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Mad Detective Review


Grim
Mad Detective? You got it. Officer Bun (Ching Wan Lau) has a reputation, not unlike director Johnny To, for beguiling acts of self-torture to prove that he means business. When Ho (Andy On), his new partner, first meets him, the detective is busy stabbing the hanging corpse of a large pig. A moment later, Ho is asked to zip Bun inside a piece of luggage and toss him down several flights of stairs. By the time Bun goes Picasso on his ear to honor the retiring Chief of Police, you're not surprised by much of anything he does.

18 months later, Ho tracks down the now-retired Bun to help him find a missing policeman that many think was shot by an Indian during a routine stakeout. The missing man, Wong, was last seen with his partner Chi Wai (an intense Lam Ka Tung), a crooked cop with a feral streak. Ho wants to ascertain Bun's most supernatural ability: The detective can see people's inner personalities, what they actually are under their well-worn aesthetics. It doesn't take much for Bun to suspect Chi Wai when he notices the police officer has seven personas, including a fat lard with a penchant for shark's fin soup and an ice-cold businesswoman.

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Black Mask Review


Terrible
Awful kung fu flick, with Jet Li prancing about as a bio-engineered superhero (mild-mannered by day, of course), who beats the crap out of 50 guys en route to busting up a gang. Despite some Jackie Chan-like moments, this is -- at best -- mindless violence. Emphasis on mindless.

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