Mad Detective (2007)

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A rookie cop teams up with a former detective with a supernatural gift to hunt down a serial killer.

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Directors:

Johnnie To , Ka-Fai Wai

Writers:

Ka-Fai Wai, Kin-Yee Au

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26 July 2017 | jadavix
6
| Too confusing, as always
"Mad Detective" starts promisingly. It shows that Johnny To has hit on a premise that allows his movie to not make sense without that perhaps being too much of a problem. However it falls apart towards the end and becomes just as maddeningly obtuse as all his other movies, the novel starting point hurting the movie in the final act.

Bun is a detective with a supernatural gift - or is he just crazy? - that lets him see a person's "true personality". He is fired after he cuts off his own ear and tries to give it to his superior.

Some time later, a policeman has gone missing and his gun has been used in murders. Bun is tracked down to find the culprit.

Most of the above I had to check Wikipedia to find out. I remember the ear cutting bit, the fact that Bun has a "gift", and some of the other stuff. That's the thing with Johnnie To: details of crimes the characters are investigating and the motivations of the characters are always really sketchy, and the ending always requires you to understand stuff you don't.

I think the problem with "Mad Detective" is its style. At first you feel liberated when you realise much of what you see on screen isn't supposed to be real and probably isn't supposed to make sense. You're seeing what the Mad Detective, Bun, sees. But in the end you realise you actually needed to be able to tell the difference between the real and the fake, and the movie doesn't give you enough help in this regard. There should have been a clear stylistic difference between the figments of Bun's imagination and those things that exist outside of his mind, or his second sight.

What felt like an illuminating device only ended up adding more confusion than the usual To film.

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