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||IMDB Rating: 6.1/10 from votes
||Release: 7 August 2012 (China) /
||Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
||Director: Felix Chong,
||Stars: Carrie Ng, Chi Leung 'Jacob' Cheung, Da Qing, Henry Fong, Lap-Man Tan, Mavis Fan, Ru Bai, Tingting Gan, Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Wai Lam, Xuebing Wang, Xun Zhou, Yong Dong
||Synopsis: An espionage thriller set in the 1950s and adapted from the novel "Year Suan/Plot Against" by May Jia. Tony Leung Chiu Wai plays a blind man who works for a piano tuner. He is recruited for a spy mission because of his exceptional hearing.
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If China has an NSA equivalent in the 1950s, then perhaps this secret
unit codenamed 701 may be it, with its huge army of operatives employed
in listening, code making, code breaking, and having field agents out
there move in when the intelligence war is won, and time for some real
action. Based on the novel "Plot Against" by Mai Jia, writer-directors
Felix Chong and Alan Mak combine forces once again to weave an
intricate spy thriller that's full of their usual innovativeness
employed in storytelling, and reunites them with leading man Tony
Leung, after their project Confession of Pain.
I can imagine how they could have enticed Tony to pick up the role.
After all, one of the most memorable sequences in Infernal Affairs has
Tony Leung engaged in a back channel communication with the police
through morse code. And morse code takes centerstage here, with the
directors perhaps having challenged the actor an opportunity to brush
up his skills. Sure I may not understand morse, and nor can I vouch for
the authenticity of what's being communicated in the film, and if my
dad was still around he could decipher all the dits and the dats in a
jiffy. In any case, any film with the thespian on board is worth a
second look, and here, the filmmakers threw another gauntlet, by having
him play a blind man, taking away those soulful eyes from the equation,
to force the actor out of his comfort zone and deprive him one of his
most mesmerizing gifts.
And of course, it's not a surprise that Tony Leung still aces his role
of He Bin, an assistant to a piano tuner, who is somewhat like a peer
of Daredevil, with his extra sensory prowess channelled into his
ability to listen to sounds miles away, or to discern voices from
noise. He is discovered by Zhou Xun's 701 operative Chang Xue Ning, one
of the best in the business, and their adversarial relationship soon
gives into a budding friendship, before hinting of something more. But
in the 50s and sworn to a job she pledged her life to, the romance
doesn't get anywhere, especially when Shen Jing (Mavis Fan) enters the
picture, a fellow operative in the larger family dealing with code
breaking, with whom Xue Ning entrusts He Bin to, given her mission to
weed out the enemy number known as "Chungking".
Wait, isn't this supposed to be a thriller? It sure was primed to be
one, with the first hour dealing with He Bin's discovery, and
reluctance to assist the 701 unit, who have to re-locate all the
telegraphic channels of the enemy, which suddenly went silent, and
having been switched to something else. Blinded in a way, the 701 is
desperate to have its listening channels back online, lest their
operatives get into harms way. So in comes He Bin and his uncanny
ability to zone in beyond the noise, and hunt down the enemy's
communication lines, so that surveillance can be re-established. It's a
pretty tight set up to introduce us to all the major characters, giving
us a little glimpse into their back stories, and motivations.
But it degenerated into its romantic entanglement for a little too
long, before the directors realize their over indulgence. It did work
out however, in showing the deep friendship between the three central
characters involved in the love triangle, with Zhou Xun playing it
really like a cool cat, unfazed by competition and knowing her place in
the order of battle, while Tony Leung did convince as the illiterate
man blessed with a gift that is ruthlessly milked by the organization
if not for a friendly face attached to the unit, and the compassion
shown. Mavis Fan rounds up the role as the demure, next best
alternative, and doesn't really have much to do save to pop up in the
final act offering clues.
Rather than opt for big bang sequences, scenes here are kept relatively
minimal, lens beautifully by Anthony Pun, with special effects saved
for making what He Bin can do, in a very visual sense, bordering on
piecing together hypotheses and conclusions that can be drawn from
powers of deduction. The period costumes and sets beautifully adorn
each scene, and it's somewhat a refreshing change with a period Chinese
story that's set up without the usual Japan bashing, with the "enemy"
here being the Nationalists in a tussle for power over Mainland China
through the employment of spies, and intelligence gathering. It's an
unconventional war that's the mainstay focus here, and the filmmakers
did their best in contrasting the brutal field work with the more
idyllic background that some get to work in, all fighting for the same
objective, but in vastly different environments.
The finale did remind me of The Godfather in a way, operatic but here,
somewhat anti- climatic given the surprise thrown up in order to deal
the characters with an emotional sucker punch. But by and large when
the film really got down to its highlights of cold calculations rather
than having emotions in the way, it's gripping at best, boasting all
round performances from the leads. Even Wang Xuebing as 701's chief
nicknamed "Devil" projects screen presence that threatened to steal the
show despite having to play wingman here, and I'm already interested to
take a closer look at this filmography.
The Silent War may not be Felix Chong and Alan Mak's best work, nor
Tony Leung's for that matter despite having to perform with a handicap,
but it did serve up sufficient moments that differ from the usual found
in the genre, and provided for an entertaining two hours in a world of
spy versus spy. Recommended!
Tags for Ting feng zhe Full Movie
, Chi Leung 'Jacob' Cheung
, Da Qing
, Henry Fong
, Lap-Man Tan
, Mavis Fan
, Ru Bai
, Tingting Gan
, Tony Chiu Wai Leung
, Wai Lam
, Xuebing Wang
, Xun Zhou
, Yong Dong
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