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  • Actors: Yun-Fat Chow, Mark Wahlberg, Ric Young, Paul Ben-Victor, Jon Kit Lee
  • Directors: James Foley
  • Writers: Robert Pucci
  • Producers: Bill Carraro, Brian Witten, Dan Halsted, Jay Stern, Jonathan Krauss
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 14, 1999
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000JGNP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,210 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Corruptor" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Music video "Take It Off" by UGK
  • Documentary "From the (Under) Ground Up" including the making of "The Corruptor", a behind-the-scenes look at the movie featuring on-camera interviews, and an insider's look at the creation of the theatrical marketing campaign

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The Corruptor


Nick Chen (Chow Yun-Fat) is not your average New York cop. Working in Chinatown has its multifarious cultural nuances and its fair share of ubiquitous enticement, both of which are reflected in detective Chen's weary face. He had to get into bed with the highest echleons of the Chinese Mafia as a way of augmenting his own career, while maintaining a semblance of control over the dime-a-dozen hoods who proliferate on this turf. To make matters worse, he now has to break in rookie detective Danny Wallace (Mark Wahlberg), who has asked to be assigned to the Chinatown division. Apparently Wallace is infatuated with all things Chinese, or is suffering from "Yellow Fever," as his fellow colleagues would have us believe. Chen, not one to suffer fools gladly, takes young Wallace under his protective wing, oft-warning the shady powers of the neighborhood not to sink Danny into their sordid pool of corruption. But before he knows it, both he and Wallace are caught in a deadly ring of double-crosses, shady-dealings, murders, and car chases. And all of this under the suspicious eye of Internal Affairs.

Part Serpico and part Hard Boiled, this film seems at first to be a major departure from director James Foley's previous work. However, Foley has frequently revealed a keen eye and understanding for emotionally complex relationships, especially between teacher and pupil (Glengarry Glen Ross) or father and son (At Close Range). This movie is no different. In fact, Foley's meticulous attention to the relationship between the wise, morally burdened Chen, and the naïve, innocent Wallace morphs this otherwise tedious plot into a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Hats off to Chow Yun-Fat and Mark Wahlberg, whose sympathetic chemistry creates an authentic and deeply personal connection, a factor that proves crucial to the film's poignant, disturbing finale. --Jeremy Storey

Customer Reviews

Very good action flick.
Douglas Garman
I had to give them 1 star, but truthfully I would give them no stars.
S. Cordova
Again, I really wanted to like this film and wish I could have.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Andrew C. on October 20, 1999
Format: DVD
This film seems to better represent the Chinese, Chow Yun Fat especially, in American film. Recent efforts by HK film stars have resulted in the terrible stereotyping that always takes place in Hollywood. Rushhour and Lethal Weapon 4 both made objects of their Chinese stars, Chan and Li, respectively. The Corruptor shows the respect neccesary of an actor like Chow Yun Fat, one of the finest and most prolific actors that has ever lived. It deals with the Chinese in a more mature way, almost as if previous knowledge is helpful in fully understanding the movie. The only problem with this movie is that Fat is better than it. No one can expect Foley to provide the action neccesary to impress an American audience that knows Fat, but in American action standards he does fine. The opening to the film is a very intense shoot-out in a Chinese lamp shop and later in the film a Chinese song is actually played as the prominent background music. The film's mood is dark and dramatic. A very well done film.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Nichomachus on April 13, 2004
Format: DVD
I was really surprised by how good this movie is. I figured a straight-forward shoot-'em-up and some exotic intrigue was about all it would have going for it. The cover had the usual fatuous nonsense on it: "You can't play by the rules when there aren't any." Why is it 90% of video covers have a reformulation of the same stupid subtitle? Apparently there is some lucky guy out there is employed writing new, yet indistinguishable ways to either deny the existence of Rules/Boundaries/etc. or at least deny their applicability to some beautiful, well-armed people. Good for him.
Anyway, this movie definitely exceeded my expectations. Great direction, but most of all great performances from Chow-Yun Fat and Mark Wahlberg. Wahlberg's relationship with his father was fairly cliched, yet it still came across as believable. The various moral predicaments of the two cops were just as interesting and well-done as the fight scenes. There is one major chase scene, which I found silly after a while, since it gave the impression that there were absolutely no other police cars within ten miles of some maniac with an Uzi blowing away civilians.
But that is a nothing criticism. Really, the only sore spot was the FBI goonish guy, who was both tiresome and one-dimensional in comparison with the other characters. But on the main, an excellent action-thriller. Chow-Yun Fat wasn't limited by John Woo's formula this time around, and his chops definitel show as a result.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Baldwin on November 18, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
"The Corruptor" is a tough complex crime thriller set among the vicious power grabs by competing tribes in New York's Chinatown. Out to bring them down is decorated detective Nick Chen(Chow Yun-Fat), head of the Chinatown Gang Unit, and the partner that was foisted on him, the apparently green officer Danny Wallace(Mark Wahlberg). Chen is an effective cop but some of his methods are a little unorthodox and occasionally skirt the law. This does not always go over well with the more idealistic Wallace. Yun-Fat is excellent as the tarnished hero and Wahlberg is solid in a role that is not as stereotypical as it first appears. Ric Young is effectively creepy and villainous as the duplicitous gang leader Henry Lee. The film has many plot strands to it and may appear at some junctures to be overplotted. Never fear because these elements come together in the end for a satisfying experience.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By alaskan-chatterbox on April 30, 2004
Format: DVD
I loved the confrantation that Danny Wallace had with his dad about the contemplation of what to do about turning in his partner Nick Chen .. I won't spoil the quote you have to take it in context of the scenario of the movie. What an impact it made in my life that what I do in my life will be what I live with. I don't know if I over looked the goings on with Nick Chen because after all he was Yun-Fat Chow or that his over looking Uncle Benny's activities was some how a kindness to help May a lost drug addict and prostitute unable to escape her fate he tries to be more then a cop in her heart. The entire movie was tastefully done, story line excellant, directed in a way to make you laugh, cry, sit at the edge of you chair during those action scenes. Not to mention the sound track subpurbly done. I have had always found Yun-Fat Chow a believable actor in all rolls he portray; this movie he stole my heart (more then in Anna and the King).. the ending must be seen to appreciate how to me he was a good cop, with admiration to the writer in whatever message he wanted to leave you at the end. If you thought Mark Wahlberg was exceptional in this roll you should see him in The Perfect Storm and never thought he would play such a sicko in Fear but had me convinced. Lady's don't judge all men by what goes on in this movie but be wise to it's message of common sense. It always amazes me when an actor can play his/her complete opposite. I look forward to watching more of both of these great actors movies. Don't wait to buy THE CORRUPTOR should it go out of print you will regret it! Well I think so. Thanks for listening - Bye. Would welcome your comments too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mike Corley on April 26, 2001
Format: DVD
This is a movie to watch over and over. Sweeping sound track, stunning video effects, I read some of the other reviews and assumed they were watch some other film.
With bad guys you love to hate, flawed good guys you hate to love, and an FBI guy so disgusting you want to drop a car on him, if you can't find someone to love or hate in this film, stick to cartoons.
Fucanese dragons made my blood boil every time they stutted their sneering faces across the screen. I cheered every one oficer Chen took out. I can't get enough of this film, I can't seem to stop watching and listening to it.
I think that is the key. The sound track carries your emotions so well through the visual treat and savy scene cuts. The high overhead shots continue to point out just how pointless it all was, but we watch the cast struggle through it all. Temptation provided at a level no red blooded man could resist. Boy did I want a rub down as I listened to "Candy Perfume Girl".
Watch this film. Watch it often and loud. Don't worry about the volence and blood, it's just a movie and nobody "really" gets hurt. Just enjoy the thrill of one of the best chase scense ever filmed.
My thanks to everyone involved. You have given me many hours of enjoyment and escape from a world too often not worth watching.
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