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Overheard - 竊聽風雲 [2009], Lau Ching Wan, Louis Koo, Daniel Wu, Zhang Jingchu, Alex Fong
post Jul 12 2009, 09:00 PM
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Title: Overheard
Released: 30 July 2009
Genre: Crime/Thriller
Director: Alan Mak, Felix Chong

Lau Ching Wan, Louis Koo, Daniel Wu, Zhang Jingchu, Alex Fong Chung Sun, Michael Wong, Stephen Au, Sharon Luk, Queenie Chu, Henry Fong, Lok Ying Kwan, Lam Kar Wah, Waise Lee, William Chan

A major stock exchange in the world, Hong Kong attracts not only money but also many who try to manipulate the market. At the Hong Kong Police Force Commercial Crime Bureau, an operation is under way against insider trading involving Feng Hua International, a listed company. A man nicknamed the “Boss” is behind it all, and identified as the chief suspect.

The interception team at the Criminal Intelligence Bureau is sent in. Led by Inspector Johnny Leung (by Lau Ching-wan), the team has veteran cop Gene Yeung (by Louis Koo) and the young rookie Max Lam (by Daniel Wu). They infiltrate Feng Hua International to install interception devices and start to monitor the company’s phone traffic.

A month goes by and nothing significant has been intercepted. The three are bored and morale is low when they overhear the management’s plan to boost the share price. As Gene and Max are desperately in need of money, Johnny unwillingly withholds this information from his supervisors. The two decide to make the most of this opportunity and buy heavily on the company’s shares with a huge sum of money borrowed from a loan shark. Johnny is furious when he learns this, but nothing can be done at this point to retrieve the money now locked up in the shares.

The share price of Feng Hua International has gone so high that trading is suspended. The three fail to retrieve the capital and are on the verge of turning against each other in face of the crisis. Meanwhile, Johnny catches a dispute in the company’s management. The Chairman, Ringo Low, is planning to sell high and cash out his shares; the other Board Directors decide to assassinate him in order to secure their interests. They seek help from the Boss.

Low’s life is at stake. However the trio is well aware that if he lives, the share price will plunge and not only their money, but their lives and even their families will be compromised. The three are torn between money, their future and justice. Finally, Johnny comes up with a perfect plan: to kidnap Low.

The abduction goes smoothly as planned. After what feels like the longest weekend in their lives, trading in Feng Hua International resumes and the price surges uncontrollably. Just when the three start to believe they have succeeded, the price plunges again. The unusual price fluctuations catch the attention of senior officials in the government and the Police Force, who have long been suspecting police involvement in the affair. The undercover operation is aborted; an investigation is ordered against the three cops ­– Johnny finds out about this as he counter-intercepts communication within the Bureau.


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