The Detective
C+ jing taam
Hong Kong, 2007, 109 minutes, SD
The Detective Synopsis

A missing young woman, a string of gruesome murders and a possible connection with the supernatural; horror maestro Oxide Pang (The Eye, The Messengers) sets his macabre sights on the detective genre in this gritty thriller from Hong Kong.


A private detective named Tam (Asian superstar Aaron Kwok) is drawn into a complex murder mystery when he is hired to track down a missing young woman. As the trail unfolds it appears that it might be a murder case and that supernatural forces may be at hand. It seems also that there is no one that Tam can trust to tell the truth anymore and truth itself is only revealed in the chilling climax to this intricate story.


“For Pang, the film is an exercise in evocative visuals combined with sticky tension, punctuated with the odd car chase or surreal comedic moment.” - Electric Sheep

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Reviewed by josephcalingasa
Visually appealing and riveting! This film by the Pang brothers gets the viewers' attention for the suspenseful story and well-edited shots.  Lead star Aaron Kwok as Tam seems a perfect... more
Visually appealing and riveting! This film by the Pang brothers gets the viewers' attention for the suspenseful story and well-edited shots.  Lead star Aaron Kwok as Tam seems a perfect fit for the role as detective and his portrayal is commendable.  The acting performance of the supporting is also laudable. This story of deceit and paranoia won awards at the Golden Horse Film Festival and the Hong Kong Critics Society Awards. Interesting to note that main star Kwok, aside from being an actor is also a famous singer and dancer in Hong Kong. Highly recommended and if you're into suspense flicks this will surely be to your liking. 
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Reviewed by nikkareyes
What caught my attention first was the soundtrack of the film, it was catchy and quirky! But more than that, it's a film that viewers will find interesting and riveting... more
What caught my attention first was the soundtrack of the film, it was catchy and quirky! But more than that, it's a film that viewers will find interesting and riveting as scenes unfold one by one. A big plus would of course be Aaron Kwok, the lead star who does much a great job in taking the reins, making the viewers watch in awe and suspense as action builds up scene after scene. You shouldn't dare miss this! Suspenseful with a tinge of humor! 
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Reviewed by Samueldtodd
A skilful blend of hardboiled whodunit and supernatural chiller, The Detective sees a hard-up Hong Kong detective on the trail of a missing young woman with a possible connection... more
A skilful blend of hardboiled whodunit and supernatural chiller, The Detective sees a hard-up Hong Kong detective on the trail of a missing young woman with a possible connection with a series of murders that have plagued the city. Reminiscent of Seven and Angel Heart, The Detective is propelled by its gritty atmosphere and an excellent performance from Aaron Kwok. Unfortunately, the central mystery narrative is at times tedious and uneventful, but it’s certainly worth persevering for its chilling climax.
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Samueldtodd  great review!
Samueldtodd  great review!
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  • Suspense is maintained the whole film and another great performance from Aaron Kwok !

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  • Suspense is maintained the whole film and another great performance from Aaron Kwok !
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  • Good thriller about a Hong Kong private investigator on a mysterious case

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