The Corruptor
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Nick Chen (Chow Yun-Fat) was the first Chinese-born immigrant in the NYPD, and is now one of the force's most decorated officers. As such, he's been named leader of the city's Asian Gang Unit, who are the primary peacekeepers in Chinatown. Trouble has just arrived for the Triads, the long-entrenched Chinese gangsters who are the real power behind Chinatown. After years of posing as honest businessmen, the Triad's powers are threatened by the newly arrived Fukienese Dragons. With a gang war on the horizon, the city sends a new recruit, Danny Wallace (Mark Wahlberg), to join… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 49%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Hard Boiled, directed by the master of the genre, director John Woo, is a cult favorite. The Corruptor isn't in that league."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A memo to Chow Yun-Fat: Get back to Hong Kong on the double!"
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"The Corruptor, despite good actors and a richly waxed enamel of style, is corrupt. The worm of old cliché twists in the dirty story."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"The movie's percussive action scenes hardly mask its lack of inspiration."
‑ Steven Boone, Citysearch
"It boggles the mind why New Line actually had the nerve to waste millions of dollars on a piece of wretched trash like this."
‑ Dustin Putman,
"Visceral. Textural. Interesting."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"The bad messages this film sends out clearly outweigh the positive ones."
‑ Jim Chastain, Norman Transcript
"A familiar landscape of cops, hookers, drugs, gambling and gunplay."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"The film takes too long to get what little there is to start started and then never goes anywhere interesting."
‑ Widgett Walls,
"quite stale"
‑ Carlo Cavagna,
"It surprises by taking us inside Chinatown, where we discover just how sinister and elaborate the relationships between the police and the businessmen can be."
‑ , Chicago Tribune
"Half-hearted dishonesty, which the film barely attempts to conceal, turns out to be The Corruptor's true corruption."
‑ David Luty, Film Journal International
"The Corruptor proudly endorses every Asian stereotype in the book!"
‑ Matt Diehl, Citysearch
"For some reason, American filmmakers have yet to figure out how to properly use Chow Yun-Fat."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"A dizzying mix of plot twists and noisy shootouts, but the real attraction here is the undeniable onscreen charisma of Hong Kong star Yun-Fat."
‑ , E! Online
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