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LADY COP AND PAPA CROOK

When an oil tanker explodes, John Fok (Eason Chan) becomes the focus of investigation by the Hong Kong and Mainland Chinese police and is forced to put on hold his business to settle things out. Just as John is planning on a comeback, his son is kidnapped. Doomed in love, Senior Inspector Molline Szeto (Sammi Cheng) is fed up with her 10-year relationship with her boyfriend. With no prospect of an imminent wedding, she ends the relationship. Excited with her new crossroads in life, she is thrilled to be assigned to investigate the case of John`s kidnapped son.

Language: Mandarin
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 1 Jan 2009
Genre: Action
Running Time: 1 Hour 31 Minutes
Distributor: SHAW ORGANIZATION
Cast: Eason Chan, Sammi Cheng
Director: Alan Mak, Felix Chong
Format: NA

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Writer: Loong Wai Ting

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Despite the interesting title and peculiar characters, "Lady Cop & Papa Crook" doesn't quite nail it. Here's why - putting a team of investigators ala FBI in a mafia's mansion with their koncos while working on a kidnap case is not something an experienced team of investigators would do, especially when these "investigators" treat the house as if it's their personal headquarters!

Disregarding the weird setting, both director Felix Chong and writer Alan Mak's attempt in bigging up the picture is still a disappointment. Much to their credit however, the movie starts strong but subsequent attempts in introducing more comedy and drama end up falling flat.

For hardcore crime and thriller movie buffs, this wouldn't cut it. One may find the story ending as quickly as it started, with no real connectors to the story, really. It's as if the missing puzzle pieces are pieced together with an unseen divine intervention. While trying to inject more mystery to the case, it ends up confusing as ever.

If you're expecting bloody fights among triad members and intense cat-and-mouse, well, let's just say this isn't it.

Thank goodness, Sammi Cheng hasn't lost much of her magic. Her versatile comeback after three years of hiatus once again proves that she was once the most bankable star in Hong Kong. And obviously, her three years of hiatus hasn't done anything to compromise her onscreen sarcastic and comedic side. Welcome back, Sammi!

Given its strong star power, "Lady Cop & Papa Crook" is slightly better than average. It barely delivers the much-needed boost of action but fares a little better in its comedic lines. Remake recommended.

Cinema Online, 31 December 2008
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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