Sean Lau is now the Commissioner of Police after the successful rescue operation. However, things turn bad when his wife and daughter are kidnapped. Sean has to seek help from former rival and retired DCP, Waise Lee, to return to his job to help save Sean`s wife and child.
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This sequel displays a marked improvement on its predecessor thanks to a faster pace and more muscular action sequences, including a freeway tunnel shootout that clearly owes a debt to Michael Mann. Viewers will have to decide if the higher body count and Chow Yun-fat at his most charming can disguise the fact that "Cold War" remains a series about middle-aged men in suits talking in front of high rise windows.
Another one of those Hong Kong action movies stuffed with breathtaking well choreographed action sequences. The all star cast does help (Aaron Kwok, Tony Leung, Chow Yun Fat, Eddie Peng, Aarif Lee no less). Formulaic, perhaps, but efficient, if sometime totally implausible...
At least, there isn't a dull moment.