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Confession of Pain

3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review

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NTSC/Region 3. Directors Andrew Lau and Alan Mak and producer Felix Chong, the team behind the remarkably popular Infernal Affairs and Initial D, re-unite to offer Confession of Pain. The story starts in 2003 when inspector Bong (Takeshi Kaneshiro) discovers his girlfriend (Emme Wong) has committed suicide. He turns to alcohol for relief and resigns from his job to work as a private detective. Three years later, his old partner Hei (Tony Leung), now a rising star in the police force, learns that his billionaire father-in-law has been ruthlessly murdered. Hei's wife Susan (Xu Jinglei), refusing to believe in the police's version of her father's case, enlists Bong's support to uncover the truth.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Import
  • Region: Region 3 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Imports
  • DVD Release Date: March 20, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000NQRTEG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,755 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Confession of Pain" starts off promisingly enough as Policemen Hei and Bong are on a stakeout, tracking and capturing a killer preying on young women. The same night, Bong's girlfriend commits suicide, sending Bong's life into a downward spiral. Three years later, Hei, still a policeman and now married, asks Bong, now a troubled and alcoholic private investigator, to look into the double murders of his wife's father and servant. A trail leads to certain suspects, but they have been found to be dead. Suspicions are that a third party was involved. In the meantime, the wife, Susan, is convinced that she is being stalked. Bong digs into the case and finds that there is more to the murders that meets the eye, with the trail leading back to events in Macau over 25 years ago. By the end of the movie, Bong has determined not only who the real murderer is, but also their motivations, in a final denouement.

There is no question of the production values of the film, as "Confession of Pain" is stylishly shot and produced by the directors of the "Infernal Affairs" films. As can be expected from directors Andrew Lau and Alan Mak, there are numerous (and beautiful) scenes of the Hong Kong skyline as conveniently enough, just about every character has an apartment with a view out onto the Hong Kong island vista. The acting is generally good, the highlight being Takeshi Kaneshiro ("House of Flying Daggers"), who puts in a stunning turn as the troubled Bong. Tony Leung ("Infernal Affairs"), as Hei, seemed to me to be playing his role by the numbers, while comedic value is found in the role of the policeman Tsui, played by Chapman To (who played the thick gangster Yan in "Infernal Affairs").

The trouble with "Confession of Pain" lies with the plot.
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