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Stool Pigeon, The

General info
Original title: Sin Yan (线人)
Country: Hong Kong
Year: 2010
IMDB Rating: 6.8 375 votes
Plot: Senior Inspector Don Lee teaches his fellow officers that they have to win the trust of their stool pigeons, but not to get too friendly at the same time. However, Don himself lives in the guilt of sacrificing his informant, who was almost slashed to death after his cover was blown and became a vagabond.

Lee recruits a new stool pigeon, ex-convict driver Ghost Jr., in order to bringing down a vicious robber Barbarian. Ghost is desperately in need of money to repay his dead father's gambling debt and save sister who works as a prostitute. So Ghost Jr. has no choice but to become Lee's snitch and report back on the gang activities of Barbarian, who are planning a jewellery shop heist.
  • 'The Stool Pigeon' is fourth straight collaboration of director Dante Lam and writer Jack Ng. The three other films are Beast Stalker (2008), Sniper (2009) and Fire of Conscience (2010).

  • The film premiered at number two in the Hong Kong box office on its opening week and placed at number one next week. It has grossed a total of US$1,598,123.
Movie info
Language: Cantonese
Colormode: Color
Running time: 113

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Tags: Stool Pigeon, Sin Yan, 2010, Hong Kong movies, Action movies, Drama movies, Thriller movies, asian movies

Featured reviews for

Stool Pigeon, The
(overall rating: 3.7 out of 5 based on 4 reviews)
Variety, by LESLIE FELPERIN source:
«Latest collaboration between helmer Dante Lam and screenwriter Jack Ng offers a judicious blend of gritty morality and frisky action, topped off with strong perfs, especially from co-stars Nick Cheung and Nicolas Tse. Script crams in a little too much backstory and gets a bit soapy at times, but it's never boring. »
LoveHKFilm, by Kozo source:
«Despite not having the word "Beast" in its title, The Stool Pigeon is a solid Hong Kong film and a fine recovery for Dante Lam after the underwhelming experience that was Fire of Conscience. It's predictable and sags in the middle but the ride is a good one. Nick Cheung and Nic Tse are again pretty damn good. »
Twitch, by James Marsh source:
«Lam has lost none of his visual flair and again proves he knows this genre so well he's not afraid to push it in new directions, while simultaneously drawing excellent performances from his actors. THE STOOL PIGEON is a down and dirty thriller about lonely abandoned souls left to fester in the city's gutters. They are damaged, depressed and dangerous people pressured into high-stress situations that can all too easily end badly. The result is a film that's grubby, grimy and really rather good.», by Gabriel Chong - 4/5 source:
«While it doesn’t feature as much by way of action as one would expect from a usual Dante Lam film, its strong character-driven drama still packs a solid punch. At a time when the Hong Kong film industry seems inundated by big-budget China co-productions, Dante has stuck to his guns to deliver a gritty true-blue Hong Kong cop thriller set entirely in the iconic streets of Kowloon.»
HK Magazine, by Winnie Yeung - 4/5 source:
«Lam has developed three-dimensional characters that make your heart sink when you watch them suffer through bad choices. ... Once in a while the most excellent film comes with a heartbreaking feeling that haunts you even after you walk out of the cinema. And “Stool Pigeon” is one of those films.»

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Lam, DanteLAM Dante
NG Wai Lun
LAI Henry
Emperor Motion Pictures
Huayi BrothersHuayi Brothers
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Cheung, NickCHEUNG Nick
as Don Lee
Tse, NicholasTSE Nicholas
as Ghost Jr.
Kwai, LunmeiKWAI Lunmei
as Dee
Lu, YiLU Yi
as Barbarian
Liu, Kai ChiLIU Kai Chi
as Jabber
Miao, PuMIAO Pu
as Cher
Cheng, LawrenceCHENG Lawrence
as Cher's brother
Chung, ShermanCHUNG Sherman
as Ghost's sister
Ho, TonyHO Tony
as Pimp Wing
Keung, PhilipKEUNG Philip
as Tai Ping
Lee, Shing-CheungLEE Shing-Cheung
as Don's superior
Ng, DeepNG Deep
as Fairing
KWOK Jing-Hung
LAM Roderick
LAU Kong
as Cher's father
LEUNG Siu-Bing
as Social worker
as Undercover CID Agent
WAN Yeung Ming
as Santa's Helper

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