From 1960 onwards, there are very, very roughly probably a minimum of 500 French neo-noirs, 250 German, 100 Indian, 200 Japanese, 250 Korean, Hong Kong, Chinese, 300 British (including Canada and Australia) and 400 other European ones. That's a total of 2,000 movies over 60 years. That's 33 a year worldwide. This has to be an undercount.
Full Alert is a Hong Kong neo-noir. Rated 6.8 on IMDb, a quite well-deserved score. Using school grades, if they still exist, I rate it a B or maybe B+. The plot elements are familiar, which is why it's not rated higher by me. However, it's smoothly done, very well-acted, never boring, and the characterizations are several notches above par, from a very good script. Director Ringo Lam. Especially notable is that the "home" family scenes are much more real and not cliched, as is the case with most Hollywood action movies. They do not seem grafted on; they are more integral to the cop's (Ching Wan Lau) character. The introduction of his little boy, and how they relate helps bring out his character fully. It's fine writing. His associates are built up to a point, sometimes only visually, but they matter too.
Hong Kong Digital Review scores it 8/10.
"Ringo Lam Ling-tung helmed this grim, highly engrossing crime thriller, which is highlighted by deeper characterization than HK genre films are generally known for. When a bloated, decomposing body is discovered in an apartment building's water tank, police officer Pao (Lau Ching-wan) arrests former construction demolitionist Mak Kwan (Francis Ng Chun-yu). After blue prints and bomb making materials are discovered in his apartment, Mak confesses that he accidentally killed the victim and hid his body but will not admit to anything else. Mak's Taiwanese partners (who include CITY OF SADNESS' Jack Gao Jie) make a desperate attempt to rescue their buddy while he is being transported to court. In the subsequent chaos, one of the their men is killed and Pao loses one of his in a car crash. Mak is later able to escape with some inside help, so the police concentrate on his girlfriend (Amanda Lee Wai-man). The mounting pressure on Pao causes him to become reckless and, in an attempt to apprehend Mak, he wounds an innocent motorcyclist. The police are eventually able to determine that Mak's target is the safe at the HK Jockey Club. While it seems an impossible task, Mak is an architectural design expert and has determined the one weak spot that will allow him access.
"Lau Ching-wan and Francis Ng are both excellent as the adversaries compelled to best one another in a competition that is akin to a children's game with deadly consequences for those around them. Very well shot and scored, the film includes a bravura car chase that seems to encompass half of HK, but action and violence are not the main preoccupations here. While Lam's previous HK thrillers boast colorful antagonists, Mak Kwan is a far more intelligent and humane individual. The viewer does not condone his actions but does empathize with him, and this attention to character (which also extends to the various officers under Pao's command) and clever scripting make FULL ALERT one of Lam's most striking and gratifying works to date. Monica Chan Fat-yung (as Pao's concerned wife), Chin Kar-lok, Peter Yung Kam-cheung, Chris Lee Kin-sang, and Lee Siu-kei, are among the supporting players."