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The Stool Pigeon (2010)

Sin yan (original title)
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Policeman Don Lee often works with informants but numerous too-close calls and failed missions cause him to see the world as one betrayal after another - then he meets Guy, and is given a new chance to change his views.

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Dante Lam

Writers:

Man-Lung Ho, Dante Lam (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Nick Cheung ... Don Lee
Nicholas Tse ... Ghost Jr.
Lun-Mei Kwei ... Dee
Kai Chi Liu ... Jabber
Pu Miao Pu Miao ... Cher
Yi Lu ... Barbarian
Sherman Chung Sherman Chung ... Ghost's sister
Kong Lau ... Cher's father
Philip Keung ... Tai Ping
Lawrence Cheng ... Cher's brother
Shing-cheong Li Shing-cheong Li ... Don's superior (as Shing-Cheung Lee)
Deep Ng Deep Ng ... Fairing
Kong Kam
Jing-hung Kwok Jing-hung Kwok
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hin-Wai Au Hin-Wai Au ... Senior inspector
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Storyline

Policeman Don Lee often works with informants but numerous too-close calls and failed missions cause him to see the world as one betrayal after another - then he meets Guy, and is given a new chance to change his views.

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Policeman Don Lee often works with informants but numerous too-close calls and failed missions cause him to see the world as one betrayal after another - then he meets Guy, and is given a new chance to change his views.

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

26 August 2010 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Muhbir See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,783,143
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A more realistic, unsettling, gritty packed with emotion police film
29 December 2012 | by nokturnal-rapportSee all my reviews

I think this film is underrated. I didn't expect much but it was a pleasant surprise. It's gritty, some what unsettling, and raw with emotions. It might start slow but it rewards those who're patient. Considering the premise - the dangerous line of work and the thin boundary an informant has to walk, it's not inappropriate for it to be dark and I wasn't turned off by the ending. I wasn't in for a Disney ending from the start. I think it's more realistic and all the build ups channeled well to the end. It's emotional and you get to see from both sides and their unspoken rationales and they're both right in their own respect and sometimes there's nothing more they can do. I was drawn into the dilemma, the unsettling conscience, the consequences of one's action, the fear, the adrenaline rush, the pressure, the guilt etc. The action sequence is not nice and pretty like that of Jackie Chan's. It's honest, brutal, and it's real, and it's scary because that's how things are settle on the street in the East. There's no hero; you've just got to do what you've gotta do. A good film in my book.


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