Always invest in HK master Johnnie To, risk-free. This is a wicked suspenseful drama about finance with a generous serving of noir shadows, a subtle sense of humour and compassion for humanity faded between banknotes and numbers. Robert Altman would approve. Bonus: the tight situations are emphasized by the sticky Kowloon streets atmosphere which has never been more palpable on screen.
The global financial crisis causes Hong Kong citizens from all walks of life to make morally dubious choices out of both selfishness and self preservation in Johnnie To's blistering drama. From bank tellers to policemen to gangsters, the crisis touches everyone,and the choices they make resonate far past themselves in ways they could never suspect. Timely and sobering filmmaking.
In Hong Kong, a bank teller reluctantly financial adviser, a career criminal, and a police inspector attempt to weather, navigate, survive, and maybe even benefit from a crisis in the financial markets. A well made "street level" experience that would make a fine double feature with the penthouse level "Margin Call".