2007's largest grossing film at the Hong Kong box office - the smash hit Mad Detective - is one of the freshest and most satisfying films from that country in a decade. The traditional Hong Kong police film is turned on its head: the imaginative twist being Detective Bun (a role created for Lau Ching Wan) who has the ability to 'see' people's inner personalities or 'hidden ghosts'. Breaking new ground and establishing breathtaking cinematic rules, Johnnies To's latest giddily entertaining collaboration with Wai Ka Fai radically raises the level of storytelling in modern film.
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- Mad Detective review by Jawbreaker
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Interesting addition to the Hong Kong crime genre. Detective Bun may have retired, but he cannot turn off his unique police instincts. Called back into the force to help with an unsolved case, he soon is on the trail of a killer with multiple personalities.
Shot in a stark cold style. I did enjoy the Mad Detective, but not as much as I really had expected. It tries to be a little too clever and offbeat for its own good. Yet an interesting alternative to those tired of Hard Boiled offerings.