Confession of Pain (2006)
Reviewed by: STSH on 2007-01-08
Summary: Stylishly down and dirty
Dark, disturbing, very gory, well photographed, well acted. Looks like Andrew Lau is paying serious homage to Martin Scorcese.

I've long found Leung Chiu Wai, little Tony, to be an irritating actor, perhaps because of the number of irritating roles he played in his early career. But even from such an starting prejudice, I must admit that he has improved, and continues to do so. He turns in a fine and multi-faceted performance as the troubled senior cop.

Just as good is Kaneshiro, as the tortured alcoholic and former sidekick of Tony's, and the two bounce off each other like two old buddies, despite serious tension between them, as the story makes clear almost from the outset.

Pity the same can't be said for Shu Qi. Sorry fans, but she's wasted here. She's little more than an accessory to Takeshi, and is not given the space in the story to do anything more. Sigh.

Chapman To provides brief flashes of comic relief from the mostly morbid and menacing proceedings, and Xu Jing Lei turns in a believable performance as the daughter of the rich murder victim, also as Hei's wife, who calls in Takeshi to help the investigation, which has stalled in the hands of the police.

While not a great film, it is worth a look, and is perhaps a part of the ever increasing feedback loop between Hollywood and HK.
Reviewer Score: 6