Crazy n' the City- -
Tensions arise when Jack Chan, a spineless constable who regards his work as a job but not a career, is partnered with an energetic and conscientious policewoman, Man Liu. When a serial killer emerges in Hong Kong, Man Liu swears to catch him. Jack is impressed by her bravery and decides to secretly protect her.
Unassuming police drama leads to a charming snapshot of urban life in James Yuen’s Crazy N’ the City, a unexpected genre-crossing affair that kicked off 2005 on a promising note.
When eager young policewoman Manly (Joey Yung) is teamed up with worn-out partner Chris (Eason Chan), the pair hit the colourful streets of the Wanchai district. Spending much of the time handling mundane day-to-day tasks and crossing paths with local characters like mentally ill ex-architect Shing (Francis Ng), the pair see their partnership graduate from standoffish beginnings to one of mutual support and renewed enthusiasm.
Working from a humble outline and only introducing a major crime after the first hour, Crazy N’ the City’s ultimately upbeat script succeeds in building a distinct community both within the district’s police station and on its streets. Shing’s tale becomes an integral part of the movie, introducing his sister Rachael (Kara Hui) and upstairs neighbour Phoebe (Meng Zhang), a masseuse from the mainland. Flashbacks to Chris’ past meanwhile bring up retired partner Richy (Liu Kai-chi) who’d similarly lost his will to put in any effort on the job.
An atypical entry to the police genre with its leanings away from high action, Crazy N’ the City’s unhurried pace allows viewers to soak up the atmosphere of its setting. Roaming around Wanchai District’s back streets, tram tracks and tourist attractions, the production brings in local details and old buildings as an distinctive backdrop for its network of people to develop. Eason Chan and Joey Yung both put in convincing turns as the lead cops, with the interplay between Yung’s plucky village girl and Chan’s weary character particularly entertaining. Francis Ng puts in a performance veering from tender to crazed as Shing while a host of quality support actors include Kara Hui, Sam Lee, Lam Suet and Alex Fong.
Thanks to Far East Film Festival