Fire Of Conscience
Directed by Dante Lam | HONG KONG | 2010 | 106min | Subtitled
A prostitute’s murder brings dedicated but reckless street cop Manfred into an unlikely collaboration with Kee, an opportunistic inspector from the Narcotics Bureau. Their investigation leads them to a backroom arms deal, which turns into a deadly battleground with tossed grenades and blasting AK-47s. Amid the ensuing PR backlash of police and civilian casualties, things are further complicated when DNA evidence points to Cheung-On, one of Manfred’s trusted officers, as a prime suspect in the murder, and a corruption investigation threatens to pin Manfred in a trap of disgrace and ruin. Shooting in some of Hong Kong’s busiest areas, Lam and Kar-Lok bring a gritty urgency to their gunplay and stunt-filled chases that are crafted with the precision of a Rube Goldberg machine. Fire of Conscience is one of the loudest action films in recent memory, with an orchestra of exploding grenades and machine gun rounds that threaten to overload a cinema’s speakers. - Colin Geddes - Abridged from Toronto International Film Festival
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