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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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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. Read morePublished on December 6, 2013 by Sandra
This was a competent production with great acting by Simon Yam and Nick Cheung. The women in this film were just adequate in their performance. Read morePublished on July 25, 2013 by Chief Thunder-Thud, of the Ojito Tribe
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