Taipei, the teeming capital of Taiwan, is a city in which the high-tech trappings of modern life compete with beliefs that reach back four millennia into Chinese history. It is a place where ghosts are considered as real as skyscrapers, and in which one troubled police officer comes up against an evil so dark that it threatens not only his life, but his very soul.
Ace detective Huang Huo-tu is falling apart. As payback for blowing the whistle on corruption in the force, he’s relegated to the do-nothing job of Foreign Affairs Officer. His fellow policemen have turned on him, and his wife, Ching-fang, is filing for divorce. But, then, three grisly murders shake up the department. The victims are unrelated, but the Coroner finds a mysterious black fungus in their brains, along with evidence that they had all died in a hallucinatory state. –Cannes Film Festival
Ignore the US release of this film; cop an import DVD or a torrent. This movie is actually really cool if you're lucky enough to see it uncut. A clever mix of American style cop thriller and mind-bending Asian occult cinema. It isn't the best movie ever but has a lot of brilliant ideas so I give it three stars for effort.