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The Beast Stalker
Part of the series Sixteenth Annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival
Friday, July 29, 2011, 7 pm
Sunday, July 31, 2011, 2 pm
A straight-arrow cop seeking redemption pursues a vicious killer who is slowly losing his sight, while a determined prosecutor seeks vengeance on the man who stole her daughters. Action-master Dante Lam’s thriller includes kidnappings, shootouts, car chases, and tragic twists of fate—and that’s just in the first few minutes. This hostage drama balances gunplay and stunts with the kind of nuanced characterizations that are usually missing from standard action films. “It's over the top and ingeniously plotted . . . and never stops moving,” raves film critic G. Allen Johnson of the San Francisco Chronicle. “Lam pulls out all the stops with a movie that lives and breathes in excess.” (dir.: Dante Lam, 2008, 109 min., Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles)