That Demon Within

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That Demon Within
That Demon Within poster.jpg
Official poster
Directed byDante Lam
Produced byCandy Leung
Albert Lee
Ren Yue
Screenplay byJack Ng
Dante Lam
Story byDante Lam
StarringDaniel Wu
Nick Cheung
Music byLeon Ko
CinematographyKenny Tse
Edited byPatrick Tam
Distributed byEmperor Motion Pictures
Release date
  • 8 February 2014 (2014-02-08) (Berlin IFF)
  • 18 April 2014 (2014-04-18) (Hong Kong)
Running time
111 mins
CountryHong Kong
Box officeUS$20,425,934[1]

That Demon Within (Mo Ging, traditional Chinese character: 魔警) is a 2014 Hong Kong action psychological thriller film directed by Dante Lam and starring Daniel Wu and Nick Cheung. It premiered at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival in February 2014 and also included on the 16 edition of Far East Film Festival in Udine .[2] The film was released on 18 April 2014.[3]

The movie was presented by Dante Lam at the 16th Far East Film Festival [it] 2014 in Udine, Italy with Lam's Unbeatable (2013).


Reclusive cop Dave wong (Daniel Wu) unwittingly saves the life of criminal gang leader Hon Kong (Nick Cheung) by donating his blood (Blood donation to dave and hon.), thus symbolizing that despite diametrically opposed outer appearances they are essentially made of the same stuff. The gang members hide their faces behind traditional demon masks when committing their violent crimes. During psychotic episodes Dave experiences his own demons within as he sets out to play off the gang members against each other, resulting in everyone's annihilation. It is then revealed that Dave was brought up by a high expressed emotion father in a socio-economically disadvantaged living environment. He witnessed his father's death inadvertently caused by the responsible policeman who resembled Hon Kong. As a young, innocent soul who had lost the father, he impulsively went on to take revenge, resulting in excessive guilt that predisposed the onset of psychosis later in his life. The event whereby he rescued Hon Kong reminded him of his suppressed memories as a child who had done wrong but trying the hardest to make reparation. Before his inevitable death, there was an opportunity for him to resolve his subconscious intrapersonal conflicts which was to have the courage to fix a mistake done.



  1. ^ "THAT DEMON WITHIN". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  2. ^ Press Office (17 January 2014). "Jan 17, 2014: Panorama 2014: Selection of Fictional Features for Main Programme and Panorama Special Now Complete". Berlin International Film Festival. Archived from the original on 27 January 2014. Retrieved 25 January 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ Todd Brown (29 January 2014). "Dante Lam's THAT DEMON WITHIN Hits US Screens Day And Date With Hong Kong Release". twitchfilm. Archived from the original on 18 February 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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