Thives with razors on their tongue, seemingly interesting characters. No credibility. I was reminded at all times that I was watching a movie. The lack of presence in characters and looseness between the scenes made me awfully aware about the acting. This is some times the case when a director makes something for himself and comes blind to his own work. He forgets to tell the audience the stories of the characters. Maybe he forgot the stories in his head. One is left to wander from image to image, carefully chosen pieces of Hong Kong city scape. Clever tricks and beautiful images though aren't enough to make the movie complete. Three years in making and it shows. Where is the focus? Scenes are loose and connection between feels like shorts put together without adding up or building anything. Johnnie To achieved a cool style but forgot the characters. I like fun light movies but with no connection to the characters and story, the movie left me numb. The Finale comes out of nowhere. The build is a joke.
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