Line Walker 2016: One of The Best Hong Kong Police Movie

The drama follows the lives of undercover police agents that must live a double life in secrecy. Not knowing when they can return to their normal life they endure the constant fear of being uncovered by those they are assigned to infiltrate. But their lives are also put in danger when it is discovered that there is a mole within the police who works for the criminals.

If you haven’t watched the TVB award-winning drama, Line Walker (Su Do Hanh Gia) . You might think that this is the typical police-and-thief film from Hong Kong. While the story revolves around police-and-thief, the universe isn’t about solving crimes. But finding missing undercover agents. Following the drama, this film revealed who erased the profile data of Brother Joy. But there were only 2 characters in this film who came from the original drama.

Line Walker Francis CharmaineAs I have yet to watched the drama, it was pretty refreshing to watch Ding (Charmaine Sheh) provide comedic relief to the audience. Her sweet battering with Inspector Q (Francis Ng) were entertaining. But surprisingly. She was not exactly the main focus of the plot and acted more like a filler to plump up the content. Louis Koo and Nick Cheung were the game changer.

Line Walker Nick Cheung Louis Koo

I’ve lost tracked of the number of Hong Kong films starring Louis Koo I’ve watched for the past 2 months. The initial impression was that this film was another version infernal affairs. But as the plot reveals, it proved otherwise. While Louis Koo was good as Shiu as a seemingly missing undercover Black Jack working alongside with his best buddy Lam (Nick Cheung). Nick Cheung nailed his character totally and his presence superseded everyone else.

Nick Cheung plays Lam, a key member in a criminal syndicate and a highly educated criminal with great intelligence. There were a lot of inner turmoil presented within the character. Having the the veteran actors play brothers-in-arms and competitors, it was difficult to see if they were friends or foes. Together with the characters, I get to keep suspecting and second-guessing each other’s real identity. It wasn’t difficult to relate to the characters and invest my feelings in the plot.

However, aside from the main characters, the supporting actors were mediocre. Candy Chang as Xiaoying was Nick Cheung’s PA and bodyguard. There weren’t enough scenes for her personality to be revealed and her character did not sync with her face. I won’t be able to judge whether this is better than the original drama. So anyone who have watched the drama, do watch the movie and let me know!

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