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Confession of Pain begins with a beautiful sequence of Hong Kong's night scene as viewers follow Tony Leung and Takeshi Kaneshiro dashing through Hong Kong's urban areas. The omnipresent Victoria Harbor, dazzling under the film's wonderful cinematography, reminds the audience that Confession of Pain may also be a film about the city of Hong Kong. Just like our protagonists, Hong Kong people are struggling to come to terms with memories of their traumatic past. Does confession bring about reconciliation after all the sufferings?
The film devoted more efforts into articulating a Hong Kong story rather than merely creating suspense, which is abundant in Hong Kong's recent wave of cop thrillers. The story starts in 2003 when inspector Bong (Takeshi Kaneshiro) discovers his girlfriend (Emme Wong) has committed suicide. He turns to alcohol for relief and resigns from his job to work as a private detective. Three years later, his old partner Hei (Tony Leung), now a rising star in the police force, learns that his billionaire father-in-law has been ruthlessly murdered. Hei's wife Susan (Xu Jinglei), refusing to believe in the police's version of her father's case, enlists Bong's support to uncover the truth...
|Product Title:||Confession Of Pain (Hong Kong Version) 傷城 (香港版) 伤城 (香港版) 傷だらけの男たち （傷城） （香港版） Confession Of Pain (Hong Kong Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Tony Leung Chiu Wai (Actor) | Kaneshiro Takeshi (Actor) | Shu Qi (Actor) | Xu Jing Lei (Actor) | Lai Yiu Fai | Chan Kwong Wing | Man Lim Chung | Felix Chong 梁 朝偉 (Actor) | 金城 武 (Actor) | 舒 淇 (Actor) | 徐靜蕾 (Actor) | 黎耀輝 | 陳光榮 | 文念中 | 莊 文強 梁 朝伟 (Actor) | 金城 武 (Actor) | 舒 淇 (Actor) | 徐静蕾 (Actor) | 黎耀辉 | 陈光荣 | 文念中 | 庄 文强 梁朝偉 （トニー・レオン） (Actor) | 金城武 (Actor) | 舒淇（スー・チー） (Actor) | 徐静蕾（シュー・ジンレイ） (Actor) | 黎耀輝（ライ・イウファイ） | 陳光榮 （チャン・クォンウィン） | 文念中（マンリム・チャン） | 莊文強（フェリックス・チョン） 양조위 (Actor) | 금성무 (Actor) | 서기 (Actor) | Xu Jing Lei (Actor) | Lai Yiu Fai | Chan Kwong Wing | Man Lim Chung | Felix Chong|
|Director:||Andrew Lau | Alan Mak 劉偉強 | 麥 兆輝 刘伟强 | 麦兆辉 劉偉強（アンドリュー・ラウ） | 麥兆輝（アラン・マック） Andrew Lau | Alan Mak|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese|
|Country of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.78 : 1|
|Sound Information:||Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM), DTS Extended Surround(TM) / DTS-ES(TM)|
|Disc Format(s):||DVD, DVD-9|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Publisher:||Mega Star (HK)|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1004590262|
* Sound Mix:
- Cantonesse: Dolby Digital EX 5.1, DTS ES6.1
- Mandarin: Dolby Digital 5.1
* DVD Type:
- Disc 1: DVD-9
- Disc 2: DVD-9
- Disc 1: The Movie
- Disc 2 - Special Features:
1. 製作特輯 Making of
2. 傷城部落 AV Blog
3. 傷城記者招待者會 Press Conference
4. 預告 Trailer
5. 電視廣告 TV Spot
6. 相片集 Photo Gallery
Director: Andrew Lau
In a city of love and prosperity, a city of lost hope and premature death, veteran detective Hei (TONY LEUNG CHIU-WAI) feels it all: the hurt, the helplessness, the horror. When his father-in-law, the billionaire benefactor Chau, is gruesomely murdered in his palatial mansion, he enlists the assistance of his former partner turned private detective, Bong (TAKESHI KANESHIRO).
But Bong has his own demon to fight. Ever since the suicide of his pregnant girlfriend, he has lost his joie de vivre, even though he still retains the finest instincts of a man hunter. As he digs deeper and deeper into the case, all evidence seems to point to Chau's daughter and Hei's hysterical wife, Susan. But then the killer ups the ante by murdering Susan as well. Bong starts grappling with the suspicion that the man they hunt is someone very close to them, someone on the verge of a total breakdown.
Like lost souls in a city of fallen angels, the cop, the private detective, and the killer are doing what they must. Every step of their journey takes them closer and closer to one another, until a shocking denouement in which no stone is left unturned and no one can escape unscathed.
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Professional Review of "Confession Of Pain (Hong Kong Version)"
This professional review refers to Confession Of Pain (Special Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
It was always going to be difficult for Andrew Lau and Alan Mak to move on from the international success of their Infernal Affairs trilogy, particularly with it attracting further attention as the source of the film which gave the Academy the excuse to award Scorcese an Oscar for The Departed. Perhaps unsurprisingly then, the creative team hasn't moved too far away from the cops and crime genre, turning in another glossy, stylish, colourful, award-winning cop drama, with a strong pairing of leads in Tony Leung and Takeshi Kaneshiro.
The film sets out its stall very nicely in the smooth prelude, introducing two cops who each in their own way find it difficult to handle the ugliness and pain of a senselessly violent world. Chief Hei (Tony Leung) is a cop who dispenses his own immediate justice on the perpetrator of a series of violent sexual crimes they have been tailing. Feeling that the law is ineffective, too caught up in paperwork and crime figure statistics, he is prepared to act outside the law to see justice done. On the same night, his clean-living, non-drinking colleague Bong (Takeshi Kaneshiro) is also brought harshly down to earth by the violent reality of the world they live in, devastated by the apparent suicide of his pregnant girlfriend Rachel.
The shock drives Bong out of the police service and he becomes an alcoholic Private Investigator who, in-between divorce and adultery cases, conducts his own investigation on the circumstances of that fateful night, trying to understand what drove Rachel to kill herself. Hei however moves on to better things and gets married. But when his wife's rich and influential father Chow and his butler are brutally killed, Hei's wife, who herself appears to be the target of a dangerous stalker, asks Bong to help out with the investigation.
Like Infernal Affairs, Confession of Pain is not so much concerned with unveiling any mystery figure - the killer's identity is made known to the viewer through a number of stylishly shot sequences, including one beautifully photographed in black-and-white as a reconstruction - as much as getting underneath the character's motivations and the psychological impact of dealing on a day-to-day basis with a world of murky activity, lies, double-dealing and extreme violence. Evidently, the characters' relationships with women come into play here - as much for the change of pace and tone as for rounding out the situation - showing the effect their work has on their ability to lead normal lives.
As far as that goes, Confession of Pain ticks off all the boxes for a perfectly pitched cop drama, meticulously plotted without too much complexity, clearly defining characters and their motivations, and delivering the situation with a sense of style. The production values are impressive, the Hong Kong location shooting is beautiful, the soundtrack seductive, but with the focus on characterisation, and in the absence of explosive action sequences and car chases, much then rests on the strength of the acting talent. Fortunately, the casting here is almost flawless, with both Leung and Kaneshiro delivering strong, charismatic performances. Inevitably, many will say that Shu Qi is wasted, being reduced to an eye-candy, love interest role - but, let's be honest, that's what she does best.
The flaws however seem to be within the actual characters themselves, the world-weariness of the lead characters certainly being justified and well explained within the film, but not really being enough to carry the weight of the film. Consequently, the film is rather one-note and lacking in any real tension, taking itself far more seriously and into Michael Mann territory than is really good for it.
A few more car chases or shoot-outs actually wouldn't have gone amiss here and been more in keeping with the glossy superficiality of the not particularly original crime/revenge plot. It's consequently slow in places, occasionally frustrating and never fully engages the viewer, but there is nonetheless much to admire in Confession of Pain's melancholic, elegant glide through its characters' pain and suffering.
by Noel Megahey - DVD Times
Confession of Pain is the new, much hyped thriller from dynamic directing duo Andrew Lau and Alan Mak, best known for their work on the Infernal Affairs series. Unfortunately, the film has not fared too well at the hands of critics, though arguably this has been down not only due to overly high hopes, but to the fact that the film, shrouded in secrecy for most of its production, had a great deal of its plot revealed before release, either through the press or though its cast, with actress Xu Jinglei annoyingly letting slip vital details regarding her character. Thankfully, the film remains highly enjoyable even for viewers forearmed with knowledge of its various twists and turns, and although uneven, it certainly provides enough in the way of thrills, spills and unlikely laughs to grab the attention.
Without giving too much of the plot away, the basic set up sees Tony Leung Chiu Wai as Hei, a top Hong Kong policeman soon to be married to Susan (Xu Jinglei), and Takeshi Kaneshiro as Bong, Hei's ex-colleague who has fallen into an alcoholic stupor following the suicide of his girlfriend some years back. After Susan's father and his servant are brutally murdered, she begins to see a stalker lurking in the shadows. She hires Bong to investigate, presumably due to some sense of loyalty rather than any display of competence on his part. As Hei stands around looking suspicious, Bong gradually draws nearer to solving the crime, one drink at a time. Needless to say, tragedy ensues.
Part of the problem with Confession of Pain is the fact that Lau and Mak have quite obviously aimed for a mass-appeal blockbuster, incorporating romance, action, mystery and comedy, and as a result the film ends up somewhere in the middle, neither one thing nor the other. Although the central mystery itself is engaging, it never really works to generate much tension, mainly due to the fact that even aside from any pre-release revelations, its twists are glaringly obvious from the start.
Thankfully, since Lau and Mak hedge their bets and at least attempt to add a few extra layers of complexity through a variety of character-driven subplots, this doesn't detract from things too much, and the film is still gripping, albeit in a rather pedestrian fashion. In fact, with so much going on, and with the plot developing in sudden, often illogical bursts, the film comes to resemble not the soul searching drama it seems to pride itself in being, but a faintly ludicrous, though highly entertaining soap opera.
The film's tone also veers around quite wildly, from bleak nihilism to slapstick comedy, with Chapman To's wacky policeman (who may as well have 'kick me' written on his back) and Shu Qi's daft, bubble-headed beer girl, who seems to have been written into the script solely for the convenience of always being in bars when Kaneshiro is drunk and needs to either flirt or moan. It is Kaneshiro's character that provides the film with its funniest moments, and arguably sums up the directors' approach to the subject matter, with Bong being a classic film-drunk who somehow manages to spend the entire running time pouring booze down his throat without seeming to suffer any ill effects. This case in point being a great scene where Bong engages in an acrobatic chase with a suspect after having consumed a vast quantity of hard liquor. Bravo, sir!
Despite such amusements, Lau and Mak seem to be harbouring the impression that Confession of Pain is a deeply profound and emotional affair, throwing in a great many shots of people staring glumly into the neon night, and building to a climax which practically begs the viewer to shed a tear or two, though with little success. Again, although this uncertain feel does make the proceedings rather chaotic, if anything the film is the better for it, and once the viewer realise that the kind of po-faced pondering that might have been expected is not going to emerge, the mix of laughs and tears work surprisingly well.
Holding Confession of Pain together is Lau and Mak's slick direction, which is tight if unspectacular throughout. Although they do drop the ball during a couple of scenes, and add in a few too many flashbacks for comfort (most of which involve the central murder being replayed from a variety of angles, even after the identity of the killer has been revealed), the film generally moves along at a brisk pace, with a few good action scenes and some startlingly brutal moments of violence being inserted to keep things lively. All of this gives the film the kind of glossy, blockbuster sheen which the duo were no doubt aiming for, though Confession of Pain would have benefited from a more gritty air which would perhaps have made its darker aspects more believable.
Still, even with such criticisms, Confession of Pain remains a solid thriller which makes up in laughs and overwrought emotions what it lacks in originality and coherence. Whilst some may berate Lau and Mak for pushing the film so determinedly into commercial territory, it could be argued that the results are far more fun, and indeed more entertaining than they would have been if the film had been played solely for artful doom and gloom. Certainly, the film is far better than the majority of similar Hong Kong productions, and with its undeniable air of quality and all-star cast, at the very least deserves to win recognition as an endearingly trashy pleasure rather than as a serious commentary on the human condition.
by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com
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March 16, 2007
|It wasn't the best but it was alright. It was abit confusing but i don't really admire action movies therefore i didn't enjoy as much as others. It got a little jumpy and hard to follow but in the end it was wierd.|
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March 14, 2007
Confession of Pain
|lovely cast...especially takeshi..eye candy. anyway.. no doubt a fine cast, but the script was quite poor - i found it to be too far fetched and exaggerated.|
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February 26, 2007
an alright movie
the plot of this movie is a bit better than the other movies i've been seeing lately..but not too exceptional
it's about solving mysteries..revenge..and how everything links to saddness and pain
both male lead roles showed great acting skills
tony's wife character was performed okay
shu qi didn't have much of a role in this movie..i think she should play tony leung's wife character instead..that would've made the movie more interesting
this movie isn't too slow either..there are some silent scenes..but they're not lengthy..so u keep attended
and this movie isn't too confusing too..they explain everything in the end..and you know about the murder case at the beginning already..but it did made me a bit confused cause i didn't get the overall picture that was going on as the director was giving out little pieces of information at a time..
overall..it's an okay movie..but not great