|Official Release Date||Apr 03, 2009|
|Starring||Richie Yin, Kelly Chen, Nick Cheung Kar Fai|
|Director||Johnnie To Kei-Fung|
|Screen Format||Wide Screen|
|Running Time||89 Minutes|
Not suitable for young persons and children.
- 1080p / Interactive menu
descriptionWhen the embarrassing defeat of a police battalion by five robbers is broadcast on TV, the credibility of the police force drops to a nadir. Soon the whereabouts of the robbers are discovered and the building they occupy becomes besieged by thousands of policemen.
To beat the media at its own game, Inspector Rebecca decides to turn the stakeout into a breaking news show by sending officers into the building with wireless cameras atop their helmets. To her surprise, the robbers also start using the media to turn against the police. A media warfare soon erupts amidst a gory battle of life and death.
Enter bureaucrat Simon Yam (in a brief cameo), who orders the department's public relations to get busy salvaging the police force's reputation. He turns to Kelly Chen ("Infernal Affairs 3"), a go-getter who knows a thing or two about spinning the news and pissing off every single one of her male colleagues in the process. After Cheung's group tracks the robbers to an apartment building, Chen takes over, running the police operation like it's a movie. But Cheung is persistent, and refuses to abandon the charge into the building, where Ren's remaining crew has taken over an apartment belonging to a cowardly Suet Lam and his two children.
"Breaking News" is probably one of Johnny To's most action-packed movies since 1999's "The Mission". As with all of To's films, there's style to burn, including an impressive single long take during the street gun battle. Not content to just orchestrate the sequence with a single take, To moves the camera horizontally and vertically, turning what should have been a chaotic shootout into something poetic and very coherent. It's the best choreography of a gunfight since To's mall lobby shootout in "The Mission".
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