Twins Mission (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3
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The film centers on an extraordinary martial arts school called "Twins", whose members are all twins. Some former members now perform circus acts, including acrobats Pearl and Jade (Charlene Choi and Gillian Chung). Another former member Lau Hay (Wu Jing), whose twin brother is gravely ill, is commissioned to protect the mysterious "Heaven's Bead" from Tibet together with Uncle Luck (Sammo Hung). However, some evil former Twins members rob the precious bead, prompting Uncle Luck to seek help from ex-Twins leader Chang Chung (Yuen Wah). He then sends Pearl and Jade for a mission to uncover the "Heaven's Bead"...
Co-starring Steven Cheung of Sun Boy'z, veteran Sek Sau, actress Jess Zhang, and a group of real-life twins, Twins Mission presents an action comedy filled with dazzling fighting sequences plus plenty of amusing jokes.
|Product Title:||Twins Mission (Hong Kong Version) 雙子神偷 (香港版) 双子神偷 (香港版) 雙子神偸 （香港版） Twins Mission (Hong Kong Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Charlene Choi (Actor) | Gillian Chung (Actor) | Sammo Hung (Actor) | Wu Jing (Actor) | Yuen Wah | Zhang Qian | Twins (Actor) 蔡卓妍 (Actor) | 鍾欣潼 (Actor) | 洪金寶 (Actor) | 吳京 (Actor) | 元華 | 張茜 | Twins (Actor) 蔡卓妍 (Actor) | 鍾欣潼 (Actor) | 洪金宝 (Actor) | 吴京 (Actor) | 元华 | 张茜 | Twins (Actor) 蔡卓妍（シャーリーン・チョイ） (Actor) | 鍾欣桐 （ジリアン・チョン） (Actor) | 洪金寶（サモ・ハン・キンポー） (Actor) | 呉京（ウー・ジン） (Actor) | 元華（ユン・ワー） | Zhang Qian | Twins （ツインズ） (Actor) Charlene Choi (Actor) | Gillian Chung (Actor) | Sammo Hung (Actor) | Wu Jing (Actor) | Yuen Wah | Zhang Qian | Twins (Actor)|
|Director:||Kong Tao Hoi 江道海 江道海 Kong Tao Hoi Kong Tao Hoi|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese|
|Country of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Publisher:||Kam & Ronson Enterprises Co Ltd|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1004654814|
* Sound Mix:
- Cantonese: Dolby Digital EX 5.1, DTS ES 6.1
- Mandarin: Dolby Digital EX 5.1
* DVD Type: DVD-9, DVD-5
* Disc 2 - Special Feature (特別收錄):
Director: Kong Tao Hoi
A dZi bead from Tibet was on its way to Hong Kong for an exhibition, but was stolen by a mysterious gang with a possible link to a long-lost cult, the Gemini Clan. The guardian of the dZi bead Lucky and his adopted son Hey tried to solicit the help of the head of the Clan, the Principal, to track down the bead. Unwilling to come out of retirement, the Principal refused to get involved, but when Lucky was seriously wounded after another attack by the mysterious gang, the Principal reluctantly summoned the help of the Clan's former members - twins. In the meantime the suicide of an artifact dealer put the police hot on the heels of the Principal and his students. When Hey finally retrieved the bead, he mistakenly handed it to the Principal's twin brother, the Boss, who was the master mind behind the theft in an attempt to take over a prime piece of property along the coast.
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Professional Review of "Twins Mission (Hong Kong Version)"
Although Hong Kong pixie popstrels Gillian Chung and Charlene Choi, known (or perhaps dreaded, depending on the viewer's disposition) collectively as Twins, have individually been building up respectable bodies of acting work, their past cinematic collaborations have tended to be pretty shoddy efforts seemingly strung together by their record company as thinly veiled advertisements for their singing careers - as painfully evidenced by the likes of The Twins Effect and The Death Curse. As such, it is hard to approach their latest joint venture, the worryingly named Twins Mission without a certain amount of trepidation, though the presence of legendary Sammo Hung and up and coming martial arts sensation Wu Jing does at least offer a glimmer of optimism.
The plot itself is pretty much what might have been expected, having been lazily written around the lead actresses' pop personas and the marketing conceit of them being twin sisters (a note for the uninitiated: the two are entirely unrelated in real life). Here, the two play Jade and Pearl, circus trapeze artists who happen to be former members of a gang of young thieves called "Twins" due to its being made up entirely of identical siblings. Along with a handful of fellow reformed twins, the duo team up with another prior comrade called Lau Hay (Wu Jing), a monk who has travelled to Hong Kong along with his uncle (played by Sammo Hung) to visit his ailing brother, after his mysterious "Heaven's Bead" is inevitably stolen by, surprise, surprise, the remaining criminal twins.
To begin with the bad news, as should be obvious from the above synopsis, Twins Mission is an exasperatingly convoluted affair, with the "Twins" concept being played for every last penny - a gimmick let down by the glaring fact that Chung and Choi do not even look particularly alike and seem oddly lost amongst the cast of doubles. Predictably, the film features mistaken identity gags a-plenty, though to be fair many of these instances are wholly understandable given that none of the characters are fleshed out in the least and are only identifiable by their various wacky costumes. Beyond these supposed plot twists, there is very little in the way of any actual narrative, with the film lurching wildly from set piece to set piece rather than as a result of any actual drama or character development. Another conspicuous flaw comes in the form of some truly awful computer effects, from the wince-inducing opening scene of an obviously fake and badly animated bird flying down some river gorges to some equally wretched background work and dreadful enhancements to action scenes which reduce several brawls to bizarre bouts of floating ballet.
Whilst such criticisms may well serve to put off some viewers, they are all very much par for the course, and should not prove much of a deterrent for the film's intended audience. Indeed, for those of a less than cynical bent, the film arguably delivers the goods, offering a slight and insubstantial, though energetic and charmingly wacky caper packed with plenty of low impact martial arts tomfoolery. Aside from the aforementioned redundant computer trickery, the frequent fight scenes are handled well enough, and though obviously not very violent they are reasonably acrobatic and help to keep things moving along at a brisk pace. This having been said, despite the general lack of viciousness, it is worth noting that the film does feature one oddly unpleasant scene in which a character has rats forced down his throat, only to have them burst from his stomach in a busy shopping mall, and the distinctly cruel manipulation of a terminally ill child who is at one point dangled threateningly from a crane.
Although they unfortunately take a back seat to the escapades of Choi and Chung, Sammo and Wu Jing are at least given a number of scenes to show off their remarkable martial arts skills, something which gives the proceedings a certain credibility boost. The film also benefits considerably from the fact that it relies upon some well-choreographed physical humour rather than the usual scatological Hong Kong brand of slapstick, and although unsophisticated it is amusing throughout in an undemanding sort of way.
These plus points are enough to raise Twins Mission above what might have been expected and to mark it as an entertaining, if rather chaotic slice of kung fu comedy which should certainly please fans of the stars and viewers looking for a little lighthearted fun.
by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com
Customer Review of "Twins Mission (Hong Kong Version)"
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September 12, 2008
With the talent on board one would expect a fine piece of work but that is not the case here, though entertain it is, it delivers everything in such a boring way. The plot is really convulted with the Twins playing actual twins in the film (???), Wu jing playing two roles a twin himself in the film and the same with Yuen Wah (horrible CGI ensured during the times that the fake twins are on screen).
As for the action there is nothing you haven't seen before, which only disappoints considering the martial artists on board behind and in front of the camera (Sammo Hung, Yuen Wah, Wu Jing, Tsui Sui Ming etc.) but because of these martial artists delivering the moves it is actually quite entertaining opposed to doubling which is common for the non martial artists. Speaking of doubling Yuen Wah and Sammo are doubled quite often in this picture which only serves to distract and with the over use of wire work and shattering glass only adds insult to the film.
Wu Jing is the pictures saving grace when he let loose during the fights becasue, like Jet Li, his moves are so fluid.
Mildly entertaining if you can overlook the flaws mentioned above.
(Have to mention some horrible props during the fight scenes; the sticks and batons are extremely floppy and whats worse is the director decides to show a close up of the one of the weapons)
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February 24, 2008
|What do you get when you put Sammo Hung, Yuen Wah, Wu Jing, Tsui Sui Ming, and the Twins in one movie? A big waste of talent! Which is pretty damn unfortunate for Twins Mission, because it has the potential of being a fantastic action flick! That said, it has become a family favourite in our house with its toned down violence and light comedy. You could say its a Disney martial arts movie. Worth a look of course for the stars alone, and it grows on you...|
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January 19, 2008
|This was a really great movie. Ah Sa was improve a lot in her acting, as I can see. Well, she really work hard for it. The movie was alot of fighting and year humorous too. So happy that I can see another of Twins back together.|
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November 3, 2007
For me, this is a light action of Jason Wu Jing. Maybe because the first movie i saw him played is in Invisible Targets followed by SPL... which a hard core action... so i thought of this movie.
Anyways, stil a nice film though.
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August 7, 2007
This movie has either good reviews or bad reviews seemd to be no middle
I had no expectations when I entered it in my DVD player but I was happy when it was over, happy in the way that this movie was very good.
Some bluscreen effects are very very cheesy but the acting and action is really really good.
and I must say that Wu Jing kind of steals the show everytime he goes on screen.
This dude is amasing!
It was fun to see Sammo Hung fight of some more but his role was kinda in the background and shold have been lifted up a tiny bit still he plays his role as Sammo usually plays, very good.
This is a flick for everyone that really enjoyes over-the top HK action. It has tons of wire-fu but its just cool to see.
Look thru some of the cheesy bluscreen effects and this film delivers great action.