Heroic Duo- -
Tough cop Ken Li (Cheng) is at the top of his game, but he's going to need some help to solve a grisly crime that the offender, a respected police officer, doesn't even remember committing. He seeks out Jack Lai (Lai), a former psychologist now in disgrace and behind bars, who has an uncanny ability to bend people to his will. Making an uneasy truce, this unconventional pair set out on a mission to find the man responsible, a master of hypnotism who will stop at nothing to get his revenge!
When a policeman walks into his office and sets fire to its safe, he tells his colleagues who arrest him that he was under hypnosis.
When the man finally shoots himself, investigating officer Ken Li (Ekin Cheng) orders the team to check the records for cases involving a hypnotist. They soon find an interesting character in Jack Lai (Leon Lai), the police force’s former psychological consultant and hypnosis expert who’s now serving time in prison for manslaughter. Maintaining that he was framed for the crime that landed him in jail, Lai suggests the person capable of such hypnosis is a man only he can identify in person. Li takes Lai to a suspect’s home but after a rooftop gunfight the police think it wasn’t their target. The group is next put onto a mission to protect US$100 million worth of jewels and, with the same suspect expected to make a move, Lai is brought along to help Li with surveillance.
When the hypnotist strikes again, he sets in motion a series of deceptions, traps and mind games that put Li on the run from his partners and gets Lai into the hidden lair of the mastermind. With Benny Chan at the helm, Heroic Duo takes the big-budget action route, dishing up thrills as cat-and-mouse games unfold. Action is best appreciated on the big screen, with the scope visuals engineered to give a sense of vertigo on high-rise chase sequences. Two action scenes spill out onto rooftops and one onto the Tsing Ma Bridge, with swooping and soaring crane shots to emphasise heights and the protagonists’ apparent fearlessness. Ekin Cheng pulls off a fine performance as the lead investigator alongside a far more subdued Leon Lai. Francis Ng puts in a good part as a villain and Raymond Wong is amusing as a plucky hotheaded cop. Mainland actress Xu Jinglei makes her debut Hong Kong movie appearance, with a classy turn as a kidnapped wife.
Thanks to Far East Film Festival