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The Chinese Detective 

Detective Sergeant John Ho, a maverick British Chinese police officer, solves crimes in and around London's docklands while dealing with occasional prejudice and distrust within the police force.
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Series cast summary:
David Yip ...  Detective Sergeant John Ho 14 episodes, 1981-1982
Derek Martin Derek Martin ...  Detective Chief Inspector Berwick / ... 7 episodes, 1981-1982
Arthur Kelly Arthur Kelly ...  Detective Sergeant Donald Chegwyn / ... 7 episodes, 1981-1982
Larrington Walker ...  Ezra 7 episodes, 1981-1982
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Detective Sergeant John Ho, a maverick British Chinese police officer, solves crimes in and around London's docklands while dealing with occasional prejudice and distrust within the police force.

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UK

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English

Release Date:

30 April 1981 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Kineski detektiv See more »

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(14 episodes)

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Dreary and sometimes depressing but OUTSTANDING entertainment
31 December 2018 | by geordiesdadSee all my reviews

David Yip gives a standout performance as John Ho. John Ho is a sort of British Chinese policeman in the style of Clint Eastwood in the Dirty Harry series or perhaps, even closer, to Steve Mcqueen's as Bullitt in the movie of the same name. It's gritty and grimy and all the upper members of the force are against him but it plays realistic....not forced or overdone. We feel sorry for him but know that it's due, to a large degree to his own failings and personality. Aided by a cast of equally bleak and unhappy people the overall atmosphere of the movie is gray and negative....and it PERFECTLY suits the writing. All in all a seriously under-rated movie and actor and I will search him out for other roles. Make this one a do-see if realistic and grimy are what you sometimes like and leave the happy-ending crap to the Yanks.


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