Very loosely based on his 1991 film of the same name, John Woo's ONCE A THIEF was produced as a pilot for a short-lived television series that was shown only in Canada. Despite its lightweight approach, this tale of two Hong Kong thieves who become crimefighters has more in common with
Woo's oeuvre than any of his American features.
Hong Kong gangster Mr. Tang (Michael Wong) has raised orphans Li Ann (Sandrine Holt) and Mac (Ivan Sergei) along with his own son Michael (Robert Ito) to be his heirs and high-tech operatives. But Mac wants out when he learns that Tang is also an arms dealer. He asks his lover Li Ann to join him;
initially reluctant, she agrees when...