People's Hero (1987)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Release Date - Dec 3, 1987 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 82 min.  |   Countries - Hong Kong  |  
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Derek Yee Tung-sing directs this critically praised crime thriller about two amateur thugs -- Sai (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) and Boney (Ronald Wong Pan) -- who bungle a bank heist, resulting in a hostage situation. Unbeknownst to them, one of their hostages is the notorious criminal Sunny Koo (Ti Lung) who quickly wrests control of the standoff from Sai and starts making his own demands to the police. Though at first he treats his captives with a measure of kindness -- even reviving an old man who has a heart attack -- he soon grows violent when the police refuse to spring his girlfriend from jail. Worse, when the cops do cave into his demand, his girlfriend refuses to join Koo. Tony Leung Kar-fai and Bowie Lam Bo-yee also appear.

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bank, China, crisis, hostage, robbery