Protege

2007, Mystery & thriller, 1h 49m

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An undercover cop (Daniel Wu) is poised to inherit an aging drug lord's empire.

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  • Mar 17, 2012
    I'm no stranger to Asia crime movies as I have a fondness for Yakuza and Triad culture as I find it fascinating to watch. This is the first Asian crime movie I've seen revolving around drugs and I loved it. Protege is about Nick, an agent deep undercover for eight years has become unable to separate himself from his undercover persona, he immerses himself into his role as a crime figure. In the seedy underbelly of mob culture, where redemption comes at a price and the borders of justice, loyalties and truth are constantly changing, Nick grapples with dangerous choices and finds himself flirting with more than the devil. The story is spot on hitting all the right dramatic note and not taking it subject lightly. The main character is not one-sided like most agent that go undercover like other related movies which helps the movie standout. I thought everything was in tact as it had great dialogue, dynamic characters, and a interesting story to tell. Though I will say one scene in the movie did come out unintentionally hilarious as the police bust our drug makers when you see a guy cutting off a police man hand, he later picks it up, and it makes a fist terrifying the criminal and making him scream. Now I do love this movie, but it doesn't mean it's perfect. Daniel Wu did a good job in the lead role, but he just couldn't hold his own against Andy Lau. Andy Lau clearly upstages Daniel Wu in every scene they share and Wu character comes out inferior in portrayal which hurts the movie. Other than that everything else is on tact. It has a great atmosphere and you'll likely be drawn into it thanks to the locations, cinematography, and the actors making this world this story believable. Protege is a great crime movie that only fault is the lead actor being upstaged. Protege is a fascinating movie I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoy a good crime story.
    Caesar M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 03, 2011
    Infernal Affairs-a-like story about an undercover cop and the drug lord mentoring him to take over the family business. Less twisty turny than Infernal Affairs, but strong on educational detail. You can learn about the full heroin production chain from poppy growing and fixing a batch when it won't set, through to shoving the stuff in your body. Plus, in a poignant side tale, how rubbish it is for kids with junkie parents. <img src="http://photos.thefirstpost.co.uk/arts/2005/07/images/080417film_protege.jpg">
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Feb 03, 2011
    A well made and very interesting look at the heroin drug trade in present day Hong Kong seen through the eyes of an undercover agent who's infiltrated one of the biggest drug dealing gangs in the country run by Lin Quin (Andy Lau). It's gritty and pulls no punches and is quite insightful with it's depictions of the production and distribution of the drug. The effects of the heroin drug is also touched upon with the opening scene of a female drug addict and her daughter being particularly disturbing. Deserved all its award nominations back in Hong Kong, but it's a film that deserves to be watched by all.
    Lee ? Super Reviewer
  • Feb 16, 2009
    An incredibly well made thriller in the vein of Infernal Affairs. This isn't the average cop thriller though, it's a commentary on drugs and the drug world. The film details the farming, the selling and the addiction. Unlike many films though it keeps the story centralised to two main characters. It also uses the ingenious plot device of a man training his protege. This makes it acceptable for the exposition as we tour from the inner cities of Hong Kong to the wilds of Thailand. The film also has some incredible moments such as the bungled raid scene. It's funny, dramatic, tense and has VERY unexpected moments. The films only drawback is that it is very heavy handed. The messages are spelled out clearly and sometimes come a bit close to Reefer Madness forehead slapping absurdity. Luckily the performances pull everything together as does the movies final surprising question. It tells us that drugs are bad, but perhaps the emptiness that drugs fill is worse.
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