The Stool Pigeon (Sin yan) (2010)
Police Detective Don Lee (Nick Leung) makes a bad call, causing a close informant to be injured. A year later, he must locate a new man to go undercover inside a jewel-theft ring. Ghost, Jr. (Nicholas Tse) doesn't want to do it, but Lee can offer deals and apply pressure that makes it hard to say no. Lee makes decisions based on the progress of his case, but not always at the benefit of his informant. Ghost must play a role, but can't decline the chance to do what's right.
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While watching this again, i realised its not as good. Like when its in the drama its exceeptional, but the characters are too dark and pretty much everyone who gets harmend in film almost deserves it and when its in the action...well i cant even call it action, just violence thats rough, brutal and harsh and dosent deliver a great deal that you would hope or want, it dosent work as well as Donnie Brasco or is as powerful as Infernal Affairs. Almost o waste of time if it wasnt for some of the performances and the craft from its director.More
Stool Pigeon is a good film, but not a great film. The reason is simple, it lacks the same amount of intensive tension of its predecessor and relies much on the acting of Nicholas Tse and Nick Cheung to take the film to the end. Tse is great and almost carries the film on his shoulders.
Dante Lam is a capable director and he is at his best, when the characters in his films are allowed to express their truest potential or perhaps when they go crazy.
The film itself is not too memorable either. Instead what we got delivered to us is a film that entertains, some interesting chases, fine acting and positive direction.
The Hong Kong crime thrillers continue from Dante Lam and this time The Stool Pigeon is served up.Aside from the main storyline, this film has subplots which enables a bulk of this picture to be character driven. The first portion of the somewhat lengthy 1 hour 50 minutes focuses a lot on story buildup as well as working through these multiple subplots, before letting loose for the finale. The side stories do take time away from the principal story, yet the results are important factors when all is said and done.The focus of the action is not the gun play, but rather the intense force of altercations and brawls. Ultimately, this movie lacks the finesse of bullets flying and ends up violently brutal instead.Both Nick Cheung and Nicolas Tse work well together as they fit nicely into their leading and mature roles. Lunmei Kwai is notable for standing out in the second half and Kai Chi Liu ends up with a prominent character.The Stool Pigeon contains both the action and the character drama, but it is the latter that makes this a solid film worth checking out.More
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