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Colour of the Truth (2003)

Hak bak sam lam (original title)
A man becomes a cop in order to take down the police superintendent who may have killed his father, and that of a vengeful Triad boss.

Directors:

Marco Mak, Jing Wong (as Wong Jing)

Writer:

Jing Wong (as Wong Jing)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Chau-Sang Wong ... SP Wong Jiang (as Anthony Wong)
Jordan Chan ... Ray Tam Dai Wai
Raymond Ho-Yin Wong ... Insp. Cola Chan Lok-Yin / Chui Lok-Yin / Li Tak Yan (as Raymond Wong)
Gillian Chung ... Katie Wang
Chapman To ... Toast
Pinky Cheung ... Cola's Mother
Terence Yin ... Cyclops
Winnie Leung ... Joyce Wang
Ching Wan Lau ... Seven Up (as Lau Ching Wan)
Francis Ng ... Tam 'Blind' Chui
Robert F. Saunders ... Guard
Yin Tse ... Wang Kwan (as Patrick Tse Yin)
Jimmy Ga Lok Wong ... Chief Insp. T.Y. Lau (as Jimmy Wong)
Ting Yip Ng ... Bun (as Berg Ng)
Carl Ng ... Casper
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Storyline

This dynamic police-crime thriller features superstars Jordan Chan and Sean Lau and offers explosive non-stop action for your video screen! Huang Jiang and Qi Xi are both very capable crime investigators. However, Huang has his heart and soul attached to truth and justice, while Qi Xi works as an informer for the triads and works as an accomplice of the crime lord Mang Chao. Huang has evidences to help him bust Mang, but Qi Xi interferes with his plans and gives Mang shelter. An ensuing roof-top shoot-out leaves Qi Xi & Mang dead and the police report states that Qi died while he was on duty. Wrongly assuming that Qi was murdered by Huang, his son swears revenge. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | English | Japanese

Release Date:

20 June 2003 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Black White Forest See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$834,699
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The character name Wong Jiang is a direct reference to the film's director. Spelt without the "A" in the first name (Jiang), it spells Wong Jing. See more »

Quotes

Wai: [to Cola] I must ruin Wong Jiang's reputation by all means. He must be killed by you... or me.
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Connections

Followed by Colour of the Loyalty (2005) See more »

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Masterful direction, what all neo-noirs should be.
25 September 2003 | by wiseguy333See all my reviews

Jing Wong's "Color of the truth" is the kind of films that great directors are remembered by, with beautifully crafted cinematography and just the right mix of editorial features, it is a signature addition to Wong's body of work. A perfect mix of hard-nosed cops and gangsters who die trying.

One of the most powerful scenes of film came early on in the opening sequence, where an undercover informant played by Ching Wan Lau is confronted by his supervising officer played by the delightful Anthony Wong and his mark, a local mob boss played by the colorful Francis Ng.

On a beautifully lit rooftop, (a love letter from cinematographer Edmond Fung to his camera) the trio are put in what may stand alongside Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs" as one of the best Mexican stand-offs in world cinema to date.

In an attempt to conceal his cover, Seven up (Lau) gently reassures his commanding officer by placing his hand on Huang's(Wong) shoulder, focus is pulled to the foreground leaving Lau's face and the rest of the conversation to take place in the unfocused background.

The performance by Anthony Wong brings a refreshing quality and adds a darker persona to his already impressive repertoire. Comic genius Man Chat To has acquired the kind of master timing that most comics only dream about, playing the "wacky assistant" role, reminiscence of Stephen Chow's standout performances.

It may be far too early to be branding the year¡¦s ¡§best¡¨ but if ¡§Color of the Truth¡¨ is forgotten when the awards draw near, it will be a shame as well as a mystery.

Daniel Chan (Independent Filmmaker)


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