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Cranky blind detective Johnston (Andy Lau) was once the ace of the police force, but he was forced to retire after losing his eyesight. He continues to investigate cases on his own in hopes of collecting bounty money. While tailing a suspect, Johnston meets bumbling police officer Ho Ka Tung (Sammi Cheng). She hires him to solve a mystery that has haunted her for many years: the disappearance of a childhood friend. Johnston, who gets into the mind of the criminal by reenacting crime scenes, teaches Ka Tung the ropes while stringing her along to help with his own cases. As they dig deeper into the clues, they realize that Ka Tung's friend may be one of many missing women linked to a serial murder case.
|Product Title:||Blind Detective (2013) (DVD) (Malaysia Version) 盲探 (2013) (DVD) (馬來西亞版) 盲探 (2013) (DVD) (马来西亚版) Blind Detective (2013) (DVD) (Malaysia Version) Blind Detective (2013) (DVD) (Malaysia Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Sammi Cheng (Actor) | Andy Lau (Actor) | Philip Keung (Actor) | Guo Tao (Actor) | Gao Yuan Yuan (Actor) | Lam Suet (Actor) | Ma Tai Lau (Actor) | Lo Hoi Pang (Actor) | MiMi Chu (Actor) | Lu Fen (Actor) | Chun Wong (Actor) | Wong Man Wai (Actor) | Zi Yi (Actor) 鄭秀文 (Actor) | 劉 德華 (Actor) | 姜浩文 (Actor) | 郭濤 (Actor) | 高圓圓 (Actor) | 林雪 (Actor) | 馬蹄露 (Actor) | 盧海鵬 (Actor) | 朱咪咪 (Actor) | 魯芬 (Actor) | 秦煌 (Actor) | 黃文慧 (Actor) | 子義 (Actor) 郑秀文 (Actor) | 刘 德华 (Actor) | 姜浩文 (Actor) | 郭 涛 (Actor) | 高圆圆 (Actor) | 林雪 (Actor) | 马蹄露 (Actor) | 卢海鹏 (Actor) | 朱咪咪 (Actor) | 鲁芬 (Actor) | 秦煌 (Actor) | 黄文慧 (Actor) | 子义 (Actor) 鄭秀文 （サミー・チェン） (Actor) | 劉徳華 （アンディ・ラウ） (Actor) | 姜皓文（キョン・ヒウマン） (Actor) | 郭濤（グオ・タオ） (Actor) | 高圓圓 （カオ・ユアンユアン） (Actor) | 林雪 （ラム・シュー） (Actor) | 馬蹄露（マー・タイロー） (Actor) | 廬海鵬（ロー・ホイパン） (Actor) | 朱咪咪 （チュー・マイマイ） (Actor) | 魯芬（ルー・フェン） (Actor) | Chun Wong (Actor) | Wong Man Wai (Actor) | Zi Yi (Actor) Sammi Cheng (Actor) | 유덕화 (Actor) | Philip Keung (Actor) | Guo Tao (Actor) | Gao Yuan Yuan (Actor) | Lam Suet (Actor) | Ma Tai Lau (Actor) | Lo Hoi Pang (Actor) | MiMi Chu (Actor) | Lu Fen (Actor) | Chun Wong (Actor) | Wong Man Wai (Actor) | Zi Yi (Actor)|
|Director:||Johnnie To | Wai Ka Fai 杜琪峰 | 韋家輝 杜琪峰 | 韦家辉 杜琪峰 （ジョニー・トー） | 韋家輝 （ワイ・カーファイ） Johnnie To | Wai Ka Fai|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese, Malay|
|Place of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Publisher:||PMP Entertainment (M) SDN. BHD.|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1034099512|
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Who wants to play it safe? Not Johnnie To and Wai Ka-Fai, apparently. To and Wai reunite with stars Sammi Cheng and Andy Lau for the crime comedy Blind Detective, which should have been an easy-to-please commercial laffer. After all, the pair starred in the To-Wai (let's call them ToWai) romcoms Love on a Diet and Needing You, which were Milkyway Image's biggest commercial hits and are exceptionally beloved by Hong Kong audiences. The pair's third Milkyway Image film, Yesterday Once More, featured more irony, a clever but not very happy ending, and a much smaller box office take. Conventional wisdom suggests regression for the fourth ToWai-Andy-Sammi collaboration, but Blind Detective instead offers an extreme mishmash of familiar Milkyway Image ideas delivered with in-your-face Cantonese comedy execution. The result is intriguing but divisive, entertaining but ugly, and the textbook definition of a mixed bag. Given that Blind Detective could have been a repeat of ToWai's romcoms, it's admirable that something this ambitious and unwieldy was even attempted.
The premise: blind detective Johnston (Andy Lau) used to be a cop but since losing his sight he now earns a living solving cold cases and collecting bounties. However, Johnston is still renowned for his keen investigation skills, which involve the unusual technique of emotionally reenacting crime scenes to determine motive and deduce events. Johnston is hired by cop Ho Ka-Tung (Sammi Cheng) to school her in investigation and also help her solve a years-old mystery: the whereabouts of Ho's childhood friend Minnie, who hasn't been seen since secondary school. Ho's pleas — and her acceptance of his excessive one million HK dollar price tag — convinces Johnston to begin teaching Ho his unique methods in hopes of finding Minnie. Plus, if they solve a few of his outstanding cases along the way, he might be able to collect some bounties and pay for the expensive wines and dinners he favors so much. Also: romance.
Blind Detective initially comes across like the sort of crimer that appeals to Milkyway Image's international fans, but ToWai slant the film towards broad comedy rather than dark quirkiness. The edgy stuff has familiar power; the crimes feature grisly, sometimes disturbing details that recall Running on Karma, while Johnston's investigation-via-pantomime is only a shade removed from the self-mutilating crime-solving practiced by Bun (Lau Ching-Wan) in Mad Detective. Johnston even experiences visions, just like the protagonists of both films. One case, involving the serial murders of broken-hearted women, reaches an abrupt, unsettling climax complete with a brief gunplay flourish that should please genre fans. Visual style is also familiar, mixing the cool Milkyway Image visual aesthetic with garish lighting and filtered visuals for imagined sequences. The repeated ideas and motifs mark the film as a ToWai product for sure, though the recycling gets so pervasive that it ultimately becomes something of a double-edged sword. New things are always nice.
The greatest hits vibe extends to the comedy, with the caveat being that these are not the greatest hits that everyone (particularly international audiences) will enjoy. Both Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng perform in exceptionally broad strokes, overacting both physically and verbally to such an extent that audiences may feel assaulted. Comic violence, exaggerated cuteness from Cheng, posing and shouting from Lau — this is fairly common behavior from both in ToWai films, but it's usually in comedies like Love on a Diet, where Lau and Cheng overdid the histrionics while wearing fat suits. This stuff is love-it-or-hate-it; HK entertainment fans may giggle at the Sammi-isms and Andy-isms, while self-proclaimed cultured cineastes may ask "Why all the damn screeching?" This is an issue where audiences will have to agree to disagree, and despite being somewhat irritating, Lau and Cheng do share a comfortable chemistry. An Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng pairing engenders certain expectations, so having the two engage in familiar star-driven behavior makes sense.
The problem then is that ToWai don't handle Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng as effectively as they previously did. As in the first two ToWai-Andy-Sammi films, the filmmakers employ Andy-isms and Sammi-isms for fan service, but the visual development of their relationship is missing. In Needing You you could see Lau's character fall in love with Cheng, and you could also see why. Here, love is voiced overtly and not gradually discovered — the antithesis of what a good ToWai romance accomplishes. Also, Johnston comes off poorly, appearing as an arrogant and superficial snob who loudly demands an attractive wife to show off to his sight-enabled friends. Sammi Cheng is much more likable here than Andy Lau, but her trademark romcom mannerisms, which include babytalk and other too-cute expressions, are not as charming as they once were. To and Cheng would have been smart to update Cheng's image for her age (she's now in her early forties) rather than repeat stuff she did over a decade ago.
The good: well, there's actually a surprising amount. The film's comedic riff on Mad Detective provides plenty of overacting opportunities, but some of the deduction that occurs is genuinely smart. An early sequence, where Johnston and Ho attempt to solve a murder in a morgue, alternates between manic and revelatory, as the repeated pantomime uncovers surprising holes in the case. There's also creativity present in the film's karmic circle, which ties generations of murderers together through key plot details. As Johnston's dance teacher dream girl, Gao Yuanyuan is striking in the scant screentime that she receives, and Guo Tao is convincingly dopey and cool as Johnston's former partner. Also, a number of familiar Milkyway Image players show up in supporting roles. There are even rewards found in the overacting. One scene features Sammi Cheng chain-smoking and spitting out endless profanities and it does amuse in that loud Canto-comedy way. Yes, it's not for everyone, but those who dig it should be in stitches.
At two-plus hours, Blind Detective is somewhat of a chore to get through, but enough surprise exists to make it a solid curiosity for Milkyway Image fans who are genuinely interested in everything they produce, and not just the crime films fawned over by film geeks. Unlike Johnnie To's original fanboy valentine Exiled, Blind Detective draws from a wider range of Milkyway Image films, leading to a rich, overstuffed and occasionally unfathomable beast. There's great stuff here, like the crime scene re-enactment (which is basically a meta-riff on method acting), the darker twists (some crimes are genuinely chilling), and just the sight of Sammi Cheng and Andy Lau together again. This one is for the fans — that is, all the fans and probably even Johnnie To himself. Why else would the film include the over-the-top, near-gluttonous fixation on food besides it being a reflection of To's real-life passion for eating? Blind Detective is Milkyway Image overindulgence supreme and will tickle some of their fans some of the time. But all their fans all of the time? Much less likely.
by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com
Customer Review of "Blind Detective (2013) (DVD) (Malaysia Version)"
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August 28, 2014
This customer review refers to Blind Detective (2013) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
When director Johnnie To chooses to take audiences on a wild cinematic ride, climb aboard. His off-beat films, like "My Left Eye Sees Ghosts", "Running on Karma", and "Mad Detective", take big risks and usually pay big dividends; they are never boring. It's safe to say that no one will be bored with the thoroughly peculiar "Blind Detective".
The film opens with Officer Szeto (Guo Tao), perched above a Hong Kong street scene, attempting to track a blind man named Johnston (Andy Lau). Johnston is a bounty-hunting master detective who, until he became blind, was Szeto's partner on the police force. Szeto sends inept police detective Ho Ka Tung (Sammi Cheng) to get a closer look at who Johnston might be following. Johnston is on the heels of a crazed fat man who has been dumping acid on pedestrians from atop buildings. Szeto swoops in for the arrest and thereby cheats Johnston out of claiming the reward offered for identifying him. (This arrest foreshadows another betrayal by Szeto.)
Ka Tung is astounded at Johnston's powers of detection and hopes that her own skills might benefit from watching him work. She hires him to help her find a long-lost schoolfriend, Minnie. Johnston exploits the situation by enjoying many an expensive meal at her expense and using her time to pursue his own bounty-hunting exploits. Along the way they cross paths with a hermit-like serial killer, a taxi driver (Lam Suet) who kills his rides, and Minnie's very crazy grandmother whose over the top behavior proves to be another foreshadowing. A particularly good sequence involves a visit to a morgue by Johnston and Ka Tung; the scene brilliantly captures Johnston's crime-solving techniques, while delivering laughs and chills.
The search for Minnie winds up in Zhuhai, where Ka Tung and Johnston find themselves embroiled in an adulterous struggle amongst another of Ka Tung's old schoolmates, his business partner, the partner's wife, and a mysterious pink-haired woman. En route to this destination, the film mixes action, slapstick comedy, suspense, and horror in ways that shouldn't make sense, but ultimately do. Sammi Cheng and Andy Lau handle with aplomb the movie's many shifts in tone; their trust in each other's abilities is obvious. Sammi's physical comedy kept me laughing. Some viewers may be frustrated by this mish-mash of a movie. I say, relax and enjoy the ride.