Mad Detective
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Mad Detective

General info
Original title: Sun Taam (神探)
Country: Hong Kong
Year: 2007
IMDB Rating: 7.3 2770 votes
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.

  • The film currently holds an 83% rating at Rotten Tomatoes.
Movie info
Language: Cantonese, English
Colormode: Color
Running time: 89

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Featured reviews for

Mad Detective
Twitch, by Todd Brown source:
«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. »
LoveHKfilm, by Kozo source:
«Still, this is as interesting, entertaining, and fabulously off-beat as Hong Kong genre films get nowadays. Lai Ching-Wan is terrific as the eponymous "Mad Detective".»
Variety, by DEREK ELLEY source:
«Despite some cherishable, out-there moments, "Detective" is a bumpier dramatic ride than usual from the Milkyway Image alums, signaling more cultish biz than recent To-alone pics like "Exiled."»
The Hollywood Reporter, by Ray Bennett - 2/5 source:
«Mad Detective is an intriguing exercise in genre through imagery, but it's too cluttered to be engrossing or even entertaining. »
Reel Filmby, by David Nusair - 1/4 source:
«Mad Detective is ultimately as ineffective and dull a film as the would-be auteur has ever been involved with.»
View London, by Matthew Turner - 2/4 source:
«Lau Ching Wan is terrific as Bun, with his perpetual hangdog expression, his fake ear and - for most of the film - a bandage wrapped around his head, not to mention his too-short trousers.»
New York Post, By V.A. MUSETTO source:
«"Mad Detective" doesn't always make sense, and you cannot always tell what is real and what is imaginary, but viewers will be having too much zonked-out fun to care.»
d+kaz, by Daniel Kasman source:
«The film has a beautiful, grimly amusing, honed purity to its world so that we may accept the insanity to follow..»
Screen, by Dan Fainaru source:
«The main point of interest here, however, is not the pretty banal case, but the manner in which To and Wai handle the various personalities.»
Eye For Film, Andrew Robertson - 4.5/5 source:
«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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Wai, Ka-FaiWAI Ka-Fai
To, JohnnieTO Johnnie
AU Kin-Yee
China Star Entertainment
One Hundred Years of Film Company
Milky Way Image CompanyMilky Way Image Company


Lau, Ching WanLAU Ching Wan
as Inspector Chan Kwai Bun (as Lau Ching Wan)
On, AndyON Andy
as Inspector Ho Ka On
Lam, Ka TungLAM Ka Tung
as Ko Chi Wai (as Lam Ka Tung)
Lin, KellyLIN Kelly
as May Cheung
LEE Kwok-Lun
as Wong Kwok Chu (as Lee Kwok Lun)
LEE Choi-Ning
as Gigi (as Karen Lee)
Chan, FloraCHAN Flora
as May Cheung - in Bun's eyes
Cheung, Siu-FaiCHEUNG Siu-Fai
as Violent Man
- Ko's Inner Personality (as Cheung Siu Fai)
Lam, SuetLAM Suet
as Fatso - Ko's Inner Personality (as Lam Suet)
Lau, JayLAU Jay
as Calculating Woman
- Ko's Inner Personality (as Lau Kam Ling)
KO Eddy
as The Chief
Kuk, JoKUK Jo
as Cunning Woman
- Ho's Inner Personality (as Jo Koo)
YUEN Ling To
as Policeman (as Yuen Ling To)
Lee, JonathanLEE Jonathan
as Weak Boy - Ho's Inner Personality
YAN Ronald
as Chi-Wai's Boss
as Restaurant Manager (as Wong Wah Wo)
CHAU Apple
HA Jackson
HUNG Wai Leung
as One of Chi-Wai's personalities
(as Hung Wai Leung)
as (as Jeff Cheung)
SHING Chiu Chi
as One of Chi-Wai's personalities
LAI Jack
LAW Ching Ting
as One of Chi-Wai's personalities
(as Lu Ching Ting)
Bitto, Singh HartihanBITTO Singh Hartihan
as Naresh Sharma
SINGH Dhillon Jeevan
as Naresh Sharma's inner personality
Cheang, Pou-SoiCHEANG Pou-Soi
as Inspector Ho Ka On (voice) (as Soi Cheang)
KWOK Florence
as May Cheung (voice)
IVY Panda
as Gigi (voice) (as Ivy Pany)

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