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Aaron Kwok (Actor) | Liu Kai Chi (Actor) | Kiki Sheung (Actor) | Pang Brothers
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The Detective (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
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Aaron Kwok continues his streak of winning performances with Oxide Pang's The Detective. Set in Thailand, Kwok's latest outing is an immensely entertaining suspense thriller bearing the unmistakable Pang Bros. signature. Bolstered by atmospheric set design and commanding music, the film spins plentiful jumps and scares from an unsettling narrative that keeps the audience at the edge of their seats. Fresh off consecutive Best Actor wins at the Golden Horse Awards for Divergence and After This Our Exile, Kwok is perfectly charismatic and at ease as a laid-back Thai-Chinese detective pulled into a mysterious murder case. Kwok is supported by talented character actors Liu Kai Chi (Infernal Affairs 2), Kenny Wong (Gong Tau), Wayne Lai, Kiki Sheung, and Jo Koo, as well as long-time-no-see faces like Shing Fui On and former pop starlet Elle Choi.

Holding shop from a small dinky office, near-sighted, debt-ridden private detective Tam (Aaron Kwok) talks big, but does small business. He gets an interesting new job when hard-drinking friend Lung (Shing Fui Oi) shows up one day with the picture of a woman whom he claims is trying to kill him. Unable to locate the woman, Tam starts looking up her acquaintances, but he seems to always be in the wrong place at the right time. At his first stop, he walks into a man hanging from the ceiling, the first of many dead bodies he stumbles upon. Tam becomes increasingly obsessed with finding the truth behind the mysterious deaths, but digging too deep could have dangerous consequences.

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Product Title: The Detective (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) C+偵探 (DVD) (香港版) C+侦探 (DVD) (香港版) C+偵探 (DVD) (香港版) The Detective (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Aaron Kwok (Actor) | Liu Kai Chi (Actor) | Kiki Sheung (Actor) | Pang Brothers | Wayne Lai | Shing Fui On | Elle Choi | Kenny Wong | Jo Koo (Actor) | Liu Shao Ming 郭富城 (Actor) | 廖啟智 (Actor) | 商天娥 (Actor) | 彭氏兄弟 | 黎耀祥 | 成奎安 | 蔡雪敏 小雪 | 黃德斌 | 谷祖琳 (Actor) | 劉紹銘 郭富城 (Actor) | 廖启智 (Actor) | 商天娥 (Actor) | Pang Brothers | 黎耀祥 | 成奎安 | 蔡雪敏 小雪 | 黄德斌 | 谷祖琳 (Actor) | 刘绍铭 郭富城 (アーロン・コック) (Actor) | 廖啓智(リウ・カイチー) (Actor) | 商天娥(ション・ティンオー) (Actor) | 彭氏兄弟 (パン・ブラザーズ) | ライ・ユーチョン | 成奎安(シン・フィオン) | 小雪(エル) | 黄徳斌(ケニー・ウォン) | 谷祖琳 (ジョー・コク) (Actor) | Liu Shao Ming 곽부성 (Actor) | 요 계지 (Actor) | Kiki Sheung (Actor) | Pang Brothers | Wayne Lai | Shing Fui On | Elle Choi | Kenny Wong | Jo Koo (Actor) | Liu Shao Ming
Director: Oxide Pang 彭順 彭 顺 彭順(オキサイド・パン) Oxide Pang
Release Date: 2007-11-22
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 110 (mins)
Publisher: Universe Laser (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1005065344

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* Screen Format: Widescreen
* Sound Mix: DTS, Dolby Digital 5.1
* DVD Type: DVD-9

Director: Oxide Pang



Knowing that Sum (the lady in the picture) is a frequent visitor of the store where the picture being shot, he tries to get hints of her whereabouts from the mouth of the store keepers. He is told to find Sum starting from her mahjong playmate. Tam starts with Ming; he arrives at Ming's home and is shocked by the scene in front of him, Ming is being hanged at the living room! Tam finds a number of photos saved in Ming's cell phone, identified Ying, another playmate in the store. Tam believes Ying is innocent but gets the clues it may be involved with Ming's business partner, Fong. Tam follows the clues and found Fong's address. Fong is found death by burning charcoal! Later, his buddy, a police officer Jack confirms both cases are suicide case due to big debts. One thing unresolved is they found a large amount of cash at each of the victims' houses.
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November 1, 2007

The Pang Brothers return to form. Or at least they deliver a movie that doesn't squander its potential. The once-acclaimed wunderkind filmmakers have seen their stock steadily decline since 2002's The Eye, what with that film's uninspiring sequels, plus the Pangs' solo projects which alternately intrigue and infuriate. Directed by Oxide Pang, The Detective manages to intrigue but not infuriate, and uses the tried-and-true Pang style for a mostly refreshing genre experience unlike what one usually sees from the Pang Brothers. Add in a sweaty and entertaining performance by Aaron Kwok, the trademark messy-beautiful Pang Brothers look, an oddly effective discordant soundtrack, and a decent story, and you have a solid, if not spectacular commercial film that seems pretty darn good because most Hong Kong movies aren't anymore. There's not much here that's very new, but that's okay because originality is hard to come by. It's all relative over here, and relatively speaking, The Detective is a fine little movie.

Aaron Kwok stars as Tam, a rumpled, nearsighted detective in Thailand who's not as much seedy as he is simply sloppy. Tam could have been a cop, but his poor vision has relegated him to a private dick that follows adulterers and other assorted minor rule-breakers. His new case, however, is a doozy. Freaked-out acquaintance Lung (Shing Fui-On) shows up and is willing to pay whatever price Tam requires for him to find a woman named Sum. Lung maintains that Sum is trying to kill him, and provides a single photo for him to begin his investigation. Tam happily takes the case, and begins to investigate, leading to a deepening mystery that only gets murkier as he progresses. First of all, nobody has seemingly seen Sum in days, and each new lead Tam follows usually uncovers a dead body or possible mortal danger. The discoveries are related in the usual Pang bombastic fashion, meaning loud drum beats, sometimes surprising shock cuts, and twitchy camera movements meant to amp up the suspense.

The style works, because unlike older Pang efforts, the tension isn't created by some ghost that's usually harmless, but by the discovery of dead bodies or sudden physical danger that could put Tam in the hospital, or worse. Oxide Pang effectively puts the audience inside Tam's shoes, using copious style to convey the tension and even paranoia Tam must be feeling. Aiding matters is Aaron Kwok, whose jaunty demeanor and popstar smile are used to create a character who's less clever than he pretends to be, and may ultimately be somewhat of a dork. Tam is an earnest, but not very smart detective, as he frequently finds himself in danger, or simply bothering the cops too much, as pointed out by cop friend Chak (the entertaining Liu Kai-Chi). The Chinese title of the film translates as "C+ Detective", which is also Cantonese wordplay for "Private Detective", telling you pretty much all there is to know about Tam. He's not very successful, a detail elucidated by his backstory, involving the disappearance of his parents and how he was never able to find them. His current vocation is due largely to this troubled past, and though the ensuing years haven't brought much success, he's still trying. The idea here is that the deepening mystery will bring understanding and even redemption of Tam's character. If Tam is lucky, he'll solve the case too.

Still, despite the generous territory covered by the film's screenplay, the character of Tam isn't connected to the film's mystery in a convincing manner. There's an attempt to give Tam a personal stake in the case, but details seem tacked on. Ultimately, The Detective is less substance than style - though the style seems to be enough to tide us through this time. Unlike other style-over-substance Pang Brothers works, The Detective doesn't provide out-of-nowhere twists or left-field surprises that undermine what came before, and manages to stay on-track with the film's narrative. Oxide Pang keeps the film moving in entertaining fashion, delivering red herrings and quirky characters in quick succession. Jo Koo has a brief part as a sexed-up suspect, and appearances by all sorts of Hong Kong entertainment faces, including the long-missing Elle Choi, former TVB starlet Kiki Sheung, current TVB fixture Lai Yiu-Cheung, and Big Sillyhead himself, Shing Fui-On, add to the fun factor. The investigation itself is a lot of Aaron Kwok staring at photos, writing on a chalkboard, or keying through his mobile phone, but Kwok makes the character work by never overacting, and frequently allows his entertaining wardrobe and apparent ineptness upstage him. Let it be said: Aaron Kwok is now worth watching in Hong Kong movies. This may not have been true before Divergence, but it's certainly true now - acting awards or not. Kwok probably shouldn't get an acting award for The Detective, but that's more a fault of the material than the actor himself.

As a Pang Brothers production, The Detective is a step in the right direction as it mostly deviates from their previous genres. The film may even fool some viewers who aren't expecting any sort of twists, though truthfully, some details are a bit muddled. The film has a rather intricate series of events that don't entirely hold up under scrutiny, and Oxide Pang seemingly knows this, adding a couple of flashbacks at the end of the film to explain things more clearly. The problem is that this extra detail makes the film drag unnecessarily, plus there are still many events in the film that remain ambiguous. The result is a film that's more of a ride than a complete experience, but Oxide Pang puts together a very enjoyable ride, from the manipulated tension to his dirty, meticulously art-directed vision of Thailand. This isn't the next coming of The Eye, but for Hong Kong commercial film, it's a solid piece of work. Together and on their own, the Pangs have made numerous missteps during their prolific filmography, but they undeniably have filmmaking talent. The Detective at least reminds us of that.

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10 (2)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.8 out of 10 (4)

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May 28, 2009

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It is different Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I thought this was a comedy. So, I was surprised at the storyline and it made me want to finish it all at one time. I like
the color of the film. Felt like an old movie. I like the fact that it was filmed in Thailand. It sures gives it a different feel
,like the language and the elephant being run over. Oveall it is a little spooky for me but I am sure people who are
looking for spooky movie will love it.
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May 6, 2008

Thinktective Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
Aaron has proven that other than having his good looks, he can sing, dance and most of all - Act. This thriller is worth checking out. Watch how Aaron cracks the case with his analytical mind and a Nokia N95 camera phone. A twist at the end or rather a new beginning at the end.
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December 27, 2007

Mystery Pound Like Heart Bea Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
Yeah ! This movie is pretty good. I didn't expect Aaron kwok would be that good in it. He is into the character. All the way suspend from begining til the end.
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December 10, 2007

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Complex murder mystery Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
In "The Detective", Aaron Kwok plays a downmarket private detective who is hired by a seemingly insane Kenny Wong to track down a woman who Wong believes is out to kill him. This task leads Kwok down a series of blind alleys, alleys that always seem to include another corpse.

Director Oxide Pang bathes the movie in pallid yellows and greens, giving it the washed-out Christopher Doyle look that quickly is becoming overdone. Pang also relies overly much on standard horror movie techniques to give the viewer an occasional shock.

In the course of seeking to track down the woman, Kwok nearly gets smashed by a falling refrigerator, nearly gets run down by a speeding truck, nearly gets shot, and nearly gets blown up, all of which contribute nothing to solving the mystery, but basically serve to manipulate the audience. Indeed, we never learn who is responsible for the falling refrigerator, the speeding truck, or the gunshots.

Kwok also commandeers a car in order to chase a man he (wrongly) suspects of being a murderer. In the course of the chase, a taxi gets squashed and the man being chased ends up crashing into an elephant, resulting in the death of both man and elephant. Yet, for some reason, Kwok doesn't even get a traffic ticket for this absurd sequence.

In the hands of a more skilled director, "The Detective" could have been a gem. On the plus side, Kwok gives an effective performance and the film is action-packed and atmospheric. Unfortunately, Oxide Pang's film is freighted with a leaden script and loads of heavy-handed horror movie techniques.

If you seek an atmospheric thrill ride, then you will enjoy "The Detective". If you seek a classic detective story, well, this ain't no "Chinatown".
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