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Movie: Overheard 2 (窃听风云 2) (2011)

Overheard 2 (窃听风云 2) (2011) is a Hong Kong crime thriller - the sequel to the successful Overheard (窃听风云) (2009). The three main stars from the 2009 movie - Lau Ching Wan, Louis Koo, Daniel Wu - also star in this 2011 sequel but they play different characters due to a completely different storyline.

Synopsis: A reputable stockbroker, Manson Law (Lau Ching Wan) is injured in a car crash when he's trying to avoid from being followed by an unknown person. An officer from the Anti-Terrorist Force, Ho Chi-keung (Louis Koo) who's assigned to investigate the case found military surveillance devices in Manson's car. He soon discovers that a mysterious guy named Joe (Daniel Wu) is the one who's spying on Law and other members of "Landlord Club", a legendary club with members from top business tycoons and entrepreneurs in Hong Kong who have the ability to control the stock market.

The rest of the cast are Hong Kong's famous veteran actors - Kenneth Tsang (曾江) as Uncle Tung, the ruthless leader of the "Landlord Club" and the eldest among the club members; Bowie Wu Fung (胡枫) as Joe's deceased father, also an ex-member of the club; and the rest ot the members - Felix Lok (骆应钧) as Chan Chim, Kong Ngai (江毅) as Uncle Sing Wan, and Samuel Kwok Fung (郭峰) as Mr Lin. These TVB familiar faces whom we grow up with really give this movie a huge boost to its rating.

Here's an interesting review from IMDb:

The topic of inside trading hits timely with the audience, and the film attempts to remind yet again the facts about the ills to the stock market - numbers are fixed by the few in power, and that the sub-prime fallout owes much to the policies of the US government.

What's interesting is that unlike other films about inside trading, Mak & Chong (directors) injects a sense of patriotism by highlighting the battles won by these now evil men in the early days of Hong Kong's stock market - the powers they earned by having fought off foreign investors in attacks to crash the HK stock market turned these patriots into monsters.

This plot point connects much more strongly to the audience than all the convoluted trade jargon and scam tactics we see in similar films, and reinforces the trade-mark "Heroes gone bad" character development Mak & Chong have used repeatedly since Infernal Affairs.


Overall, this movie is solid commercial stuff that should entertain mass audiences. Pretty much as good as the original, with the added bonus of more action. Read more here.


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