Cold War: Explosive to the Very End—Movie

Corruption, politics, car chases, gunfights and explosions—“Cold War” has it all.

Set in Hong Kong “Cold War” begins with a blast…literally…and never looks back. The blast leads to a terrific car chase and spectacular gunfight and that’s just in the first minute.Cold War

Written and directed by Lok Man Leung and Kim-ching Luk (both are first-time directors), “Cold War” follows an investigation into the hijacking and kidnapping of an EU vehicle with five members of the police department inside. With Hong Kong’s reputation as Asia’s safest city (although judging from the movies shown at the Made in Hong Kong Film Festival this seems hard to believe) at stake, the powers that be want this case solved quickly. Since the police commissioner is out of the country, Deputy Commissioner of Police Operations, M.B. Waise Lee (Tony Leung Ka-Fai), is appointed acting commissioner. He leads what is called the “Cold War” rescue operation and favors an aggressive approach to finding and punishing the kidnappers. However, Deputy Commissioner of Police from Management Division, Sean Lau (Aaron Kwok), wants to take a more pragmatic approach to solving the crime. Both men are in line to become the next police commissioner, so the scenes between these two as they vie for power are very intense and fun to watch. Entering the mix is Billy Cheung (Aarif Rahman), an ICAC investigator. Because the kidnapping happened despite the police department’s advanced surveillance system, he and his superiors believe that the kidnapping is either an inside job or the department has a mole. At the top of their list of suspects–Lee and Lau. Cheung’s scenes with these two are just as entertaining as the explosive beginning of the film. As a matter of fact, most of the film’s dialogue is very clever, and as corruption is discussed before the media, Watergate even comes into the conversation (this received quite a chuckle from my DC viewing audience).

Although some of the film is confusing, and that might be because certain nuances are lost in sub-titles, “Cold War” holds your interest from its very beginning through its riveting conclusion which holds the promise of a sequel.

Shown as part of the 18th Annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival (DC) at the Freer and Sackler Galleries, “Cold War” is a film that should be on your viewing list.

3 nuggets out of 4

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