Monday, March 30, 2009

The Detective - C+偵探

The Detective (C+偵探) is a 2007 film out of Hong Kong based in Thailand starring Aaron Kwok (郭富城), directed by Oxide Pang of The Pang Brothers.

Aaron Kwok plays a private investigator named Tam. Tam is approached by a bar buddy to investigate a girl. The bar buddy, now client, says that the girl is trying to kill her. At first Tam, rejects the request saying that the client is just trying to get a girls phone number. But when he drops a stack of bills, Tam quickly changes his mind. The investigation happens and that's where the fun begins. The movie seems to be based in a "Chinatown" type area of what I presumed to be Bangkok. However, I first thought he was in Vietnam when the movie started.

The movie is gritty and dark. Which added to the appeal. It presented a slice of Chinese immigrant life in Bangkok that I've never seen (hey, I live in LA). If there were more scenes at night and a love interest, I'd classify this film as film noir.

But its a thriller suspense mystery movie all rolled up into one. Aaron Kwok gives another stellar performance after his turn as a degenerate father in 父子 (After This Our Exile).

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