Daai si gin (Breaking News)
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When a live TV news crew broadcasts an embarrassing defeat of Hong Kong's police department by just five bank robbers, public opinion of the force plummets and the department vows to capture the robbers at any cost. So when Detective Cheung accidentally stumbles upon the five bank robbers hiding out in an abandoned building, Yuen (Richie Jen), the ultra-cool leader of the gang, suddenly finds himself and his partners under siege by thousands of police officers. Sensing an opportunity to restore the public's faith in the police department, Inspector Rebecca (Kelly Chen) turns the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[Breaking News] is one of [director] To's typically tangled meditations on the smearing of good and evil, in moments where instinct overcomes morality."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"Generally good performances from the Hong Kong, Taiwanese and Mainland cast, plus kinetic widescreen photography, deliver solid enough entertainment."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"This is a film Michael Bay would green light in a heartbeat."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Veteran Hong Kong director Johnny To (Fulltime Killer) has turned out yet another slick, expertly shot action thriller."
‑ , E! Online
"Smart and sly, Breaking News shows that genre doesn't have to mean predictable."
‑ Chris Barsanti, Filmcritic.com
"Prolific Hong Kong lenser Johnnie To delivers another solid action picture with this latest effort."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"A film filled with terrifically choreographed action and very little on its mind."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"A brainless but harmless display of senseless slaughter!"
‑ Kam Williams, DallasBlack.com
"...another in a long line of expertly made Johnnie To films. While it may not be the director's best work, it has some knockout sequences."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"The story's unrefined point about media one-upmanship is crudely spaced out across the film's terse 90 minutes."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"To, Hong Kong's best action auteur since John Woo left for Hollywood, doesn't disappoint."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"Well executed but ultimately unsatisfying ..."
‑ Ed Halter, Village Voice
"Starts with an astonishing tracking shot lasting nearly seven minutes that could rank with Orson Welles' much-admired Touch of Evil opener."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"To takes on the relationship between the media and the police in this taut, cynical thriller."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Inventive action film from Hong Kong looks at how modern media and electronic communications changes everything in the old game of cops and robbers."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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