Police inspector and excellent hostage negotiator Ho Sheung-Sang finds himself in over his head when he is pulled into a 72 hour game by a cancer suffering criminal out for vengeance on Hong Kong's organized crime Syndicates.
A cop is forced into early retirement due to retinal damage. But after witnessing a bank robbery along with a female inspector - who believes he has acute senses - they team up in hope to solve the case.
When an ambulatory TV news unit live broadcasts the embarrassing defeat of a police battalion by five bank robbers in a ballistic showdown, the credibility of the police force drops to a ... See full summary »
A French chef swears revenge after a violent attack on his daughter's family in Hong Kong, during which her husband and her two children are murdered. To help him find the killers, he hires three local hit-men working for the mafia.
Anthony Chau-Sang Wong
Three people - a criminal, a bank officer and a cop - end up in a catastrophic situation in the midst of a global economical crisis and are forced to betray any morals and principles to solve their financial problems.
This film has its upsides. It's shot with style, the characters all feel unique and identifiable, the action scenes are really gruesome, violent and stylistic, the pacing is a bit slow yet it feels just right and in the end the story isn't half bad either. Unfortunately the movie has some flaws as well. The characters feel unique, but there's way too many of them. It took me easily two thirds of the film to just start recognizing different faces from one another and the movie didn't exactly help, as the two main characters were quickly referenced by name, but it wasn't made clear just who they were on the screen. Perhaps I had extra difficulty differentiating Asian faces from one another as a Caucasian, but the problem still remains.
Aside from that there weren't any major problems. The story itself was a bit weird, as there were many scenes where the movie just seemed to end - or at least it felt like it would be a suitable ending - but then the movie just continued. The actual ending was a bit surprising, but not in a bad way, really. Especially when one realized that the movie actually has a sequel.
All in all, it's a good gangster film. The actors are talented, the action works and the story is captivating.
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