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Tactical Unit - The Code (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region All

Simon Yam (Actor) | Maggie Shiu (Actor) | Lam Suet (Actor) | Lee Kwok Lun
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Producer Johnnie To and director Law Wing Cheong (Hooked On You) team for Tactical Unit - The Code, a sequel to To's award-winning 2003 police noir PTU. Produced as the first in a series of PTU spin-off films, Tactical Unit - The Code was penned by longtime Johnnie To screenwriter Yip Tin Shing, and is filled with the flawed characters, iconic drama and gripping themes that To's Milkyway Image studio is known for. The film premiered in Hong Kong at the 5th Hong Kong Asian Film Festival before making its home video debut. Another sequel, Tactical Unit - Comrades in Arms made its theatrical debut in early 2009.

A CCTV camera records three unidentified police officers brutalizing a triad member, and a decorated Police Tactical Unit squad led by Sam (Simon Yam) soon comes under suspicion. When the triad member turns up as a suspect in a parallel investigation, the PTU find themselves competing with law enforcement agency CAPO (Complaints Against Police Office) to find the suspect. Original PTU cast members Simon Yam, Maggie Siu and Lam Suet return for this meaty crime drama about the flawed individuals behind the badges, and the necessity for these men and women to look out for their own - no matter the cost.

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Product Title: Tactical Unit - The Code (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 機動部隊 -- 警例 (DVD) (香港版) 机动部队 -- 警例 (DVD) (香港版) 機動部隊 - 警例 (香港版) Tactical Unit - The Code (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Simon Yam (Actor) | Maggie Shiu (Actor) | Lam Suet (Actor) | Lee Kwok Lun | Lam King Kong | Tony Yip | Lian Jin 任達華 (Actor) | 邵美琪 (Actor) | 林雪 (Actor) | 李國麟 | 林敬剛 | 葉天成 | 連晉 任达华 (Actor) | 邵美琪 (Actor) | 林雪 (Actor) | 李国麟 | 林敬刚 | 叶天成 | Lian Jin 任達華 (サイモン・ヤム) (Actor) | 邵美琪 (マギー・シウ) (Actor) | 林雪 (ラム・シュー) (Actor) | 李國麟(リー・クォックルン) | Lam King Kong | 葉天成 | 連晋(リァン・ジン) 임 달화 (Actor) | Maggie Shiu (Actor) | Lam Suet (Actor) | Lee Kwok Lun | Lam King Kong | Tony Yip | Lian Jin
Director: Law Wing Cheong 羅永昌 罗永昌 羅永昌(ロー・ウィンチョン) Law Wing Cheong
Producer: Johnnie To 杜琪峰 杜琪峰 杜琪峰 (ジョニー・トー)  Johnnie To
Release Date: 2009-03-02
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 91 (mins)
Publisher: Universe Laser (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1014404665

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Director: Law Wing Cheong
Producer: To Kei Fung

PTU officer Jim and his teammates beat up Shing, a habitual criminal when on duty, the whole thing is captured by CCTV so he is under investigation. The team is going to arrest Shing and solve this problem in their own way. Whereas Jim's teammate, Double Eight receives a transferal letter from Wong due to his big debt problem. He has to return his gun to the station after the last beat. However, the full force chasing to Shing induces his unstable emotion. The disordered DE resents Wong and decides to use his gun to do the last thing for himself.... The office loses suspect. Jim, DE & the team are all in dilemma....
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Professional Review of "Tactical Unit - The Code (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

March 9, 2009

Tactical Unit - The Code is likely to be an enticing prospect for fans of Hong Kong action cinema, being the first in a series of follow ups to Johnnie To's seminal 2003 police thriller PTU, a film which still stands as one of the best of the genre. Here, To serves as producer, passing the directorial reins to Law Wing Cheong, a member of the Milkyway stable previously responsible for Hooked on You and the comedy 2 Become 1 and who recently starred in Sparrow. The film was written by Yip Tin Shing, another frequent To collaborator, who scripted Election, Exiled, Throw Down and others, and boasts a great cast of familiar faces including Simon Yam, Maggie Siu and Lam Suet. Thankfully, the film lives up to its impressive pedigree, proving itself worthy of the Milkyway brand, and manages to transcend its low-budget roots.

The film revolves around an incident in which three members of the Police Tactical Unit are caught on CCTV beating a suspect in an alleyway. The officers' faces cannot be seen, and CAPO (Complaints Against Police Office) launches an immediate enquiry to catch and punish the culprits before the news leaks out. The prime suspect is unit leader Sam (Simon Yam), who has enough problems of his own after one of his men called Eight (Lee Kwok Lun, recently in Mad Detective) goes off the rails after being reprimanded for confessing that he has fallen into debt. Meanwhile, the PTU, CAPO and rival gangs all hunt for the victim of the beating, each determined to deal with him in their own way.

As with the original PTU it quickly becomes apparent that there is far more going on that the simple premise might suggest, and the plot has a number of threads and ironic twists. Like most Milkyway productions, the focus is on the characters, and the film is a painfully human affair, exploring the frailties of and conflicts faced by the police officers, chiefly the different ways in which financial pressures can effect behaviour and cloud judgement. The film covers some fascinating moral ground in pleasingly even handed fashion, asking challenging questions as to how traditional notions of right and wrong fit in with the harsh realities of law enforcement. Themes of brotherhood and duty inevitably arise, though are dealt with in suitably deep and interesting fashion, with the film never taking the easy route.

The film is tense throughout, with an ominous atmosphere and a darkly brooding musical score. Although there is not much in the way of action aside from a few chase scenes, the threat of violence constantly hangs over the proceedings, making for gripping, taut viewing. Things do burst into bloodshed towards the end as the various narrative threads are brought together, but again the film has a few unpredictable developments up its sleeve, and aims for a philosophical rather than tritely emotional or fashionably nihilistic conclusion.

Fans need not lament the loss of To as director too much, as Law Wing Cheong does a fine job in his own right, keeping things tight throughout. The film has a more grounded look than PTU and what it might lack in terms of To's gorgeous interplay of light and shadow it makes up for in gritty realism. This serves well to ground the drama and to give a convincing depiction of the back alleys and seedy gang hideouts of the Hong Kong criminal underworld. Although the budget was obviously quite low, Law actually manages to turn this to his advantage and the lack of gloss, creative camera work and use of different mediums further helps to give the film a suitably tough edge.

All of this combines to make Tactical Unit - The Code a worthy effort, which though not quite in the same league as PTU, compares favourably with other contemporary cop thrillers. Thrilling and gripping, yet at the same time wholly believable, like most other Milkyway productions, it stands out thanks to a genuine attempt to connect with its characters and to depict them as flawed, though ultimately sympathetic human beings. Certainly, the film is good enough to bode well for the sequels to follow, which will hopefully manage to attain the same level of quality.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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