the way this film developed and ended made me appreciate it much more than at first expected. the game of personas belonging to the wonderfully complex jungian theory of the psyche makes it a very interesting and quite provocative presentation of adjusting the masks and playing the right part when needed. i am very pleased to see that being used in such a way making this more than just a good cop-bad cop thing.
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.
Despite stretching itself too thin thematically and losing the momentum established by a diverse albeit unfulfilled performance by Lau, the film boasts a charismatic lead duo, clean, energetic and vibrant cinematography, and a consistent physiological pressure. ‘Mad Detective’ may get lost in the forest of ambition but it still manages to claw its way to a scenic escape.
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.
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.
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.