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Film Review: Crisis Negotiators (談判專家) (2024) - Hong Kong / China

Andrew Chan

Film Review: Crisis Negotiators (談判專家) (2024) - Hong Kong / China


Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)


“Crisis Negotiators” is a remarkable Hong Kong crime thriller that successfully revives the spirit of the underrated Hollywood film “The Negotiator”. Directed by Herman Yau and featuring the talents of Lau Ching Wan and Francis Ng, this gripping remake is a testament to the prowess of Hong Kong cinema.


Yau's direction is efficient and tight, ensuring that not a single moment is wasted. The pacing is relentless, leaving audiences breathless and fully immersed in the high-stakes world of police negotiators. The film opens with a powerful cameo by producer Andy Lau, who delivers a stellar performance, setting the stage for the emotional journey that lies ahead.


Lau Ching Wan and Francis Ng shine in their respective roles as police negotiators Cheuk and Tse. Their on-screen chemistry is palpable, and they bring depth and authenticity to their characters. As Cheuk finds himself implicated in a murder case, the duo must navigate a web of deceit and danger to clear his name. The tension escalates, keeping viewers on the edge of their seats until the satisfying conclusion.


With a talented ensemble cast (including the much missed Michael Chow and Ken Lo) and a tightly woven storyline, “Crisis Negotiators” stands out as one of the finest crime thrillers in recent years. Yau's efficient storytelling, combined with the exceptional performances of the cast, creates an intense and captivating cinematic experience. This film is a must-watch for fans of the genre and showing remake can be fun and engaging.


I rated it 8/10


Reviewed at Cinemas, Hong Kong

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