Oxide Pang's THE PHOTO Becomes THE DETECTIVE Becomes C+ DETECTIVE, Gets Trailer

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Oxide Pang's THE PHOTO Becomes THE DETECTIVE Becomes C+ DETECTIVE, Gets Trailer

Oh, you crazy Pang Brothers, why can't I quit you? The visually talented twins from Thailand love to tease, cranking out film after film with loads of pretty pictures but frequently failing to back those images up with decent scripts and acting. They do, however, get it right just often enough to force people to keep on paying attention. Of the pair I've always found Oxide the more interesting and his latest effort finds him branching out somewhat from his normal modus operandi. Aaron Kwok, fresh of his stunning performance in Patrick Tam's After This Our Exile stars as a down on his luck private detective trying to track down a mysterious woman based only on a single photograph. The customary Pang supernatural twist is there but this is much more a character piece with a noir edge and if Kwok is at all on his game the combination of a decent actor and Pang's eye behind the camera should make this worthwhile. The first trailer arrived while we were swamped with TIFF coverage here at ScreenAnarchy and we present it to you belatedly now.

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Chris ChurchillSeptember 18, 2007 7:38 AM

These Pang Bruvvas went downhill afer The Eye, and have dished out trashy film after trashy film. Why cant they just take their time on a film.

Kurt HalfyardSeptember 18, 2007 9:10 AM

I tell you that one of Oxide's more recent ones, Diary (Mon Seung) could have been absolute genius with a couple more screenplay rewrites. I agree that this idea of putting out 3 films ever 2 years or so is stupid.

Being perfectly honest, other filmmakers such as Woody Allen and Takashi Miike suffer from this. Tone down the prolific-ness and incubate each movie the proper amount of time. Throwing a hundred darts and hoping a few of them stick is not the way to go.

wisekwaiSeptember 18, 2007 3:51 PM

Wow. A Pang Bros film I'd actually be interested in seeing.

Tuan JimJanuary 15, 2008 10:26 PM

FWIW, just watched this on a flight from HK to Seoul. Although I was expecting some supernatural elements and you could possibly infer a couple - they're so subtle as to not really be there at all - it really plays pretty straight up as a detective film with some more psychological elements. Entertaining movie overall, and it was great seeing Kai Chi Liu again after SPL - I knew he looked familiar, but had to IMDB to remember where.