Director: Benny Chan
Starring: Aaron Kwok, Ekin Cheng, Daniel Wu,
Lee Sin-je, Gallen Lo, Ning Jing, Eric Tsang, Lau Shiu Ming,
Yu Rong Guang, Jan Lamb
RunTime: 1 hr 50 mins
Released By: Shaw
Official Website: http://www.divergence.com.hk
Released Date: 28 April 2005
The son of shady tycoon YIU (Gallen Lo) has been kidnapped.
YIU, long a target of investigations by the Commercial Crimes
Bureau for suspected money-laundering activities, is increasingly
desperate as he battles to search for his son and to fend
off police investigations….
(Aaron Kwok) is a dedicated but ill-fated cop who can never
get over his girlfriend’s sudden disappearance 10 years
(Daniel Wu) is a mysterious and ruthless assassin who breaks
the “Code of Killers”, by probing into the details
of a completed assignment;
(Ekin Cheng) is a renowned lawyer, who represents numerous
notorious crime leaders including YIU, and always manage to
acquit his clients from their charges.
of the three men SUEN, COKE and TO has distinct characteristics
with almost no similarities. How will their paths intertwine
and what will be the breaking point that will cause them to
The audience these days will remember Director Benny Chan's
entertaining action flicks such as "Gen X cop",
"Who Am I?" and the superb "EU Strike Force".
His name just fits the "action" label so well that
not much people can actually recall that he started his career
way back in the early nineties with movies liked "A Moment
Of Romance" and "The Magic Crane". In fact,
it was his directorial attachments to Jackie Chan's movies
that make him rises to the top of the action genre. Fast-forward
to recent years, Benny Chan seem to be shifting his gears,
manoeuvring towards more human intensity action dramas, (the
credible "Heroic Duo" and "New Police Story")
instead of just pure shoot-outs a la Michael Bay's style popcorn
Ho belongs to the new generation of filmmakers in Hong Kong,
an accomplished scriptwriter whose scripts includes Peter
Chan's remarkable "Comrades: Almost A Love Story"
and drama such as "July Rhapsody" and Teddy Chan's
addition to a cast that could cause an overdose on the testosterone
level, these three elements decide to converge and bring the
audience "Divergence". A pretty much mixed bag of
crime, suspense and romance. With an opening akin to a psychology
thriller and followed by a typical shoot-out sequence, you
know you are in for something native yet familiar "cuisine".
has been a while since Aaron Kwok appears in the limelight
and surprisingly he turns in a brilliant, mature performance
here as a love-torn cop, Suen whose girlfriend has mysteriously
disappeared ten years back. His inner struggle and despondency
is greatly portrayed on-screen, well enough to earn a few
tears from the female audience. Daniel Wu pretty much reprises
his role in "New Police Story" as a psychotic assassin
who had one of the coolest fight scene with Suen in the wet
market, one of those rare action sequences in the movie that
kept you glued to your seat and rooting for more. No additional
points will be awarded for guessing which area Benny Chan
is strong at. Gallen Lo who has since left TVB to carve a
contract-free career has a superflous role as a tycoon who
had triad-links. You can't help thinking he should be in another
tv serial. Last but not least, Ekin Cheng's character, a lawyer
who supposedly is the turning point of the whole plotline
ended up as a side dish, a role that should have been a movie
of it's own rather than being compelled to fit into the already
Tsang who had a minor role as a cop in the "Missing Persons"
department shines with his witty battering with Suen. It's
a pity that the chinese translation had caused the original
dialogues to lose much of the charm though.
"Divergence" is a classic case of "too many
cooks spoiled the broth". Lots have been said but little
and ambivalent details have been revealed. Smart audiences
would have been able to guess the twist at the halfway mark.
This time round, Ivy Ho's script is bogged down by numerous
elements and clumsily assembled at the end. Occasionally,
Michael Bay's style popcorn action-packed movies isn't that
bad after all if you come to think of it.
by Linus Tee