Blind Detective

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Blind Detective
Film poster
Traditional 盲探
Simplified 盲探
Mandarin Máng Tàn
Cantonese Mang4 Taam3
Directed by Johnnie To
Produced by Johnnie To
Wai Ka-Fai[1]
Screenplay by
Music by Hal Foxton Beckett
Cinematography Cheng Siu-Keung[1]
Edited by Allen Leung[1]
Distributed by Media Asia Distributions
Release dates
  • 19 May 2013 (2013-05-19) (Cannes Film Festival)[1]
  • 4 July 2013 (2013-07-04) (Hong Kong and China)
Running time 129 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Budget HK$85,000,000 (US$10.9 Million)[2]
Box office US$36,417,038[3]

Blind Detective is a 2013 Hong Kong-Chinese romantic comedy and crime thriller film directed by Johnnie To and starring Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng.[4]

The film was shown as part of the Shanghai International Film Festival.[5]


Forced to leave service after turning blind, former detective Johnston Chong See Tun (Andy Lau) ekes out his living by solving cold cases for police rewards. During a case involving the search for the culprit who throws acid off roofs, he meets an attractive hit team inspector Goldie Ho Ka Tung. (Sammi Cheng). When Ho notices Johnston's impressive investigative mind despite lack of vision, she enlists his help in a personal case she is unable to solve on her own. The two work together to solve the case as well as other cold cases.


  • Andy Lau as Johnston Chong See Tun (莊士敦), blind detective, a former inspector of the Regional Crime Unit known as "The God of Cracking Cases"
  • Sammi Cheng as Goldie Ho Ka-tung (何家彤), a female police inspector
  • Guo Tao as Szeto Fat-bo
  • Gao Yuanyuan as Tingting
  • Zi Yi
  • Lang Yueting
  • Lo Hoi-pang
  • Bonnie Wong
  • Lam Suet
  • Philip Keung



Filming of Blind Detective began in the second half of 2011 in Hong Kong. In June 2012, filming halted after Sammi Cheng was diagnosed with Ménière’s disease before resuming filming in August 2012.[6] The film held a worship ceremony on 3 September 2012.[7] The music in the film was provided by Canadian television music composer Hal Foxton Beckett.[1]


The film was selected to play as part of the Midnight selection at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.[8] while it was be theatrically released on 4 July 2013 in Hong Kong and China.[1]


Film Business Asia gave the film a negative review of two out of ten, noting a poor script and describing it as "A rare example of a Johnnie To movie in which nothing seems to work, and even at a basic craft level is below the prolific Hong Kong director's usual standards."[1] The Hollywood Reporter also gave the film a negative review, calling it a "punishingly overlong, overcooked confection. Stir in frequent helpings of larkish blind-man slapstick and what results is a misshapen and unsatisfying stew of different genres."[9] Screen Daily also gave the film a negative review, stating that "Blind Detective is a decidedly minor offering from the director of The Mission and last year’s impressive mainland-set Drug Wars."[10]

Andrew Chan of the Film Critics Circle of Australia writes, "As a love story, it works, but the film falls flat on the ground with a padded up detective story that will take more than a gallon of gold to convince. "[11]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Elley, Derek (May 22, 2013). "Blind Detective". Film Business Asia. Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ Lu Shu (March 19, 2012). "寰亚发布2012五大新片 刘德华郑秀文再聚首" (in Chinese). Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Blind Detective at Box Office Mojo". 
  4. ^ Marsh, James. "Review: BLIND DETECTIVE Lacks Vision Or Clear Direction". Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Blind Detective Review". HK Neo Reviews. 2013-07-04. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  6. ^ "Sammi Cheng Back to Work with Andy Lau in "Blind Detective". 
  7. ^ "《盲探》在港举办开机仪式 郭涛刘德华首度合作". September 4, 2013. Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  8. ^ "2013 Official Selection". Cannes. 21 April 2013. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  9. ^ Young, Neil (May 20, 2013). "Blind Detective: Cannes Review". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  10. ^ Marshall, Lee (May 20, 2013). "Blind Detective". Screen Daily. Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  11. ^ Andrew Chan (1 August 2013). "Blind Detective". [HK Neo Reviews]. 
  12. ^ "Sitges 2013 Award Winners Include Borgman, Big Bad Wolves, Escape from Tomorrow, The Colony, 100 Bloody Acres, and Many More". 

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