As one of the major stock exchanges in the world, Hong Kong attracts not only money but also certain villains who try to manipulate the market. At the Hong Kong Police Force Commercial Crime Bureau, an operation is underway to infiltrate a trading company where a man nicknamed Boss is the chief suspect.
The team, led by Inspector Leung (Lau Ching Wan) together with Yeung (Louis Koo) and Lam (Daniel Wu) installs bugs to monitor the communications within the dodgy listed company. When crucial information on a surging share is intercepted by the team, each of whom has is burdened by his own demanding issues, a moment of greed puts them in the crosshairs between the Bureau and the boss.
The celebrated partnership of scriptwriters Felix Chong and Alan Mak (“Infernal Affairs”) has produced an essentially ‘non-triad’ Hong Kong movie that compels through the brilliance of the plot, the dramatization of the key charactersí personal dilemmas and the sense of pending catastrophe. By the time Lau Ching Wan, Louis Koo and Daniel Wu are up to their necks in the consequences of their moment of collective madness, you’ll be on board with the philosophy that it doesn’t pay to live a lie, even a little one, because you keep needing to lie again just to maintain the illusion.
That’s the recurring theme in “Overheard”, the inescapable and unenviable desperation of its protagonists to keep up appearances. To sum it up, “Overheard” is easily one of this year’s most enjoyable dramas so far, with its gripping story and sombre tone. It’s all impact without violence and war without words. Watch it if only to find out how every conventional mobile phone is a self-emitting bug! And, whatever you do, donít wait for the Hollywood remake. They'll just fuck it up, like they usually do!
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