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When a live TV news crew broadcasts an embarrassing defeat of Hong Kong’s police dept. by just five bank robbers, public opinion of the force plummets and the dept. vows to capture the robbers at any cost. So when Detective Cheung accidentally stumbles upon the five bank robbers hiding out in an abandoned building, Yuen (Richie Jen), the ultra-cool leader of the gang, suddenly finds himself and his partners under siege by thousands of police officers. Sensing an opportunity to restore the public’s faith in the police dept., Inspector Rebecca (Kelly Chen) turns the stakeout into a breaking news show, with live updates beamed out to a transfixed Hong Kong. But she soon discovers how difficult it can be to manage the press when hostages are involved, true identities are unknown, and the building contains not one gang but two…

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"A tightly wound thriller, smart and action-packed." -- DVD Talk

"A white-knuckler of a crime movie." -- efilmcritic.com

Special Features

  • Deleted scene
  • Making of Breaking News featurette
  • Trailer
  • Bonus previews

Product Details

  • Actors: Richie Jen, Kelly Chen, Nick Cheung, Siu-Fai Cheung, Shiu Hung Hui
  • Directors: Johnnie To
  • Writers: Hing-Ka Chan, Tin-Shing Yip
  • Producers: Biao Cao, Buting Yang, Catherine Chan, Elos Gallo, John Chong
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Palm Pictures / Umvd
  • DVD Release Date: March 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E0ODEK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,277 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Breaking News" on IMDb

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After a thrilling shootout that seems to be inspired by Michael Mann's 'Heat', killer thieves are on the run from the police and hideout in a large apartment building. While we do get more exciting shootouts, the movie takes a huge turn and focuses more on the media side. The police decide to put cameras on all of their special officers and look to give the people the most exciting news experience possible. After the police manipulate the footage covering up their mistakes, the bad guys send their own information to the media, and police and reporters are surprised to say the least.

Leave it to Johnnie To to take a different turn on the average Hong Kong cop bloodshed movie and make a near masterpiece. The movie drags a bit at the end but is a fun ride almost all the way through.

3.5/5

The DVD from Palm Pictures has excellent picture quality and good 5.1 sound. Special features include a deleted scene and a 3 minute making of.
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Breaking News (Johnnie To, 2004)

Johnnie To directed one of my all-time favorite movies, My Left Eye Sees Ghosts, in 2002. I haven't managed to see another of his movies until now. I didn't like this one nearly as much, but it's not all that bad, either.

The film starts with a news crew stumbling upon, and broadcasting, a shootout between two gangs in which the late-arriving police look like bumbling idiots. Now, the Hong Kong media and the Hong Kong police don't have a history of working together, but as a public relations move, the cops allow the media access while they hunt down one of the gangs. Needless to say, this turns into a case of Murphy's Law gone insane, as the gang holes up in an apartment building with hostages. The cops, the media, the gang members, and the hostages are all looking at the situation through different eyes, and we get to see it all.

Did you ever see a really, really awful 2001 movie called 15 Minutes, with Edward Burns? Nah, neither did anyone else. And now you don't have to! Breaking News is in many ways an Asian take on the same material (which was itself a loose, loose adaptation of the French flick Man Bites Dog). "An Asian take" usually means better character development, and that's the case here, but the plot loses its way a number of times, and some of those it never truly recovers from. Still, some of these folks are a lot of fun to be around. Worth looking into if you like your action movies character-driven to a fault. ** ½
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I enjoyed this film lots of action but no nail bitter the plot has to unravel and when it doe's it comes to a interesting finish, the film did lack in your face action though.
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Reporters showed police moving around an apartment building trying to apprehend a criminal and the press coverage allowed apartment dwellers and possibly the criminal to see the policemen's whereabouts unfortunately.

This is a very entertaining, charming and manipulative movie. It makes you like and admire the criminals for their skill and their charm (former Chinese military who become bank robbers).

Usually, I am black and white about criminals but I think this movie was designed to allow the audience to sympathize with everyone unlike Drug War which really makes you angry at criminals/cop killers.
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I like this Johnnie To movie a lot because it took place in a different setting from most Hong Kong crime dramas when 5 bank robbers decide to hide out in a high rise apartment building and fight it out from there. There is lots of riveting action as shoot outs, bombs and grenades go off in the apartment building between the bank robbery gang, a second gang in the building and the police trying to capture them. Nick Cheung gives a really good performance as kind of a cop gone rogue who refuses to obey his commanders orders and leave the building to let the police tactical units catch the bad guys. The police try to restore citizen confidence in the force with a televised, media blitz of the action but the criminals upload their own videos from inside the building with the aid of a small child who is a hostage and a media war between the two factions ensues. The actions starts at the very beginning of the film and goes all the way to the end. I would recommend a peek at this one and I give it a solid 4 stars.
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