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Lady Cop & Papa Crook (2008)

Lady Cop & Papa Crook (2008)

Released: 2008
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Genre, Thriller
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Starring: Guoli Zhang, Eason Chan, Sammi Cheng, ,
Run time: 92 min
IMDb: 5.2/10
Country: Hong Kong
Views: 140874

Synopsis

Storyline:
A corrupt red oil kingpin enlists the aid of a female police officer to help find his son.
User Reviews: Saw a midnight screening of this last night — not a good way to usher in 2009. Absolutely awful film. Felix Chong and Alan Mak (of Infernal Affairs fame) want to reprise the cop/gangster conflict story, but they’ve managed to make a complete mess. There are way too many characters, and the end result is that no one has anything of substance to work with. So everything simply falls apart.

Nothing in the script makes sense, to the point that the audience can’t even figure out who actually carried out the crime in the end — as the script says something completely contradictory to what is shown on-screen. Everything is done out-of-character and completely out-of-reality, with no rhyme or reason and no resolution.

And even if there was a resolution, what’s the point? No one cares about these shells of characters. Sammi brings her typical on-screen Sammi persona, frequently throwing tantrums even though she’s supposed to be a professional leading a police force. Eason simply has to phone it in as a triad boss, with no backstory and no logic to his character. There’s a bunch of goofy supporting roles (Conroy Chan, Richie Jen, et al) that would have made sense in a Wong Jing film, rather than a crime film that we’re supposed to take seriously. The only bright spot is Chapman To, who puts in a hilarious performance as always and deserved a lot more than his 5 minutes of screen time.

Despite a couple of nice shots throughout, this is horrid and highly avoidable. Hong Kong cinema, you can do a hell of a lot better.

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Public on December 2, 2019

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