Hong Kong | 2013 | 110 minutes | Alan Yuen
Fiercely focused Inspector Lui and his police team are pushed to the limits of moral ambiguity in their quest to take down a group of Hong Kong’s canniest crooks.
May 19, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival
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A storm is coming to Hong Kong—one so destructive, it threatens to bring down everything in its path. In a crowded downtown neighborhood, the notorious crimelord Nam (Hu Jun) and his crew of ruthless lieutenants, armed with high-powered weaponry, execute a violent and daring armored car heist in broad daylight. The resulting carnage mobilizes the police, led by senior inspector Lui (Andy Lau), who is determined to put an end to Nam’s nefarious reign. However, extreme crimes require extreme measures, even if it means crossing moral lines. Tou, an ex-con desperate to leave his criminal past behind, agrees to be an informant for his former schoolmate Lau in exchange for a fresh star with his girlfriend Yin Bing. As Nam begins to plot his next big score, Lui’s manhunt heats up, leading the two sides into a high-stakes confrontation on the streets of Hong Kong’s central business district. Drawing on such influences as Heat, Killing Zoe, and The Town, director Alan Yuen crafts an entertaining, epic heist film.
Alan Yuen is a Hong Kong-based writer and film director. Although he’s written screenplays for several successful films, Firestorm (2013) is only his second solo directing effort.
Sponsored by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in San Francisco, Delta Air Lines
|Principal Cast:||Andy Lau, Lam Ka Tung, Hu Jun, Yao Chen|
|Running Time:||110 minutes|
|Producer:||Andy Lau, William Kong|
|Editors:||Kwong Chi-leung, Ron Chan|
|Filmography:||Princess D (2002); Touches of Love (1994)|
|International Sales:||Edko Films Ltd|