The Detective (2007 film)

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The Detective
Promotional poster
MandarinC Jiā Zhēn Tàn
CantoneseC gaa1 zing1 taam3
Directed byOxide Pang
Produced byThe Pang Brothers
Written byOxide Pang
Thomas Pang
StarringAaron Kwok
Liu Kai-chi
Wayne Lai
Shing Fui-On
Music byJadet Chawang
Payont Permsith
CinematographyDecha Srimantra
Edited byCurran Pang
Universe Entertainment
Sil-Metropole Organisation
Magic Head Film Production Co. Ltd.
Distributed byUniverse Films Distribution Company
Release date
  • 25 September 2007 (2007-09-25)
Running time
109 minutes
CountryHong Kong
Box officeUS$2,151,820[1]

The Detective is a 2007 Hong Kong neo-noir mystery thriller film directed by Oxide Pang, and starring Aaron Kwok as a private investigator hired to track down a missing young woman who may be linked to a series of murders in Thailand. The film was followed by a sequel, The Detective 2, which was released in 2011.


Tam (Aaron Kwok) is an impoverished private detective. One day, a guy nicknamed Fatty asked Tam to find a lady who wanted to kill him. He left Tam a portrait and a large amount of cash without giving any other details. Tam could not resist the temptation of the offer and so his investigation started.

Knowing that Sum, the lady in the picture, is a frequent visitor of a store where the picture was shot, Tam tried to get hints of her whereabouts from the store keepers. He was told to find through her mahjong playmates. Tam started with Ming, but when he arrived at Ming's home, he found Ming was hanging at the living room.

As Tam continued to search for other mahjong playmates of Sum, he was shocked to find each of them murdered every time he was about to be in contact with them. He discovered a half-burnt photo at one of the scenes. Tam realised the suspicions behind the deaths and decided that he had to protect the next target of the invisible murderer. The photo was the only clue for Tam to uncover the case.



Awards and nominations
Ceremony Category Recipient Outcome
27th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actor Aaron Kwok Nominated
Best Film Editing Oxide Pang, Curran Pang Nominated
Best Art Direction Anuson Pinyopotjanee Nominated
Best Costume and Makeup Design Surasak Warakitcharoen Nominated
Best Original Film Score Payont Permsith, Jadet Chawang Nominated
Best Sound Design Wachira Wongsaroj Nominated
Best Visual Effects Suchada Somasavachai Nominated
44th Golden Horse Awards Best Actor Aaron Kwok Nominated
Best Art Direction Anuson Pinyopotjanee Won
14th Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards Film of Merit The Detective Won


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