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Paradox (2017)

Saat po long: Taam long (original title)
A tough Hong Kong cop's 16 y.o. daughter disappears in Pattaya. He goes to Thailand to find her and must deal with corrupt cops but an honest one helps him track down culprits involved in illegal organ trafficking.

Director:

Wilson Yip

Writers:

Nick Cheuk (screenwriter) (as Yick Him Cheuk), Lai-Yin Leung (as Jill Leung)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Koo ... Lee Chung Chi
Yue Wu ... Chui Kit
Ka Tung Lam ... Cheng Hon Shou
Chris Collins Chris Collins ... Sacha
Tony Jaa ... Tak
Jacky Cai ... Siu Man
Ken Lo ... Ban (as Ken Low)
Hanna Chan Hanna Chan ... Lee Wing Chi
Vithaya Pansringarm ... Commissioner Chai
Sompob Benjathikul Sompob Benjathikul ... Mayor Aziz
Siraphan Wattanajinda Siraphan Wattanajinda ... Soei
Iris Lam Iris Lam ... Jenny
Michelle Saram ... Lee Chung Chi's Wife
Cheng Si Lam Cheng Si Lam ... 6-year-Old Wing Chi
Ho-Yeung Yuen Ho-Yeung Yuen ... Chi's Boyfriend
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Storyline

Hong Kong police negotiator Lee Chung-Chi has learned that his 16 year old daughter Wing-Chi has disappeared while in Thailand. He travels to Thailand and teams up with Chinese officer Tsui Kit and his partner, Tak, as they face off against American gangster Sacha, who is operating a black market organ smuggling ring. A series of clues lead Chung-Chi to not only learn the fate of his daughter, but overcome the odds to stop the ring once and for Written by Albert Valentin

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Very very good when compare to
23 February 2018 | by MovieIQTestSee all my reviews

Those ridiculous and shallow Chinese farces. This one is serious. We have three heavy weight, very popular, reputed actors, Koo, Wu and Tony Jaa, in this action packed thriller. Koo looked quite matured in this film, he performed a believable father missing his rebellious daughter in Pattaya, Thailand. Wu played a straight hardworking local detective with his detective friend Jaa. The three musketeers all showed great choreographic yet quite believable fighting skills and seamless sequences designed by Sammo Hung. The soundtrack is good, subtle and not annoying or bothering. The sound effect of the fightings also not exaggerated and feel real. Very good editing.

The constant flashbacks are little bit over the top, but it's a necessary evil to show how the father, played by Koo, cared about his daughter. There's one scene that showed how Koo performed such a great role as a father: When he was told there was a female corpse on the beach. His face showed what a father would have reacted before went down to see if the corpse was his daughter, the anxiety, the fear, the hesitant, the trembling of his lips, the fierce eyes mixed with fear and fatal recognition....And then at the end, when he finally found his daughter, his performance was at the top of Oscar Award Best Actor level and above. Yes, these scenes of both moments just told us Koo is indeed a great actor.

We saw a group of Hong Kong movie production team now like to choose Southeast Asia as their films localities, away from the pretentious and formatted Chinese cities and people there. It's a good trendy choice, the only problem is the languages. Chinese overseas or the Chinese immigrants become Thai cops, so they are all bilingual? And Wu's native Thai wife not only is bilingual, not just speaking Cantonese, but also singing Chinese love song. : )


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | Thai

Release Date:

8 May 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$79,226,860
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DTS (DTS-X)| D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1 | Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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