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金手指 (1980)
The Informer

Reviewed by: STSH
Date: 04/24/2014

Reviewer Score: 6

Reviewed by: sharkeysbar
Date: 09/11/2005
Summary: Kent Cheng rocks

The Informer is a fairly standard cop film from the late 1970s, action, fights, (corny) comedy and some great script lines, it kept me enthralled and laughing at the same time, but for me one of the best aspects was a young Kent Cheng, he is just a great actor, playing an awkward, cowardly new-boy detecrtive.
I highly recommend this movie, it is the archetypal cops and bad guys movie from the late 1970s. It has all the ingredients in the right proportions. I loved it and the 90 minutes just flew by, it is well worth a viewing (or two). See it! 8 out of 10 (at least).

Reviewed by: mrblue
Date: 09/25/2004

The Informer is pretty much your standard seventies cops-and-robbers flick. Even though it was made in 1980, there is still plenty of '70's cheese all around, from the butterfly collars to a funky-ass soundtrack. In the film, Wang Chung plays the standard level-headed cop in charge of a rag-tag bunch of misfits and stereotypes (the coward, the playboy, etc.) who are after a drug runner. After their informant is killed, the team turns to a former Triad member (Danny Lee) to infiltrate the gang and bring the big boss down.

There's really nothing that special about The Informer (except for maybe the fact that it's one of Kent Cheng's earliest movies). I'm sure you've probably seen this kind of thing dozens of times before in both American and Hong Kong movies. But for what it is, The Informer does a fairly good job. The acting is good and there's some decent action in the last third of the film. Besides some dopey comedic bits, I don't really have much to complain about -- but The Informer isn't exactly the kind of movie that you rave about either. It's a simple film that should provide entertainment for fans of the genre, but more casual viewers will probably be yawning halfway through.

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