Paradox (2017 film)
Paradox is a 2017 Hong Kong-Chinese action film directed by Wilson Yip, with action direction by Sammo Hung, written by Jill Leung and Nick Cheuk, and stars Louis Koo as a police negotiator who travels to Bangkok to search for his teenage daughter and is aided by local detectives played by Tony Jaa and Wu Yue. Along the way, he encounters the mastermind of an organ trafficking gang (Chris Collins) who colludes with a local politician (Gordon Lam), leading to a series of hot pursuit. Paradox is the third installment of the SPL film series, following the 2005 film, SPL: Sha Po Lang and 2015's SPL II: A Time for Consequences. The film was released in China on 17 August 2017 and in Hong Kong on 25 August 2017.
Official film poster
|Mandarin||Shā Pò Láng・Tān Láng|
|Cantonese||Saat3 Po3 Long4・Taam1 Long4|
|Directed by||Wilson Yip|
|Produced by||Cheang Pou-soi
|Screenplay by||Jill Leung
|Music by||Chan Kwong-wing
|Edited by||Wong Hoi|
|Distributed by||Bravos Pictures|
|Box office||US$80.28 million|
This article needs an improved plot summary. (August 2017)
When Hong Kong police negotiator Lee Chung-chi (Louis Koo) was informed about the sudden disappearance of his 16-year-old daughter, Lee Wing-chi (Hanna Chan), during her trip to Pattaya, he decides to travel to Thailand to search for her daughter's whereabouts. There, Lee receives assistance from local Chinese detective, Chui Kit (Wu Yue), and his colleague, Tak (Tony Jaa), and also encounters American gangster, Sacha (Chris Collins).
Based on clues, the disappearance of Lee's daughter is related to a case involving the mayoral candidate of Bangkok's urgent need for a heart transplant. Lee also suspects the mayoral candidate's assistant, Cheng Hon-sau (Gordon Lam), colluding with Sacha to abduct his daughter. While suffering from the loss of his beloved daughter, Lee personally imprisons corrupted officer, Ban (Ken Lo), to investigate the case. As a result, Lee becomes a nationwide wanted criminal. To seek revenge, Lee can only ask Chui to assist him in finding the whereabouts of his daughter.
- Louis Koo as Lee Chung-chi (李忠志)
- Gordon Lam as Cheng Hon-sau (鄭漢守)
- Wu Yue as Chui Kit (崔傑)
- Chris Collins as Sacha (沙查)
- Tony Jaa as Tak (special appearance)
- Michelle Saram as Lee Chung-chi's deceased wife (guest appearance)
- Jacky Cai as Siu-man (小曼)
- Ken Lo as Ban (斌)
- Hanna Chan as Lee Wing-chi (李穎芝)
- Vithaya Pansringarm as Commissioner Chai (猜局長)
- Sompob Benjathikul
- Siraphun Wattanajinda
Filming for Paradox began in Bangkok on 29 October 2016, where a filming commencement ceremony was held which was attended by producers Cheang Pou-soi and Paco Wong, director Wilson Yip, action director Sammo Hung and cast members Louis Koo, Gordon Lam, Tony Jaa, Wu Yue, Chris Collins and Ken Lo. For his role as an assistant for a Bangkok mayoral candidate, Lam will be learning to speak Thai from Lo, who is fluent in the language. On 26 December 2016, it was announced that filming for the film's action scenes have all been complete. Production for Paradox officially wrapped up after over three months of shooting in Hong Kong and Thailand in February 2017 with a wrap up banquet held on the 4th on the same month attended by the cast and crew members.
Paradox will make its world premiere as the Opening Film of the 2017 Cine Fan Summer International Film Festival organised by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society on 15 August 2017 before being theatrically released in China in MX4D and China Film Giant Screen on 17 August and Hong Kong on 25 August 2017.
Paradox received mainly positive reviews from critics directing towards lead actor Louis Koo's performance and Sammo Hung's action choreography. Edmund Lee of the South China Morning Post rated the film a score of 3.5/5 stars, praising Koo's physical and emotional performance, choreographer Sammo Hung's ferocious action scenes. Elizabeth Kerr of The Hollywood Reporter praises Hung's creative action choreography, writer Jill Leung's use of time to uncover the protagonist's indiscretions and cinematographer Kenneth Tse's use of colors. James Marsh of Screen Anarchy praised Hung's brutal action choreography, Koo's performance as having "gone above and above" and concludes his review by stating hoe thr film "packs one hell of a punch".
In China, the film grossed ¥212,476,100 during its opening weekend. debuting at No. 2. By its second weekend, the film has dropped to No. 4 and has accumulated a total gross of ¥440,437,600 by then. On its third week, the film grossed ¥12,810,300 and has grossed a total ¥502,799,402 by then. During its fourth week, the film grossed ¥2,818,498, accumulating a total gross of ¥518,116,101 so far.
Released on 25 August 2017 in Hong Kong, the film grossed HK$3,153,559 during its opening weekend, debuting at No.4. During its second week, the film grossed HK$3,551,677, accumulating a total gross of HK6,705,236 by then. On its third week, the film grossed HK$872,290 and has grossed a total of HK%7,577,526 so far.
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