The new Hong Kong action maestro Dante Lam is behind this taut and ultimately unsettling psychological thriller. Quiet and distant cop Dave (Daniel Wu) is increasingly haunted by the violent images of a criminal gang who use traditional demon masks when committing their crimes. Truth, reality and imagination begin to blur in this stylish film with which Lam once again brings a new energy to the Hong Kong crime film.
With a string of successful and stylish films, director Dante Lam has established himself at the forefront of contemporary Hong Kong cinema. A muscular thriller that centres on Nicholas Tse’s psychologically battered cop and Nick Cheung’s desperate and warped assassin, Beast Stalker is one of his best. This film took Lam’s work to a new level and with its kinetic visual style contributed to the re-imagining of the Hong Kong crime film.
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That Demon Within and Beast Stalker are part of our CRIME: Hong Kong Style film season which runs throughout February, March and April. More information can be found here.
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