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Cold War (2012) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Aaron Kwok (Actor) | Tony Leung Ka Fai (Actor) | Charlie Young (Actor) | Aarif Rahman (Actor)
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Ten years after Infernal Affairs, Hong Kong filmmakers have again raised the bar on the crime genre! The brainchild of first-time writer-director duo Longman Leung and Sunny Luk, Cold War reveals the inner workings of Hong Kong's law enforcement systems as the city is faced with an unprecedented security crisis. Playing rival police commissioners vying for top power, Aaron Kwok and Tony Leung Ka Fai headline the film's star-studded cast, which also includes Eddie Peng, Aarif Lee, Gordon Lam and Charlie Young, plus Andy Lau in a special appearance. The intense and tight-paced cop action thriller gives audiences an edge-of-the-seat experience with intelligent, layered plots in addition to exciting gunfights and car-chase scenes choreographed by action director Chin Ka Lok. Designated as the Opening Film of the 17th Busan International Film Festival, Cold War has gone on to take moviegoers everywhere by storm and notably become the highest-grossing Hong Kong film of 2012.

They say Hong Kong is the safest city in Asia. But tonight, a police van has been hijacked along with the arms, equipment and the five officers aboard, one of the hostages being the only son of police deputy commissioner M.B. Lee (Tony Leung Ka Fai)! With the chief commissioner away on a conference overseas, the fiery Lee immediately takes command of the rescue operation – codenamed "Cold War" – but the mysterious kidnappers clearly know the police procedures and are therefore in an advantageous position. Objecting to Lee's aggressive but futile methods, the other deputy commissioner Sean Lau (Aaron Kwok) steps in at this time of crisis to lead the operation. But even Lau's careful plan to negotiate with the kidnappers ends up a failure, losing the $50 million cash ransom and the life of his lieutenant in the process. Meanwhile, the ICAC (Independent Commission Against Corruption) begins to investigate Lau and Lee on suspicion of having hidden ties to the kidnappers...

The Hong Kong Version Blu-ray comes with special features including making-of, interview, photo gallery, teaser and trailer.

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Product Title: Cold War (2012) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 寒戰 (2012) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 寒战 (2012) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 寒戦 (2012) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Cold War (2012) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Aaron Kwok (Actor) | Tony Leung Ka Fai (Actor) | Charlie Young (Actor) | Aarif Rahman (Actor) | Andy Lau (Actor) | Gordon Lam (Actor) | Eddie Peng (Actor) | Andy On (Actor) | Byron Mann | Chin Ka Lok (Actor) | Tony Ho (Actor) | Terence Yin (Actor) | Ma Yi Li (Actor) | Michael Wong (Actor) | Joyce Cheng (Actor) | JJ Jia (Actor) 郭富城 (Actor) | 梁 家輝 (Actor) | 楊采妮 (Actor) | 李 治廷 (Actor) | 劉 德華 (Actor) | 林家棟 (Actor) | 彭于晏 (Actor) | 安 志杰 (Actor) | Byron Mann | 錢嘉樂 (Actor) | 何華超 (Actor) | 尹子維 (Actor) | 馬伊琍 (Actor) | 王敏德 (Actor) | 鄭欣宜 (Actor) | 賈曉晨 (Actor) 郭富城 (Actor) | 梁 家辉 (Actor) | 杨采妮 (Actor) | 李 治廷 (Actor) | 刘 德华 (Actor) | 林家栋 (Actor) | 彭于晏 (Actor) | 安 志杰 (Actor) | Byron Mann | 钱嘉乐 (Actor) | 何华超 (Actor) | 尹子维 (Actor) | 马伊琍 (Actor) | 王敏德 (Actor) | 郑欣宜 (Actor) | 贾晓晨 (Actor) 郭富城 (アーロン・コック) (Actor) | 梁家輝 (レオン・カーファイ) (Actor) | 楊采妮 (チャーリー・ヤン) (Actor) | 李治廷(アーリフ・リー) (Actor) | 劉徳華 (アンディ・ラウ) (Actor) | 林家棟(ラム・カートン) (Actor) | 彭于晏(エディ・ポン) (Actor) | 安志杰(アンディ・オン) (Actor) | Byron Mann | 錢嘉樂(チン・ガーロッ) (Actor) | 何華超(トニー・ホー) (Actor) | 尹子維(テレンス・イン) (Actor) | Ma Yi Li (Actor) | 王敏徳 (マイケル・ウォン) (Actor) | 鄭欣宜(ジョイス・チェン) (Actor) | 賈曉晨 (ジャー・シャオチェン) (Actor) 곽부성 (Actor) | Tony Leung Ka Fai (Actor) | 양채니 (Actor) | Aarif Rahman (Actor) | 유덕화 (Actor) | Gordon Lam (Actor) | 펑위옌 (Actor) | Andy On (Actor) | Byron Mann | Chin Ka Lok (Actor) | Tony Ho (Actor) | Terence Yin (Actor) | Ma Yi Li (Actor) | Michael Wong (Actor) | Joyce Cheng (Actor) | JJ Jia (Actor)
Director: Sunny Luk | Longman Leung 陸 劍青 | 梁 樂民 陆 剑青 | 梁 乐民 サニー・ルク | Longman Leung Sunny Luk | Longman Leung
Producer: William Kong 江 志強 江 志强 William Kong William Kong
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2013-01-25
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 2.40 : 1
Sound Information: 7.1, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Video Codecs: AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10)
Rating: IIB
Duration: 102 (mins)
Publisher: Edko Films Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1032278989

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* Special Features:
- Trailer
- Movie Trailer
- Photo Gallery
- Making Of
- Interview

Director: Liang Le Min , Sunny Luk Kim Ching

In Asia's safest city, the police have long been untouchable. Approaching midnight in Hong Kong, police headquarters receives an anonymous call: a fully-loaded police van and five highly-trained officers has disappeared off the grid. The hijackers possess direct knowledge of police procedures. They're already steps ahead.
Rival Deputy Commissioners Sean Lau and Waise Lee fight to take charge of the rescue operation, code named COLD WAR. For them, there's much more at stake than the safety of the hostages or the reputation of the police. With the Secretary for Security stepping down, the seat will soon be vacant. COLD WAR will decide who climbs to the top.Lau and Lee are aware that every decision is crucial. But as they execute a carefully planned attack, little do they know they’ve become unwitting pawns in a bigger, more dangerous game…
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Professional Review of "Cold War (2012) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

February 15, 2013

The biggest, most hyped and eagerly awaited Hong Kong thriller of the year arrives in the form of Cold War written and directed by first-timers Longman Leung and Sunny Luk. Backed by a massive marketing campaign clearly trying to position it as the new Infernal Affairs, the police corruption film is certainly an ambitious affair, with an amazing cast of top stars headlined by Aaron Kwok and Tony Leung Ka Fai, supported by the likes of Eddie Peng (Tai Chi), Aarif Lee (Bruce Lee, My Brother), Gordon Lam (Motorway) and Charlie Young (Floating City), with Michael Wong and the immortal Andy Lau on hand for cameo appearances. The effort seems to have paid off, with the film emerging as the biggest Hong Kong money maker of 2012, in addition to having been nominated for a long list of gongs at the Hong Kong Film Awards.

The film kicks off with the mysterious theft of an Emergency Unit police van and the kidnapping of the officers on board, a shocking crime which flies in the face of Hong Kong being known as the safest city in Asia and which was carried out despite the police force's sophisticated surveillance and tracking technology. With his son (Eddie Peng) being one of the hostages, Deputy Commissioner M.B. Lee (Tony Leung Ka Fai) takes charge of the investigation, codenamed Cold War though is soon butting heads with fellow deputy Sean Lau (Aaron Kwok). After Lee fails to solve the case quickly, Lau steps in and takes over, accusing him of being emotionally compromised due to the involvement of his son. However, Lau similarly fails, his attempt to pay off the kidnappers' ransom demands resulting in the loss of over $50 million. With it seeming like there might be a mole in the department, the ICAC (Independent Commission Against Corruption) step in, young investigator Billy Cheung (Aarif Lee) receiving anonymous tipoffs that Lee and Lau are hiding something behind their professional facades.

Its immediately clear that Infernal Affairs comparisons are entirely apt, as Cold War aims for the same kind of multi-layered plotting and scheming, with its large cast of characters all having their own motivations and hidden agendas. Sharing similar themes of corruption in the police force and the thin dividing line between upholding the law and acting criminally, the film also resembles the third Infernal Affairs pretty closely, with the same focus on departmental politics, internal investigations, and shifting allegiances. This is all well and good, since Cold War has enough idea of its own to differentiate it, and though at times somewhat wrapped up in its own importance and jingoism, it offers a gripping and pleasingly intelligent story as well as a convincing and grounded bit of police procedural. Though the final wrap up is a perhaps a little limp and preachy (leaving things open for the possibility of a not unwelcome sequel), Longman Leung and Sunny Luk also earn points for generally sticking to their guns, the film feeling more like an authentically Hong Kong thriller than other recent more Mainland-pandering genre efforts.

Given the heavy-hitting cast, the film is unsurprisingly very much an actors' affair, being quite dialogue focused and cramming in lots of scenes of shouting and intense staring. Certainly, Leung and Luk rely to a large extent during the first half on Aaron Kwok and Tony Leung to generate tension and drama through their rivalry, and so it's just as well that the two are on great form, the latter in particular having a great time chewing the scenery. The rest of the cast are also solid, and the attention that the script pays to the supporting characters is very rewarding, helping the film to rise above being too much of a star vehicle. Even Michael Wong and Andy Lau fit in, and despite basically playing themselves, their appearances add to the overall entertainment value and don't stand out as much as might be feared.

Though predominantly revolving around suspense and power struggles, the film does pack in a fair amount of action, with some very well handled large scale set pieces that show much better use of special effects than many other recent Hong Kong thrillers. The action choreography by Chin Ka Lok (who has worked on an impressive list of recent films including Motorway, The Viral Factor, Triple Tap and more) is top notch, and this helps to keep things moving at a fast pace, some nicely-timed explosions and shoot outs providing respite from the non-stop confrontations and shouting matches. The film is very well directed in general, Leung and Luk doing a great and incredibly assured job, managing to pack in plenty of eye-catching visuals and style, boosted by the excellent production values provided by what must have been a considerable budget.

All of this is more than enough to justify Cold War as being the Hong Kong event film of the last year, and one of its more accomplished thrillers for some time, Longman Leung and Sunny Luk making a real impact with their debut feature. Though undeniably a bit overblown and over-convinced of its own importance, the film shows a rare mix of intelligence and thrills, and whether or not it stands the test of time like Infernal Affairs it's definitely the closest thing audiences are likely to see for now.

by James Mudge – BeyondHollywood.com

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