Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Writer: Ka-Fai Wai, Kin-Yee Au
Director: Johnnie To, Kai-Fai Wai
Starring: Ching Wan Lau, Andy On
Severly messed-up detective goes to great lengths to solve his cases. He's eventually fired, for good cause, but he can't get away and ends up coming back to advise a detective on a case about the disappearance of a fellow officer.
like most asian cinema nowadays, i found this to be pretty excellent. it was a great perspective on the way things went down and like moster said as we were watching it, it was an actual, seldom stumbled upon, original idea. you really had to pay attention because of the difference in the way things were percieved by (ret) det. bun's brain in the beginning. but by the end it was like a new vocabulary that you picked up on. the ending was also not a let down. good job chinese guys involved in this. i think the koreans have one up on you, but i think you might be neck and neck with the japanese in my opinion of your films.
This was pretty great; and the second "pretty great" in our house in a row it should be celebrated by a Roman orgy.
The story itself was fairly unique, and while it played indirect homage to directors such as Fincher it did so respectfully. This is another rare film in which we really didn't know exactly how it was going to end, almost down to the last frame. The "meta" element of the discussion of the characters is of equal or greater importance than the "whodunnit" aspect. This could only have been conveyed by actors who are equal to the story, and no key or supporting player was deficient in this sense. Ching in particular was fantastic.
There were some really great shots here, and production value was very high. Some of the scenes requried a fair amount of trickiness to pull off, and it wasn't lost on us.
Again, a movie which you should watch if you can handle subtitles; and given the readership of this blog I think that's pretty likely.
ETA: I love my woman's discussion of the merits of Asian cinema.