The Corruptor script
The Corruptor (1999)
Synopsis: The Corruptor is a 1999 American action thriller film directed by James Foley, starring Chow Yun-fat and Mark Wahlberg. The film was released in the United States on March 12, 1999.

EXT:
NEW YORK CITY, DAY

Credits roll over establishing shots of the city. First,

primary MANHATTAN, the one tourists see on post

cards. Then slowly, we drift into Chinatown. Side

streets and back alleys so different you wouldn't

even know your in the U.S...Eventually we stop on...

EXT:
WINGS BAKERY SHOP, WEST BROADWAY, CHINATOWN

-DAY

CUSTOMERS move in and out when BOOOOM! The screen

EXPLODES in a ball of FIRE.

The bleeding PATRONS stumble into the street as

flames pour from a gaping hole that was once a

bustling Herb shop.

Across the street, a young ASIAN, poorly dressed,

lights a smoke. His body is undernourished and

covered with the tattoo insignia of the FUKIENESE

DRAGONS. But it's his eyes that get your attention.

Dark and hungry, they watch his day's work with the

detachment of one who's been taught the value of

life is zero. Meet BOBBY VU.

Oblivious to the chaos, he strides into the street

flanked by three similarly tattooed youths who we

will come to know as JACK, BLACK EYES and "THE TALL

KID". Together they encircle a middle-aged TRIAD

SYMPATHIZER dressed totally in his bakery whites,

crawling from the rubble. The young gangsters

brazenly pull pistols from their jackets.

BOBBY VU:

Fukienese Dragons not funny now.

The injured man futilely pulls a gun from his coat as

the Dragons execute their prey in a barrage of

gunfire. Smoke drifts from their weapons when Bobby

notices a frightened TOURIST lying in a puddle of her

own blood. He looks into her tear filled eyes and

raises his gun to finish her. But she dies before he

needs to shoot.

He then climbs into a rented Ford and takes off.

3. A BAD DEAL FOR THE FUKIENESE

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INT:
PHAN HO'S LAMPS, CANAL STREET, NYC-NIGHT

For a lamp store the joint is dark. The only light comes from the

merchandise burning 20 watt bulbs and a small black and white

Zenith spouting tape delayed news from the bombing site.

REPORTER (TELEVISION)

The tragic death of BETH KADELL from Fairlawn New Jersey

in this morning's Chinatown bombing has mobilized the city

and drawn attention to a six month war being waged in the

back alleys and underground corridors of the city's most

mysterious neighborhood. According to police, the Fukienese

Dragons, a new entity in the Chinatown crime scene, are

headed by twenty year old Bobby Vu from the Fukien

province of China.

The television shows a surveillance photo of Bobby Vu as the

sound of sporadic GRUNTS and a heavy WHACK...WHACK, emanates

from the back of the shop.

Sitting at a table, drowning in a shower of sweat, is a fifty

year old blob named PHAN HO. Nerves mask his face, when

suddenly his arm lurches forward as if something or someone

pulled him. WHACK!

REPORTER (TELEVISION)

Sources say the bombing and execution of a known Triad

Soldier are another chapter in the power struggle between

the Fukienese Dragons Youth Gang and the Triad run Tung

Fung Benevolent Association, Chinatown's ruling organized

crime entity for over a century, believed to be headed by

local businessman Benjamin Wong. Known in the community

as Uncle Benny.

A photo of sixty three year old Benny Wong fills the TV screen

as Phan Ho takes a five from a dwindling stack of bills and pushes

it across the table to NICK CHEN.

Chen's thirty six, and whatever money he earns is spent on clothes

and fifty dollar haircuts. He's handsome and cool, with looks

hailing more from his Hong Kong father than his mainland mom.

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Robert Pucci

Robert Pucci is an actor and writer, known for The Corruptor (1999), The Last Hour (1991) and The Spider and the Fly (1994). more…

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