The Liquidator 心理罪之城市之光 is a Chinese film adapted from the Profiler series of novels written by Lei Mi 雷米. It is taken from City Lights, the last part of the series that brings together a genius profiler and a cop in the midst of another thrilling psychological chase.
The story begins when the city is perturbed by an onslaught of serial killings which are brutal and ceremonial in nature. Fang Mu joins forces with the police to get to the bottom of the truth and along the way, he realizes that his old high school classmate Jiang Ya hides many secrets. At the same time, an entity called City Lights enacts a vote using the internet to determine the life or death of a famous lawyer.
The plot which seems to focus on a battle between two intellectuals with a shared history reminds me of The Devotion of Suspect X, which was written by a different but very well-known author. Lei Mi’s works have also been making a mark in the genre as it has earned multiple adaptations from the webdrama Evil Minds starring Chen Ruo Xuan to the movie Guilty of Mind starring Li Yi Feng.
This movie starring Deng Chao features the biggest names yet as it also includes Ethan Ruan, Cecilia Liu Shi Shi and Karena Lam. Given that Deng Chao looks like a mad genius with graying hair, the story seems to follow a much older Fang Mu.
Release Date: September 30, 2017