Nicholas Tse is enjoying a healthy run of form in recent years, with award-winning turns in The Stool Pigeon and Bodyguards and Assassins, as well as big budget action thrillers like The Viral Factor under his belt. Tse's latest pairs him with the ever-dependable Lau Ching Wan in a period murder investigation that owes more than a passing debt to Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes films, as well as Jiang Wen's Let The Bullets Fly. What with the period setting, unorthodox pair of central detectives, talk of curses and supernatural forces, slo-mo action beats and the presence of secretive, powerful arms dealers, that debt to Ritchie's recent reincarnation of Conan Doyle's master sleuth may end up being pretty sizeable.
The Bullet Vanishes also sees the return of director Law Chi Leung (Double Tap), who has only helmed one other film in the past five years, and here reunites with producer Derek Yee in a film that isn't a million miles from Yee's previous effort, the disappointing The Great Magician, also starring Lau Ching Wan. This new offering co-stars Yang Mi, Liu Kai Chi, Boran Jing, Jiang Yiyan, Wu Gang and Wang Ziyi and opened in Mainland China this week. Emperor Motion Pictures today unveiled a new trailer to co-incide with the film's 13 September Hong Kong release date, which we present below.