Inspector Karl (Louis Koo), the eponymous inspector who pays a visit to the opulent Kau family estate, where things are not as rosy as they appear. Family heads Mr. and Mrs. Kau (Eric Tsang... See full summary »

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... Inspector Karl
... Kau Ming
... Johnny Kei
... Tim Kau
... Mrs. Anson Kau
... Band Member
... Yvonne Kwok
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Sexy
... Cindy Cheung / Mavis / Snow / May Cheung / Jean
... Inspector Jane
... Playboy
Si-Ming Chong ... Bartender's Girlfriend
... Best Friend
... Mrs. Chiu
Emily Kwan ... Mrs. Cheung
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Inspector Karl (Louis Koo), the eponymous inspector who pays a visit to the opulent Kau family estate, where things are not as rosy as they appear. Family heads Mr. and Mrs. Kau (Eric Tsang and Teresa Mo) are prepping an engagement party for their daughter Sherry (Karena Ng), who's soon to marry handsome businessman Johnny (Hans Zhang). Alas, Inspector Karl informs them that a young woman named Cindy Cheung (Chrissie Chau) has been found dead of an apparent suicide, and he's got some questions for Mr. Kau... Written by IvanWong

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Sherry, Sherry baby...
7 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

Right, well it would appear that it was now Hong Kong's turn to render their vision of "An Inspector Calls". I had no clue that this movie existed before I happened to stumble upon it by sheer random luck. And being fan of the Asian cinema, then of course I picked it up and gave it a go.

I do have a love for the Hong Kong cinema, but I must admit that this 2015 movie was not really one that I fully took to heart. Sure it was entertaining, but it was just a bit too much in sense of it being too ludicrous and out there. But then again, I am not familiar with previous renderings of "An Inspector Calls", so I don't know what this Hong Kong version is measured up against.

The story is about Inspector Karl (played by Louis Koo) whom shows up at a rich family's home on the day when they are to host a wedding reception. The inspector bear evidence of foul play and start to single out the family members one by one, placing guilt and association on them with intricate, detailed stories.

There is a good amount of comedy thrown into the mixture here, which makes the more somewhat easier to sit through, compared to if it had been a regular detective/crime movie. And the comedy is kept to a fairly moderate level, so that it doesn't take over and turn it all into a comedy.

What is impressive is the cast of talents that they had assembled for the various roles. It is always nice to see Louis Koo and Eric Tsang in movies, because they bring a good sense of drama and comedy respectively to their movies. Teresa Mo is also quite work a thumbs up in "An Inspector Calls" (aka "San Taam Ka To"), because she was a pure delight to watch on the screen. However, the one that totally stole the screen, despite having an almost non-important part, was Donnie Yen as not just one, but four singers in the wedding band. That was just priceless, and that alone makes it worthwhile to sit through the movie. And before I forget, then I will also say that to a longtime fan of the Hong Kong cinema, then it was nice to see Kelly Chen make a short appearance in the movie as well.

The storyline is actually constructed quite well, because you don't really know what is going on, and it is impossible to figure out just what is going on, which leaves it very unpredictable. And I will also say that the way that the various stories were tied together was quite good.

However, with that being said, then my final conclusion of the movie as a whole is that the movie was mediocre. Why? Well, because it wasn't outstanding in the Hong Kong cinema, nor was it a movie that you would really watch more than a single time. As such, then "An Inspector Calls" scores a mediocre five out of ten stars.


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