The Big Heat (1988)

Tsui Hark's Film Workshop was working at a very high level in 1986 through 1988, even before it reached its peak with The Killer in '89. Waise Lee Chi-Hung stars as a cop with some serious disabilities. Hard-edged violence seeps from heavy-handed melodrama to keep things interesting. Paul Chu Kong and Stuart Ong steal the show as the nasty bad guys.

Producer Hark gives Andrew Kam Yeung-Wa, his assistant director from Peking Opera Blues, a chance to share the big director chair with hired hand Johnnie To Kei-Fung. They handle the directing chores with a competence that makes this an enjoyable viewing experience.

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