Contributed By Kamthorn Pornsakulpaisal
A stool pigeon is a term for a police informant or a spy. If you enjoy movies such as Infernal Affairs and The Murderer, this crime action thriller, charged with drama, violence and pain, is right up your alley.
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On the outside, senior inspector Don Lee (Nick Cheung) is seemingly in control as he works the crime circuits through his stool pigeons, at times doing so cold-heartedly. In trying to nail the notorious villain Barbarian, he recruits street racer Guy (Nicholas Tse) to infiltrate his gang but as expected, things go wrong along the way, as matters of the heart come into question—trust is a major theme running through the story plot.
Taking on the conflicted character of Don Lee is Nick Cheung, who plays out the inner battles raging within his soul with suitable angst, while Nicholas Tse is in characteristic top form, as he usually is in roles such as this. Kwai Lun-Mei turns in an equally affecting performance as the desperately forlorn girlfriend of Barbarian for while her character suffers through much struggle, hardship, deceit and betrayal, one can still feel in her the inextinguishable yearning for love. The romance that develops between her and Guy is no mere side plot, but contributes much to the emotional pull factor of the movie.
For all its intensity, there are lighted-hearted moments as well, especially during the foot-chase and the car-chase scenes. An engaging blend of action and intrigue that portrays the fragility of life and the relationships that develop along the way, The Stool Pigeon is a highly recommended watch indeed.