That Demon Within (Mo Jing) (2014)



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That Demon Within stars Golden Horse Award-winner Daniel Wu (Overheard, Hot Summer Days, Control) as a dutiful police officer who doubts himself after saving the life of a notorious and ruthless killer played by Nick Chueng (On the Edge, The White Storm). Unsure if he did the right thing by protecting a cold-blooded murderer, his actions come back to haunt him when the killer and his gang become the leading suspects in a bloody armed robbery. The film, directed by Dante Lam (Unbeatable, The Viral Factor), will have its world premiere at the 64th Berlinale's Panorama Special section on February 8th. (c) China Lion
Art House & International , Horror
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Critic Reviews for That Demon Within (Mo Jing)

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (8)

Pulp done with passion can be its own reward, as the veteran Hong Kong filmmaker Dante Lam shows with his feverish cop thriller "That Demon Within."

Full Review… | April 17, 2014
New York Times
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[The] Stephen King-like angle is the richest material in "That Demon Within," which is otherwise another tale of gangsters turning against one another.

April 17, 2014
Seattle Times
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This Hong Kong import can't resist the urge to dumb down a fascinating premise for the sake of mass consumption.

Full Review… | April 17, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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There's a half-realized, half-haunting Hitchcockian psychodrama buried somewhere within "That Demon Within." What's on the surface plays more like Wong and Lam simply forgot to take their meds.

Full Review… | April 17, 2014
Boston Globe
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When "That Demon Within" finally burns down, all that's left is char and ash.

Full Review… | April 17, 2014
Washington Post
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That Demon Within often feels like a berserk plot-vending machine.

Full Review… | April 16, 2014
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for That Demon Within (Mo Jing)


The premise for this film had so much potential, but director Dante Lam couldn't resist the urge to dumb it down for the mainstream media. Somewhat playing out like a Hong Kong Fight Club, That Demon Within pits a man against himself, struggling to come to terms with his past. Overall, the production value is nice, but the action poorly choreographed and the flashbacks brutally redundant. This is just another film that could have been something great, but lacked subtlety.

Dov Doviak
Dov Doviak

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