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Johnnie To's Mad Detective is a very strange police drama in which a rookie detective calls in a forcibly retired schizoid cop to help him on an unsolvable case. The Mad Detective has the ability to see people inner selves, which in the case of the culprit, is split into seven, all represented without effects through simple editing. He's also haunted by an imaginary version of his wife who acts as his conscience, and the film culminates into the strangest Mexican stand-off in cinema history, where there may be only four people in the room, but more than a dozen from the title character's perspective. The director really pushes you in the deep end and you're forced to unlock the rules of this universe early on, and the final scenes are wonderfully ambiguous. I can't remember the last time my living room exploded into explanations and counter-explanations, theories, analyses both psychological and archetypal, and even DVD scene selections to check and tweak our understanding of WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED? So we made our own DVD extra, pretty much. Delightful, maverick film making.
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This movie ranks #62 in LoveHKFilm.com's The Best Hong Kong Films Ever
This movie ranks #139 in Eureka!'s The Masters of Cinema Series