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

Montreal Premiere

  • Hong Kong 2009
  • 100 min
  • 35mm
  • Cantonese/mandarin with English/chinese subtitles
WINNER: Best Editing, Hong Kong Film Awards 2010
WINNER: Best Action Film, Chungmuro International Film Festival 2010
Official Selection, Munich Asia Filmfest 2009
Official Selection, Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival 2009
Official Selection, Prague International Film Festival 2009


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“A tightly-coiled, morally ambiguous parable... maintains a taut pace... ace ensemble acting” — Maggie Lee, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER


Director: Alan Mak, Felix Chong
Screenplay: Alan Mak, Felix Chong
Cast: Lau Ching-Wan, Louis Koo, Daniel Wu
Producers: Derek Yee, Henry Fong
Print Source: Distribution Workshop



Members of a police surveillance team conduct an extended stakeout and wiretap operation on a powerful and crooked businessman. When one of the cops decides to make use of the inside information they’re collecting to make a killing on the stock market, all three end up entering into some very dangerous ground. Insider trading proves not to be a victimless crime, after all, as the trio’s plans quickly unravel and the situation spirals into violence. Before long, they’re not just worried about holding onto their jobs, but their lives.

Hong Kong’s most powerful directorial duo joins forces with three of its biggest stars for the white-collar thriller OVERHEARD. Written and directed by Alan Mak and Felix Chong, the duo responsible for writing INFERNAL AFFAIRS, it stars Lau Ching-Wan (MAD DETECTIVE and WRITTEN BY, the latter at Fantasia this year), Daniel Wu (THE BANQUET) and Louis Koo (the ELECTION films, this year’s Fantasia offering ACCIDENT). Laced with the sort of melodrama you get only from Hong Kong cop movies, OVERHEARD takes us into a tense world that we seldom see. This is far from a typical guns-blazing cop thriller. No, the action here is largely in the mind. Surveillance is a game of patience, success goes to whoever is the smartest and most diligent, and the focus on men who simply observe for a living results in a unique, twisty game of cat and mouse with deadly consequences.

As the trio at the core of the film, Lau, Wu and Koo get the chance to add some new wrinkles to their on-screen personas, all three of their characters being generally well-intentioned but with a willingness to break the rules lurking just beneath the surface. The age gaps between the trio may not be large enough to refer to them as three distinct generations of leading men—the lines between Lau and Koo, and then between Koo and Wu, are both blurred—but these are three of Hong Kong’s absolute best getting the rare chance to play off one another, and all three deliver.

—Todd Brown

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