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  (in credits order)

Aaron Kwok ... Suen Siu Yan

Ekin Cheng ... To Hou Sun

Daniel Wu ... Koo

Angelica Lee ... Su Fong / Amy (as Sinje Lee)
Jing Ning ... Ting (as Ning Jing)
Jan Lamb ... Chu

Rongguang Yu ... Inspector Mok (as Yu Rong Guang)

Gallen Law ... Yiu Tin Chung (as Lo Ka Leung)
Tommy Yuen ... Yiu Ha
Samuel Pang ... So Fu On
Suet-Fei Chiu ... Winnie (as Chloe)

Eric Tsang ... Uncle Choi (as Eric Tsang Chi Wai)
Sam Lee ... Leung Tak
Suet Lam ... Mou Wai Bun (as Lam Suet)
Tak-Bun Wong ... Detector (as Kenny Wong)
Anson Leung ... Detector
Tony Ho ... Inspector

Siu-Ming Lau ... Tsim Pak Tat (as Lau Siu Ming)
Agnes Pang ... Mrs. Lam
Phoebe Fung ... Long Hair Lady
Ka-Fuen Ip ... Woman on Plane (as Ip Ka Fuen)
Chun Wing ... Woman on Plane (as Wing Chun)
Patrick Chow ... Hung Chi Man
Eric Tin Cheung Li ... Suen's Colleague (as Martin Li)
Wai-Kin Chan ... Suen's Colleague (as Chan Wai Kin)
Fong Chi-Kui ... Suen's Colleague (as Fong Chi Kui)
Kate Tsim ... Suen's Colleague
Shirley Chui ... Reporter
Kin-Tong Chiu ... Reporter (as Chiu Kin Tong)
Kwun-Hang Tang ... Reporter
Jerry Leung ... Yiu's Bodyguard
Ricky Hui ... Yiu's Bodyguard
Ping-Lok Wong ... Yiu's Bodyguard (as Kenny Wong)
Martin Ma ... Yiu's Bodyguard
Ming-Fai Sheung ... Fortune Teller (as Sheung Ming Fai)
Guthrie Yip ... Thomas Liu (as Guthrie Ip)
Johnnie Guy ... Lo
Crystal Kwok ... Victim (as Kwok Wai)
Man-Lok Kwok ... To's Son (as Kwok Man Lok)
Long-Ki Wong ... To's Daughter (as Wong Long Ki)
Man Shing Yau ... Editor (as Samuel Yau)
Wah Cheung ... Killer on Ship (as Cheung Wah)
Ada ... Killer on Ship
Wong Yin Keung ... Tsim's Bodyguard (as Victy Wong)
Kenneth Cheung ... Ambulanceman (as Kenneth Cheung Moon Yuen)
Pan Mai Ming ... Ambulanceman (as Pang Wai Ming)
Bobby Fok ... Accuse
King-Man Yip ... Judge (as Winston Yeh King Man)
Patel Nimisha ... Indian / Pakistani Family
Mahesh Sahni ... Indian / Pakistani Family
Neemisha ... Indian / Pakistani Family (as Nimisha)
H. Patel ... Indian / Pakistani Family (as H Patel)
Boloto Wu ... Security Guard
Jack Wai-Leung Wong ... Diver
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chi-Kui Fong
Kwok-Wah Keung ... Diver (as Keung Kwok Wah)
Wai-Ming Pang ... Ambulanceman
Hin-Wai Au ... Senior Officer (uncredited)

Courtney Wu ... Butcher (uncredited)

Directed by
Benny Chan 
Writing credits
Ivy Ho (written by)

Produced by
Benny Chan .... producer
Cary Cheng .... associate producer
Alvin Lam .... administrative producer
Daniel Lam .... executive producer (as Daneil Lam)
Shui He Li .... co-executive producer (as Li Shui He)
Chiu Suet Ying .... executive producer (as Chiu Suet Ying)
Original Music by
Anthony Chue (original music composed by)
Cinematography by
Anthony Pun (director of photography) (as Anthony Pun Yiu Ming)
Film Editing by
Chi Wai Yau  (as Yau Chi Wai)
Production Design by
William Chang  (as Chang Suk Ping William)
Art Direction by
Alfred Yau  (as Alfred Yau Wai Ming)
Makeup Department
Lee-Na Kwan .... makeup artist (as Kwan Lee Na)
Wai Hing Lau .... hairdressing (as Lau Wai Hing)
Production Management
Ji-Chun Chan .... assistant production manager (as David Chan)
Tze Hung Lam .... production manager (as Lam Tze Hung)
Kam-Ming Wong .... unit manager (as Wong Kam Ming)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dickson Leung .... first assistant director
Hoi-Ying Lo .... assistant director (as Leo Lo)
Kwok-Shing Lo .... assistant director (as Leo Lo)
Eddie Ng .... second assistant director
Art Department
Miriam Chan .... assistant art director
William Chang .... image designer (as Chang Suk Ping William)
Ka-Hing Chiu .... propsman (as Chiu Ka Hing)
Miriam .... assistant art director
Kwok Ching Pang .... propsman (as Pang Kwok Ching)
Sound Department
Chun Wang Au .... foley artist (as Au Chun Wan)
Andy Chau .... foley recordist (as Andy Chau Man Ho)
Andy Chau .... sound effects editor (as Andy Chau Man Ho)
Ngai Cheung .... dialogue: Mandarin Version (as Cheung Ngai)
Shih Yi Chu .... sound mixer (as Chu Shih-Yi)
Wing Hong Fung .... foley artist (as Fung Wing Hong)
Yung Chien Kang .... boom operator (as Kang Yung Chien)
Wai Hung Kwong .... foley artist (as Kwong Wai Hung)
Hon Chiu Lam .... foley artist (as Lam Hon Chiu)
Terry Shek .... sound effects editor (as Terry Shek Chun Kin)
Burnard To .... foley recordist (as Davy To Burnard)
Kinson Tsang .... re-recording mixer
Kinson Tsang .... sound designer
Kinson Tsang .... sound effects editor
Tse Kin Wong .... dialogue editor (as Wong Tsz Kin)
Tse Kin Wong .... dialogue recordist (as Wong Tsz Kin)
Henry Yam .... foley artist
Chun Hin Yiu .... sound effects editor (as Yiu Chun Hin)
George Lee Yiu-Keung .... re-recording mixer
Chi Man Yu .... foley artist (as Yu Che Man)
Tomy Yu .... foley artist (as Tommy Yu)
Ting Yip Yuen .... dialogue editor (as Yuen Ting Yip)
Ting Yip Yuen .... dialogue recordist (as Yuen Ting Yip)
Visual Effects by
Kritsada Kaewmanee .... computer graphics technical supervisor (as Kritsada Kaewmanee)
Yiu Chung William Kan .... visual director (as William Kan Yiu Chung)
Pornopol Sakarin .... computer graphics technical supervisor (as Pornpol Sakarin)
Katrine Yeung .... digital content producer (as Katrine Yeung Ming Yan)
Kam Tong Fok .... explosives coordinator (as Fok Kam Tong)
Roger Lee .... car stunts
Chung Chi Li .... stunt coordinator (as Li Chung Chi)
Jack Wai-Leung Wong .... assistant martial arts director
Camera and Electrical Department
Lok Man Chan .... focus puller (as Chan Lok Men)
Wing Keung Cheung .... assistant camera (as Cheung Wing Keung)
Yat-Fai Cheung .... dolly (as Cheng Yat Fai)
Kai-Tak Ho .... electrician (as Ho Kai Tak)
Ken-Wai Ho .... assistant camera (as Ho Ken Wai)
Pui Lun Ho .... assistant camera (as Ho Pui Lun)
Yun Tai Ho .... focus puller: second unit (as Ho Yuen Tai)
Man Yin Ngai .... cameraman: second unit (as Ngai Man Yin)
Ho Kai On .... electrician (as Ho Kai On)
Siu-Ho Poon .... electrician (as Poon Siu Ho)
Wing Sam Tam .... still photographer (as Tam Wing Sum)
Ka-Kit Wong .... assistant camera (as Wong Ka-Kit)
Wai-Chuen Wong .... gaffer (as Wong Wai Chuen)
Kai Tin Yeung .... best boy (as Yeung Kai Tim)
Animation Department
Grace Siu .... animator (as Grace Siu Wing Sze)
Elvis Tang .... animator (as Elvis Tang Sai Hong)
Hon Man Tang .... animation supervisor (as Tang Hon Man)
Dave Yun .... animator (as Dave Yun Cheng Hau)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mei-Chow Liu .... assistant costume designer (as Mei Chow)
Pik Har Sin .... wardrobe assistant (as Sin Pik Har)
Editorial Department
Sornrop Chankeewong .... digital intermediate producer (as Sonrob Choiekeewong)
Pawadee Chantanom .... digital intermediate executive producer (as Pawadee Chantanom)
Deborah Huen .... senior telecine colorist (as Deborah Huen)
Piyanut Kaeomaneo .... assistant digital output technician (as Piyanut Kaeomanee)
Ruangdack Kratukrok .... assistant telecine colorist (as Ruangdach Kratukrok)
Kaewla Notsukhum .... telecine colorist (as Kaewta Netsukhum)
Nepasnan S. .... digital intermediate producer (as Napasnan S)
Padtanasak Sangchod .... digital output technician (as Padtanasak Sangchod)
Roekcha Shakowatananon .... digital on-line editor (as Roekchai Sakonwatananon)
Suwil Tiwakornkul .... assistant digital on-line editor (as Suwit Tiwakornkul)
Bobbie Wong .... project supervisor
Michael Yeung .... negative processing consultant
Music Department
May Chan .... musician: choir
Viki Chan .... musician: choir
Min Chen .... orchestra contractor (as Chen Min)
Jackie Cho .... musician: choir
Anthony Chue .... orchestration producer
Lao Duck .... musician: choir (as Duck Lau)
Jim .... musician: choir
Wayland Lee .... score transcription
Danny Leung .... musician: guitar
Joey Lo .... orchestration producer
Joey Lo .... score transcription
Leslie Moonsun Ryang .... musician: solo violin (as Leslie Ryang)
Sierra Tse .... score transcription
Other crew
Karen Chan .... production assistant
Alan Cheng .... making-of
Yuen Kan Cheng .... production assistant (as Cheng Yuen Kan)
Kwok-Choi Chiu .... continuity
Kwok-Choi Chiu .... location assistant (as Chiu Kwok Choi)
Tak-Leung Chong .... location assistant (as Chong Tak Leung)
Siu Yuk Fong .... tea lady (as Siu Yuk Fong)
Fu-Wah Ho .... location assistant (as Ho Fu Wah)
Raymond Lam .... location assistant (as Lam Tai Fai)
Larry Lee .... production assistant
Pak-Seng Leong .... location assistant (as Leong Pak Seng)
Pisit Lixibunnakorn .... laboratory consultant (as Pisit Likibunnakorn)
Hoi-Ying Lo .... continuity
Kwok-Shing Lo .... continuity (as Leo Lo)
Pairoj Prempri .... laboratory consultant (as Pairoj Prempri)
Pison Santawanpas .... laboratory consultant (as Pison Santawanpas)
Chun Ling Tao .... production coordinator (as Tao Chun Ling)

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Also Known As:
"Saam cha hau" - Hong Kong (original title)
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Rated R for violence
Hong Kong:101 min | Argentina:101 min
Aspect Ratio:
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9 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Three Character's Still Not the Charm, 12 May 2005
Author: Lee Alon

Just like its Hollywood contemporary, the fabled jewel of the east, also known as Hong Kong, shovels mouthfuls of filler in the general direction of its loyalist audiences. And similar to fluff done anywhere else, HK's variety also comes in the irritating form of polished, well-supervised products with at least acceptable technical merits and yet little beyond.

We recently had two mega-stars like Andy Lau and Jacky Cheung suffer through mediocre episode Jiang Hu, further thrashing the over-strained underworld genre, and here comes a Benny Chan flick to additionally burden the cops and crooks theme with uninvited baggage. At least in Chan's case the memory of capable actioner New Police Story still lingers, so we'll forgive him the helming of Divergence and its, in essence, vacuous content and pretty embarrassing conclusion. You'd be right in expecting more from Chan and his writer cohort Ivy Ho (who previously penned classic July Rhapsody), but nonetheless both failed to come up with any worthy goods this time around.

Presumably, Divergence gets its moniker from the three main personages operating inside the film's confused and unfulfilled promise. Suen (Aaron Kwok) is a sarcastic police officer working various, rather high-profile cases, at least one of which we witness going bad with the baddie under Suen's protection buying the farm in a gruesome fashion courtesy of the second main character, a hit-man known simply as Coke (Daniel Wu, who lost some weight and much appeal in a role that's beginning to smack of typecasting). Coke's success and Suen's misfortune set in motion a series of events that supposedly want to point out the ironic nature of life, the universe, and whatever the people counting box office returns happen to report.

The terminated criminal Suen was sheltering leaves a mean triad boss (Gallen Lo) feeling a whole lot better about things, but ultimately lands everyone in more trouble since the latter's enemies soon move to equalize by retaliating against his family. This sort of complication doesn't make Suen's life any easier as he tries to focus on capturing renegade Coke and his sultry female accomplice (done by mainlander Ning Jing).

Defending the underworld elements is attorney To Hou Sung, done by our favorite hunk Ekin Cheng, and here completing the triumvirate of male leads. Although silent and reserved, To quickly gets on Suen's nerves, and not just for his application of the law as an excuse for things one would sooner sweep under the floorboards. There's another element figuring in, further showing us how intertwined the trio is and why even minute occurrences can have repercussions much later down the line, hence Divergence. The factor in question is naturally a woman, and one who perhaps has been missing for the better part of a decade. It's the apple in the eye of cop Suen, an ex called Fong, portrayed with minimal gusto by gorgeous Angelica Lee. The disgruntled cop obsesses over his former lover and her vanishing all those years ago, even though we don't see much of their relationship other than contrived, hokey memory sequences and Kwok's miserable cry fest moments as fortified with extra-dumb instances of pseudo-animalistic howling. Was there really a need for such mundane clichés?

As if that wasn't enough, someone had the brilliant idea of encumbering Suen with several idiotic attempts at self destruction, resulting in him miraculously surviving and changing cars about as often as you do socks. Must have been quite the improvement in HK auto insurance since we last looked into the matter. Plus, the music people, bless their souls, thought it prudent to include one of the cheesiest collections of sentimental overtures one has heard in a long, blissfully quiet time. It's all enough to make you reach for the hurl bag.

And as we sit through the travails of Suen and his struggle with shadows of the past, it becomes apparent none of the main characters gets enough space to mature and grow, thus the various pieces never click. This trickles down to supporting figures like Ning Jing and too-prolific Eric Tsang as a jolly, noodle-slurping police medical examiner who never loses his appetite no matter how grisly the stiffs. Ha ha but not all that funny, thank you.

Not even the action itself lives up to whatever high expectations you may have of this project, if any. Fighting's pretty lame and basic, there's little gunplay, and the car chases seem to use the same beat up Mazdas you've seen in scores of older HK movies. But probably the biggest disappointment comes when the thing finishes, with characters coming out of nowhere to reach an easy, convenient and utterly ridiculous ending that somehow explains the various "enigmas" you were supposed to fuss over during the plot. But of course there was no fussing at all, seeing as how can anybody care about a story lacking in so many departments to begin with?

At least for Divergence Angelica Lee looks her best yet, so for all thus inclined mayhap there's some incentive to watch yet. On all other counts, Divergence misses the mark big time, leading down paths of inadequacy any film buff needn't even consider following.

Rating: **

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