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.
«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. »
«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. »
«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.»
«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.»
«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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