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  • Summary: A missing police gun is connected to a series of recent heists and murders. Its owner, WONG, vanished earlier while pursuing a suspect in the mountains. His partner, CHI-WAI, miraculously returned unharmed and the hot shot Regional Crime Unit Inspector, HO, is in charge of the investigation. HO knows the only chance he has in cracking the case is to ask for help from his mentor/former boss BUN, a gifted criminal profiler now living in seclusion with his wife MAY. BUN puts himself in the victim's place, literally, and his unorthodox approach has put doubt in HO's mind who feels betrayed when BUN's investigation goes beyond his imagination. What begins as a quest for answers has now taken a schizophrenic turn where truth and lies, reality and delusions intertwine...(IFC First Take) Expand
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  1. If the insanely inventive and entertaining Mad Detective weren't so weird -- and in Cantonese -- hordes of action geeks would be lining the block to see it.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    Mad Detective is equal parts gonzo inspiration and overwrought indecision. It could be called "The Lunatic From Kowloon."
  3. 75
    Fleeting confusion and bizarre literalization aside, though, Mad Detective is an effective mystery story, with an oddball hero--like TV's Monk, but far crazier--and some moments of visceral violence that raise the stakes.
  4. 75
    Doesn't always make sense, and you cannot always tell what is real and what is imaginary, but viewers will be having too much zonked-out fun to care.
  5. Reviewed by: Jim Ridley
    60
    Apart from its inventive depiction of the weaknesses that tough guys try to hide, Mad Detective is a slight work from the wildly prolific To.
  6. Reviewed by: Anna Hart
    60
    Director Johnny To's previous flicks are slicker affairs, but there's still plenty here to please the fans.
  7. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    50
    A neat idea that doesn't quite hit the bull's-eye.
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