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The Bullet Vanishes
The Bullet Vanishes
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Theatrical release poster
Traditional
Simplified
MandarinXi?o Sh? Dè Z? Dàn
CantoneseSiu1 Sat1 Di1 Zi2 Daan6
Directed byLo Chi-leung
Produced byDerek Yee
Mandy Law
Zhang Zhao
Albert Lee
Shan Dongbing
Catherine Hun
Written byLo Chi-leung
Yeung Sin-ling
Story byYeung Sin-ling
StarringNicholas Tse
Lau Ching-wan
Yang Mi
Boran Jing
Wu Gang
Liu Kai-chi
Music byTeddy Robin
Tommy Wai
CinematographyChan Chi-ying
Edited byKong Chi-leung
Ron Chan
Production
company
Distributed byEmperor Motion Pictures
Release date
  • 14 August 2012 (2012-08-14) (China)
  • 13 September 2012 (2012-09-13) (Hong Kong)
Running time
108 minutes
CountryHong Kong
China
LanguageMandarin
Cantonese
BudgetUS$15.8 million[1]
Box officeUS$25.0 million (Worldwide) [2][3]

The Bullet Vanishes (also known as Ghost Bullets and Disappeared Bullets[4]) is a 2012 Hong Kong-Chinese mystery film.[5][6][7] It was written by Yeung Sin-leung and directed by Lo Chi-leung,[8] produced by Mandy Law and Derek Yee, and starring Nicholas Tse, Lau Ching-wan, Yang Mi, Boran Jing, Wu Gang and Liu Kai-chi.[9] The film pertains to a detective duo investigating a series of strange murders, in which the bullets used seemingly vanish (and hence the title), after the death of a factory girl accused as the perpetrator of the theft of a few bullets. Set in 1930s Tiancheng County, China,[10] filming took place in Shanghai.[11] Grossing US$25,280,000 in ticket sales domestically in China, The Bullet Vanishes is the eighth highest grossing Chinese film of 2012.[12]

Plot

Ding (Liu Kai-chi), the overbearing owner of a bullet factory in Tiancheng County, intimidates his workers to keep them in line, leading to a public Russian roulette "suicide" of a female employee (Xuxu) accused of stealing a box of bullets. A curse relating to a certain "Phantom Bullet" is found written in red on the walls of the factory, though the workers are soon ordered to scrub it off. Subsequent deaths from "phantom bullets" which are never found, seemingly vanishing, suggest that the factory has really been cursed. Song Donglu (Lau Ching-wan), a newly promoted detective with a slightly eccentric personality, is summoned by Tiancheng's police chief Jin (Wu Gang) to assist Guo Zhui (Nicholas Tse), "the fastest gunman in Tiancheng", and novice policeman Xiaowu (Boran Jing) in investigating the peculiar murders.

Cast

  • Nicholas Tse as Captain Guo Zhui,[13] a gunman, detective and Song's partner.
  • Lau Ching-wan as Inspector Song Donglu,[13] a prison superintendent, forensic investigator and expert in criminal psychology.[14]
  • Yang Mi as Little Lark,[13] a fortuneteller.
  • Liu Kai-chi as Boss Ding,[13] the owner of a bullet factory in Tiancheng County.
  • Boran Jing as Xiaowu,[13] a novice policeman working with Song and Guo.
  • Yumiko Cheng as Li Jia,[13] a coroner.
  • Wang Ziyi as Wang Hai,[15] an employee at the bullet factory.
  • Wu Gang (actor) as Jin,[15] the local police chief of Tiancheng County.
  • Xuxu as Yan, the employee at the bullet factory who was forced to commit suicide by Boss Ding.[15]
  • Liu Yang as Chen Qi,[15] a foreman of Boss Ding's.
  • Jiang Yiyan as Fu Yuan,[15] a woman convicted of killing her husband.
  • Chin Kar-lok as Fu Yuan's husband.[15]
  • Gao Hu as a high-ranking police officer.
  • Johnson Yuen
  • Benz Kong
  • Lu Kai

[16][17]

Critical reception

As of 23 October 2012, on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film had received a 92% "fresh" rating from 12 reviews, with an average of 6.9/10.[18] On Metacritic, it had an average score of 65 out of 100, based on 4 reviews.[19]

The Bullet Vanishes generally received favourable reviews from contemporary film critics, with Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter commenting that the thriller "boasts a fiendishly clever plot and gorgeous production elements".[11] Chuck Bowen of Slant Magazine praised the film for being "an effective tonic for summer-movie fatigue".[20] Simon Foster of SBS gave The Bullet Vanishes 3 stars, out of 5, praising its engagement.[21]straight.com's Ken Eisner said that it was a "strikingly beautiful detective thriller" and that it hit most of its marks.[22] Robert Abele of the Los Angeles Times was one to give a negative review, concluding that it had "no story but lots of action" and was "visually stunning but emotionally empty", slamming the "over-abundance of visual pizazz".[23] Many critics felt that The Bullet Vanishes had been influenced by the 2009 film Sherlock Holmes directed by Guy Ritchie,[10][11] in particular the pairing of Song and Guo has been compared with that of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson.[9]

Box office

The Bullet Vanishes earned HK$8,016,951 at the Hong Kong box office.[24]

The Bullet Vanishes was officially released in North America on 31 August 2012. According to Box Office Mojo, The Bullet Vanishes domestically grossed US$43,444 in its opening weekend, and has grossed US$117,629 as of 27 September 2012.

Accolades

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipients and nominees Result
49th Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards[25] November 24, 2012 Best Feature Film The Bullet Vanishes Nominated[26]
Best Costume Design Cheung Sai-kit Won
9th Huading Awards April 10, 2013 Best Actor Nicholas Tse Won
Best Screenplay Lo Chi-leung, Yeung Sin-ling Won
32nd Hong Kong Film Awards April 13, 2013 Best Film The Bullet Vanishes Nominated
Best Director Lo Chi-leung Nominated
Best Screenplay Lo Chi-leung, Yeung Sin-ling Nominated
Best Actor Lau Ching-wan Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Liu Kai-chi Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Jiang Yiyan Nominated
Best Original Film Score Teddy Robin, Tommy Wai Nominated
Best Sound Design Phyllis Cheng Nominated
Best Cinematography Chan Chi-ying Nominated
Best Film Editing Kong Chi-leung, Ron Chan Nominated
Best Art Direction Silver Cheung, Lee Kin-wai Nominated
Best Costume & Make Up Design Silver Cheung Nominated

See also

References

  1. ^ Chen Nan (July 5, 2012). "First Concept Poster of "The Bullet Vanishes" Released". Chinese Films. Retrieved 2012.
  2. ^ "Bullet Vanishes (2012) International Sales, excluding China". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ "Bullet Vanishes (2012) Sales, China". ENT group. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ Liu Shuai (March 9, 2012). ""Disappeared Bullets" in Post-production Stages". Chinese Films. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ French Clements (August 29, 2012). "The Bullet Vanishes". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2012.
  6. ^ Buchanan, Jason. "The Bullet Vanishes". Allmovie. Rovi Corporation.
  7. ^ Elley, Derek (December 20, 2012). "The Bullet Vanshes". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 2012.
  8. ^ "The Bullet Vanishes (2012)". mtime. Retrieved 2012.
  9. ^ a b Gabriel Chong. "THE BULLET VANISHES ( Xiao shi de zi dan) (2012)". Movieexclusive.com. Retrieved 2012.
  10. ^ a b Daniel Eagan (August 29, 2012). "Film Review: The Bullet Vanishes". Film Journal. Retrieved 2012.
  11. ^ a b c Frank Scheck (August 30, 2012). "The Bullet Vanishes: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012.
  12. ^ "Weekly box office". Retrieved 2012.
  13. ^ a b c d e f Jay Seaver (August 2, 2012). "Bullet Vanishes, The". efilmcritic.com. Retrieved 2012.
  14. ^ "No Bullet, but Plenty of Questions". New York Times. August 30, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  15. ^ a b c d e f Maggie Lee (August 30, 2012). "The Bullet Vanishes". Variety. Retrieved 2012.
  16. ^ The Bullet Vanishes at HKMDB
  17. ^ The Bullet Vanishes at chinesemov.com
  18. ^ The Bullet Vanishes (2012) Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
  19. ^ The Bullet Vanishes Metacritic. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
  20. ^ Chuck Bowen (August 29, 2012). "The Bullet Vanishes Film Review". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2012.
  21. ^ Simon Foster. "Mystical mystery draws on familiar influences: The Bullet Vanishes review". SBS.com.au. Retrieved 2012.
  22. ^ Ken Eisner (August 30, 2012). "The Bullet Vanishes hits most of its marks". straight.com. Retrieved 2012.
  23. ^ Abele, Robert (August 30, 2012). "Review: No story but lots of action in 'The Bullet Vanishes'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012.
  24. ^ "The Bullet Vanishes Hong Kong Box Office". HK Neo Reviews. 2012-08-22. Retrieved .
  25. ^ "China's 'Mystery' vies for Golden Horse film award". New York Daily News. November 23, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  26. ^ "Golden Horse Film Awards: Chinese films do well". BBC News. 24 November 2012. Retrieved 2012.

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