神探 | Mad Detective

Mad Detective

2007’s largest grossing film at the Hong Kong box office – Mad Detective – is one of the freshest and most satisfying films from that country in a decade. The traditional Hong Kong police film is turned on its head: the imaginative twist being our hero – Detective Bun – who has the ability to ‘see’ people’s inner personalities or “hidden ghosts”. Breaking new ground and establishing new cinematic rules, Johnnie To’s latest giddily entertaining collaboration with Wai Ka Fai radically raises the level of storytelling in modern film. Detective Bun was recognised as a talented criminal profiler until he sliced off his right ear to offer as a gift at his chief’s farewell party. Branded as ‘mad’ and discharged from the force, he has lived in seclusion with his beloved wife May ever since. Strangely, Bun has the ability to ‘see’ a person’s inner personality, their subconscious desires, emotions, and mental state. When a missing police gun is linked to several heists and murders, hotshot Inspector Ho calls on the valuable skills of his former mentor Bun to help unlock the killer’s identity. However, Bun’s unorthodox methods point to a fellow detective and take a schizophrenic turn for the worse…

Directed by Johnnie To | Starring : Ching Wan Lau, Andy On, Ka Tung Lam, Kelly Lin, Kwok-Lun Lee | Presented at Venice Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, Sitges Film Festival, Maine Film Festival

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人约黄昏 | Evening Liaison

Evening Liaison

An enticing mystery, set in Shanghai in the thirties. One late autumn evening, in a tobacconist’s shop, a journalist meets a mysterious woman dressed in black and falls in love with her. The woman is distant and elusive and says she is a spirit, a ghost. The journalist is fascinated and tries to find out more about her. In his attempts at unravelling the mystery of her identity and background, he stumbles upon a stunning revelation: the woman was a member of an anarchist group involved in murder. She is tied to a web of love, betrayal and revenge. In the end, the woman vanishes, solitary at heart and full of regrets. The journalist waits with forlorn hope to relive his first evening liaison with her.

Directed by Yi Fei Chen | Starring : Tony Leung Ka Fai, Eddy Ko, Rosary Yeung, Veronica Yip, Shu-hua Yang | Presented at Cannes Film Festival