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Starring: Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Shu Qi, Chapman To, Xu Jinglei
Director: Andrew Lau and Alan Mak
Rating: NC-16 (Some Violence)
Year Made: 2006


- Trailer
- Teaser Trailer
- The Making of
- Photo Gallery




Languages: Cantonese/Mandarin
Subtitles: Chinese & English
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Letterbox
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 46 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: InnoForm Media



In a city of love and prosperity, a city of lost hope and premature death, veteran detective Hei (TONY LEUNG CHIU-WAI) feels it all: the hurt, the helplessness, the horror. When his father-in-law, the billionaire benefactor Chau, is gruesomely murdered in his palatial mansion, he enlists the assistance of his former partner turned private detective, Bong (TAKESHI KANESHIRO).

But no sooner has Bong agreed to crack the case with Hei than he realizes nothing is what it appears to be.

But Bong has his own demon to fight. Ever since the suicide of his pregnant girlfriend, he has lost his joie de vivre, even though he still retains the finest instincts of a man hunter. As he digs deeper and deeper into the case, all evidence seems to point to Chau’s daughter and Hei’s hysterical wife, Susan. But then the killer ups the ante by murdering Susan as well. Bong starts grappling with the suspicion that the man they hunt is someone very close to them.

Like lost souls in a city of fallen angels, the cop, the private detective, and the killer are doing what they must. Every step of their journey takes them closer and closer to one another, until a shocking denouement in which no stone is left unturned and no one can escape unscathed.


Let me put this up front: Confession of Pain is a better movie than the Oscar-iginal Infernal Affairs. Seriously speaking, how can we expect the unholy triumvirate of Hong Kong cinema - director/cinematographer Andrew Lau, director/writer Alan Mak and writer Felix Chong - to stagnate after three further collaborations and a Hollywood stint for Andrew?

With this movie, the trio tried to work some depth and darker material into a basic cop thriller storyline. Confessions delivered as much, with spectacular shots of the cityscape adding much to the narrative. It is not as good a story as Infernal Affairs, but its production and execution is one of the best among Hong Kong movies.

The cast, including the reliable Tony Leung, stylish Takeshi Kaneshiro, funnyman Chapman To as well as the experienced Xu Jinglei and Shu Qi basically brought the movie to the next level. Xu is a scene-stealer with her quiet but engrossing portrayal of an innocent victim of cross-generational vendetta. Chapman To astounds with a hushed everyman role so at odds with his boisterous personality and Tony made me fall in love with half-rimmed metal spectacles and neatly groomed hair again. Now I just need to perfect the look-in-the-eyes.


The disc includes a teaser trailer and trailer; a making-of; and a stills gallery. Now we know Xu Jinglei is an accomplished director/actor back in China and Takeshi has no knee ligament. Nothing amazing here – the focus is the movie.


Fantastic audio-visual transfer. These guys take pride in what they are doing.



Review by Lim Mun Pong



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