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Blind Detective (2013)

Maang taam (original title)
A brilliant detective is forced into early retirement after losing eyesight. Making ends meet by solving cold cases for reward money, he teams up with a rookie lady inspector to solve a case from her personal past.


Johnnie To


Ryker Chan, Ka-Fai Wai (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
3 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Lau ... Chong Si-teun / Johnston
Sammi Cheng ... Ho Ka Tung
Tao Guo ... Szeto Fatbo
Yuanyuan Gao ... Tingting
Hoi-Pang Lo ... Pang
Man-Wai Wong Man-Wai Wong ... Minnie's grandmother (as Bonnie Wong)
Suet Lam ... Lee Tak Shing
Philip Keung ... Chan Kwong
Ziyi Wang ... Joe
Yueting Lang ... Minnie
Fun Lo ... Casino gambler
Tai-Lo Ma ... Casino gambler
Wong Chun ... Fat guy
Terence Tsui Terence Tsui ... Ted
Mimi Chu ... Pang's wife


A brilliant detective is forced into early retirement after losing eyesight. Making ends meet by solving cold cases for reward money, he teams up with a rookie lady inspector to solve a case from her personal past.

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Music by Hal Beckett & Marc Baril
Lyrics by Xi Lin
Performed by Andy Lau & Sammi Cheng
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Johnnie To entertainment
26 October 2015 | by urthpainterSee all my reviews

If you like Johnnie To and Chinese cinema, stop reading now and watch this movie! Blind Detective is overt, obtuse, in your face entertainment. The story surrounds one missing persons investigation, but many mysteries are solved during the duration, none of it understated.

Reading the movie's plot summery, even I was slow to finally watch, but I should have known better! No quick description can prepare you for what this movie actually brings to the table. The main character's blindness is captured in a full visual manner, including his interaction with environments, and 'inner eye' sequences by which crimes are solved. The leading lady commissions our hero to help solve a personal mystery, but she is also an energetic detective in training who studies his crime solving process. In ways the story is very predictable, but the fun is in moment to moment details, and the absurdity of how the characters behave. Though Chinese, the loud, exaggerated acting has an almost Japanese flavor.

I can understand why many people would have a hard time with Blind Detective, and would view the experience as contrived. To's movies are very stylized, and like many fans, I love the open admission of film making he brings to the theater. His work is about the medium, like abstract painting, or wood fired ceramic.

There is very little down time with action, humor, intrigue, and lots of eating. Chinese cuisine provides a metaphor for the entire point of this film. Spicy awesome'ness abounds!

Acting and directing is over the top exaggerated, but the camera, sound, and lighting is more subtle and traditional. This combination captures the action perfectly. This is perhaps a Johnnie To signature, and something many western directors can learn from. Film does not have to be all one thing, all one style - mixing stylization in one area, but remaining traditional in another provides juxtaposition and contrast that is a joy as a viewer to behold.

If you have seen To's movies, this is another fantastic entry to his resume. Anyone new to his brand of film making should enter with an open mind, and not allow expectation to ruin the experience. Have fun!

over the top fun 8 out of 10

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Hong Kong | China

Release Date:

4 July 2013 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Mang tam See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China


Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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