Daniel Wu (right) and Louis Koo play in effective crime pic Overheard 2, at Reel Asian.
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OVERHEARD 2 (Alan Mak and Felix Chong, Hong Kong). 119 minutes. Subtitled. November 18, 7 pm. Rating: NNNN
Alan Mak and Felix Chong's 2009 Overheard is a nifty little thriller about a trio of police detectives who use financial information picked up during a surveillance gig to their own advantage.
This sequel reunites leads Lau Ching-Wan, Daniel Wu and Louis Koo but casts them as new characters in an entirely unrelated story. It, too, involves surveillance and high finance but eschews the original's murky morality for a more straight-up tale of vengeance.
Wu's a resourceful lone wolf out to bring down crooked broker Lau; once Lau discovers one of Wu's bugs after a car accident, Koo enters the picture as a dogged detective. It's sharp, solid genre filmmaking - as it should be, since Mak and Chong are the guys who wrote Infernal Affairs.