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The Detective 2 (2011) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Aaron Kwok (Actor) | Liu Kai Chi (Actor) | Patrick Tam Yiu Man (Actor) | Eddie Cheung (Actor)
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Four years after unwittingly cracking his first case, Aaron Kwok's inept private eye is back in action with an improved grade in the highly anticipated The Detective 2! Director Oxide Pang's stylish 2007 mystery was considered one of the best solo efforts from the Pang Brothers, and this time he returns to Bangkok with stars Aaron Kwok and Liu Kai Chi for an even more suspenseful crime-solving adventure. Although the Asian horror-meister has surprisingly dispensed with the supernatural element of the first film, he isn't about to let up on the chill factor. The psychological crime thriller sequel has caught a group of new suspects for the supporting cast, including Patrick Tam, Eddie Cheung, Izz Xu (Child's Eye), and Mainland actress Gong Beibi.

Bumbling private detective Chan Tam (Aaron Kwok) is enlisted by police pal Fung Chak (Liu Kai Chi) to help in the investigation of a serial murder case. The victims - a middle-aged man killed at home, a dead woman found in the trash dump, and a teenage girl slain in the park - were all killed in grisly manners, but they didn't seem related to each other. Without any clue to follow up on, Tam is decidedly at his wits' end. But when Chak is seriously wounded by a mysterious assailant, Tam deduces that the only way to uncover the truth is to get into the mind of the deranged killer, and in so doing he is forced to face a long-hidden side of himself...

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Product Title: The Detective 2 (2011) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) B+偵探 (2011) (Blu-ray) (香港版) B+侦探 (2011) (Blu-ray) (香港版) B+偵探 (Blu-ray) (香港版) The Detective 2 (2011) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Aaron Kwok (Actor) | Liu Kai Chi (Actor) | Patrick Tam Yiu Man (Actor) | Eddie Cheung (Actor) | Gong Bei Bi (Actor) | Jeremy Xu (Actor) | Renee Lee (Actor) | Ciwi Lam (Actor) 郭富城 (Actor) | 廖啟智 (Actor) | 譚耀文 (Actor) | 張兆輝 (Actor) | 龔 蓓苾 (Actor) | 徐 正溪 (Actor) | 李 蘊 (Actor) | 林司敏 (Actor) 郭富城 (Actor) | 廖启智 (Actor) | 谭耀文 (Actor) | 张兆辉 (Actor) | 龚 蓓苾 (Actor) | 徐 正溪 (Actor) | 李 蕴 (Actor) | 林司敏 (Actor) 郭富城 (アーロン・コック) (Actor) | 廖啓智(リウ・カイチー) (Actor) | 譚耀文(パトリック・タム) (Actor) | 張兆輝(チョン・シウファイ) (Actor) | Gong Bei Bi (Actor) | シュー・ジェンシー (Actor) | 李蘊 (レニー・リー) (Actor) | Ciwi Lam (Actor) 곽부성 (Actor) | 요 계지 (Actor) | 담 요문 (Actor) | Eddie Cheung (Actor) | Gong Bei Bi (Actor) | Jeremy Xu (Actor) | Renee Lee (Actor) | Ciwi Lam (Actor)
Director: Oxide Pang 彭順 彭 顺 彭順(オキサイド・パン) Oxide Pang
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2011-07-07
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, 7.1, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): 50 GB - Double Layer, Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Rating: IIB
Duration: 101 (mins)
Publisher: Universe Laser (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1024601940

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* Special Features:
- Making of
- Deleted Scenes

Director: Oxide Pang Chun

Private detective TAM is entangled in serial killings case since his chilhood buddy FUNG showed him some crime scenes photos. including a man found dead in his home, a female body dumped in garbage dump and a teenage girl died of uncertain cause. Seemingly victims who die in the weirdest ways are unrelated, but each clue directs to one suspect. Investigation even comes to a halt after FUNG is assaulted by a mysterious attacker. When Tam digs deep into the truth, buried memory of his orphanage is aroused... To Tam, this case is ever-challenging because it not only to dig out the murder, it even touches on an untouchable knot buried deep in his heart....
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August 29, 2011

Aaron Kwok returns as oddball private eye Chan Tam in The Detective 2, teaming again with director Oxide Pang for a sequel to their highly popular 2007 mystery thriller. Aside from a new case for Tam to solve, the film offers a different approach by aiming for a more psychological angle, venturing into some pretty dark and complex territory along the way. With Liu Kai Chi (The Way We Were) and veteran Patrick Tam (The Storm Warriors) also returning, the film adds several supporting cast members, including Eddie Cheung (Vengeance), Izz Xu (Child's Eye), and up and coming Mainland Chinese actress Gong Beibi.

Set again in Bangkok, the plot sees Kwok as private detective Tam being asked by police force friend Fung Chak (Liu Kai Chi) to assist him in investigating a particularly nasty serial murder case. The killings certainly seem to call for a man of Tam's talents, involving three apparently unrelated victims, all slain in gruesome and possibly symbolic fashion and with no clues to speak of. Things quickly become even more complicated when Tam butts heads with the rest of the police force and he and Chak find themselves pursued and threatened, he is forced to turn to even more unconventional means to solve the deadly puzzle.

According to the Chinese title, The Detective 2 represents Tam having been bumped up from "C+ Detective" to "B+ Detective" and the film certainly does see him having developed somewhat as a sleuth. Although he still has the same odd dress sense and questionable taste in shirts, he comes across as far more intelligent than in the original, or at least more focused, and does propel himself along on his own theories and schemes rather than being bounced about by random incidents and baffling guesswork. Thankfully though, Pang hasn't forgotten what made his character interesting in the first place, and the film still packs in plenty of bizarre behaviour, sudden explosions of weirdness and lots sequences of him sitting around and gibbering to himself ?the film is one of the few where this kind of soliloquy style actually exposition fits. The role of Tam is one which continues to seem very much tailor made for Kwok, allowing him to push the boat out in terms of kookiness, though whilst reining things in just about enough to remain likeable and engaging, avoiding the excess of the infamous Murderer.

As with the first film, the central mystery itself is quite adult, and although not much is graphically shown, some pretty nasty stuff is implied, with limbs being hacked off and a young woman being violated in horrible fashion. Interestingly, the narrative spends as much time fleshing out the backstory and motivations of the killer as it does with Tam, weaving in plenty of flashbacks. This approach works quite well, helping to overcome some of the film's scattershot investigative work, though sadly some early hints that Pang is trying to suggest some kind of commonality between the murderer and Tam are never really developed beyond their both being orphans. The film is generally unpredictable, and although some viewers may feel a little manipulated by the leftfield nature of the final answers and resolution, there are enough twists, some surprisingly grim, to keep things interesting. Another slight criticism is the fact that the film is setting itself up for a sequel, which does result in a handful of pointedly unanswered questions, though for followers of the series this need not be too much of a problem, especially since Pang makes this clear from the start.

Unsurprisingly, the film has some very strong visuals, with some excellent use of dark and moody colours, creating a shady, ambiguous world that fits the overall themes and feel perfectly. Mercifully, with just Oxide at the helm, the film isn't a full on Pang Brothers affair, and whilst there are a good few striking moments peppered throughout, its devoid of the kind of CGI and slow-motion overload which hampered The Storm Warriors and other joint outings. As a result, though the film is still a bit too long, and could have used with some trimming (in particular some of the scenes of Tam simply sitting around and thinking), it still moves along at a decent pace and keeps the viewer reasonably gripped throughout.

The Detective 2 is definitely a worthy follow-up, and successfully gets around the problem of being the middle film in what looks certain to be a trilogy. Aaron Kwok is again good value for money in the lead, and the film makes for an entertainingly solid and offbeat mystery that should more than satisfy fans of the burgeoning franchise.

by James Mudge -

July 28, 2011

This professional review refers to The Detective 2 (2011) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Chan Tam is nearsighted, kind of dopey, wears entertaining shirts and solves crimes - of course he deserves to be the star of his own film franchise! Despite nobody really asking for it, Aaron Kwok returns as the "C+ Detective" in The Detective 2, a sequel to Oxide Pang's 2007 hit called, naturally, The Detective. During his time away from the screen, Tam has grown in his profession. His adventure in the original Detective earned him some notoriety, and his shirts are not as lousy as they used to be. Tam is now a "B+ Detective" (which the Chinese title notes), indicating that there's still some room to grow. Does Tam take the opportunity in Detective 2 to move up to "A" grade private dick status?

Not really, though Tam is clearly better than he was when he owned the "C+" label. Unlike the first film, where Tam bumbled, cowered and cajoled his way through cops and crimes, this time he's much more composed. Tam offers some wild theories but also some strong insights into his latest case, a series of grisly murders of seemingly unrelated individuals, among them a man with his naughty bits lopped off and a young woman with a blunt instrument shoved where it shouldn't be. Tam is drawn into the case by old pal and cop Chak (Liu Kai-Chi, returning from the first film), but he encounters red tape from Chak's haughty superior officer Lo (Patrick Tam), who besides not liking Chak also doesn't like near-sighted private detectives. No matter, Tam is game and doggedly seeks answers, his insights and guesswork eventually helping him solve the case. Woohoo! Spoiler!

Backing up a bit, it would be big surprise if Tam didn't solve this mystery because he has to do something before the much-hinted-at Detective 3 rolls around. The film ends with a huge set-up for another installment in Detective Tam's career, but we'll cover that when they actually make the sequel. For this installment, it's actually fun to see Kwok return as Tam, as it's a role that plays up Kwok's amusing dorkiness. Even though he's more capable and suave this time around, Tam still has some rough edges, which leads him to the occasional mistake or freak-out. Tam apparently has some fantastic abilities, too; sometimes, it seems that sitting around and thinking real hard allows Tam to psychically solve crimes. Those sequences are told with appreciable style, but regardless it's still a guy talking to himself and suddenly finding all the answers. It might work in books, but less so in movies.

Also, the film really isn't about Tam. The police investigation is told concurrently with the story of a disturbed young boy (Wang Ziyi), his adopted older sister (Ciwi Lam), and how the boy can't reconcile the loss of his parents. There's some parallel between the boy and Tam, as both are orphans, but while the connection helps solve the case, it doesn't really do anything for Tam. He doesn't change or grow as a result of what happens, making this Detective installment seem more like a TV episode than a self-contained film. That's not a flaw as much as a trimming of expectations, however, and when the pieces of the mystery together come together the end result is still a decent if minor thriller. There's reason for why the killer acts and neither the killer's identity nor motive comes out of left field. Pretty much the worst thing you can say about the film's mystery is that it's not that shocking or affecting. Basically, the emotional content is a little lacking. Silence of the Lambs this is not.

It's not like Oxide Pang is Jonathan Demme anyway. He's just a competent commercial filmmaker whose output has seen plenty of ups and downs - and considering that, this effort isn't so bad. As a one-off exercise (or three-off, if one is locked-in for the entire Detective trilogy), Detective 2 does suffice. Pang's use of style is welcome and effective, and some of the grislier moments are handled creatively. Also, as is usual with a Pang production, the art direction is top notch. The filmmakers make Thailand (that's where the Detective movies take place, not Hong Kong) look like the kind of hot, dirty place where an oddball private dick would be sweating and muttering while trying to solve multiple murders. Since it's only filler between a prequel and a sequel, and there isn't enough personal development for Kwok's character, Detective 2 feels rather light overall. But, as the ending indicates, there's more to come. Now let's see if it'll take another three-and-a-half years for them to make Detective 3.

by Kozo -

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Customer Review of "The Detective 2 (2011) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)

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August 20, 2014

This customer review refers to The Detective 2 (2011) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
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Better than its predecessor Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Aaron Kwok returns as down-market detective Chan Tam in director Oxide Pang's "The Detective 2". Chan is dodging loan sharks when his police inspector pal Chak (Liu Kai Chi) offers to pay him to assist in the investigation of particularly nasty murder. During the course of the investigation, another murder occurs, then another and another. While the killings appear unconnected, Chan suspects that they are related and that a serial killer must be responsible.

Solving the crimes is not Chan's only challenge. Chak's supervisor, Inspector Lo (Patrick Tam) wants Chan off the case and is willing to go to extraordinary lengths to send that message. Chan disregards Lo's threats and pursues his intuition that the murderer might have a split personality. Oxide Pang deploys his arsenal of horror-movie effects to illuminate Chan Tam's deductive skills and to stage an edge-of-the-seat stand-off between Chan and the killer, with lives hanging in the balance.

"The Detective 2" is a more effective film than its predecessor because it is singularly focused on the crimes and their solution; unlike the previous film, the viewer isn't distracted by superfluous shocks that bear little significance to the story. Aaron Kwok is superb, adding a brooding interior life to his unconventional character. Kwok is ably supported by Liu Kai Chi as the dogged Inspector Chak. The film's cinematography and editing provide gritty atmosphere and riveting action. At the end of the film a third 'Detective' film seems to be teased and I look forward to seeing it.
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