Cast & Crew
Telefilm based on the 1991 feature film of the same title written and directed by John Woo. A Hong Kong crime family consists of two adopted siblings, Li Ann Tsei and Mac Ramsey, one blood sibling, Michael Tang, and their father, the Godfather. Li Ann and Mac were orphans taken in and trained at a young age by the Godfather. However, they no longer want to serve in his criminal gang and escape to attempt a new life. Members of the crime family vow to hunt down the pair for their disloyalty. With the promise of protection, they join an international crime-fighting unit based in Canada and are teamed with an ex-cop, Victor Mansfield.
Jan Bailey Mattia
Jim R Dunn
Randy S. Lee
Barry A Donlevy
Jim R Dunn
R K Hill
Peter D Marshall
Lee Anne Muldoon
Mitch A Lee Yuen
Released in United States on Video July 15, 1997
Aired in United States September 29, 1996
Aired in United States July 2, 1996
Aired in United States July 7, 1996
Aired in United States July 27, 1996
Shown at the Munich Film Festival on July 2, 1996.
Shown at the Seattle Art Museum Film Festival on July 7, 1996.
Shown at the Chicago Film Center on July 27, 1996.
Rebroadcast on The Movie Channel (TMC) on July 18, 1998 featuring previously unseen footage. The rebroadcast was entitled: "John Woo's Once a Thief: The Director's Cut."
John Woo makes his television directing debut.
Began shooting February 19, 1996.