The Bullet Vanishes
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When a young girl at a bullet factory dies under mysterious circumstances, two detectives must investigate the reasons for her death -- and the strange occurrences that follow -- as they themselves become the target of the phantom killer.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Any caseworking suspense is drowned out by an over-abundance of visual pizazz: disjointed shootouts, arbitrary camera angles and cinematography that draws the eye to lighting patterns, not people."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
""The Bullet Vanishes" charges ahead at a perfect clip. Lo's delightful, hyperbolic audacity includes sharpshooter Guo's knack for banking bullets off walls to hit bad guys, as if playing pool."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"A stylishly-directed, intelligent and well-acted murder mystery brimming with thrills, suspense and intrigue. It deserves an American remake."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"The presence of action hero Nicholas Tse and a winning performance by Lau Ching-wan go a long way to ensuring this handsome if underdone mystery-thriller is as engaging as it is."
‑ Simon Foster,
"This China/Hong Kong co-production is lively, stylish and well-performed; it just doesn't know when to stop."
‑ Mark Jenkins, Washington Post
"This Chinese period thriller set in 1930's Shanghai boasts a fiendishly clever plot and gorgeous production elements."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Forget about your local Cineplex. This is genuine summer entertainment."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"It's a prevailing sense of decency that explains why The Bullet Vanishes is such an effective tonic for summer-movie fatigue."
‑ Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
"Dig deeply and you may find a metaphor about corrupt, uncompassionate government. But mostly "The Bullet Vanishes" is an agreeable period buddy movie, and that's plenty."
‑ Andy Webster, New York Times
"When two charming detectives are sent in to detect stuff, the movie comes to life with their antsy, noose-escaping, quasi-vaudevillian kinetics."
‑ French Clements, Village Voice
"Police track "phantom bullet" murders in this moody, twisty period mystery set in a Chinese munitions factory."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"As far as cheap knock-offs go, Ching-Wan Lau (of Johnnie To's Life Without Principle) as newly minted National Police Officer Song is a fairly flattering imitation."
‑ Brett Michel, Boston Phoenix
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