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Port of Call (2015)

Dap huet cam mui (original title)
Human nature begins where truth ends Welcome to the murder without a body

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Philip Yung

Writer:

Philip Yung
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Kwok ... Detective Chong
Elaine Jin ... May
Patrick Tam ... Smokey
Jessie Li ... Wang Jiamei (as Chun Xia)
Michael Ning Michael Ning ... Ting Tsz-Chung
Maggie Siu ... Madam Law (Chong's Boss)
Harriet Yeung Harriet Yeung ... Flora
Ellen Li Ellen Li ... Wang Jia-li
Yat-Long Li Yat-Long Li ... Ji (as Don Li)
Jacky Cai ... Mo-yung
Ronny Yuen Ronny Yuen ... Prodigy Hoi
Eddie Chan ... Chong's Former Boss
Lai-wun Chan Lai-wun Chan ... Neighborhood Granny
Siu-Bing Leung Siu-Bing Leung ... Chong's Ex-Wife
Bing-Man Tam ... Wang Jiamei's stepfather
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Human nature begins where truth ends Welcome to the murder without a body

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

3 December 2015 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

'Tà Xuè Xún Méi' See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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An absolute train wreck
6 April 2017 | by grandmastersikSee all my reviews

Incoreherent and Dull are two words that describe this cinematic disaster.

With Aaron Kwok on the cover (I'm a fan!) and having read the back, I was convinced that Port of Call was well worth the rental. I was wrong.

Based on a real-life case, a detective (Kwok) investigates the presumed murder of a teenage prostitute. By this, I mean that a boat-load of blood has been found - which matches the DNA of a missing girl - but no body... any and all suspense then goes out the window as some bloke strolls into a police station and admits his guilt.

With an excellent DoP and a case that supposedly gripped Hong Kong, I can see why Kwok got involved - hell, maybe the screenplay was decent too? But the end result (perhaps the director's or editor's fault?) is a heavily disjointed mishmash of scenes, none of which hold much dramatic value nor build any of the cast's characters. I honestly tried hard to like the film but it's an almost empty attempt at - what? Being arty? Trying to say something the bland characters cannot spell out? - that after an hour, I couldn't suffer it any more... and with so many films in my To Watch pile and so little time, I can ill-afford wasting a full 90 minutes on what it so obviously a stinker.

And that's my advice to you all too: avoid.


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