Beast Cops

Beast Cops

Film poster
Directed by Gordon Chan
Dante Lam
Produced by Gordon Chan
John Chong
Written by Gordon Chan
Chan Hing-ka
Starring Michael Wong
Anthony Wong
Roy Cheung
Kathy Chow
Music by Teddy Robin Kwan
Tommy Wai
Cinematography Tony Cheung
Edited by Chan Ki-hop
Media Asia Films
People's Production Limited
Distributed by Media Asia Distribution
Release dates
  • 9 April 1998 (1998-04-09)
Running time
110 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Box office HK$8,317,750

Beast Cops (Chinese: 野獸刑警) is a 1998 Hong Kong action film written, produced and directed by Gordon Chan, and also directed by Dante Lam. The film stars Michael Wong and Anthony Wong. The film was released in the Hong Kong on 9 April 1998.[1]


Tung (Anthony Wong) is a street cop in Hong Kong who is friends with a Triad dai lo named Fai (Roy Cheung). Fai hires a hitman to murder a business rival; the hit goes wrong and Fai, implicated in the incident, goes on the run. This leaves Tung in the put upon position to look after Fai's affairs.

Soon, however, Tung's squad is assigned a new Commanding Officer in the form of Lieutenant Michael Cheung (Michael Wong - no relation to Anthony), a no-nonsense, tough as nails cop who was transferred for having punched out his own previous Commanding Officer. In an attempt to keep tabs on Cheung and similarly introduce him to their precinct Tung takes Cheung to the disco owned by Fai. There, Cheung meets a madam named Yoyo (whose name in dubbed version is sometimes given as Yo-Yo Ma), who is also Fai's moll. Angry and upset that Fai left on such short notice without her, Yoyo accepts Cheung's overture and the two soon find themselves genuinely in love.

In the meantime Fai's eager underling, Push-pin, moves himself into Fai's role and attempts to force Yoyo to peddle customers drugs through her escorts. Yoyo refuses, an action which results in Push-Pin slapping her across the face. Cheung finds out and takes revenge by inspecting Push-Pin's establishments every night.

As Cheung and Yoyo's relationship turns serious, Tung finds his own relationship with a married woman turning sour. She routinely asks him for money [note: seems she's paying him for sex], which leaves him constantly broke. When Push-pin realizes slapping Yoyo has resulted in Cheung becoming an enemy, Push-pin hands Tung a handful of money, "as a gift." Actually, this act is a bribe, and when Cheung is later attacked by a group of Push-pin's men and Tung, having made the connection, attempts to bring Push-pin in, Push-pin reminds Tung of the money he'd given him. Tung finds himself powerless to arrest Push-pin without exposing himself as having been bribed.

Things come to a head when Fai returns to town and learns that Yoyo is seeing Cheung. Fai goes after Cheung; their fight leads to a standoff with Tung between them, and Yoyo proclaiming she and Cheung are in love and are having a baby. Fai storms off, followed by Tung. The two decide it's time to pay a visit to Push-pin, who has now been officially promoted by the area's lead Triad boss, Tai, into Fai's place as dai lo.

While Tung waits outside the disco, Fai goes in to confront Push-pin. After an emotional confrontation, Push-pin chops Fai in the neck with a machete, killing him. Tung sees Push-pin leaving the club; when he runs inside to see what happened, the sight of Fai's body on the floor leaves him devastated and wanting revenge.

Tung, loaded with alcohol and barbiturates, cruises town to find Push-pin. He receives word Push-pin is back at his underground casino and goes there to bring Push-pin down once and for all. This results in Tung taking on not only Push-pin, but all his underlings as well. Cheung shows up with his officers to help, only to find Tung moments later seemingly dead from a steel spike Push-pin has rammed into Tung's gut. Seconds later, Push-pin is killed by one of Fai's men as revenge for his killing of Fai.

As it turns out, Tung survives and he and Cheung pay a visit to the lead Triad boss, Tai, where the two promise to eventually bring him down.



Awards and nominations

Awards and nominations
Ceremony Category Recipient Outcome
18th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Film Beast Cops Won
Best Director Gordon Chan, Dante Lam Won
Best Screenplay Gordon Chan, Chan Hing-ka Won
Best Actor Anthony Wong Won
Best Supporting Actor Patrick Tam Won
Best Supporting Actress Stephanie Che Nominated
Best Editing Chan ki-hop Nominated
Best Sound Design Media Asia Films Nominated
4th Golden Bauhinia Awards Best Film Beast Cops Won
Best Director Gordon Chan, Dante Lam Won
Best Actor Anthony Wong Won
Best Supporting Actor Patrick Tam Won
5th Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award Best Film Beast Cops Won
Best Actor Anthony Wong Won

Home media

On 27 December 2001, DVD was released by Hong Kong Legends in the United Kingdom in Region 2.

See also


  1. Deming, Mark. "Beast Cops". Allmovie. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  2. Beast Cops at

External links

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