Saat po long: Taam long [Paradox] (2017)

Saat po long: Taam long
Director: Wilson Yip
Writer: Nick Cheuk, Lai-Yin Leung
Cast: Louis Koo, Yue Wu, Ka Tung Lam, Chris Collins, Tony Jaa, Jacky Cai, Ken Lo, Hanna Chan, Vithaya Pansringarm
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 26.9.2018

Lee Chung Chi (Louis Koo) is a police officer in Hong Kong. He is tough and good at his job, but when his teenaged daughter Wing Chi (Hanna Chan) disappears in Thailand, his position at home helps him very little. Nevertheless, he goes to Thailand, hoping to help in the investigation and to find his daughter again. In Thailand he finds officers Chui Kit (Yue Wu) and his partner Tak (Tony Jaa) who are in charge of the case, although not necessarily happy with having to deal with Chung Chi as well. But when Wing Chi’s disappearance leads to a criminal conspiracy, they need all the help they can get.

Paradox is a very cool film that manages to transcend its basic thriller set-up by a healthy dose of criticism of the system and really fantastic fight scenes. I enjoyed every second of it.

The film poster showing the faces of five men under a yellow background with the silhouette of a girl walking in front of it.
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Yi ngoi [Accident] (2009)

Yi ngoi
Director: Pou-Soi Cheang
Writer: Kam-Yuen Szeto, Lik-Kei Tang
Cast: Louis Koo, Richie Ren, Shui-Fan Fung, Michelle Ye, Suet Lam
Part of: Viennale, Soi Cheang Tribute

The Brain (Louis Koo) is the leader of a group of assassins consisting of Fatty (Suet Lam), Uncle (Shui-Fan Fung) and Woman (Michelle Ye). They specialize in orchestrating hits that look like accidents. During their latest job Fatty is killed in an accident. But Brain doesn’t believe that it really was an accident. He starts shadowing their last client to uncover who has it in for him and his group.

Yi ngoi is a very cool film and Brain is a very cool character. The idea with the accident killings is pretty awesome, though they don’t spend much time with it. And the movie unfolds quite nicely.

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