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Clement Sze-Kit Cheng (screenplay)
Chi-kin Kwok (screenplay)
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Release Date:
29 May 2008 (Hong Kong) See more »
A Hong Kong cop is struggling for his survival in the underground world, a place filled with criminals and low life people like moss in rotting hell. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Shawn Yue ... Jan
Seli Xian ... Lulu

Siu-Wong Fan ... Beggar
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Singh Hartihan Bitto ... Pakistani Gangster

Clement Sze-Kit Cheng ... Cop
Wing-Cheung Cheung ... Thug at Brothel
Matt Chow ... Fai
Chi-Wai Lai ... Ming
Jay Lau ... Nurse

Kai Chi Liu ... Four-eyed Tong
Siu-Ming Lui
Susan Yam-Yam Shaw ... Chong Mom (as Susan Shaw)
Suet-yee Si ... Fa
Gill Mohindepaul Singh ... Singh (as Bobo Kiu)
Shaun Tam ... Officer Pan

Eric Tsang ... On

Directed by
Chi-kin Kwok 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Clement Sze-Kit Cheng  screenplay
Chi-kin Kwok  screenplay
Man Hong Lung  screenplay
Kam-Yuen Szeto  story

Produced by
Catherine Hun .... producer
Kuo Hsing Li .... producer (as Kwok-Hing Lee)
Original Music by
Teddy Robin Kwan 
Tommy Wai 
Cinematography by
Sing-Pui O 
Film Editing by
Matthew Hui 
Production Design by
Che Kiu Lam 
Chi-Fung Lee 
Art Direction by
Che Kiu Lam  (as Eric Lam)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eddie Ng .... first assistant director
Clement Sze-Kit Cheng .... second unit director (uncredited)
Sound Department
David Wong .... sound effects editor
Other crew
Kenny Chan .... planner
Ryker Chan .... production advisor (as Wai-Ban Chan)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ching toi" - Hong Kong (original title)
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Hong Kong:95 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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The Moss Review: I liked it, 25 September 2009
Author: ninjaalexs from United Kingdom

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

The Moss seems to have attracted mixed reviews; some have praised its cinematography, others have put down its violent nature and derivative nature. The storyline involves a corrupt cop who has his hand in the pockets of the criminal underworld. After a raid on a brothel a fat man farts an emerald out (seriously) which is collected by an under-age girl trying to make money and escape poverty by working in a brothel, another prostitute goes on the run with her. The fat man is murdered by another prostitute and his body hidden. The cops are then involved in a shoot-out with a Pakistani gang and things follow from there really.

The cinematography is great capturing the grit and dirt of the street. The camera movements can be distracting and sometimes it is hard to tell what happened (during the fight scenes) as some of it is so quick. Blink and you miss it. Other than that can't complain. The sound design is crisp and varied. The acting by the main characters is spot on. Some of the bit players do tend to either overdo it or not really stand out but it can be overlooked.

The film has been criticised for its violence. Bloody shootings, brutal beating, impalements: it's all here. Another factor which may put people off is its unsympathetic nature; I would say it is nihilistic in tone. This is a current trend in film and can be seen a lot in horror and thrillers but I like my films a little darker.

Summary: Recommended for fans of gritty HK cop/gangster films. Should be avoided by fans of nice films. It offers nothing new to the genre but there's enough to recommend it.

DVD: (Mei-Ah HK Version 2-Discer) Good clean picture quality with sharp contrast (what you would expect from a recentish film); Sound: on my system crisp sound levels with good balance the bass sounds were particularly good. The subtitles were hit and miss, some spelling mistakes and accuracy mistakes but they were good enough to be understood. Disc 2 has a making of extra. Disc 1 is just the film.


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