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      Mad Detective

      Released Jul 18, 2008 1 hr. 29 min. Crime Drama List
      81% 21 Reviews Tomatometer 85% 2,500+ Ratings Audience Score Chan Kwai Bun (Lau Ching Wan) has the power to see people's "inner personalities," making him a very capable, if unorthodox and unstable, police detective. He is invited back to active duty by Ho Ka On (Andy On), a cop investigating the disappearance of a fellow officer whose weapon has been used in multiple robberies. Ho and Ko Chi Wai (Lam Ka Tung), the missing cop's partner, go after an Indian suspect. Bun, however, can see both men's inner selves and suspects something else at play. Read More Read Less

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      Nawt W This is one of those scarce movies that might seem erratic until you get to the ending, where everything just clicks and all the pieces form one remarkable narrative. To say that the ending blew me away is an understatement; it retroactively gives so much more meaning to Inspector Ho's role in the movie. This is how you create subversion. Instead of you groaning at his foolishness for doubting Bun, you are shocked by how the ending complements the initial storyline of corrupt cops and their egos, who will do anything to protect themselves. Bun's ability to see personalities is captivating both visually and narratively. There are so many bizarre and impulsive interactions, especially with the seven that Ko Chi-wai has. I wish more of them were highlighted; a couple of them don't even say a word. It really feels like they are supposed to represent the seven deadly sins, but alas, not enough time was given to them. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 04/10/23 Full Review Dante R You're kind of like, "Oh yeah, it's about this". But then something else happens. And then you're like, "Oh yeah, they're doing this kind of thing". But no, it's deeper than that. I liked it. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Dick C It's a good script, one of writers, Au Kin Yee who later gets the best screenplay by the Limbo from 40th Hong Kong Film Awards, 2021... Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 08/04/22 Full Review Audience Member A psychological detective thriller that doesn't make sense with its supernatural crap and about this psychologically mad detective that has delusions and the ability to see other people's sins and inner personalities, which helped him crack cases. However, the film is relentless in maintaining suspense, with great twists that you couldn't see it coming. A ridiculous yet original and brilliant detective thriller that will have its chills stay in your mind for a long time, and maybe drive you insane, recommended. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member I was able to catch up on a more recent Johnny To film via cable and I quite enjoyed Lau Ching Wan as the titular detective, who is able to see the true personalities of criminals, allowing him to solve increasingly strange cases. Well worth a look. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member a johnnie to's Psychopath Thriller with a Final Shootout Scene. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Ty Burr Boston Globe A stylishly funky Hong Kong thriller from cult director Johnnie To and co-writer/codirector Wai Ka Fai. Rated: 3/4 Aug 8, 2008 Full Review V.A. Musetto New York Post Mad Detective doesn't always make sense, and you cannot always tell what is real and what is imaginary, but viewers will be having too much zonked-out fun to care. Rated: 3/4 Jul 18, 2008 Full Review Manohla Dargis New York Times If the insanely inventive and entertaining Mad Detective weren't so weird -- and in Cantonese -- hordes of action geeks would be lining the block to see it. Rated: 4.5/5 Jul 18, 2008 Full Review Daniel Kasman MUBI After so many stoical, staunchly confident films from Johnnie To, it's always refreshing to see one of his collaborations with fellow Milkyway Image director/producer Wai Ka-fai... Nov 17, 2017 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews An inventive oddball pic that's diverting and borders on the ridiculous but never becomes uninteresting or completely loses its way. Rated: B May 9, 2010 Full Review Stan Hall Oregonian Expect an inferior American remake within five years. Sep 26, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Chan Kwai Bun (Lau Ching Wan) has the power to see people's "inner personalities," making him a very capable, if unorthodox and unstable, police detective. He is invited back to active duty by Ho Ka On (Andy On), a cop investigating the disappearance of a fellow officer whose weapon has been used in multiple robberies. Ho and Ko Chi Wai (Lam Ka Tung), the missing cop's partner, go after an Indian suspect. Bun, however, can see both men's inner selves and suspects something else at play.
      Director
      Johnnie To, Ka-Fai Wai
      Executive Producer
      Charles Heung
      Screenwriter
      Ka-Fai Wai, Kin Yee Au
      Distributor
      IFC First Take
      Production Co
      One Hundred Years of Film Co. Ltd., Milky Way Image Company
      Genre
      Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      Chinese
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jul 18, 2008, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 19, 2017
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $4.6K
      Sound Mix
      Dolby Digital