First-rate Taiwanese drama about the tainted politics of the island. Despite having two leads from Hong Kong, this is not a Hong Kong movie. Mak's taut direction moves the well-thought-out script along in a compelling and gritty fashion, and the drama never slackens. Andy Lau plays a righteous cop trying to track down proof of the corruption; he looks good here, but he is no eye-candy (for once). But Lau is upstaged here by a staggering Tony Leung Kar-fai of "The Lover" fame (no relation with Tony Leung Chiu-Wai), who plays a ruthless gang leader - he is worth the entrance fee alone. This performance proves once again that the best of Hong Kong is more than a match for the best of Hollywood. And you get more than a glimpse on his tattooed butt. Definitely worth catching.