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18 August 2011 (China) See more »
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2 wins & 19 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Louis Koo ... Jack Ho

Ching Wan Lau ... Manson Law
Michelle Ye ... Ho Yuen Ching
Yi Huang ... Emily

Kenneth Tsang ... Tony Wong

Fung Woo ... Szema Cheung
Ying Kwan Lok ... Jim Chan
Wilfred Lau ... Hoyt
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hin-Wai Au ... Forensic pathologist
Joman Chiang ... Fanny
Chiao Chiao ... Mrs. Szema
Matt Chow ... Tinker
Alex Fong ... Hotel Security Director
Chi-Kui Fong
Ai Kong ... Sherwin Mak
Fung Kwok ... Lam
Chi-Wai Lai
Chi-Bok Lam
Dion Lam ... Caine
Wai-Kai Law
Bo-Chun Mak ... Nurse attendant
Wai-Ming Pang ... Caine's man
Patricia Tang ... Vagrant
Chi-Wang Wong

Daniel Wu ... Joe Szema
King-Man Yip ... Principal of Retirement Home (as King Man Ip)
Ben Yuen ... Ma
Jane Wong ... Elderly Home Nurse (uncredited)

Directed by
Felix Chong 
Alan Mak 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Felix Chong 
Alan Mak 

Produced by
Dai Song .... executive producer
Wai-But Tang .... line producer
Ronald Wong .... co-producer
Tung-Shing Yee .... producer
Dong Yu .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Kwong Wing Chan 
 
Cinematography by
Anthony Pun (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Curran Pang 
 
Production Design by
Lim Chung Man 
 
Art Department
Wai Yan Wong .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Kinson Tsang .... sound designer
 
Visual Effects by
Alex Lim .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Dion Lam .... action coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kwok Hung Chan .... second unit camera
Kwok Hung Chan .... second unit cinematographer
Yat-fai Cheng .... dolly grip
Daniel Ho .... continuity
Yun Tai Ho .... first assistant camera
Jack Lam .... cinematographer: third unit
Chi Fai Lau .... best boy
Lau-fai Lo .... best boy
Jimmy Wong .... a cam/steadicam operator
Wai-Chuen Wong .... gaffer
 
Other crew
Steven Hui .... production coordinator
Weilin Li .... production assistant (as Li Wai Lun)
Jannie Wai .... production coordinator
 

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Also Known As:
"Sit ting fung wan 2" - Hong Kong (original title)
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Hong Kong:121 min
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Follows Overheard (2009)See more »

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Same Places & Faces with a plot that shouts "THAT'S NOT MY NAME", 23 August 2011
Author: fundaquayman from Hong Kong

The only things in common between OVERHEARD 2 and OVERHEARD (2009) are having 3 of the same male leads, a plot relating to phone-tapping & blackmail of the evil criminal few who have the ability to control the stock market.

Working with DP Anthony Pun to deliver a new tone & texture to the picture, some scenes integrate a gritty look similar to heist films like Ben Affleck's THE TOWN, and the editing by Curran Pang delivers an overall tighter pace to bring OVERHEARD 2 a couple of notches up in having a narrative that moves along nicely - leading up to a finale that actually works without dishing out the fantasy - as in the first film - that calls for the audience to suspend their disbelief (just so Mak & Chong could pay homage to Korean VENGEANCE films). The topic of inside trading hits timely with the audience, and the film attempts to remind yet again the facts about the ills to the stock market - numbers are fixed by the few in power, and that the sub-prime fallout owes much to the policies of the US government. What's interesting is that unlike other films about inside trading, Mak & Chong injects a sense of patriotism by highlighting the battles won by these now evil men in the early days of Hong Kong's stock market - the powers they earned by having fought off foreign investors in attacks to crash the HK stock market turned these patriots into monsters. This plot point connects much more strongly to the audience than all the convoluted trade jargon and scam tactics we see in similar films, and reinforces the trade-mark "Heroes gone bad" character development Mak & Chong have used repeatedly since INFERNAL AFFAIRS.

With OVERHEARD 2, actor Daniel Wu delivers one of his most solid and mature performances to date. It is also refreshing to see veteran actors Kenneth Tseng and Kong Ngai in their come-back with scene-stealing performances. The casting of almost-forgotten veteran actors is an on-going trend in HK films right now which began with Leung Siu Lung and Yuen Qiu in Stephen CHow's KUNG FU HUSTLE (2004), then later with Teddy Robin and Chan Kwoon-Tai in GALLANTS (2010), and more recently Jimmy Wong Yu in director Peter Chan's WUXIA (2011).

As with just about all Mak & Chong scripts, unfortunately, the female leads are again given only roles of being speaking vases. MIchelle Ye's scenes with Louis Koo could have been so much more engaging, and Huang Yi's pillow talk with Lau Ching Wan could have been much more touching. It seems the two writer/directors still have problems connecting with the female mind beyond just displaying tears and sad faces. The dialoque given to these two actresses were so disconnected and removed from the right emotions that I was left to wonder how the male leads could have even responded to what was said to carry such cryptic conversations that make these on-screen couples come across as people who barely even know each other.

All in all, OVERHEARD 2 is the best we have seen from the mainstream HK film industry in 2011 so far, and I can't help but to think that there's a good chance we will end up seeing this and the previous OVERHEARD becoming Hollywood remakes in the coming years.

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