Breaking News

Director

Johnnie To

Case

Richie Jen、Kelly Chan、Nick Cheung

Genre

Action、Adventure

Duration

89

Category

IIB

Release Date

2004.06.10

When an ambulatory TV news unit live broadcasts the embarrassing defeat of a police battalion by five bank robbers in a ballistic showdown, the credibility of the police force drops to a nadir. Vowing to capture the robbers at all cost, the policemen in the whole city, some thirty thousand of them, are mobilized to patrol every possible exit route and city border.

While on a separate investigation in a run-down building, detective Cheung ( Nick Cheung ) of the Organized Crime And Triad Bureau accidentally discovers the hideout of the robbers. Led by the ultra-cool Yuen ( Richie Jen ), the five-man gang soon find the building besieged by thousands of policemen. Cheung and his men have also entered the building, getting ready to take their foes out any minute.

Meanwhile, in order to beat the media at its own game, Inspector Rebecca ( Kelly Chen ) decides to turn the stakeout into a breaking news show. Entering the building accompanied by officers with wireless cameras atop their helmets, she promises to feed live footages of their operation to the media. The whole of Hong Kong is glued to their TV sets, eager to devour the latest action in real time.

Oblivious to them all, the building is occupied by yet another gang. Attacked from both sides, Cheung’s team suffer from serious casualties but Rebecca doctors her footage, reporting nothing but good news. Only when Yuen has taken some residents hostage and releases the close-circuit TV footage to the news stations is she forced to release the true footage to the public in all its gory details.

As time drags on, the two gangs are considering forging an alliance, while Rebecca keeps negotiating with Yuen, urging him to capitulate. But all along she has no idea how Yuen or Cheung looks like. When she mistakes Yuen for Cheung after the latter successfully rescues the hostages, Yuen decides to use his news identity not only to escape but to romance the beautiful cop as well…