A new cop gets baptized by fire when bank robbers kill her sweetheart and her senior in front of her and she fails to shoot back. She resolves to become hard and rough, then goes undercover...
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A new cop gets baptized by fire when bank robbers kill her sweetheart and her senior in front of her and she fails to shoot back. She resolves to become hard and rough, then goes undercover. She's also introspective and philosophical, and soon tires of the betrayals of undercover work. She quits, taking up with Brother Panther, a tough but tender thief. Or has she quit? Her superior, Officer Choi, believes she's investigating Panther. Is she a cop or a thief? At times it seems she's investigating Panther's soul, and her own, not the bank job. Over time, she unravels Panther and Choi's connection, but does she understand Panther's nature, his shadow? Or her own? Written by
I've heard a lot of negative comments about this film, and in particular Jade Leung's performance, but I found it to be an exciting and seductively dangerous portrait of a policewoman who's torn between her corrupt superior officer and a reckless criminal. Jade Leung's stoic and disconnected performance perfectly reflects the frail psychology of her character as she slips further into desperation and recklessness.
The film resembles an art flick in its structure, tone, and execution, but the gritty action sequences that are sprinkled throughout help keep the film from becoming overly pretentious (Ms. Leung actually got severely burned in a mis-timed explosion during filming). Of course, maybe you have to be a Jade Leung fan or a girls 'n' guns fan to appreciate what this film is trying to accomplish.
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