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Beast Stalker

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Product Details

  • Language: Cantonese
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001T46TL0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #855,100 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By the title you would think this is a horror movie but it is definitely not. This Cantonese language movie (with English subs) has a lot of action and tense suspense in it as a Hong Kong cop tries to catch the kidnapper of a court prosecuter's little girl almost single handed. It has a lot of surprises in it and Nicholas Tse is both intense and believeable in his role as the main cop. The car crash scene near the opening of the film is both awesome and frightening at the same time and will definitely give a viewer pause the next time they sit behind the wheel of their own car. The movie had no trouble whatsoever keeping my riveted attention the whole time. A great action, crime drama with very good acting all around. Nick Cheung won several Hong Kong, well deserved, best actor awards for his role in this movie. Definitely one of the better Hong Kong cop/criminal movies I have seen in awhile. You come to care about the characters. Highly Recommended!!!
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Maybe, if the plot line of connections between participants in an event, in this case a car crash, hasn't been hammered by Hollywood versions, I might consider 4 stars for tight scripting and character development. But lacking novelty, my overall impression is just another same ol' kidnap rescue flick.

Also, in the realm of Chinese modern urban violence drama, masterpieces like Election+Triad Election, Infernal Affairs 1&2, Kill Zone, Dog Bite Dog, etc. set a very high standard of excellence. Tuff acts to follow.
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I rather thought that 2008 didn't bring anything special to the world of Hong Kong crime dramas. So, it is quite refreshing to see director Dante Lam with co-writer Jack Ng come up with an effective kidnap-crime-thriller such as "BEAST STALKER". The plot in "Beast Stalker" doesn't really offer anything groundbreaking, but it does succeed in playing on all its aces as a crime thriller. The film contains a good dose of action, suspense, grittiness, emotions with characters that are fleshed out.

After a bust, Sgt. Tong (Nicholas Tse) is a cop who takes his job very seriously. He overreacts when things don't exactly go as planned. Tong and his partner Sun, stumble upon a escaped felon, an evil doer named Cheung (Keung Ho-Man) and engages in a car chase, which ends with a real bad accident. During the attempted escape, Tong accidentally kills the child of Ann Gao (Zhang Jingchu), a divorced mom of twins and the appointed prosecutor who had been assigned Cheung's murder case. Fast forward to three months after, and Cheung awakens from a coma. Ann Gao is still assigned Cheung's case, and Tong, wracked with guilt had formed a friendship with Ann's other daughter, Ling (Wong Suet Yin). However, Ling is dragged into trouble as a mysterious man named Hung (Nick Cheung) is hired to kidnap her. The demands are simple, Ann must lose valuable evidence for her daughter to live. Now, in a race against time, Tong, aided by his friend Sun must find Ling--as an act of redemption.

"Beast Stalker" is pretty much a conventional crime thriller, and is essentially a simple cat-and-mouse thrill ride. The characters are pretty much average and may be seen as mere extensions of essential ones that have plagued this genre for many years.
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In "Beast Stalker" Nicholas Tse plays Tong Fei, a strict police detective still feeling guilty of the accidental death he caused while chasing criminals three months before. When a twin sister of the dead girl is abducted by an ex-boxer Hung King (Nick Cheung) in the pay of an indicted gangster, the young detective embarks on a mission on his own to save the girl, with a help from his trusted senior officer Sun (Kai Chi Liu).

"Beast Stalker" is a crime thriller Quentin Tarantino would admire for its narrative skills and complex characters. The contrived story is often melodramatic with several coincidences, and the plot is not entirely free from clichéd moments, but the film remains absorbing throughout thanks to the strong acting from the three leads Nicholas Tse, Kai Chi Liu and Nick Cheung, and the impressive on-location photography of the streets and alleys of Hong Kong.

Like many crime thrillers centering on troubled characters, the theme of guilt and redemption runs through "Beast Stalker." Those who prefer shoot-outs and car chases may not like the film's dramatic part, which I for one found more interesting than the action sequences. That doesn't mean "Beast Stalker" lacks action. The close combat sequences are powerful and realistic, and there is one great car crash scene that will play an important role in the story.

"Beast Stalker" is an above average crime thriller from Dante Lam, who went on to make another well-made thriller "The Stool Pigeon" starring Nicholas Tse and Nick Cheung again.
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