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Nightfall -- As Lam zeroes in on a killer from the past, the murder appears to be a straightforward case of revenge. But the more that Lam pursues his suspect, the deeper he falls into a web of lies. To find the truth, Lam must dig into a 20 year-old case for answers.


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Chi-long To (screenplay)
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15 March 2012 (Hong Kong) See more »
An old but serious miscarriage of justice clouds a current police investigation looking into the death of a mutilated corpse. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Despite an A-list lead cast of Nick Cheung and Simon Yam, this procedural thriller wallows too firmly in its own mediocrity and self-seriousness for its own good See more (6 total) »


  (in credits order)

Nick Cheung ... Wang Yuen-yeung

Simon Yam ... Lam Ching Chung
Janice Man ... Tsui Suet / Tsui Eva
Kay Tse ... Au Yeung Ying
Chi Kui Chow ... Wang's Brother
Hei-Yi Cheng ... Lam's Wife
Chi-Yeung Chow ... Ah Keung (as Hinson Chow)
Phat Chan ... Ah Phat
Julius Brian Siswojo ... Little B (as JBS - Brian)
Ho Ming Luk ... Coroner
Clifton Kwan ... Ah Tung
Ka-Lok Wong ... Young Lam (as Stephen Wong)
Kim-Wing Lee ... Prisoner (as Li Kim Wing)
Ladnongkhee Adul ... Prisoner
Anthony Au ... Prisoner
Yuen-yee Man ... News Anchor (as Paula Wong)
Juno Leung ... Friend of Lam's Daughter
Oi-Ling Lau ... School Dean (as Ellen Liu)
Nicholas Atkinson ... Supervisor Spencer

Mike Leeder ... 80's British CID
David Clive Balcer Oxley ... 80's British CID
Wai-Keung Tung ... 80's CID (as Tung Wai Keung)
Alex Lee ... 80's CID
Chi-Wai Lai ... 80's CID (as Lai Chi Wai)
Mason Chiu ... 80's Correctional Services Officer
Meg Cheung ... Wang's Classmate
Vinson Lam ... Wang's Classmate
Zoe Lee ... School Staff
Wylie Chan ... Saleman
Chan Kam Chuen ... Landlord

Michael Wong ... Han Tsui
On-On Yu ... Mrs. Tsui (as Candice Yu)
Shawn Dou ... Young Wang Yuen-yeung
Tian Zhuang Shuang ... Former Prison Guard

Chia-Hui Liu ... Retired CID Officer Lung (as Gordon Lau)
Jun Kung ... Wang's Former Acquaintance
Ken Lo ... Prisoner (as Kenneth Lo)
Kwok Keung Cheung ... Interviewee (as KK Cheung)
Ying Kwan Lok ... Yu (as Felix Lok)
Cheuk-lap Hung ... Zoe's Friend (as Ken Hung)
Cherry Ngan ... Lam's Daughter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yuk-Keung Kwok ... Cop (uncredited)

Directed by
Roy Hin Yeung Chow  (as Chow Hin Yeung)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Roy Hin Yeung Chow  screenplay
Chi-long To  screenplay (as Christine To Chi Long)

Produced by
Ryuhei Chiba .... executive producer
Ivy Ho .... producer
William Kong .... executive producer
William Kong .... producer
Dai Song .... executive producer
Original Music by
Shigeru Umebayashi  (as Shigeru Ume Bayashi)
Cinematography by
Ardy Lam (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ka-Fai Cheung 
Production Design by
Pater Wong 
Sound Department
Kinson Tsang .... sound designer
Jack Wai-Leung Wong .... action choreographer
Camera and Electrical Department
Julian Cheng .... Steadicam operator

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Also Known As:
"Dai zeoi bou" - Hong Kong (original title)
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108 min
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Lam Ching Chung:We found out that when Eva was murdered you spent a lot of money on a top UK barrister to prosecute the suspect. As a result, the suspect was denied appeal and sentenced to life.See more »
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References Vertigo (1958)See more »
Nocturne Op.48 No.1See more »


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6 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Despite an A-list lead cast of Nick Cheung and Simon Yam, this procedural thriller wallows too firmly in its own mediocrity and self-seriousness for its own good, 18 March 2012
Author: moviexclusive from Singapore

Not often do you get two of Hong Kong's best actors together on the big screen, so the pairing of Nick Cheung and Simon Yam alone should interest you in the mystery thriller 'Nightfall'. Alas if you're looking for this latest Roy Chow Hin-Yeung film to be as gritty and compelling as Dante Lam's 'Beast Stalker' or 'The Stool Pigeon', you're likely to be quite disappointed- because both actors are essentially wasted in a movie that is too caught up in its own self-seriousness for its own good.

To be fair, we probably should have kept our hopes low, knowing that Chow is once again teaming up with his directorial debut 'Murderer's' screenwriter Christine To. Anyone who's seen the latter film will know that it was quite simply one of the worst movies of that year, with an infuriating twist ending that all but turned its heavy-handed proceedings into unintentional comedy. Thankfully, To avoids that mistake this time, opting for a far more straightforward mystery that nevertheless still requires a significant suspension of disbelief on the part of her audience.

As formula would have it, the film starts off with two seemingly unrelated murder cases that grow increasingly intertwined as the story progresses. On one hand is a gruesome murder committed twenty years ago of a young teenage girl named Eva (Janice Man), whose convicted murderer was her boyfriend Wang (Nick Cheung). Shortly after Wang's release from prison, Eva's father- the acclaimed classical tenor Han Tsui (Michael Wong)- is found brutally murdered and dumped into the sea near his sprawling mansion up in the mountains.

Investigating the case is the disillusioned veteran Lam (Simon Yam), who obsesses over previously closed cases of death by suicide, convinced that- like the death of his wife five years ago- they weren't accidents. Lam sees a connection between Han Tsui's death and Wang after recognising a striking resemblance between Han's daughter Zoe (also played by Man) and Eva. Of course, we know as much from the scenes of Wang stalking Zoe in her residence, going so far as to acquire a village hut opposite Zoe's house and using a telescope to observe what goes on in the house.

Any hope that the film lives up to the promise of the trailer of an intriguing whodunit is quickly dashed when one realises that the movie only revolves around these few players as well as Eva's distressed mother. You'll probably guess right at the start that it isn't simply a crime of vengeance, though Han- as the domineering parent- had disapproved of Wang's relationship with Eva all those years back. Indeed, what transpires comes closer to a Greek tragedy, made no less subtle by blatant overacting and an overly zealous score from Japanese composer Shigeru Umebayashi.

Guilty of the Aaron Kwok brand of overacting in 'Murderer' this time is Michael Wong, whose violent outbursts at what he perceives as his daughter's disobedience comes off histrionic and ultimately contrived. There is too little subtlety in his over-the-top performance, and not enough motivation for us to believe in his character's propensities. The fault isn't entirely Wong's, since his character- despite being a key supporting player in the scheme of things- is thinly drawn.

The same can be said of almost all of the characters within the movie. Other than being a doppelganger for Eva, Zoe is cast too simply as the meek goody-two-shoes living in fear of her father's temperament. Yam is shortchanged with the clichéd role of a troubled veteran police officer, as To's script does little to elaborate his own traumatic past or attempt to link it to the investigation. Probably the meatiest role here is Cheung's, which the actor rewards with a searing intensity that also came with months of working out- not that his character is particularly well-drawn, but compared to the rest, at least his comes off the most rounded and realistic.

There's however too little realism in the movie, in particular Wang's amazing ability at evading an entire team of police officers several times and his just as outstanding powers of infiltrating what is supposed to be a heavily guarded residence after Han's death. Most perplexing is why Lam would confront Wang on an Ngong Ping cable car no less, other than for the fact that it must have seemed exciting to watch. Every step of the way, Chow's ham-fisted direction is all too apparent, trying too hard to emphasise the tragedy within the story and in the process draining too much momentum from what is really a standard police procedural.

Its mediocrity would have been fine if it didn't have both Simon Yam and Nick Cheung as its lead cast, both actors worthy of much less pedestrian material than what 'Nightfall' has to offer. Certainly, it is a definite step-up from the appallingly bad 'Murderer', but don't go in expecting the same kind of compelling thriller as 'Beast Stalker' or 'The Stool Pigeon'. And yes we know, this is the second time we're comparing this movie to the latter two, simply because though it aims to be of the same pedigree, 'Nightfall' simply falls short, and what is left is a plodding and generic thriller that barely raises a pulse.


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