The Bullet Vanishes (2012)
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Average Rating: 6.4/10
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When a young girl at a bullet factory dies under mysterious circumstances, two detectives must investigate the reasons for her death -- and the strange occurrences that follow -- as they themselves become the target of the phantom killer.
Aug 31, 2012 Limited
China Lion - Official Site
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Any caseworking suspense is drowned out by an over-abundance of visual pizazz: disjointed shootouts, arbitrary camera angles and cinematography that draws the eye to lighting patterns, not people.
This China/Hong Kong co-production is lively, stylish and well-performed; it just doesn't know when to stop.
Dig deeply and you may find a metaphor about corrupt, uncompassionate government. But mostly "The Bullet Vanishes" is an agreeable period buddy movie, and that's plenty.
"The Bullet Vanishes" charges ahead at a perfect clip. Lo's delightful, hyperbolic audacity includes sharpshooter Guo's knack for banking bullets off walls to hit bad guys, as if playing pool.
This Chinese period thriller set in 1930's Shanghai boasts a fiendishly clever plot and gorgeous production elements.
When two charming detectives are sent in to detect stuff, the movie comes to life with their antsy, noose-escaping, quasi-vaudevillian kinetics.
A stylishly-directed, intelligent and well-acted murder mystery brimming with thrills, suspense and intrigue. It deserves an American remake.
Police track "phantom bullet" murders in this moody, twisty period mystery set in a Chinese munitions factory.
The presence of action hero Nicholas Tse and a winning performance by Lau Ching-wan go a long way to ensuring this handsome if underdone mystery-thriller is as engaging as it is.
It's a prevailing sense of decency that explains why The Bullet Vanishes is such an effective tonic for summer-movie fatigue.
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