Hong Kong movie "Confession of Pain," arriving at Chinese cinemas on Friday, may be a strong competitor to "Curse of the Golden Flower."
Starring Tony Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Shu Qi and Xu Jinglei, the film is co-directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak.
The story begins with a seasoned detective named Hei and his street-smart and alcoholic former partner-turned-private investigator Bong, who team up for a gruesome murder case that gradually digs out the skeletons in their closets.
Although it is another police story by Lau and Mak, "Confession" is very different from their 2002 cop movie "Infernal Affairs," which depicted a fierce face-off between an undercover officer and his mafia opponent. "Infernal Affairs" was remade in Hollywood as "The Departed." "Confession" is more of a tense thriller that snares the audience with its plotline and pacing.
While other movies have been pushed out of the cinemas over the Christmas period by "Curse," which cost 360 million yuan to make, "Confession" should attract moviegoers with its better storytelling and more realistic look at life.
"The two movies belong to different genres which will attract different audiences. Although ‘Curse’ occupies most cinema schedule lists, it does not mean ‘Confession’ has no chance of winning," said a local cinema manager.