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The Bullet Vanishes
Part of the series 18th Annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival.
Friday, June 7, 7 pm
Sunday, June 9, 2 pm
In this moody mystery, set in the 1920s, a munitions factory worker accused of stealing a box of bullets dies in a game of Russian roulette that was rigged by her corrupt boss. Soon afterward, a murder occurs at the factory and the bullet mysteriously disappears from the scene. The workers believe their dead colleague’s ghost is seeking revenge, and the police hire obsessive investigator Donglu (Lau Ching-wan) and his sharpshooting partner Guo Zhi (Nicholas Tse) to solve the case.
Screen Daily’s Edmund Lee calls The Bullet Vanishes Law Chi-leung’s “best film to date … a sumptuously realized detective mystery that merges Holmesian deductions with shootouts, explosions and action sequences.” Featuring charismatic performances from Lau and Tse, this smart blockbuster trusts its audience to follow the plot’s surprising twists and turns. (Dir.: Law Chi-leung, Hong Kong/China, 2012, 108 min., Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles, D-Cinema)