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This dynamic police-crime thriller features superstars Jordan Chan and Sean Lau and offers explosive non-stop action for your video screen! Huang Jiang and Qi Xi are both very capable crime investigators. However, Huang has his heart and soul attached to truth and justice, while Qi Xi works as an informer for the triads and works as an accomplice of the crime lord Mang Chao. Huang has evidences to help him bust Mang, but Qi Xi interferes with his plans and gives Mang shelter. An ensuing roof-top shoot-out leaves Qi Xi & Mang dead and the police report states that Qi died while he was on duty. Wrongly assuming that Qi was murdered by Huang, his son swears revenge.Written by
The storyline in this action/crime movie was nothing out of the ordinary, unfortunately. Though what made the movie somewhat different from so many other Hong Kong crime movies was the way it was shot and some brilliant acting performances.
"Colour of the Truth" is an average cop and triad story, where Wong Jiang shoots and kills two people, one triad boss and one being an undercover policeman. The sons of these two grow up with a brooding urge to seek vengeance and justify the loss of their father; one growing up to become a policeman and work along side Wong Jiang, while the other grows up on the shadier side of the law.
Even though it was a fairly 'standard' storyline, then it was still enjoyable, because it was well shot and nicely executed by both director and acting talents alike. Was it predictable? Yes.
"Colour of the Truth" has some of Hong Kong's heavier acting talents to the cast list. There is Anthony Wong Chau-Sang (playing Wong Jiang), Jordan Chan (playing Ray Tam Dai Wai) and Yin Tse (playing Wang Kwan). And on supporting roles you have Gillian Chung (playing Katie Wang) and Chapman To (playing Toast). But most impressively, there were two great cameos by Francis Ng (playing Tam Chui) and Ching Wan Lau (playing Seven Up).
There was also a nice reference to "Young and Dangerous" in the movie, with a very clever follow-up scene, which you can't help but cheer for if you are familiar with Hong Kong cinema (well, "Young and Dangerous" in particular). Hint; it is the scene with Jordan Chan.
"Colour of the Truth" was good entertainment, however it had a tendency to be a bit too plain in the vast available crime titles out of Hong Kong. But it is well worth a watch if you are a fan of Hong Kong cinema.
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