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 CP Customer
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.
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Worst To film ever
- Mad Detective review by Alphaville
To say fans of director Johnny To will be disappointed is an understatement. This may have been the biggest Hong Kong box-office draw of 2007, but it’s a complete non-event from start to finish. The so-called “mad detective” is neither exciting nor funny. He’s just boring. The whole film has no life in it at all. You’d at least expect some good action from To, but even the contrived climax just washes past. A real downer. Inexplicably bad.