Plot: Detective Bun (Lau Ching Wan) was recognised as a talented criminal profiler until he sliced off his right ear to offer as a gift at his chief’s farewell party. Branded as ‘mad’ and discharged from the force, he has lived in seclusion with his beloved wife May (Kelly Lin) ever since. Strangely, Bun has the ability to ‘see’ a person’s inner personality, their subconscious desires, emotions, and mental state. When a missing police gun is linked to several heists and murders, hotshot Inspector Ho (Andy On) calls on the valuable skills of his former mentor Bun to help unlock the killer’s identity. However, Bun’s unorthodox methods point to a fellow detective and take a schizophrenic turn for the worse…
The film was released on 29 November 2007, making first place and grossing over HK$3.84 million. Finally, it had grossed over HK$10.67 million ($495,000), which is considered to be a very good result for a film that received a Category III rating in Hong Kong.
Mad Detective won award for Best Screenplay (Wai and Au Kin-Yee) award at Hong Kong Film Awards at the Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards, the 8th Chinese Film Media Awards, and the 2nd Asian Film Awards.
Mad Detective was screened at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival's Special Presentations and was nominated for Golden Lion at 64th Venice International Film Festival.
«Compared to the fire that drove the Election films and the pyrotechnics of Exiled the far more character oriented Mad Detective can feel much smaller than it really is. The emphasis here is not on style, camera tricks or action - though there is a healthy dose of that - but on the portrayal of a man lost in his own mind and taken on those terms Mad Detective is a resounding success. »
«Mad Detective sets out its stall, makes its case, tells its story and succeeds. It asks questions, creates mystery, and entertains. This is a film that mixes power, paranoia, perspective and passion into a heady brew that never becomes too complicated, that does, as they say, exactly what it says on the tin.»
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