On the Edge
Dir: Herman Yau
Scr: Herman Yau, Sawada (aka Zexin), Jacky Wong
Prod: Ng Kin-hung
Prod Co.: Universe Entertainment
Cast: Nick Cheung Ka Fai, Anthony Wong, Francis Ng, Rain Li
2006 / Colour / 35mm / Cantonese / Chi & Eng subtitles / 89min
We may think that an undercover cop finally returning to his real identity as a police officer is the closest thing to a “happily ever after” ending. However, director Herman Yau shows that it may be just the beginning of another nightmare in this tragic police drama. After spending eight years undercover, Hoi-sang (Nick Cheung) returns to a normal job in the police department. However, he is racked with guilt over betraying his friend in the criminal world, and his past in the criminal world makes him a target of distrust by his fellow cops. Yau leaves behind the gangster genre clichés for an insightful psychological exploration of a man whose sense of morality has been twisted forever in the name of justice. In its final frames, the film provides this interesting statistic: On average, a police officer only lasts three years in the police force after returning from an undercover assignment.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
Post-screening talk with Herman Yau
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