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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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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 ... 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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A complex and anything-but-formulaic slice of HK crime.
7 January 2011 | by YaaatoobSee all my reviews

Johnnie To & Wai Ka-Fai's Mad Detective is a film that turns the Hong Kong crime genre upon it's head. Based around the simple concept of a man that can see everyone's hidden persona's, Mad Detective is anything but formulaic and right from the very start dissuades any notion that this is just another flashy HK crime flick. Lau Ching-Wan stars as the eponymous Mad Detective, Inspector Chan Kwai-Bun, a brilliant detective forced into retirement when his methods and actions become a little too bizarre. Alongside him Andy On plays young Inspector Ho who tries to enlist the aid of retired Inspector Bun to solve a complex murder case involving a missing police officer and a suspect with multiple personalities.

What follows is a highly ingenious, highly inventive and above all, highly entertaining piece of cinema. Paced perfectly, this viewer sat on the edge of his seat, intrigued and enthralled in equal measure and delighting and the simple, unrestrained freshness of this film and it's premise. Lau Ching-Wan plays his part exceptionally well as the oddball Inspector Bun, throwing all semblance of logic out of the window as he investigates the case, but it's a straight faced performance; there's no comedy here as the plot and it's characters take themselves very seriously. However, despite this it's hard not to find humour in some of the scenes involving multiple personalities, and whether this was the directors intent or not, it does provide a handful of light hearted moments that help to break up this complex and down-right weird film into more palatable pieces.

Overall, if you're looking for a crime film that's as inventive and intriguing as it is enjoyable, you can't go wrong with Mad Detective. See it now before Hollywood does an inevitable remake.


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