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Hong Kong action thriller, about the Hong Kong Police Department's Special Duties Unit. When a raid by customs officials goes drastically wrong, the SDU are called in to deal with the ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Michael Wong ... Officer Don Wong (as Michael Fitzgerald Wong)
Gigi Leung ... Inspector Minnie Kwan
Damian Lau ... Inspector Lau
Kathy Chow ... Sue
Tak-Kwong Chan ... Chief Kwong (as Stephen Chan Tak Gwong)
Man Biu Lee ... SDU member
Kwong Kim Yip Kwong Kim Yip ... Forensics tech
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brian Banowetz ... Albert
Anthony Carpio Anthony Carpio
June Chan ... Angel
Wai-Man Cheuk Wai-Man Cheuk ... Customs officer
Alex Cheung Alex Cheung
Chun Hung Cheung Chun Hung Cheung ... SDU member
Hung On Cheung Hung On Cheung ... Recruit
Joe Man Kwong Cheung Joe Man Kwong Cheung ... Joe


Hong Kong action thriller, about the Hong Kong Police Department's Special Duties Unit. When a raid by customs officials goes drastically wrong, the SDU are called in to deal with the ruthless mercenaries responsible, but before long the operation is derailed by a series of inter-departmental rivalries that could cause more innocent lives to be lost. Written by IvanWong

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Cantonese | English | Thai

Release Date:

14 September 1996 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Epeigon peristatiko See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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1.85 : 1
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Alternate Versions

Released in Germany in four different versions:
  • "First Option", 86min, 18 (Initial Video Release
  • "Operation Panther Force", 84min, 16 (To-Buy-Video)
  • Both versions were run on Pay-Tv, both titled "First Option"
  • TV-Version was retitled "First Option: Operation Panther Force", 84min, 16
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Remake of The Invincibles (1994) See more »

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Thin Plot, Thin Acting, Thin Action
19 December 2000 | by Mitch-38See all my reviews

The exploits of a Hong Kong Police commando team trying to stop drug smuggling, is the theme of this dud actioner. Naturally, the headstrong leader of this team (played by Michael Wong) has his hands full fighting the bureaucratic HK Police command, and the crooks trying to smuggle "Ice" into the city. What's an iconclastic hero to do? Well, it seems if one looks bored enough, and this star does, one simply has to do a lot of sermonizing and go through the typical "movie cop" angst. The action, what little is there (don't waste your time looking for genuine "suspense") is enough to solicit yawns from teenage males, whom normally chew this sort of movie up. It really kind of came off as a VERY long "Just Say No" public service announcement. It's not awful, just way short of an rational attempts to define the term mediocre.

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