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Task Force (1997)

110 min - Comedy, Drama, Romance - 1 January 1997
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Lin is a plain-clothes cop in the crime-riddled district of Mongkok who bungles a vice operation directed at mainland prostitues. He falls for a ditsy hooker who tells him the love of her life is a killer who once svaed her life in a shootout.

Director:  Patrick Leung
Writers:  Chan Hing-ka

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Lin is a plain-clothes cop in the crime-riddled district of Mongkok who bungles a vice operation directed at mainland prostitues. He falls for a ditsy hooker who tells him the love of her life is a killer who once svaed her life in a shootout.


Collections: Patrick Leung

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance

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Country:   Hong Kong
Language:  Cantonese
Release Date:  1 January 1997

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Runtime:  1 h 50 min

Cleverly constructed and often subtly humorous, TASK FORCE is a surprisingly fresh take on the police-unit genre currently in vogue in Hong Kong that shows helmer Patrick Leung as a developing talent to watch.

Yet another HK movie sprung from a cartoon strip, pic is markedly different from the norm in its focus on the characters’ emotional makeup rather than just their crime-busting. Central protag (and narrator) is Lam, a member of a plainclothes unit in the crime-fiddled Mongkok district who falls for a flaky hooker [Fanny Chan] when he bungles an operation directed at mainland prostitutes. She tells him the love of her life is a cold-blooded killer who once heroically saved her in a shootout and for whose return she is waiting. Pieces of the plot ingeniously come together in a final action sequence, by which time the audience has gotten to know everyone concerned. Lam himself is a mixed-up kid badly in need of a father figure; his cop dad was shot on duty. The divorced LuLu is a womanizer whose best friend is a triad musclehead, and the tough Shirley has a terminally sick father and a boyfriend who treats her like a doormat. Much of the humor spins on the offbeat dialogue, which is played straight-faced rather than in the usual pratfall HK style, and is underscored by an overall sympathy for the characters. In scenes between Ku and Young, director Leung also weaves his trademark dreamlike quality into the emotional fabric. Ensemble playing is top-class and, aside from Young, who’s a little too clean and cute as the hooker, very fresh – especially Mok, here in a non-ditz role for a change. Technically, well-paced film is shot more like a drama than an action movie.

Derek Elley

Thanks to Far East Film Festival