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A-1頭條 (2004)

Reviewed by: MrBooth
Date: 11/04/2012

This film had shades of brilliance, but they were smeared together so artlessly that the finished picture was more akin to, e.g., vomit X( Unless the film was trying to be unusally sly - which Leung Ka Fai's final comments about "the truth up to now" might have hinted at, it seems like somebody forgot to proof read the script and make sure it made the slightest bit of sense. Characters seem to act very inconsistently in numerous instances, and several of the scenes that make you think there's some intriguing mystery and conspiracy to be uncovered turn out to have been about nothing, or just get forgotten about. Notably:

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Somebody tries to kill the main characters on two occasions, and at the end of the film they just forget about it!

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The film doesn't even seem to know what sort of film it wants to be - Gordon Chan apparently reckons it's a love story between Anthony Wong and Lee Sinje, which a) Ew! and b) when?

Still, on the bright side, Lee Sinje is definitely getting more attractive with age :)

Reviewer Score: 3

Reviewed by: cissie
Date: 03/21/2005
Summary: Intelligent and well-written

A well-written story in which Angelica Lee tries to find out if the death of her reporter boyfriend is connected with his investigation of the ‘suicide’ of a model. She enlists the help of ex-cop turned debt collector Anthony Wong, who gives a wonderfully understated performance, and photographer Edison Chen.

While trying to unravel the twisted plot we are introduced to several other well rounded characters, including newspaper editor Tony Leung Ka-Fai, who may or may not be impeding the investigation for their own purposes.

An intelligent film with good performances.