Verdict: Director Alec Su’s second attempt is an improvement from his first and benefits from a much better story, stunning cinematography, but the screenplay is still choppy and leaves more to be desired.
The brilliant story of The Devotion of Suspect X is recaptured for the Chinese audience in director Alec Su’s second film. Aided by a much superior story, a better cast, and more fitting cinematography, Alec Su unfortunately is handicapped by his poor control of the film.
The suspense/detective tale with a twist features Zhang Luyi as Shi Hong, a genius and a loner who tries to help his neighbor Chen Jing (Ruby Lin) to cover up her murder of her ex-husband. Unfortunately for the pair, their crime caught the eye of Tang Chuan (Wang Kai), a physicist and Shi Hong’s best friend in high school. Tang Chuan is called upon to help detective Luo Miao (Ye Zuxin) to solve the murder, but along the way gets caught in the crime itself.
You can usually tell who’s on the same side by the matching clothes.
The Devotion of Suspect X is one of three detective films airing this weekend, but viewers abroad will only have a chance to see one, so you should take it, if only so my local cinema will be motivated to air it next weekend.
The film stars Wang Kai, Zhang Luyi, Ruby Lin, and Ye Zuxin, and is directed by Alec Su. Screening information here
Lucky fans abroad will actually see the film before those in China, where the film airs on April 1st. N.A. poster by Yvonne_丫丫@Weibo
Detective thriller “The Devotion of Suspect X” starring Wang Kai, Zhang Luyi, and Ruby Lin, has finally released an official trailer. Its overseas distributor, China Lion Group, has also confirmed it will be released in the U.S. and Canada on March 31st, one day ahead of China. London and Australian distributions are still in thetalks.
Also, a group of Wang Kai fans are meeting up in NYC on the morning of April 1st at AMC Empire near Times Square to watch it. Let me know if you’re interested or join the group on Weibo.