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  • Actors: Yun-Fat Chow, Nina Li Chi, Conan Lee, Norman Chu, Chia-Hui Liu
  • Directors: Chia-Liang Liu
  • Writers: Kwok Chi Tsang
  • Producers: Catherine S.K. Chang, Karl Maka, Kwok Chi Tsang, Wellington Fung
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Cantonese Chinese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Hong Kong Legends
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Jan. 2004
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00015N5F6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,743 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Madcap action caper featuring Chow Yun Fat and Conan Lee as a pair of mismatched cops hot on the trail of beautiful Nina Li Chi, sister of an international drugs syndicate operator. Although intially hostile Chow soon falls for his quarry and he is left with no choice but to meet the gang head on. A demented denouement ensues, with Chow blowing away all comers while his partner Lee engages in a chainsaw fight to the death.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "jetblacksupersonic" on 8 Feb. 2004
Format: DVD
Tiger on the Beat was being filmed in Hong Kong around the exact same time as Danny Glover and Mel Gibson were putting the finishing touches to the start of the Lethal Weapon franchise. The latter may have spawned countless numbers of dismal takes on this genre (Bad Boys anyone?) but thankfully Tiger on the Beat didn’t have the same effect on Hong Kong cinema, despite being, in my opinion at least, the better movie.
International movie star Chow Yun-Fat (The Killer, All About Ah Long, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) plays Francis Li, a lazy, womanising sergeant in the police force – a refreshing change from the role of a hard-boiled cop which Yun-Fat plays in so many of his films. Not to worry, Yun-Fat still uses a good selection of guns in the movie, and despite his character apparently being inept at just about everything, he still has a practically perfect aim. He is forced to work with Michael Tso, a hard working, idealistic rookie, essentially the opposite of Li. The actor, who plays Tso, Conan Lee, has been described as “Jackie Chan on steroids”. Watching some of the martial arts scenes in this movie, it seems that this is an accurate description.
The film starts off with plenty of genuinely funny, light-hearted scenes of comedy. However, perhaps a little surprisingly to those who are used to American comedy action movies, there are soon some heavy dramatic events.
The action in this movie does not disappoint. The scenes with martial arts, while a little short, make up for that with the quality. The shootouts are equally good, with Yun-Fat finding a way to fire a shotgun with originality that rivals the shotgun/flowers scene in Terminator 2. And on the subject of action, Tiger on the Beat is renowned for its chainsaw martial arts scene towards the end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "cyprusedd28" on 27 Feb. 2004
Format: DVD
Casting Chow Yun Fat and Conan Lee in this roller coaster ride of a film, the cover compares this film with the Lethal Weapon films but its alot better in many ways than those films.
The first 15 minutes are just so funny with Chow playing the laid back cop who has an eye for the ladies while Conan Lee plays it straight and has some excellent fighting scenes.
Chow also has some great action scenes and the film is just so well put together I could not really see any flaws in this film and feel that this is one of Chows better films.
Also this HongKong legends version has an excellent picture and so the film looks like it could have been made yesterday.
I can heartily recommend this film to any action junkies out there looking for a fun action film that does not take itself to seriously.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. T. Whitaker on 24 Mar. 2004
Format: DVD
Chow Yun-Fat stars as Francis, a hapless police sergeant seeking that elusive big case that will earn him a promotion. He gets this opportunity to investigate some drugs and a bunch of Thais (one of whom is 'Kill Bill''s Gordon Liu -- with hair!) who may (or may not) be involved somehow. For the case he is partnered with loose cannon and martial-arting cop Michael (Conan Lee, 'Ninja In The Dragon's Den'). However, the two don't get along that well (shades of a Hong Kong variation of 'Lethal Weapon' -- both were released in the late 1980s).
Things complicate when the sister of one of the suspects, Maria-Donna (Nina Li-Chi, 'Twin Dragons' -- nowadays better known for being married to Jet Li), becomes involved in the police work...
Although compared to 'Lethal Weapon' in terms of content, which is understandable given that it mixes comedy with very violent action (be it gunplay or martial arts), but some of the verbal comedy may not be understood by those unfamiliar with Hong Kong culture (for example, there's one, ahem, 'exchange' between Chow Yun-Fat and Nina Li-Chi that may cause offence to Western audiences, but was included because it played well to Hong Kong audiences). However, it still passes as great entertainment, due mainly to the performances -- Chow is his usual brilliant self, and it is refreshing to see him playing a comedic role compared to the gun-toting hero we're familiar with from his later roles such as in 'The Killer' or 'Hard Boiled'; in fact, Hong Kong audiences PREFERRED to see him doing comedy, but due to a requirement for a knowledge of local humour these are unlikely to get a release in the West -- , the visual comedy and, of course, the action.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. J. A. Record on 15 Jan. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This film is comparable to Jacki Chan's 'Police Story', for the simply reason that the plot is terrible, but the action set pieces more than make up for it.
Plot? Well, two cops work together against their will, and try to catch a baddy, that appears to be almost it. But as i stated, that doesnt really matter. It starts of in a humourous vein which continues throughout (Chow managing to lie his way out of a situation where a husband comes home - apperance by Syndey from The Killer) and the action really kicks in in the second half.
I saw a trailer of this film and had to buy it. Chow uses string tied around a shotgun trigger to throw it and fie round corners! There is a samuari style chainsaw fight! Superb stuff. Definately mre for die hard Chow Yun-Fat fans, but only so that they can endure the 'plot'. The action in unsurpassed.
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