Confession of Pain
A detective helps a friend investigate the mysterious death of his father.
I had fairly high expectations from the directors of Infernal Affairs here, but this is a hugely disappointing cop thriller. As expected, the cinematography is lush and sparkling - there are some magnificent night shots of the Hong Kong panorama - but the story is where this film falls flat. The plot is dishwater-dull TV movie stuff, and one has to feel shortchanged when the identity of the killer is revealed within the first half hour, robbing the rest of the film of tension. There are a couple of attempts at throwing in a red herring here and there, but when everything has been spelled out previously what's the point of that? Takeshi Kaneshiro and Tony Leung are good in the lead roles, but ultimately they don't have much to work with, the script forcing them to tread water for the second half until the underwhelming wrap-up.
A bereaved private investigator is called in to help find out who murdered the father in law of his best friend, the police chief, but soon suspects foul play closer to home. With Andrew Lau & Alan Mak (Infernal Affairs) directing and a cast that includes Tony Leung, Takashi Kaneshiro and Shu Qi, this ought to be a classy thriller. Yet despite these credentials it's a sombre, ponderous affair that ultimately disappoints.