The film centers on Bun (Lau Ching-Wan), a schizophrenic, former police inspector who comes out of retirement to help a rookie detective (Andy On) solve a complex murder case, involving a missing colleague and a suspected policeman (Lam Ka-Tung) suffering from a multiple personality disorder.
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One of To/Wai Ka-fai 's best works is this deftly plotted '07 work that mixed supernatural ability with the tired investigative genre. Ching Wan Lau was stellar in the lead role as a once great detective brought down by his 'gift' who may or may not be totally mad. Script by Wai Ka Fai and Au Kin Yee works even better on second viewing when one isn't struggling to keep up with the turns. Worth rediscovering.
I liked a lot To's way to switch points of view during the film. It never gave me the feeling that it was just an inept trick used by the filmmaker to make an impression on the audience. Highly recommended.
The story has more twists and turns than a house of mirrors, and it does get out of control, but this one is a lot of fun. Detective Bun is one of the most refreshingly original characters I've seen on screen in a while. There are so many great moments, great acting, stylish cinematography and humorous morsels that it's hard not to love this one.
Different perceptions are visually handled in this movie sublimely well in some highly stylized shots, especially in the final scenes. The bursts of oddball comedy throughout, namely in the recreation and dinner scenes, are notable too. Still, the detective angle isn't as engaging and more exhilaration should be felt in its twists. It could have also had more cool n' trippy action scenes, of which, To is known for.
not my favorite Johnnie To film. i thought the story was told kind of poorly at times and it was needlessly convoluted at times, and i had a hard time seeing where the characters motives were coming from. funish to watch, but just not quite as clean as his previous works, if you ask me.
A very fresh little movie. Nice experiment...i dont' agree with catch_33.
It's not a fail: it's light and a good entertainment. The metaphors (the inner selves) are flat just because they need to be that way. The sum of distinct "basic" traits forms the complex personality of the character.
Nice movie at all!
Found the mix between supernatural and action a bit "out there", i mean a mentally ill detective is not someone you want on case. Again Johnnie To and his Milkway Image company comes up with another original character.