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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Lau Ching-wan
Andy On.
Directors
Johnny To
Wai Ka-Fai.
Screenwriters
Running Time
85 minutes

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Mad Detective (Sun taam)
Eccentric and brilliant


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Plot
A rookie cop teams up with an eccentric but brilliant detective to hunt down a serial killer.


Review
Mad Detective (Sun taam)

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.


Verdict
Director Johnny To’s previous flicks are slicker affairs, but there’s still plenty here to please the fans.


Reviewed by Anna Hart

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The first Johnnie To film I`ve seen and I liked it. It`s a great mix of Hong Kong crime flick and mindfuck and it works out great. The great thing about it is that as a viewer you already pretty much know what it is that`s going on but it remains interesting and intense nonetheless, something that is mainly due to the great acting performance from Lau Ching Wan as the titular Mad Detective. Great film. /b] ... More

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