Daai si gin (Breaking News) Reviews
Film coerente e per nulla sborone ( anzi al contrario sembrano tutti con la mira sballata, per assurdo). Bei personaggi e bella storia stile HK di una volta. Grande Scarcy, ottimo consiglio!
I just watched ‚??Daai Si Gin‚?? again and found the movie just as exciting and entertaining as the first time around. It is a smart, suspenseful and ‚?? at times ‚?? funny cops-and-robbers flick with artfully choreographed action scenes. The best one grabs you right at the start: a spectacular seven-minute shoot-out with a camera constantly moving up and down the sides of buildings, shown without a single visible cut.
The story is made interesting by a meta-media twist: The movie centers around a PR scam by the police during a hostage drama which is getting out of control.
Aficionados of Chinese cuisine will particularly enjoy a sweet little scene when two of the crooks turn cooks, finding out that their major dream in life was owning a restaurant.
Fine performances by Kelly Chen (‚??Infernal Affairs‚??), Richie Ren and Nick Cheung add to the fun.
I think it's one of the most interesting movie of the world.
"Breaking News" starts off as the police bust a group of gangsters as they are about to heist a bank and the ensuing carnage depicts the police in a bad light with the media. The police then develop a plan to pursue the criminals with the media spinning their way by making it 'a show' for the public. Of course, the criminals find themselves between a rock and a hard place and begin counter spinning the media and looking for their way out.
I think conceptionally, "Breaking News" has a lot of solid things going for it. We've seen movies that tap into the idea of spinning the media but never in an action environment (at least I haven't) and with Johnnie To's minimalist scripting style and visual epic-ness, there is some great things spinning here. The opening 7 minute uncut camera shot of the initial criminal/police street gunfight is something of a directorial nightmare and massively impressive. Unfortunately, it also sets the standard for the film very high and the rest of the run time is spent trying to match that moment, for which, it never does. It does succeed in its visual prowess and general tone, which is still pretty enticing so that by the end of the film you feel a least moderately satisfied with your experience.
Of course, as with most To films, the acting is once again superb. His minimalist scripting approach makes actors and actresses have to act without the words, and in "Breaking News" they do so admirably. Unfortunately, because of To's minimal story depth and character work, there is also far too much left out in the open. We get to see a moment in time, but hardly ever get to see the 'why' ever explained. Why is police man Cheung so obsessed with catching these guys (expect for the fact that they humiliated him)? What's the story with the 'director' of the show and Simon Yam's police chief? What's the criminal's connection to one another?
Good pickup for forgien film fans.
MP Grade A+
A great deal of the success of genre stalwarts Die Hard and Speed can be attributed to a certain level of verisimilitude they maintain. Much of the action felt like it could happen so when something outlandish occurred the viewer was so involved with the story that it didn?t really matter. The same is true of Breaking News. Police procedures are meticulously detailed (this may be the best police procedural film since The French Connection) and feels real. Action is controlled and tight. Writing the following sentence I am aware that it may be one of the few positive comparisons of a film to a video game in the history of human writing but this film feels a lot like Rainbow Six except with, you know, real people. And that is a genuine compliment. Breaking News succeeds where every video game film should succeed but always fail ? here we feel as though we are part of the action. This is thanks to the attention to detail, and camera work and editing are that are rarely anything other than inventive, fluid and perfectly executed.