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Hit Team (Chung chong ging chaat) (2001)

  Directed by: Dante Lam
Starring: Alex To, Daniel Wu
Links: Hit Team on the IMDb, Buy on DVD
Genre: Action

This movie gets: 7.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

Hit Team (Chung chong ging chaat) (2001) is also mentioned in timchuma's review of The First Option (1996).

"Hong Kong's Finest vs. Hong Kong's Finest" - a review by timchuma

An undercover operation turns out a disaster when the agent, named Ho, is shot in the back and confined to a wheelchair.

His friends in the SDU are the first to hear about it and they agree to help him raise the money he needs to go to Switzerland for treatment.

Meanwhile, the SDU's elite unit, HIT TEAM, receives a replacement for Ho, a female agent from the Witness Protection Unit. Her first operation with the unit almost ends in disaster when she decides to block a bullet from the gangster who is holding her with her body (she is wearing a vest though), and a grenade drops on the ground.

She is chewed out by the squad leader, but one of the members of her team tells her not to worry about it as the boss is always serious.

Ho's friends are having trouble raising the money for him, so three of them decide to quit the SDU and go rogue, leaving only the member in charge of the armoury still with the Police.

Their first hit is on an underground bank run by gangsters. It goes fairly successfully until one of their team is unmasked and they decide to not leave any witnesses (i.e. they kill everyone).

The head of HIT TEAM is assigned to the investigation and his suspicions are aroused when he finds shape charges were used to blow the door, along with CD gas, only available to the SDU.

Knowing they are being investigated, the ex-SDU team members decide to monitor the police, something which helps them avoid being captured in a sting involving most of the police force.

What does happen however, is that the head of HIT TEAM chases after the leader of the ex-SDU gang, leading to a confrontation.

As their last operation failed, the ex-SDU members come up with a new plan to rob a shipment from the underground bank, but this time the entire police and the gangsters are after them...

Guns! Drama! Action! Guns! This fast-paced action romp has all the elements needed for a blockbuster film. The twist here is that instead of the SDU going against terrorists or foreign army units gone bad, they're against their former colleagues.

I would recommend this film to people who like full-on action movies or police films. Something I would recommend for further impact, is to play Counterstrike beforehand for an hour or so. While this is optional, it will greatly increase your enjoyment of the film.

timchuma gives this movie 7 out of 10.
Review created on Tue 11 Jan 2005

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