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Film Review: We 12 (12怪盜) (2024) - Hong Kong

Andrew Chan

Film Review: We 12 (12怪盜) (2024) - Hong Kong


Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)


“We 12” directed by Berry Ho, presents an intriguing concept with the underground organization "The League of Kaito." However, the film falters in several areas, resulting in a flawed but occasionally entertaining experience. The biggest drawback is the lack of a coherent script, as the storyline feels disjointed and fails to provide a satisfying narrative arc.


Character development also suffers, with the ensemble cast of 12 talented individuals (Alton Wong, Anson Kong, Anson Lo, Edan Lui, Frankie Chan, Ian Chan, Jer Lau, Jeremy Lee, Keung To, Lokman Yeung, Stanley Yau, Tiger Yau) remaining underdeveloped throughout the film.


The heavy focus on the Mirror Boy band, a popular music group, feels forced and detracts from the main plot. This reliance on the band overshadows the core story, leaving viewers disconnected from the narrative. Additionally, the film's reliance on implausible scenarios and predictable plot twists hampers its ability to create suspense and engage the audience fully.


Despite these flaws, "We 12" offers moments of enjoyment if viewers can suspend their disbelief. The action sequences and the display of the Kaito members' unique skills provide entertainment, and the camaraderie among the characters occasionally generates humor. Add in the mix Collar girls group and the eccentric Error boys group in cameos.


In conclusion, "We 12" is a flawed Hong Kong film that struggles with a lack of a coherent script, flawed character development, and an overemphasis on the Mirror Boy band. While it falls short of its potential, it can still provide some light entertainment for viewers who are willing to overlook its flaws and approach it with a lighthearted mindset.


I rated 6/10


Reviewed in Cinemas, Hong Kong

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