A rookie cop teams up with an eccentric but brilliant detective to hunt down a serial killer.
This smartarse cop drama teams Hong Kong’s most prolific action auteur, Johnny To, with two favourites - lead Lau Ching-wan and screenwriter Wai Ka-Fai. The result is as gung-ho, occasionally brilliant and ultimately frustrating as exercises in artistic back-slapping tend to be. Lau shines as the eccentric Inspector Bun, whose methods are tolerated while he cracks case after case. Then he slices off his own ear as a present for a senior officer and earns a swift discharge. Five years later, a former protégé enlists Bun’s help on an uncrackable case involving a missing cop. But just how mad is Bun? To’s Election duo and Exiled are slicker affairs, but there’s still plenty here to please the fans.
Director Johnny To’s previous flicks are slicker affairs, but there’s still plenty here to please the fans.
Reviewed by Anna Hart