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Shark Busters    (2002)
Danny Lee is back in a cop-of-the-town movie, a genre he's been associated with in the eighties (see Final Jusrtice, Law With Two Faces and so on). He still has his same old habits of bending the law and pressurising gangsters. The context of the economic crisis, however, gives this good-cop story a new and original setting. Everyone has speculated and is in debts, even the members of police forces. Danny Lee is the rare one not to be in debts but he's bound to live on HK$ 2800 per month as he keeps repeating. After being mistreated by loan sharks, his fellow cops finally decide to get the culprits with officious means, ruining them by making them pay a fortune for their bail and lawyer fees and by stealing the debtor files. The story is funny and touching although the first half of the movie is slow-paced. If the current situation of HK households were only half the situation depicted in the film, it would still be highly worrying.
Thomas Podvin 1/15/2003 - top

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