Police inspector and excellent hostage negotiator Ho Sheung-Sang finds himself in over his head when he is pulled into a 72 hour game by a cancer suffering criminal out for vengeance on Hong Kong's organized crime Syndicates.
A corrupt cop named Sam handles negotiations between two Triad leaders who plan to join forces. However, he meets a suspicious bald man named Tony, who keeps following him around and disrupting his personal business.
Ching Wan Lau,
Tony Chiu-Wai Leung,
When an ambulatory TV news unit live broadcasts the embarrassing defeat of a police battalion by five bank robbers in a ballistic showdown, the credibility of the police force drops to a ... See full summary »
Three people - a criminal, a bank officer and a cop - end up in a catastrophic situation in the midst of a global economical crisis and are forced to betray any morals and principles to solve their financial problems.
Dying Wah has nothing to be afraid of anymore when he realizes that he has only 4 weeks to live, and he's determined to get revenge for his father. Later, when Wah successfully gets away in a robbery, detective San makes up his mind and chases after Wah and arrests him. But, we can only have one winner in a game, who's gonna win?Written by
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The great rivaling chemistry between both the Lau's makes this an action film worth watching.
Although the plot is not without it's faults, the execution of the simple material is near perfect. This is expected from Johnnie To, as once again he brings a certain finesse to the cinematography and character development which never cease to provoke intrigue. Andy Lau plays a dying man plagued with stage 3 cancer, and in his last days wishes to seek revenge on on an old foe. Ching Wan Lau is a police negotiator, who inadvertently becomes involved in Andy Lau's plot for revenge. Many twists and turns become evident as the audience is pulled alongside Ching Wan Lau in the fast-paced investigation to nab Andy Lau. The two bounce quips really well off of each other, due to the dialogue being edgy and gratifying. There are a few silly moments along the way, but when the ride's over you'll be glad you hopped on board. The tension and mystery resolve in a perfect bow, and all questions are cleared at the end, the way a good thriller should. 8/10
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