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Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Daniel Wu (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Michael Wong
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One of the biggest Chinese blockbusters of 2009, Overheard is the latest police thriller from writer-directors Alan Mak and Felix Chong, who last collaborated on Lady Cop & Papa Crook. Building from a topic that feels especially relevant in the current economic climate, Overheard opens as a case of financial crime that escalates uncontrollably into violence and devastation. Three of Hong Kong's most popular leading men - Lau Ching Wan (Written), Louis Koo (Connected), and Daniel Wu (Shinjuku Incident) - play morally conflicted cops in this tense, unpredictable crime thriller. Co-produced by Derek Yee, Overheard also gets the top-notch supporting cast of Alex Fong Chung Sun (If You Are The One), Zhang Jingchu (Beast Stalker), Waise Lee (A Better Tomorrow), Lam Ka Wah (Look for a Star), pop idol William Chan in his film debut, and Michael Wong in an over-the-top scene-stealing turn as the nefarious businessman.

Cops Johnny (Lau Ching Wan), Gene (Louis Koo), and Max (Daniel Wu) are part of a special task force investigating a business firm that engages in financial crimes. While monitoring slimy executive Low (Waise Lee), Gene overhears an illegal stock tip. Street-smart Gene is married with kids, one of whom is battling cancer, and he himself has just been diagnosed with a terminal illness; he desperately wants to leave money behind for his family. Clean-cut Max is soon marrying into an overbearing rich family, and wants to prove himself financially. The two decide to make a gamble, and throw their life savings into the stock. Johnny who's harboring some secrets of his own - he's seeing the estranged wife (Zhang Jingchu) of his superior (Alex Fong) - covers for them. For these three cops who have always played it straight, all it takes is one wrong step to send them into a vicious crime spiral of no return.

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Product Title: Overheard (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 竊聽風雲 (DVD) (香港版) 窃听风云 (DVD) (香港版) 竊聽風雲 (香港版) Overheard (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Daniel Wu (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Michael Wong | Alex Fong Chung Sun (Actor) | Zhang Jing Chu (Actor) | Anthony Pun | Stephen Au | Waise Lee | William Chan | Yeung Ling | Lam Ka Wah | Felix Lok | Fong Ping 劉 青雲 (Actor) | 吳彥祖 (Actor) | 古天樂 (Actor) | 王敏德 | 方中信 (Actor) | 張 靜初 (Actor) | 潘耀明 | 歐 錦棠 | 李子雄 | 陳 偉霆 | 楊羚 | 林嘉華 | 駱應鈞 | 方平 刘 青云 (Actor) | 吴彦祖 (Actor) | 古天乐 (Actor) | 王敏德 | 方中信 (Actor) | 张 静初 (Actor) | 潘耀明 | 欧 锦棠 | 李子雄 | 陈 伟霆 | 杨羚 | 林嘉华 | 骆应钧 | 方平 劉青雲(ラウ・チンワン) (Actor) | 呉彦祖 (ダニエル・ウー)  (Actor) | 古天樂 (ルイス・クー) (Actor) | 王敏徳 (マイケル・ウォン) | 方中信(アレックス・フォン) (Actor) | 張静初(チャン・ジンチュウ) (Actor) | 潘耀明 (アンソニー・プン) | 欧錦棠(オー・カムトン) | 李子雄(レイ・チーホン) | 陳偉霆 (ウィリアム・チャン) | 楊羚(ヨン・リン) | 林嘉華(ラム・カーワー) | Felix Lok | Fong Ping Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Daniel Wu (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Michael Wong | 방중신 (Actor) | Zhang Jing Chu (Actor) | Anthony Pun | Stephen Au | Waise Lee | William Chan | Yeung Ling | Lam Ka Wah | Felix Lok | Fong Ping
Director: Alan Mak | Felix Chong 麥 兆輝 | 莊 文強 麦兆辉 | 庄 文强 麥兆輝(アラン・マック) | 莊文強(フェリックス・チョン) Alan Mak | Felix Chong
Producer: Derek Yee | Fong Ping 爾 冬陞 | 方平 尔 冬升 | 方平 爾冬隆(イー・トンシン) | Fong Ping Derek Yee | Fong Ping
Release Date: 2009-10-05
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Closed Captioning: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS Extended Surround(TM) / DTS-ES(TM)
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Duration: 100 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1020582840

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Director : Felix Chong

The interception team at the Criminal Intelligence Bureau is sent in. Led by Inspector Leung Chun-Yi(by Lau Ching-wan), the team has veteran cop Yeung Jen(by Louis Koo) and the young rookie Lam Yat-Cheung(by Daniel Wu), They infiltrate Feng Hua International to install interception devices and start to monitor the company’s phone traffic. Three cops become increasingly thrilled by the secrets they heard while conducting surveillance on a listed company, without knowing the blood and danger awaiting them.
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Professional Review of "Overheard (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

September 21, 2009

This professional review refers to Overheard (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Writer-director pair Alan Mak and Felix Chong have improved...at getting along with China. Their last film, Lady Cop and Papa Crook, was famously delayed for six months because it couldn't gain approval from Chinese censors, and the resulting film was bewildering, schizophrenic and an unqualified disappointment. The duo's new thriller, Overheard, could have had similar issues, as is it concerns a trio of cops (Lau Ching-Wan, Daniel Wu, Louis Koo) who embark on a deepening series of crimes. Despite being fundamentally decent men, the cops should be punished according to the usual "someone must pay" rules outlined by SARFT (State Administration of Radio, Film and Television). Not to give Overheard away, but any and all wrongdoers in the film do somehow pay. However, even with that restrictive framework, Mak and Chong deliver tension and even some surprise, and Overheard manages to entertain if not completely impress. And anyway, they hit a home run by casting Michael Wong. More on that later.

Johnny (Lau Ching-Wan), Gene (Louis Koo) and Max (Daniel Wu) are three cops working for the CCB (Commercial Crime Bureau), yet another one of Hong Kong's numerous law enforcement acronyms. They're part of a special team tasked with spying on business firm E&T, who may be guilty of illegal stock fixing as well as general sliminess. The cops conduct their investigation by placing hidden cameras and microphones in the E&T offices, plus they can also eavesdrop on E&T execs through their powered-on, but not engaged mobile phones. The job has its voyeuristic bonuses; besides peeping at sleazy executive Mr. Low (Waise Lee) ravishing his mistress (Queenie Chu), the guys can also spy on the soap opera shenanigans of their fellow cops (Sun Boy'z member William Chan and Sharon Luk) by tapping into their phones. Also, if they're smart, the cops can pick up tips on E&T's illegal stock fixing, erase the offending recordings and then cash in with some off-hours stock trading. Of course, doing so is totally unethical, and would be a bad move for anyone who claims to be a law enforcer - like our three heroes.

Then again, if our protagonists didn't partake in a little corruption then there wouldn't be a movie. Besides, the men have their reasons - for starters, Gene's son suffers from cancer, and Gene himself has a terminal disease and will die in approximately a year. Already low on cash, Gene wants to leave his family with enough money after he's gone. Max is about to marry into money, but his feelings of inadequacy prompt him make his own fortune - illegal though it may be. Johnny is the lone holdout, a righteous cop who nevertheless has his own moral quandary; he's dating Mandy (Zhang Jingchu), the estranged wife of his cop buddy Kelvin (Alex Fong Chung-Sun). Johnny understands the conflicted emotions and even the shame involved in lying to your friends and co-workers, and despite trying to maintain a strong resolve, he can't bring himself to rat on either Gene or Max. Ultimately, he turns somewhat of a blind eye. That is, until the scheme spirals completely out of control, threatening the lives of E&T execs, the careers of the three cops, and perhaps their own lives, too. How bad will these good cops go to save their own skins?

The answer: far enough. Once the bad circumstances start piling up, the three cops find themselves over their heads, and Mak and Chong manage some solid tension from the characters' increasing conflict. Part of the tension derives from wondering just what they'll do, and the guys are likable enough that one may even root for them to get away with their crimes. However, a lot of that sympathy also comes from the film’s headlining stars. Overheard is exceptionally well-cast. Daniel Wu perfectly embodies the naive younger cop while Louis Koo plays to his acting strengths as the harried, nervous and desperate member of the trio. Lau Ching-Wan anchors the whole film, bringing a righteous presence as well as an opacity that makes him both dangerous and compelling. The supporting performances are strong too, from Lam Ka-Wah as the all-business superior officer to Zhang Jingchu in a small, yet solid turn as the woman in the middle. Technical credits are terrific, with only Chan Kwong-Wing's score sometimes going a mite overboard. There are debits concerning awkward exposition and pacing, but overall this is a solid, professional production.

Well, almost. Mak and Chong have cast a lot of interesting faces in smaller roles, including a number of TVB stars, but one casting decision was balls-to-the-wall insane. The powers that be cast none other than Michael Fitzgerald Wong as Mr. Ma, the evil executive masterminding all the bad business shenanigans. Wong is physically good in the part, his newfound middle age giving him an appropriately oily heft. However, he blows the rest; his performance is a clinic of bad acting that makes portions of Overheard into high comedy. As usual, Wong alternates Cantonese sentences with English ones, delivering scene-chewing dialogue that's so out of place that one wonders if he didn't write it himself. He also explodes in anger like a spoiled kid denied a new toy, and at one moment even shrieks in terror like a little girl. It's a terrible performance, but still very entertaining, as it gives Overheard a watchable, B-movie vibe that makes the film strangely more fun than it might have been. With Wong it's harder to take the film seriously, but without him? Who knows, the film could have been a whole lot more boring.

Aside from Wong's epic non-acting, Overheard is a remarkably consistent experience - which is both a good and bad thing, really. The good is that it delivers a solid and focused thriller that should resonate with the money-obsessed Hong Kong audience. The negative is that the film's adherence to narrative convention is sometimes transparent. The first act features a lot of obvious exposition, and the required maudlin moments don't affect beyond the most superficial level. However, Mak and Chong get the suspense right, and even find a way to work with SARFT's stringent rules. Nowadays, watching a China-approved crime thriller is like watching a romantic comedy - you know what will happen, the only question is how the filmmakers will get there. Overheard wins that battle; there’s never any doubt that all the bad guys - or good guys who did a little bad - will pay, and yet Mak and Chong milk the situations properly and keep the audience guessing long enough that entertainment can be had. Overheard isn't Infernal Affairs, but it may be proof that some Hong Kong filmmakers are learning how to excel despite the dreaded China compromise. That alone makes it worthwhile.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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Customer Review of "Overheard (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)

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August 12, 2009

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Eavesdropping by another name Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
What started out as a simple 'bug, listen & get the crooks' surveillance eventuate in dire consequences for 3 good pals running the main operation. I like the opening sequence as it really puts me into suspense mode and have that 'what's going to happen next' feeling. And I was definitely not disappointed.

Sean Lau portrayed a well-liked team leader (complications with his lovelife) in his surveillance team comprising of 'old hand' & buddy Louis Khoo (married with children, stretched finances because of medical bills) and rookie Daniel Wu (engaged to be married to a wealthy girl, his future father-in-law thinks he should quit the force and work for him instead for better prestige and money). All 3 friends have their personal problems to sort out. However, during this high tech operation what they 'overheard' would change their lives in a short space of 3 weeks. Their integrity, honesty, loyalty, friendship & love were questioned and the end result was a huge price to pay.

Definitely a fresh look at bugging operations and makes you wonder........ what else can they do out there?? Who's watching and who's listening?

Overall, a suspenseful cop thriller and the flow of the plot was good.
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