Plot: The interception team at the Criminal Intelligence Bureau is sent in. Led by Inspector Leung Chun-Yi, the team has veteran cop Yeung Jen and the young rookie Lam Yat-Cheung, they infiltrate Feng Hua International to install interception devices and start to monitor the company's phone traffic. Three cops become increasingly thrilled by the secrets they heard while conducting surveillance on a listed company, without knowing the blood and danger awaiting them. (Panorama Distributions)
Overheard was written and directed by Alan Mak and Felix Chong, the writers behind the Infernal Affairs trilogy.
The film was produced by Derek Yee, who previously worked with the film's lead actors Lau Ching-Wan, Louis Koo and Daniel Wu. Yee has described the film as an 'ensemble film', since it was hard to get all three actors to work together on one film.
Budget: HK$5-10 million
The movie hit box-office, grossing about $11.7 million in 12 days on the mainland.
«Многие люди уверены, что хороший современный фильм из Гонконга обязательно должен быть похож н продукцию студии Milkyway. Феликс Чонг так считает, Майкл Мак так считает, я так считаю. Чтобы были молчащие мужчины, серьезные проблемы, крутой, почти “корейский”, саундтрек и безупречная цветная картинка. »
«Set against the towering Hong Kong buildings, these range from an engaging music score and a visually stunning cinematography to a stylish editing style and a solid art direction. These complement the story, which make us think, under this fine visual package, the underlying message of the darkness that the human soul is capable of is a poignant one.»
«Pacing is wonderful; constantly engaging, it manages to achieve that suspense film imperative of wounding tension tighter and tighter around the characters, and thus the audience. ... Overheard is a rare gem of a well-made film in an era of languishing mediocrity of the Hong Kong film industry. Deserves to be seen.»
«After INFERNAL AFFAIRS III, CONFESSION OF PAIN, LADY COP & PAPA CROOK and now this, one has to start asking whether Alan Mak and Felix Chong were ever really all that good to begin with or were the first two INFERNAL AFFAIRS films just happy accidents rather than the jubilant salutation of a new creative force in Hong Kong Cinema that we all had hoped they were.»
«The cat-and-mouse thriller is deeply cynical, yet slyly tows the line of China's censors by tacking on a certain rough justice. The cogent script and the hot topics of corporate chicanery and stock market frenzy should enable international crossover.»
«Overheard has proved to be a box-office hit in the Asian theatres and is definitely worth going out of your way to check it out.»
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