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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A fiercely inventive cop flick from HK action master Johnnie To. The titular cop is a bundle of crazy abilities. He's was kicked off the force years ago for cutting off his ear in homage to his retiring boss. A young cop who worked with him briefly (and hero worships him) brings him back to help with the case of a cop who's gone missing, but whose gun has been involved in a series of crimes.
very thrilling and boldly demonstrating how simple and yet tricky film grammar is. Felt lost a few times, only to understand afterwards, that the signs were there, but I preferred to speculate. Which makes the film even more pure in its language.
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.
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.
The effective use of perspective and what I assume is an intentional vintage cinematography along with the surreal yet naturalistic mis-en-scene creates a genre-bending film that also packs a cynical commentary on bureaucracy.