- Mar 30
- Protégé: Review
- Posted by Deljhp - 30/03/09 at 06:19 PM
Director: Tung-Shing Yee. Review: Tim Irwin.
Protégé follows in the style of Hong Kong cop films like Infernal Affairs, with a hint of the melodrama that John Woo added to most of his Hong Kong movies. Except here the sadness and melancholy are oftentimes brutal and difficult to take. The film follows an undercover narc, Nick (played by Daniel Wu), as he attempts to work his way higher in the drug organization headed by Lin Quin (played by Andy Lau). His supervisor wants him to remain undercover long enough to unearth the supplier of the gang in order to take down the entire group.
Nick doesn't mind, he doesn't have much else going for him. He sees the effects of the drugs on his neighbour Jane, a young woman who has hidden from her husband with her young daughter. She's a junkie, blaming her husband for getting her started. Unfortunately, her daughter Jane-Jane is probably the cutest little girl to grace a movie screen in quite some time. She's also quite the little actress, provoking a very strong emotional reaction every time her mother's drug problem makes them go hungry or cause them problems. This is how Nick first gets involved; Jane asks to borrow some food and proceeds to stuff bread into both of their mouths…Continue reading review.
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