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A rookie cop teams up with a former detective with a supernatural gift to hunt down a serial killer.

Directors:

Johnnie To, Ka-Fai Wai (as Wai Ka Fai)

Writers:

Ka-Fai Wai (as Wai Ka Fai), Kin-Yee Au (as Au Kin Yee)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ching Wan Lau ... Bun (as Lau Ching Wan)
Andy On ... Inspector Ho Ka-on
Ka Tung Lam ... Ko Chi-wai (as Lam Ka Tung)
Kelly Lin ... May Cheung
Kwok-Lun Lee ... Wong Kwok-chu (as Lee Kwok Lun)
Choi-ning Lee Choi-ning Lee ... Gigi (as Karen Lee)
Flora Chan Flora Chan ... May Cheung - in Bun's eyes
Siu-Fai Cheung ... Violent Man - Ko's Inner Personality (as Cheung Siu Fai)
Suet Lam ... Fatso - Ko's Inner Personality (as Lam Suet)
Jay Lau Jay Lau ... Calculating Woman - Ko's Inner Personality (as Lau Kam Ling)
Eddy Ko ... The Chief
Jo Kuk Jo Kuk ... Cunning Woman - Ho's Inner Personality (as Jo Koo)
Ling To Yuen Ling To Yuen ... Policeman (as Yuen Ling To)
Jonathan Yat-Sing Lee Jonathan Yat-Sing Lee ... Weak Boy - Ho's Inner Personality (as Jonathan Lee)
Ronald Yan Ronald Yan ... Ko's Boss
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A rookie cop teams up with a former detective with a supernatural gift to hunt down a serial killer.

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I can see a person's inner personality.


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | English

Release Date:

29 November 2007 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Mad Detective See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,682, 20 July 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,629, 27 July 2008
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Color:

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2.35 : 1
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At the beginning of the movie, when the main character is cutting his ear off, we can clearly see the half of it. (at around 63 mins) when the ear unfolds from the bandage we see a whole piece of it. See more »

Quotes

Ho Ka-on: [to Bun] Whenever I get stuck, I'll imagine how you'd crack it.
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Weird but novel concept. Not a bad watch
12 November 2012 | by Hamish JoySee all my reviews

Saw 'Mad Detective' (2007) in Cantonese

The movie is about Detective Bun, a clinically insane detective who had hyper-eccentric methods of solving crimes. He has a supernatural gift of seeing a person's 'inner personality', allowing him to see the true nature of the person rather than just the outward mask.

He also lives with his ghost-like illusion of his wife - an apparition that nobody else can see, but he interacts with on a regular basis. He is brought in to a case by Inspector Ka-On, who considers Bun a mentor of sorts.

The case is of missing officer Wong, who went on a chase with his partner, Ko Chi-Wai, after an Indian thief into the jungle one night. Wong and his gun went missing that night, and subsequently, the gun has turned up at some robberies which resulted in murders. Inspector Ka-On is on the task of solving the case, and he looks up to Detective Bun for clues.

The movie is weird in places, starting with the protagonist seeming like a dark version of 'Monk', but moves on to the supernatural, with Bun's visions being ratified as real. The premise is a bit odd to digest, but is done competently. The audience will have to pay attention to keep track of what is real and what is Bun's visions. I think it could have been done a lot better. But it's not to belittle the movie - I started the movie late at night, thinking I'll just skim through it, but was gripped enough to stay awake throughout.


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