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Tiger on Beat (1988) – English Review

Two cops are trying to arrest some drug smugglers. But these two cops are completely different as individuals, so they don’t work that well together.

Tiger on Beat is, in a way, Hong Kong’s answer to Lethal Weapon. Two cops have to work together to climb the career ladder. But first, they have to catch some drug smugglers.

Tiger on Beat starts as a comedy before it gets serious towards the end of the movie with some crazy action sequences that will be remembered for a long time. In particular, two sequences stand out. One is when Chow Yun Fat combines a rope and a shotgun, which is brilliant. I can say the same about the amazing chainsaw duel. Two chainsaws and martial arts cannot fail. This is one of the craziest scenes I’ve seen in my life, and I’ve seen a lot!

Unfortunately, there are too few action scenes in Tiger on Beat. The first hour moves slowly forward with some comedy that doesn’t work optimally. But in the last half-hour, the movie completely changes tone. It transforms into a dark action movie. So what you have seen in the first hour doesn’t fit with the last half hour of the movie. But that’s not a bad thing because Tiger on Beat then takes out the big guns, and it’s time to see some craziness and creativity!

The problem is that I don’t buy the transformation Chow Yun Fat goes through. He’s a useless character for the entire first hour. Then suddenly, he transforms into the Chow Yun Fat most action fans love, a tough bastard with guns. He also beats up a woman he’s trying to protect, and he ends up trying to drown her in the bathtub! What the hell is going on? Chow Yun Fat, who is Mr. Charming, is beating up a woman? What kind of movie is this?

Although Tiger on Beat isn’t the best action movie ever made, you have to watch it if you love action movies. The two action sequences I mentioned are crazy. I promise you, you will sit in your chair with a big smile, and you won’t stop smiling for days! Look at me! I’m still smiling!

Rating: 7/10

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