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Confession of Pain (2006)

Seung sing (original title)
A detective helps a friend investigate the mysterious death of his father-in-law.

Directors:

Andrew Lau Wai-Keung (as Andrew Lau), Alan Mak

Writers:

Felix Chong, Alan Mak
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tony Chiu-Wai Leung ... Detective Lau Ching Hei (as Tony Chiu Wai Leung)
Takeshi Kaneshiro ... Detective Yau Kin Bong
Qi Shu ... Sai Fung (as Shu Qi)
Jinglei Xu ... Susan Chow (as Jing Lei Xu)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ankie Beilke ... Spicy Girl
Bo Yuen Chan Bo Yuen Chan ... Lai Sun Wah (as Ricky Chan)
Candice Chan Candice Chan ... Beer Promoter
Yee Ting Chan Yee Ting Chan ... Hei's Sister (as Chan Yee Ying)
Emotion Cheung ... Chan Wing Fu (as Cheung Kam Ching)
Yuk Wah Cheung Yuk Wah Cheung ... Sister In Orphanage (as Cheung Yuk Wah)
Lim-Kang Chow Lim-Kang Chow ... School Principal
Kwai Sam Chui Kwai Sam Chui ... Susan Chow's Doctor (as Chui Kwai Sam)
Woon Ling Hau ... Landlord of the Seaside House (as Hau Waon Ling)
Jordan Ho Jordan Ho ... Lawyer of Chow
Lin Ho ... Temple Master (as Ho Lin)
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Storyline

When veteran detective Hei finds out that his father-in-law, the billionaire benefactor Kim, is gruesomely murdered in his palatial mansion, he enlists the assistance of his former partner turned private detective, Bong. On the surface, the murder smacks of a vendetta that has taken a lifetime to fulfill. But no sooner has Bong agreed to crack the case with Hei than he realizes nothing is what it appears to be. Undoubtedly, they are after a monster in a perfect crime: every detail was meticulously orchestrated, every motive conveniently justifiable, and every culprit and potential witness mysteriously eliminated. But Bong has his own demon to fight over the suicide of his pregnant girlfriend. As he digs deeper and deeper into the case, he starts grappling with the suspicion that the man they hunt is someone very close to them, someone on the verge of a total breakdown. Written by Sonja Pavkovic

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The heart is a lonely hunter...

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese | English

Release Date:

21 December 2006 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Confession of Pain See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,182,296
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Detective Lau Ching Hei: Beating crime used to be our mandate, now all that matters is the crime rate.
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Connections

References Cold Case (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

APRÉS UN RÊVE
Composed by Kwong Wing Chan (as Chan Kwong Wing)
Lyrics by Romanin Bussine
Performed by Bethan Greaves
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A Nutshell Review: Confession of Pain
24 December 2006 | by DICK STEELSee all my reviews

Confession of Pain is draped in deep melancholy. From story to cinematography, one cannot escape the strong moodiness painted by the creative trio of directors Andrew Lau and Alan Mak, and together with writer Felix Chong, this movie is widely anticipated as the one which will top their earlier acclaimed creation, Infernal Affairs. And signs were positive too, as they had snagged great leads in Tony Leung and Takeshi Kaneshiro.

But unfortunately, the strengths and chemistry between the two leads are what lifted the movie from mediocrity. Both Leung and Kaneshiro again play cop roles in the same movie (the other being Wong Kar-wai's Chungking Express as lowly beat cops 663 and 223), and in the prologue, we're introduced to their close friendship, as well as a bust which set the tone for the movie, and added a shade of grey to one of their characters.

We know Kaneshiro can do intense. His recent roles in Perhaps Love as the obsessive, driven lover boy, and House of Flying Daggers' bewildered constable Jin, are nothing short of being spirited. Here, his Bong character looked somewhat similar to Aaron Kwok's role in Divergence, as the cop who's turning to the bottle in seeking solace for love lost, and the perennial quest to uncover the Whys to his past relationship. Tony Leung, well, we all know what he can do, and he doesn't disappoint. His role as Detective Hei brings about a duality of sorts, and he delivers this dilemma perfectly. The two men, while best friends, are almost in complete opposites from one another in character, yet their bond is strong, up until the final scene, which probably explains the title.

It's surprising that the story decided to show its hand midway in the movie. While it doesn't exactly provide any definitive answers, by planting that seed of thought in you during its presentation, it locks your thoughts in and doesn't allow them to wriggle free. You're left wondering why, the rationale behind the actions, as well as the filmmakers' deliberate lack of effort of hiding the truth/ Bong's character will bring you on that journey of discovery. however, audiences who have consumed their fair share of crime stories, will find it a no- brainer connecting the dots themselves when the clues are presented.

Which is a pity, because everything turned predictable thereafter, narratively. However, stylistically, it is what assisted in keeping the attention on screen. The cinematography is brilliant, capturing moody loss and melancholy effortlessly in its never ending night shots of the cloudy city, unappealing streets, and empty apartments, and the effects enhanced crime recreation probably is one of the best I've seen coming out from Hong Kong. The pacing is kept tight, and a pursuit of a villain on foot was reminiscent of David Fincher's Seven where John Doe gave our detectives a run for their money.

The supporting characters had little to do, and I find it difficult to try and think up reasons for their roles besides being there for our leads' interaction. Shu Qi is largely wasted in her role as a beer maid and romantic interesting for Bong, and Chapman To, an Andrew Lau and Alan Mak film regular, finds himself as a fellow cop in yet another role for comedic effect, in trying to lighten up moods whenever Bong and Hei begin to wallow. Xu Jinglei as Susan, Hei's wife, also had fairly little to do except to love her husband, and to show pain when things had to go the way they did.

Decorated with a great soundtrack, Confession of Pain is an adequately engaging story of friendship, loss, and the sacrifices one makes in achieving one's goals. The truth is always never easy to swallow, and discovery it seems, would be just as painful as the outcome.


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