nick in the men’s room doing a Chinese breathing exercise to prepare himself for what he must do next.Not for the faint-of-heart or those who cannot look at evil without flinching. If you can force yourself to look, The Corruptor is well worth the effort.

  • odd-alexander-gundersen
    odd alexander gundersen

    People who are not aware of Chow Yun-Fat’s legacy in Hong Kong consider him to be skilled in ‘Kung-Fu’, something they know from watching ‘Bulletproof Monk and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon’..This is a complete fallacy. Chow Yun-Fat is not trained in any sort of martial arts, he started his career doing Dramas and playing romantic roles which of course were tied in with the epic gun fights, that created an entire genre of film, now known as ‘Bloodshed’.Therefore, it was natural that Chow Yun Fat would look to expand his portfolio by conquering Hollywood, sadly that has not happened, instead he has travelled back and forth from Hollywood to Hong Kong as a shadow of an actor he once was, simply because the roles are not being given to him….Yet, the Corrupter; I felt, displayed Chow Yun-Fat’s talents as an dramatic actor capable of going toe to toe with America’s finest; he’s suave, smooth, sexy and more importantly cool.The Corrupter is about a cop named Chen, who is one of the best in China Town; unfortunately he is given a new partner, Wallace (Mark Wahlberg) who needs guidance and is a little too ‘green’ for his own good. Wallace soon realises that in order to find criminals in China Town, you have to go to bed with them…make back alley deals; give something in order to receive something. The acting is of the highest calibre, every one gives a brilliant performance, but Chow rises above them all, even out-shining Mark, the action scenes are again brilliant.

  • rcnaa-luuthraa
    rcnaa luuthraa

    Fans of Chow Yun Fat can finally exhale; he has made a decent Hollywood movie at last.I went to see “The Corruptor” this past Saturday in HK. While it’s not an especially good film, it’s a solid piece of entertainment. Most importantly, it allows Chow Yun Fat to be Chow Yun Fat. Whereas he was stiff and tentative in “The Replacement Killers”, in “The Corruptor” Chow burns up the screen. From the very first few seconds of his appearance in the movie you can see that “The Coolest Actor in the World” is back in form.In fact, it’s the acting that saves the movie. The story is a tired one, but Mark Wahlberg and especially Chow are charismatic and make their characters sympathetic. Chow also develops an onscreen chemistry w/ Wahlberg that was completely absent in his partnership w/ Mira Sorvino.Because of it’s uninspiring storyline, however, “The Corruptor” will probably still not make Chow a household name in America. But it will win him lots of new fans. Let’s hope this upward trend in Chow’s career continues w/ “Anna and the King”.

  • christopher-williams
    christopher williams

    New York’s Chinatown is the background for this story about cops assigned to the area who are pursuing the Chinese gangs that operate within the neighborhood. Nick Chen, is a much admired cop who understands the people and the underground. When a white cop arrives to Chen’s precinct things get a bit tense. Nick Chen takes Wallace under his wing and shows him the ropes.The film starts with a big bang, as a Chinese gang has wired a corner restaurant and blows it in a big explosion. Danny Wallace, who is at first cautious, is able to overcome his awkwardness and gains Chen’s support. When Danny is almost killed, he tells Chen he owes him his life. What Chen doesn’t suspect is that Danny is doing his own undercover investigation about what goes on in Chinatown.When prostitutes begin appearing dead in empty trash bins, Wallace realizes there is much more going on in the area. All points out of Uncle Benny’s doing, but also involved is the powerful Henry Lee, a man that has a lot of interests in Chinatown and has his hands into gambling, prostitution and illegal smuggling. Nick Chen might be involved in some of the corruption. Danny Wallace’s father, also a cop, comes to his son for money to keep his habit, and finally is found in his son’s apartment, where he has collapsed. Nick and Danny’s friendship will be put through a test.James Foley, an otherwise good director, brings some good ideas, but clearly, this genre demands someone else with more experience. Mr. Foley produced a stylishly looking film with a superb cinematography by Juan Ruiz-Anchia who loves to photograph from the air. His take of the Chinatown location is one of the best things in the movie. Also, the moody music by Carter Burwell seems to go hand in hand with what we are watching. Robert Pucci’s screen play is full of twists and complications.Chow Yun-Fat and Mark Wahlberg show an easy chemistry in their work. These actors compliment one another and make their characters seem real. The terrific Ric Young is perfectly reptile as he develops his Henry Lee, a corrupt man. Brian Cox turns up briefly as Sean Wallace, Danny’s father.Be prepared for a lot of action!

  • amanda-da-costa
    amanda da costa

    While not perfect, The Corrupter is far from lacking when it comes to delivering the action goods we’ve come to expect from a Chow Yun Fat movie. People who say it needs more action or character development must have watched the wrong movie. To add more of either would have had to resulted in a longer movie. From start to finish, no time is wasted in conveying the story or showing Hong Kong style gunplay that is above and beyond what American audiences are used to. Extremely violent and full of imaginative ways to kill people with a gun, I don’t see how anyone who would even consider watching this would give it a low rating. Unlike today’s action flicks who strive for their precious PG-13 rating, this movie takes it over the top and is full of gratuitous nudity, immoral activity, and point-blank head-exploding gunfire. If you’re into any of the aforementioned goodness, then you more than likely won’t be disappointed by this flick. The famous car chase scene is perhaps the most violent ever put to celluloid. Mark Wahlberg isn’t the greatest actor but is believable nonetheless. Chow Yun Fat plays the role of desensitized Asian gang taskforce detective Nick Chen perfectly. This isn’t a movie to watch with the kids as Chen’s antics can sometimes leave one questioning his sanity. With a touching ending and adrenaline pumping action, The Corrupter delivers on all promises – so much so that I must wonder if some of the other reviewers here were even watching the same movie. 9/10

  • dakota-brown
    dakota brown

    They say everyone has a secret. The Corruptor is a prime example of this saying because everyone in Chinatown is hiding something in this movie. Detective Nick Chen, played by international star Chow Yun-Fat, heads the Asian Crime Unit in his precinct. Chen is a decorated hero with many years on the force. He is also in the back pocket of Uncle Benny, the leader of the old-line gang in the city. Because of this he is fighting even harder to take down the Fukienese Dragons, a gang of young Chinese recently arrived to America. Adding to his problems Chen has a new cop in his unit, Mark Wahlberg plays Danny Wallace. Wallace is a rookie with his own secrets including a father who owes the Italian mob a large sum of money. The Corruptor is fun! Any movie that starts off with an entire storefront exploding and the one `survivor’ being gunned down as he comes out the door is bound to grab your attention. Many gunfights and chase scenes later you even realize there is a story here. Mark Wahlberg continues to improve as an actor though it is hard to think of him as anything other than `Marky Mark.’ Chow Yun-Fat is the main reason to see this movie. He was a star in China for many years before we were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of him. His English has improved immensely from his first American movie, The Replacement Killers, and his charisma is at the level that it always has been. When Chow is on the screen it is hard to watch others and it will definitely be interesting to see him in the remake of The King and I with Jodie Foster. James Foley directed this movie. It’s not for everyone but if movies like Hard-Boiled and The Killer entertained you then check out The Corruptor. It’s worth it!

  • cameron-marshall
    cameron marshall

    The Corrupter is an amazing crime thriller that combines intense action and shocking twist that will have your jaw on the floor. The Corrupter stars Mark Wahlberg as Danny Wallace a rookie cop who works in the Asian Gang Unit, he works under and with Detective Lieutenant Nicholas Chen the head of the A.G.U. Wallace first case with Chen is to solve a bunch of brutal murders that are happening all over Chinatown, but as Wallace get’s deeper and deeper into the case Wallace finds out something that bust the whole thing wide open. The Corrupter is one of those rare crime thrillers it keeps you guessing and thinking right up to the jaw dropping climax that will leave you breathe less. I highly recommended this amazing crime film. I hope my review helps~ C.R. Lopez.

  • elin-bakke
    elin bakke

    The Corruptor is Chow Yun-Fat`s second American film. This is more like an explosive thriller, rather than his usual non-stop action-films. There is a handful of actionscenes and a cool car chase, though. Chow Yun-Fat is Nick Chen, a cop in Chinatown, who is corrupt as you may have guessed. Mark Wahlberg is Danny Wallace, a white cop, who is transferred to Chinatown, and becomes Chen`s partner. Danny soon discovers that not everything is quite how it should be with Chen, who has a lot of money & and overlooks many crimes in Chinatown. The Corruptor is a movie about the releationship between Chen and Wallace. I must say that I didn`t like Mark Wahlberg at all, because his performance is poor. Chow Yun-Fat carries this movie by himself, and he has a lot more dialogue now than in The Replacement Killers. If you like Chow Yun-Fat or actionflicks, you should consider watching this one night. It has not got as much action as The Replacement Killers, but it has a far better story and better acting. 8/10

  • sean-gregory
    sean gregory

    Wahlberg and Chow both perform very believably and work well on screen together. This partnership reminded me of Training Day (with Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke). That is, the green cop being “educated” by the seasoned cop and we’re not sure if the seasoned one is corrupt or not. I also thought it was shot well with good use of lighting. The action scenes were well directed and quite spectacular in some cases (eg. the car chase and several shoot-outs) without going too over the top. The plot was a little hard to follow at first, but I blame this on myself, not the storyline. It’s commendable that so much thought was given to the script and plot so it didn’t always seem we were just waiting for an action scene. The drama added intensity and suspense well, too. For example, the tension between Chen and Wallace. The thread with Wallace and his father added good depth to his character and the story, as did the fact that he and Chen retained their partnership in fighting even when the suspected worst was revealed about Chen. It was also notable the role music played in the film. For example you always knew when the Asian punks were about to show up due to the rap music. The subtle music in dramatic dialogue scenes gave the scenes a good atmosphere.

  • jennifer-farmer
    jennifer farmer

    This is a Hong Kong action flick with a distinct taste of the west. The movie starts off with a bombing and small store shoot-out that is right out of John Woo’s stylebook but then it under goes a change. The story starts taking over and it is one of intrigue within intrigue. There are great moments of action with two guns blazing and an unbelievable amount of bullets but the story becomes the main thing. This works as glue that a lot of Hong Kong movies don’t have. There are long pauses of plot developments between double crossing bad guys that are a real change to what is a typical Hong Kong action flick.The director John Foley likes to place people in positions where they have to make critical decisions under pressure (At Close Range and Fear) and this is no exception. A caring cop caught up in a situation of corruption is under constant pressure to decide what is right. You are kept guessing as to his ultimate decision but the pressure is there under a dozen different situations. The sub-plots add to the texture of this movie and add to its richness. These side stories of the bad cop father in trouble, the interaction of rival Chinese gangs and his love of Asian culture are all parts of the puzzle that is Danny Wallace played by Mark Wahlberg. Foley knows Wahlberg from the direction of his acting breakthrough in Fear and uses him at what he does best, the confused tough guy with the sensitive agenda. (His latest movie `The Yards’ is an example of what I mean). Nick Chen the experienced street cop played by Chow Yun-Fat is the perfect slightly crazy hard-hitting loner, who has embedded himself in the struggle of rival gangs in New York’s Chinatown. There is no black and white here, only shades of gray, in a world of who is doing what to whom but like the cultural differences between East and West the relationships between individuals overcomes the hard facts of doing business on the street.A very good blend of the Hong Kong actions movie that was brought in by Chow Yun-Fat (if you hear the commentary that Foley never saw a Woo movie) and what Foley’s image is for street life in New York. Coming from New York and living and working in Asia gives me insight into the homework that went into the making of this movie and I will say they did a very good job.

  • james-small
    james small

    The Corrupter is beset by expectations of Yun-Fat Chow in another John Woo flick. This isn’t a John Woo flick (and I mean the old John Woo pre-American Studio), but it does evoke moments that are very John Woo/Yun-Fat Chow esque ala The Killer and the blind girl.This film is a character study of Nick Chen and Danny Wallace (played very well by Mark Wahlberg) as cops that must make decisions that may compromise their professional and personal integrity, but the lines drawn are not as simple as that. The film really asks people under what circumstances is it okay to bend the rules in order to achieve results that otherwise would not be possible? Would it be okay to let one guilty person go in order to catch ten more in the future? Would it be okay to convict one innocent person in order to catch a thousand guilty in the future? Danny Wallace joins Nick Chen in the Chinatown task group. Danny is forced to ask himself whether the short term actions, and their moral implications, are worth the long term good of the force, himself, and his family.

  • erin-booth
    erin booth

    Nick Chen is a tough as nails New York cop who works on both sides of the law. When a new rookie cop is assigned to his unit he sees how the local crime boss tries to corrupt him and Chen reconsiders his ethics. All the while a few twists and turns show who is really playing who.This is by no means a very original movie, especially for Chow Yun-Fat. His first American film, ‘The Replacement Killers,’ also was kind of a re-run, but what is there to say? He’s good at this type of stuff.Just like ‘The Replacement Killers’ this film was also a flop at the box office and it is probably through its gritty and uncompromising tone. Yeah, there’s action and intense shootouts, but it is not like ‘Die Hard’ or anything. Innocent people die, the ending isn’t happy, but what matters is that the film isn’t cheesy – it pulls no sucker punches or cheap thrills. It sticks to the characters while keeping the action secondary, but no less intense. The plot too is also pretty interesting and is a little more intricate than ‘The Replacement Killers’ or Chow Yun-Fat’s cult hits from Hong Kong like ‘Hard Boiled.’ It is not quite a masterpiece of genre, but remains a solid crime thriller nonetheless. 8/10Rated R: strong violence, and profanity