Beast Stalker

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Beast Stalker
Beast Stalker Cover.jpg
Directed by Dante Lam
Produced by
  • Dante Lam
  • Candy Leung
  • Cheung Hong-tat
Written by
  • Dante Lam
  • Ng Wau-lun
Starring
Cinematography Cheung Man-po
Tse Chung-to
Edited by Chan Ki-hop
Release dates
  • 27 November 2008 (2008-11-27) (Hong Kong)
Running time 109 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Mandarin
Box office HK$8 million[1]

Beast Stalker (Chinese: 證人) is a 2008 Hong Kong action film written, produced and directed by Dante Lam. The film stars Nicholas Tse, Nick Cheung, Zhang Jingchu and Liu Kai-chi.

Plot[edit]

A traffic accident changed their lives forever.

In capturing wanted criminal Zhang Yidong, Sergeant Tong Fei (Nicholas Tse) was involved in a gunfight and car accident that put the criminal in a coma. But in the process he also crippled a fellow officer, and mistakenly shot dead the elder daughter of public prosecutor and single mother Gao Min (Zhang Jingchu). Unable to handle the guilt, Tong Fei succumbs to a fog of pain. Gao Min, meanwhile, pours all her love and attention to her younger daughter Ling.

Three months later, the criminal Zhang Yidong awakens from his coma. Gao Min, who had been working hard on bringing him to justice, insists he stand trial immediately.

Cast[edit]

  • Nicholas Tse as Sergeant Tong Fei
  • Nick Cheung as Hung King
  • Zhang Jingchu as Ann Gao
  • Miao Pu as Li
  • Liu Kai-chi as Sun
  • Sherman Chung as Christy
  • Zhang He as Thomas
  • Lau Kong as Chuen
  • Kwok Jing-hung as Michael
  • Cheung Tung-cho as Judge Lee
  • Keung Ho-man as Cheung Yat-tung
  • Wong Suet-yin as Ling
  • Wong Sum-yin as Yee
  • Cheung Kwok-wai as Fai
  • Chan Shu-chi as Chi
  • Tse Kai-cheong as Tommy
  • Cho King-man as King Man
  • Ho Mei-yin as Teacher
  • Lam Siu-ha as Baking Instructor
  • Esther Kwan as Li (voice)

Reception[edit]

Derek Elley of Variety wrote, "Crying out for a Stateside remake from its opening reel, stygian crimer Beast Stalker grips like a vise, and is unquestionably the finest Asian action-psychodrama since South Korea's The Chaser last year."[1] Neil Young of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "This glossy, flashily directed plausibility-stretcher picks up whenever the bad guy's unusual character and history are being explored, but flattens out when the focus shifts back from pursued to pursuer."[2] G. Allen Johnson of the San Francisco Chronicle called it a new addition to "Hong Kong's great cycle of kinetic action films".[3]

Awards[edit]

15th Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards

  • Won: Best Actor (Nick Cheung)
  • Film of Merit

28th Hong Kong Film Awards

  • Won: Best Actor (Nick Cheung)
  • Won: Best Supporting Actor (Liu Kai-chi)
  • Nominated: Best Screenplay (Jack Ng & Dante Lam)
  • Nominated: Best Film Editing (Chan Ki-hop)
  • Nominated: Best Sound Design (Phyllis Cheng, Nip Kei-wing & David Wong)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Elley, Derek (2009-02-06). "Review: ‘Beast Stalker’". Variety. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  2. ^ Young, Neil (2009-02-08). "Film Review: The Beast Stalker". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  3. ^ Johnson, G. Allen (2009-05-15). "Review: 'The Beast Stalker'". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 

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