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Zui xiong (2012)

Not Rated | | Thriller | 10 May 2012 (Hong Kong)
A fearless cop is appointed to investigate a series of puzzling murders which resemble Fairy Tales.



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Credited cast:
Wu Zai-Jan
Elanne Kwong ...
Wong Yue-Yee
Ken Lo
Cheng Fai
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carolyn Chan
Kelly Fu
Ciwi Lam
Anson Leung


In Hong Kong, Wu Zai-Jan is arrested for lingering in the hall of the Police Department with a weird white make-up on his face and brought for interrogation with Inspector Han and his team. The suspect is mentally disabled and tells that he has murdered a man named Cheng Fai. He also calls the detectives "wolves". The detectives go to Cheng Fai's apartment to investigate and they find that the supposed victim is alive. They return to the precinct and discharge Wu Zai-Jan since he is mentally disabled making them waste their time. Inspector Han is expecting to be promoted and has a troubled marriage, with his autistic son that he does not love and his estranged wife that does not accept his attitude towards their son. On the next morning, Inspector Han and his team have to investigate a murder case and they find that the victim is Cheng Fai, who was found dead in a park with seven stones in his stomach. Han and his team realize that they made a mistake releasing Wu Zai-Jan and they ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Fairy Tales turn ugly, twisted and bloody.




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Fairy Tale Killer  »

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A Nutshell Review: Fairy Tale Killer
4 November 2012 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

The Pang Brothers have so far produced a series of hits and misses, and that too even in their own individual film pursuits. They have unique ideas especially for the horror/thriller genres, but somehow have not always been successful in crafting a solid, punchy finale to finish off their stories that have always started off quite brightly. Which makes it a disappointment, and anti-climatic. Alas this continues even in Danny Pang's Fairy Tale Killers, a film that even the evergreen and reliable Lau Ching Wan had failed to save.

Lau plays Han, a cop who has questionable morals, and this even extends to his subordinates. After all, as the Chinese saying goes, if the upper beams are crooked, so too are the bottom columns. It's a relatively unique set up in that we know upfront that the protagonist is going to have something bite back at him for his lack of honesty and integrity when in a job that calls for such values, and one who doesn't have any qualms at backstabbing others just to ensure his expected promotion plans doesn't hit a brick wall.

Trouble begins when they arrest Jun (Wang Baoqiang) whom the investigations team think is nuts, since he provided them a name of someone he had killed, but whom they had found alive. They release Jun, only to find that his victim (Lam Suet) got killed eventually. Worried that their superiors have found out that they had intelligence on a pre-meditative killing but had released the culprit so that he can do what he told them, they begin to concoct a cover up and try to re-arrest Jun, which is where trouble continued.

As with all serial killer movies, the killings often follow a ritual, and here they are something that vaguely resembled fairy tales as the title had suggested. Vaguely. And in true blue Pang brothers style, the story here falls back on the horror genre style of revelation, where everything will finally get rationalized with a real world situation stemming from unfair treatment or abuse. Here, it relied very much on Wang Baoqiang's ability to play crazed, and Elanne Kwong's unremarkable turn in playing a mute, almost deranged artist whom Jun has the hots for, where they have eloped from their institution. How they survive from children to adulthood get brushed aside into acceptance of this movie logic, if only to draw a connection between them and Lau Ching Wan's cop.

It's more about a tale of redemption and morality, but one that was meandering and bogged down with unnecessary subplots, and weak villains so to speak. Lau Ching Wan can only do so much with a character which I admit is written with loads of potential, but stuck in situations that are relatively absurd. Many things get explained away very conveniently, if at all, and the domestic issues Han face really plodded the pace, with Han having to deal with his wife (Joey Meng) and autistic son, and often getting chided for spending more time than necessary on his job rather than on the family.

If I had my way, this should have just focused squarely on the one-upmanship between killers and cops, rather than to try and include some moralistic smarts just for the sake of. Drama isn't the Pang's forte, and this film exposes Danny's shortcomings in this area, making Fairy Tale Killers lack its desired happily ever after as a movie.

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