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Dog Bite Dog
Dog Bite Dog

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Sponsored by: Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office (Canada)
Montreal Premiere

Hong kong
2006 | 109 min | 35mm
Vietnamese/cantonese/khmer/english/thai language, English subtitles

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Screening Times

July 6th, 2007
11:55 pm
J.A. De Seve
July 10th, 2007
5:10 pm
Hall Theatre

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Description

Cambodian criminal Pang seems less than human from the moment he appears, stowed in a cage-like structure on a smuggler’s boat. The childhood product of a cruel, backwoods death-match boxing compound, he’s a young man for whom raw animal instincts take the place of any moral reasoning. Pang arrives in Hong Kong with no grasp of the local Cantonese language, an empty stomach and a scrap of paper clueing him in to the grisly assignment before him. Meanwhile, a bitter young cop, Wai, is perpetually butting heads and breaking rules in his department. Alerted to Pang’s crime, Wai leaps into action, and is soon confronted face to face with the hit man’s ruthlessness. The two begin a violent descent into depravity and vengeance, and the lines between cop and crook, predator and prey, human and vicious beast are soon blurred. But when Pang takes a simpleminded, sexually abused refugee under his wing, the stakes are raised even more dramatically and circumstances hurtle toward a shocking climax of tragedy and redemption.

If you’re in the mood for a fun, feelgood romp, for God’s sake, look elsewhere. Unlike so many Hong Kong cop-versus-criminal capers, Dog Bite Dog is no honourable gentleman’s joust of begrudging mutual respect. As the title suggests, this is a battle to the death worthy of the most savage nature documentary, a collision of unstoppable force and immovable object -- one driven by unfettered vengefulness, the other by the will to survive at any cost. The hostility between Pang (Vancouver-born actor/fashion designer/rapper Edison Chen, who’s been seen in Infernal Affairs, The Twins Effect and the American-made Grudge 2, and is working musically with with Kanye West) and Wai (’98 Hong Kong Film Award winner and co-star of Beast Cops, A Man Called Hero and One Nite in Mongkok) isn’t just palpable, it’s almost unbearable. And as a bonus, beloved Johnnie To regular Lam Suet turns up in a strong supporting role!

—Rupert Bottenberg

“Harrowing, punishing, and unforgiving to both its characters and the audience” - LOVEHKFILM.COM

“Utterly dark, suffocating with bleakness, sadistically violent... a disturbing film that will inundate your senses” - LUNAPARK6.COM

“Pulling no punches and offering no false hopes, it stands as a bold and bloody film which grabs the viewer by the throat right from the start” - James Mudge, BEYOND HOLLYWOOD

Credits

Director: Pou-Soi Cheang
Screenplay: Matt Chow, Melvin Li, Kam-Yuen Szeto
Cast: Edison Chen Sam Lee Lam Suet Pei Pei Cheung Siu-Fai
Producers: Leong Tak-Sam, Shin Yoneyama
Distributor: Dragon Dynasty/The Weinstein Company

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