Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng’s “Blind Detective” to Screen at Cannes Film Festival
Andy Lau (刘德华) and Sammi Cheng’s (郑秀文) fourth collaboration with director Johnnie To (杜琪峯), Blind Detective <盲探>, has been selected to be shown at this year’s Cannes Film Festival midnight screening.
The highly coveted slots are only awarded to thrillers with refreshing and gripping plots. Out of 1,858 films submitted this year, only two films were selected. Directed by Wai Kai Fai (韋家輝), Blind Detective will join India’s Monsoon Shootout as the only two films to take the midnight screening slots at Cannes.
The story starts in the 1990s, when Hong Kong is faced with the disappearance of young girls almost every year. The girls are mysteriously abducted and never seen again. Police inspector Ah Tong’s (Sammi Cheng) good friend suffers the same misfortune, in which Ah Tong vows to uncover the truth behind her disappearance. Ten years later, Ah Tong meets brilliant detective Johnston (Andy Lau) who is known to solve even the most difficult crimes. Although Johnston has become blind due to retinal detachment, he assists the police force in solving cases to earn bounties for a living.
Despite having worked together in seven films, Andy and Sammi’s partnership in Blind Detective proves to be just as exciting. Through Andy’s strong sense of smell and hearing and Sammi’s keen sense of justice, they work their way through a multi-layered puzzling crime. Both use deductive methods to recreate the scene of the crime and the dialogues between the aggrieved victims to tracing the steps of the killer.
In the released stills, Sammi was caught in a tussle with a long-haired, half-naked man who was dressed in a skirt. Both were streaked with blood stains while Andy stood to the side of an abandoned factory. Sammi said of her action scenes, “I’m not familiar with such fighting scenes so I had to do some exercises in preparation for it. I’ve also learnt to let go of my body and go with the flow for the scenes. All in all, I think I did rather well in the scenes.”
Andy and Sammi will be promoting Blind Detective at the Cannes Film Festival, which will be held from May 15 to 26. Blind Detective will be released in cinemas in early July 2013.
“Blind Detective” Trailer
This article is written by Karen for JayneStars.com.