We all secretly agree that crime dramas make the best stories, so here’s my third choice with Sleeping Dogs.
The game is an undercover police drama uniquely infused with martial arts-based action. Set in modern-day Hong Kong, it tells the story of unorthodox detective Wei Shen as he attempts to infiltrate the notorious Sun On Yee triad (an organisation heavily based on the real-life Sun Yee On). Wei Shen is the classic anti-hero; he grew up amongst the very people who are now part of the organisation he’s investigating. He moved to San Francisco in his youth, and later joined the SFPD as an undercover police officer, infiltrating triad gangs on the West Coast. From there he transferred to Hong Kong, the centre of all the world’s triad activity, to investigate the organisations rife in the city.
There is great potential for a film here. The story is superb, and whilst I’m not particularly keen on the game itself in parts, it would have my backing as a movie. The very thought of a contemporary martial-arts police thriller is exciting, and there is plenty of room for some no-holds-barred action as well as some truly great drama.
On an interesting side-note, one of the pre-release trailers for Sleeping Dogs was actually shot as a live-action film. It depicts Wei battling his way through a restaurant with a Pulp Fiction-esque briefcase, utilising a blend of expertly executed martial arts and good old-fashioned gun power. Whilst there’s not a great deal of actual story to the trailer, we catch some glimpses of some major characters from the game and more important than anything else, we get a taste of what the game could look like if someone with enough gumption turned it into the film it’s deserved of.