Nightfall 2012 NR

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As Lam zeroes in on a killer from the past, the murder appears to be a straightforward case of revenge. But the more that Lam pursues his suspect, the deeper he falls into a web of lies. To find the truth, Lam must dig into a 20 year-old case for answers.

Starring:
Nick Cheung, Janice Man
Runtime:
1 hour 48 minutes

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Nightfall

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Action
Director Chow Hin Yeung Roy
Starring Nick Cheung, Janice Man
Supporting actors Chi-Yeung Chow, Shawn Dou, Yuk-Keung Kwok, Chi-Wai Lai, Mike Leeder, Chia-Hui Liu, Janice Man, Kay Tse, Michael Wong, On-on Yu
Studio Well Go USA
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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The dialogue was very good.
Handsome-Jeff Friedberg, an Author and Media-Critic, THE PARANORMALIST (R)
You have a mute convict who has not seen society in more than 20-years, coming out to reality but yet manages to garner high end spy equipment.
Dennis A. Amith (kndy)
Maybe it was done to enhance the drunken stupor his character was always in, but that seems to be a bit of a stretch.
C. Sawin

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Sawin VINE VOICE on May 21, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
A man is sent to prison for raping and killing a woman that he had a reputation for stalking. 20 years later, that same man Eugene Wang (Nick Cheung) is released on parole and is a free man. Meanwhile, a renowned pianist named Han Tsui (Michael Wong) is preparing for his final string of concerts before retirement. Behind closed doors, Tsui is an abusive alcoholic that takes all of his frustrations out on his daughter Zoe (Janice Man). When the authorities pull Han Tsui's mangled corpse out of the river, Inspector Lam (Simon Yam) is put on the case. Lam has a reputation for reopening closed cases and is the only one who's connecting the case from 20 years ago to this one. Lam's detective work seems to only uncover more questions. What could the Tsui family be hiding and how is Eugene Wang connected to them?

Personally speaking, it's always been incredibly easy to compare the acting careers of Simon Yam and Liam Neeson. They're both mostly known for their supporting roles where they usually made a strong impact, but became relevant for the tragic end the characters they portrayed always seemed to find. The vengeful storyline of "Nightfall" seems to purposely echo "Oldboy" with its never ending tale of revenge, one of the main characters being imprisoned, and the large gap in time; "Nightfall" also makes it a point to make sure you see Eugene pick up a hammer without ever actually doing anything with it.

There are quite a few layers to dig through when it comes to the story and while it's easy to comprehend it also seems like the film goes out of its way to take every back road and scenic route just to get there. They highlight Lam's shortcomings early on; he passes out from drinking too much regularly because he's still mourning his wife that committed suicide.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Lee Zimmerman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 7, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Everyone appreciates a good cop story, and the Chinese are no different. Those dedicated investigators who stick it out through thick and thin to get to the bottom of things are a cause for celebration wherever they serve. There's one thing a cop anywhere will tell you: somehow - in some way - it all comes back to family. This doesn't necessarily mean mom or dad or little sis are guilty, mind you; what it means is that there are few motivators in life as strong as the bonds that tie us together. Despite the best of intentions, families can drive us to drink; they can drive us to drive; and, in the worst circumstances, they can drive us to commit the very darkest of sins.

Such is the stuff of NIGHTFALL, a quiet and meditative thriller directed by Chow Hin Yeung Roy.

(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and character. If you're the kind of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I'd encourage you to skip down to the last two paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you're entirely accepting of a few modest hints at `things to come,' then read on ...)

Detective Lam (the omnipresent Simon Yam) heads up a detective squad that specializes in cold cases. He identifies Wong Yeun-Yeung (Nick Cheung) as being tied to what appears to be a revenge killing. It looks like once he was released from prison, Wong went after the man a put him there - a renowned pianist whose daughter it was proved Wong raped and murdered. However, things don't rest easy with Lam, and, as he keeps pulling back the layers, he uncovers a family's long-hidden secret ... something so stark that it's still causing pain today.
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By Sandra on December 6, 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I originally watched this as part of a marathon of movies on board Korean Air during a 15 hour flight home. This movie was powerful in a quiet understated way. I had to buy it as soon as I could order it here in the States.
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Format: DVD
I used to watch a lot of Hong Kong crime thrillers, but recently they to have been usurped by the South Koreans. "Nightfall" is the first thriller from the Island I've seen in some while and it's quite the watch.

Here's the scoop. A man (Wang) is let out of prison, after 20 years, for a murder he didn't commit. Upon release he spies on the family of the daughter who he was accused of murdering. He becomes obsessed with their new, young daughter. Dad is killed and the police are now after him again.

There's a lot to like here. You see what's happening and you have some of it figured out, but it doesn't all add up so you stick with it to fill in the blanks. You also have some good characters. The ex-prisoner, Wang, is mute so there is a degree of sympathy for him, but why is he acting so creepy? Is he planning another murder? Of who? The father? The daughter? Then there's detective Lam (Simon Yam) who is a good detective but always has a booze bottle nearby and needs a much better relationship with his daughter. All these things begin to add up but, after all was said and done, I had some pretty serious questions.

This is some good film making. The shots of Hong Kong are great. It looks like a modern, bustling metropolis. The nighttime overheads make you want to plan your next vacation. The acting, writing and all that are very professional. I also liked the way the story unfolded. The key plot elements are kept as late into the film as possible so the revelations are surprises. But doesn't, given what happens to dad fairly early on, it make the whole thing unnecessary? I guess I might need to see it again to determine this.

This is a good watch. Not the best movie you'll ever see but much better than most.
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