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Cold War II (2016) (Blu-ray) (2D + 3D) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Aaron Kwok (Actor) | Tony Leung Ka Fai (Actor) | Chow Yun Fat (Actor) | Charlie Young (Actor)
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In 2012, Longman Leung and Sunny Luk's Cold War, a crime blockbuster about the security crisis and police infighting that unfold after a police van gets hijacked, swept nine awards at the 32nd Hong Kong Film Awards including Best Film. Four years later, the cast and crew return for the even bigger sequel which outpaced its predecessor to become the highest-grossing Chinese-language film of all time in Hong Kong. Cold War 2 brings back original stars Aaron Kwok and Tony Leung Ka Fai as high-ranking police brass, and adds Chow Yun Fat as an influential barrister. Eddie Peng, Aarif Lee and Charlie Young also reprise their roles along with new joiners Chang Kwok Chu, Tony Yang and Janice Man.

Picking up where the first film left off, Cold War 2 sees Sean Lau (Aaron Kwok) rising to the top police commissioner position after leading the "Cold War" operation. Deputy commissioner M.B. Lee (Tony Leung Ka Fai) has decided to retire from the force while his son Joe (Eddie Peng) is in prison. However, mysterious terrorists abduct Lau's wife and daughter and demand the release of Joe in exchange. As the shadow powers behind Joe gradually rise to the surface, tensions among the police, the judiciary and the ICAC (Independent Commission Against Corruption) reach a boiling point, and M.B. Lee gets pulled back into the dangerous power struggle within the top ranks of law and order.

This edition comes with trailers, photo gallery and making-of.

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Product Title: Cold War II (2016) (Blu-ray) (2D + 3D) (Hong Kong Version) 寒戰II (2016) (Blu-ray) (2D + 3D) (香港版) 寒战II (2016) (Blu-ray) (2D + 3D) (香港版) 寒戰II (2016) (Blu-ray) (2D + 3D) (香港版) Cold War II (2016) (Blu-ray) (2D + 3D) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: Cold War 2 寒戰2 寒战2 Cold War 2 Cold War 2
Artist Name(s): Aaron Kwok (Actor) | Tony Leung Ka Fai (Actor) | Chow Yun Fat (Actor) | Charlie Young (Actor) | Eddie Peng (Actor) | Janice Man (Actor) | Aarif Rahman (Actor) | Ram Tseung (Actor) | Terence Yin (Actor) | Waise Lee (Actor) | Frankie Lam (Actor) | Ho Stephen (Actor) | Gordon Lam (Actor) | Chang Kuo Chu (Actor) | Kenny Wong Tak Bun (Actor) | Felix Lok (Actor) | Tavia Yeung (Actor) | Ricky Fan (Actor) | Lau Tian Lan (Actor) | Yo Yang (Actor) | Bibi Zhou (Actor) | Xu Jia Jie (Actor) | Dai Yao Ming (Actor) | Chen Ying (Actor) | Fong Kin Yee (Actor) | Ho Wai Yip (Actor) 郭富城 (Actor) | 梁 家輝 (Actor) | 周潤發 (Actor) | 楊采妮 (Actor) | 彭于晏 (Actor) | 文詠珊 (Actor) | 李 治廷 (Actor) | 蔣 志光 (Actor) | 尹子維 (Actor) | 李子雄 (Actor) | 林文龍 (Actor) | 何啟南 (Actor) | 林家棟 (Actor) | 張國柱 (Actor) | 黃德斌 (Actor) | 駱應鈞 (Actor) | 楊怡 (Actor) | 范振鋒 (Actor) | 劉天蘭 (Actor) | 楊祐寧 (Actor) | 周筆暢 (Actor) | 徐家傑 (Actor) | 戴 耀明 (Actor) | 陳 瀅 (Actor) | 方 健儀 (Actor) | 何 偉業 (Actor) 郭富城 (Actor) | 梁 家辉 (Actor) | 周润发 (Actor) | 杨采妮 (Actor) | 彭于晏 (Actor) | 文咏珊 (Actor) | 李 治廷 (Actor) | 蒋 志光 (Actor) | 尹子维 (Actor) | 李子雄 (Actor) | 林文龙 (Actor) | 何启南 (Actor) | 林家栋 (Actor) | 张国柱 (Actor) | 黄德斌 (Actor) | 骆应钧 (Actor) | 杨怡 (Actor) | 范振锋 (Actor) | 刘天兰 (Actor) | 杨佑宁 (Actor) | 周笔畅 (Actor) | 徐家杰 (Actor) | 戴 耀明 (Actor) | 陈 滢 (Actor) | 方 健仪 (Actor) | 何 伟业 (Actor) 郭富城 (アーロン・コック) (Actor) | 梁家輝 (レオン・カーファイ) (Actor) | 周潤發 (チョウ・ユンファ) (Actor) | 楊采妮 (チャーリー・ヤン) (Actor) | 彭于晏(エディ・ポン) (Actor) | 文詠珊 (ジャニス・マン) (Actor) | 李治廷(アーリフ・リー) (Actor) | 蒋志光(チョン・チークォン) (Actor) | 尹子維(テレンス・イン) (Actor) | 李子雄(レイ・チーホン) (Actor) | 林文龍(ラム・マンロン) (Actor) | 何啓南(スティーブン・ホー) (Actor) | 林家棟(ラム・カートン) (Actor) | 張國柱(チョン・クォックチュウ) (Actor) | 黄徳斌(ケニー・ウォン) (Actor) | Felix Lok (Actor) | 楊怡 (タビア・ヨン) (Actor) | 范振鋒 (リッキー・ファン) (Actor) | Lau Tian Lan (Actor) | 楊祐寧(トニー・ヤン) (Actor) | 周筆暢 (チョウ・ビーチャン) (Actor) | Xu Jia Jie (Actor) | Dai Yao Ming (Actor) | Chen Ying (Actor) | Fong Kin Yee (Actor) | Ho Wai Yip (Actor) 곽부성 (Actor) | Tony Leung Ka Fai (Actor) | 주윤발 (Actor) | 양채니 (Actor) | 펑위옌 (Actor) | Janice Man (Actor) | Aarif Rahman (Actor) | Ram Tseung (Actor) | Terence Yin (Actor) | Waise Lee (Actor) | Frankie Lam (Actor) | Ho Stephen (Actor) | Gordon Lam (Actor) | Chang Kuo Chu (Actor) | Kenny Wong Tak Bun (Actor) | Felix Lok (Actor) | Tavia Yeung (Actor) | Ricky Fan (Actor) | Lau Tian Lan (Actor) | Yo Yang (Actor) | Bibi Zhou (Actor) | Xu Jia Jie (Actor) | Dai Yao Ming (Actor) | Chen Ying (Actor) | Fong Kin Yee (Actor) | Ho Wai Yip (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
Writer: Sunny Luk 陸 劍青 陆 剑青 サニー・ルク Sunny Luk
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: 2016-10-19
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC, [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 2.40 : 1
Sound Information: 7.1, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Rating: IIB
Duration: 110 (mins)
Publisher: Edko Films Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1053729262

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* Special Features:
- Theatrical Trailer 1-6
- Photo Gallery
- Making Of

COLD WAR, the hgihest grossing Hong Kong film in 2012 went on to win 9 major awards in the Hong Kong Film Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screnplayand Best actor for Tony Leung Kai Fai, 4 years later, the story of this hghly-anticipated sequel continues, and has already broken the Box Office Record of Hong Kong Films. As Acting Police Commissioner Sean Lau (Aaron Kwok) is promoted to the highest rank in the police force, Joe (Eddie Peng Yuyan), son of Deputy Police Commissioner Waise Lee (Tony Leung Ka Fai) who is behind the conspiracy, is taken into custody and Waise is forced to retire. But the mastermind remains unknown, until the resurface of a former police chief who unveils an unprecedented scheme to corrupt the police force. Things get more complicated when senior counsel Oswald Kan (Chow Yun Fat) leads an impeachment proceeding against Sean. Oswald’s every decision is pivotal in determining who stay on top of the game.
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Professional Review of "Cold War II (2016) (Blu-ray) (2D + 3D) (Hong Kong Version)"

December 1, 2016

Writer directors Longman Leung and Sunny Luk follow up their 2012 debut Cold War with a sequel, continuing the tale of internal scheming and strife between Hong Kong's various police departments and justice bureaus. With the original having been the territory's biggest domestic hit of the year, a second chapter was always on the cards, Leung and Luk duly obliging after taking time out to helm the somewhat less successful 2015 thriller Helios. The film was another marked critical and commercial success, topping the Chinese box office for two successive weeks during an admittedly quiet period, pulling in more than RMB 500 million in the process to date.

The story picks up directly after events in the original, with Aaron Kwok returning as Police Commissioner Sean Lau, and Tony Leung Ka-fai back as his arch-rival M.B. Lee, who ended the first film being forced to hand over his son Joe (Eddie Peng) to the authorities for taking part in the theft of an armoured police van. Things immediately get tricky with Lau receiving a phone call telling him that his wife has been kidnapped, demanding that he go against protocol and have Joe transferred from prison. Unsurprisingly this turns out to be part of a plot to free the renegade officer, leaving Lau to take the blame, bringing his reputation and that of his department into dispute, prompting an investigation into the Cold War operation by Independent Legislator Justice Ngo-wai Kan (Chow Yun-fat). While Lau turns to ICAC investigator Billy Cheung (Aarif Rahman) to help him form a separate task force to get to the bottom of things, M.B. Lee is contacted by a former commissioner pushing him to try and take advantage of the situation and take control for himself.

Clearly there's a great deal going on in Cold War 2, and the above synopsis is really only the tip of what proves to be a very dense and multi-layered iceberg – watching or indeed re-watching the first film beforehand is highly recommended. In an age when many Chinese language blockbusters are going the Hollywood route and dumbing things down for the lowest common denominator, Longman Leung and Sunny Luk definitely deserve praise for taking the opposite approach, offering up a sequel which if anything is more complicated than the original, needing a great deal of concentration to really get the best out of it. Although the conflict between Lau and Lee is nominally what drives the film, this masks a labyrinth of Machiavellian manoeuvring and duplicity, with various factions all vying for power and position. Loyalties shift and deals are made throughout, the narrative tense, unpredictable and coming with a very satisfying dramatic payoff that leaves the door open for a third outing. The theme of the clash between duty and honour is very much central, though Leung and Luk thankfully don't milk it for too much in the way of melodrama, giving the film more of an intellectual, if perhaps at times a drier feel than most others of its type.

Significantly, the film does a great job of offering something which, unlike many other recent Hong Kong thrillers, has appeal for both the local and Mainland market, managing to do so without watering down its subject matter. While politics are central and allegories there for audiences looking for them, Leung and Luk are clever in this respect, with a sharp though subtle script that, in spite of a few too many glowing endorsements of Hong Kong as 'Asia's Safest City' and as a bastion of law and order, is even handed and not afraid to tackle tough questions.

The all-star cast is obviously a large part of the film's appeal, and its impressive collection of top talents and familiar faces are all on great form, giving their all in terms of staring, glaring and shouting at each other. Aaron Kwok and Tony Leung Ka-fai are great value again in the lead roles, the clash between their straight-laced and combative characters making for some great scenes and confrontations. Crucially, though Kwok's Lau is on paper the more naturally heroic of the two, both are depicted as flawed and given to bad decision making, and Leung's Ka-fai emerges as equally sympathetic, making for a fascinating dynamic that nicely reflects the film's portrayal of the turmoil at the heart of the effort to provide a justice system that covers all outcomes. The supporting cast members who don't get lost in the mix similarly do well, Eddie Peng in particular, and it's good to see Chow Yun-fat taking on more than the kind of supporting role he has done of late, bringing to his role a welcome touch of stern gravitas.

Where Leung and Luk also succeed is in making what is essentially a dialogue-driven police procedural feel like a thriller, despite there being very little in the way of action, a few scattered set pieces aside. It's all very slick and fast moving, with some stylish editing helping to keep the suspense level high, ensuring that the film keeps the viewer gripped even when venturing into what might in other hands have been overly-detailed and dull territory. Excellent production values abound, and the film looks great from start to finish, with lots of swooping aerial shots of the Hong Kong skyline, and an accomplished use of light, shadow and colour which recalls the work of Michael Mann.

Though undeniably somewhat of a challenging watch, Cold War 2 is a superior sequel and a great film in its own right. Given the recent dip in quality of big budget Chinese language productions, it's pleasing to see a film unafraid to make its audience work, and the third act of Longman Leung and Sunny Luk's epic drama will hopefully stick to its guns in this regard.

by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com

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