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  • Language: German, English
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056IQC

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lone Reviewer on 25 Oct. 2005
Format: DVD
Wah (Andy Lau) has a very short time to live and is given only a matter of weeks until he dies. With nothing left to lose he decides to play a deadly game with a negotiator, police investigator Ho (Lau Ching Wan), over the next 72 hours. Before he knows it Ho is caught between flying bullets, stolen jewels and Chinese gangsters.
People who are familiar with the director Johnny To will know what to expect when watching this; a fast, fun, touching and stylish movie. If you're expecting an action movie then look elsewhere Running Out Of Time is more of a cat and mouse thriller. Part of the reason why Running Out Of Time was so successful in Hong Kong was the script; it's very clever with well developed characters and all sorts of twists. Given the subject matters involved this could have been a really dark and depressing movie however it is surprisingly light hearted mood throughout. Many characters are obviously there for comic relief and there were a few places where I laughed out loud.
The film contains the usual stylish flair from Johnny To and a very impressive soundtrack/score throughout the whole movie. The actors also put on good performances, especially Lau Ching Wan and Andy Lau. As I said this is not an action movie and one of the films major flaws was about half way through with a car shoot-out scene. This was probably one of the worst and unbelievable shoot-outs I've ever seen.
Now for the DVD! Let's just say I'm a little more than disappointed with it. The picture and sound is fine, the subtitles on the other hand were appalling. It's filled with so many errors that are so obvious (makes me wonder if they actually checked it before releasing it).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 6 July 2006
Format: DVD
Running Out of Time is probably as close to a perfect film as you're ever likely to see out of Hong Kong. All the elements click: a terrific script (by French writers Julien Carbon and Laurent Courtiaud) that even manages to subvert the odd clich?, reliably imaginative direction by Johnnie To, and excellent central performances by Andy Lau and Lau Ching Wan, the latter displaying his great comic timing to wonderful effect without ever crossing the line into parody (especially in his exasperated reactions to his superior's abysmal negotiating skills). The supporting cast is fine too, with Yo Yo Mung making a strong impression in a tiny role, and even the often histrionic Waise Lee (looking remarkably, and very aptly, like a bald Andy Lau) reining it in to good effect. It's best not to know too much about the plot going in beyond the basic set-up - with only a few weeks to live, Lau engages in a criminal game with Wan's cop with no easily apparent motive - and just sit back and enjoy the ride: it's certainly worth the fare. It also has one of the most perfect love stories in recent movies, and played in a mere three scenes (the second bus ride is one of the most magical moments of filmmaking I've seen in ages). There's also a fine score by Raymond Wong as well. The most fun playing cat and mouse at the movies in years.
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Beautiful story, andy lau, s great theres a number 2 aswell with ekin cheng both films funny and sometimes sad get both well worth it
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Keep RUNNING 30 Dec. 2003
By E. Lee Zimmerman - Published on
Format: DVD
There's something to said for this tightly-woven Hong Kong action thriller because RUNNING OUT OF TIME tries very hard to combine the traditional buddy picture with one pinch of "The Sting" and a hint of "Tootsie" thrown in for unexpected laughs.
What makes TIME tick is the slickness of the characters: Wah only has a few weeks to live, suffering from a form of incurable cancer, and he finds himself paired with police negotiator Sang in his final act toward redemption. Redemption, however, already has its price tag on it, as Wah's condition quickly deteriorates, and he must rely on an unlikely friendship with Sang to help make end-meet-end before meeting his Maker.
These two actors make the picture work, despite some clunky dialogue (especially clunky in the English-dubbed version, so be warned). Their chemistry onscreen elevates TIME to higher levels of interest for the viewer as you don't know who to root for here: the cop being hustled by the shylock, or the shylock living out his last few days trying to mend life's wrongs.
Regardless of whom you root for, RUNNING OUT OF TIME is a great achievement -- a welcome twist to the cop/crook formula -- that gives you some wonderfully unexpected laughs as the story unfolds.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great movie, but BEWARE, AUDIO IS IN MONO 23 Sept. 2006
By Austin - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
the movie is great....not quite infernal affairs, but it's still good. however, i just bought the "special edition" (nothing really special about it) and it does have a cantonese, mandarian, and english track. along with the commentary track that's listed in amazon. however the audio is NOT in 5.1. each audio track is presented in glorious MONO!! The video transfer is not clean and the mono track isn't even clear. Try to stay clear of this DVD, i am sure there is a dvd of this movie out there that is better. This is the "special edition" released by tai seng. bar code on the back of the dvd is 01643 85624
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Playful HK Thriller 5 May 2000
By Debbie Tam - Published on
Format: DVD
Dying thief Andy Lau plays a cat-and-mouse game with both crisis cop Lau Ching-Wan and a crime boss (a bald Waise Lee). While not as sharp as "The Longest Night" or perfect as "The Mission," Johnnie To has directed another fine film.Even though Andy Lau's character is dying, the movie's spirit is playful, for the most part. Lau Ching-Wan is his usual sturdy self, a cop who is brighter than his superiors and doesn't have patience for idiots. He and Lau are well matched. The film only suffers in comparison with To's other recent efforts. Recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellently Written 9 Mar. 2005
By J. Nicholson - Published on
Format: DVD
Andy Lau is 'Wah Cheung' is afraid of nothing. He's not afraid to be arrested nor play his dangerous cat and mouse game with Inspector Ho Sheung-Sang [Sean Lau]

Reason being Cheung is given only 4 weeks to live, but before he dies he vows revenge for his father Peter Cheung.

Cheung robs a diamond trading company arousing the attention of Sang from there it is a cat and mouse chase game but who will the winner be?

Cheung is a master of disguise one moment he can be a young handsome man, the next an elderly gentleman, then somebody else.

How will sand be able to pin down and arrest Cheung? But then again what will the inevitable be when Sang finally realises the serious illness of Cheung?

This story unlike any other cat and mouse themed story has 3 sides to it, the thriller, the action and the touching emotional side.

Andy Lau is once again fantastic along Sean Lau. The two of them worked so well together to make this a truly enjoyable movie.

The music in itself will touch the audience as it lets you feel what the characters are going through within the movie.

Go out and rent or buy this film. It is well worth the money and you will have a great experience whilst watching it
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
very of Andy's best.... 12 Aug. 2002
By david - Published on
Format: DVD
Johnny To , Lau Ching Wan, and Andy Lau did an excellent job.
Inspector Ho( Lau Ching Wan) is a police negotiator who's playing cat-and-mouse with the thief Cheung( Andy Lau). Cheung robs a hong kong high rise, but the reason why is unclear.
As Ho begins to investigate, the audience gets to know lil better too, but not too much. Cheung is doing this because his dying day is near, and he's using the time he got left to avenge for his father....
Sure, there are some plot holes, but how many HK movies can you point out with no plot holes??? especially genre like this?
however, Andy did an awesome job at playing the role of Cheung.
The style, pacing, actiong, and direction is simply great.
Andy won best actor for 19th annual Hong Kong film awards.
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