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Firestorm (2013) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Andy Lau (Producer, Actor) | Gordon Lam (Actor) | Hu Jun (Actor) | Yao Chen (Actor)
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YesAsia Editorial Description

How far is an upstanding cop willing to go to make sure justice is realized? That is the very question the cop played by superstar Andy Lau is faced with in hit action thriller Firestorm. Written and directed by Shaolin scriptwriter Alan Yuen, the riveting story follows the cop's desperate hunt for a gang of dangerous thieves and the struggles of an ex-convict (Gordon Lam) trying to resist the temptation of the crime world. The intense drama in the first two-thirds of the film culminates into an astonishing finale rarely seen in the history of Hong Kong cinema: An explosive shootout set in the busy streets of Hong Kong.

On the surface, Cao Nan (Hu Jun) appears to be an art dealer, but he's really a notorious robber who has been successful at avoiding being charged by the police. Lui (Andy Lau) is one of the upstanding police officers who has been after him. During their latest attempt to catch Cao in the act, Lui's arrest is disrupted by Bong (Gordon Lam), an ex-convict who happens to be Lui's former classmate. Despite the objections of his loving girlfriend (Yao Chen), Bong has returned to working for Lui's gang upon his release from prison. Even though Lui is forced to let Cao Nan go once more, his informant (Philip Keung) has agreed to go undercover in Lui's gang, despite the dangers involved. However, the consequences will drive Lui to the edge as his determination to catch Cao begins to overshadow his moral judgement.

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Product Title: Firestorm (2013) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 風暴 (2013) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 风暴 (2013) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 風暴 (2013) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Firestorm (2013) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Andy Lau (Actor) | Gordon Lam (Actor) | Hu Jun (Actor) | Yao Chen (Actor) | Michael Wong (Actor) | Ray Lui (Actor) | Michael Tong (Actor) | Ben Wong (Actor) | Terence Yin (Actor) | Philip Keung (Actor) | Kenny Wong Tak Bun (Actor) | Eddie Cheung (Actor) | Hung Tin Chiu (Actor) | Bonnie Xian (Actor) | Edward Chui Chui (Actor) | Xu Jia Jie (Actor) | Wong Cho Lam (Actor) | Oscar Leung (Actor) | Hayama Hiro (Actor) 劉 德華 (Actor) | 林家棟 (Actor) | 胡軍 (Actor) | 姚晨 (Actor) | 王敏德 (Actor) | 呂良偉 (Actor) | 唐文龍 (Actor) | 黃智賢 (Actor) | 尹子維 (Actor) | 姜 皓文 (Actor) | 黃德斌 (Actor) | 張兆輝 (Actor) | 洪天照 (Actor) | 冼色麗 (Actor) | 徐偉棟 (Actor) | 徐家傑 (Actor) | 王祖藍 (Actor) | 梁 烈唯 (Actor) | 葉山 豪 (Actor) 刘 德华 (Actor) | 林家栋 (Actor) | 胡军 (Actor) | 姚晨 (Actor) | 王敏德 (Actor) | 吕良伟 (Actor) | 唐文龙 (Actor) | 黄智贤 (Actor) | 尹子维 (Actor) | 姜 皓文 (Actor) | 黄德斌 (Actor) | 张兆辉 (Actor) | 洪天照 (Actor) | 冼色丽 (Actor) | 徐伟栋 (Actor) | 徐家杰 (Actor) | 王祖蓝 (Actor) | 梁 烈唯 (Actor) | 叶山 豪 (Actor) 劉徳華 (アンディ・ラウ) (Actor) | 林家棟(ラム・カートン) (Actor) | 胡軍(フー・ジュン) (Actor) | 姚晨(ヤオ・チェン) (Actor) | 王敏徳 (マイケル・ウォン) (Actor) | 呂良偉(レイ・ロイ) (Actor) | 唐文龍(マイケル・トン) (Actor) | 黄智賢(ウォン・チーイン) (Actor) | 尹子維(テレンス・イン) (Actor) | 姜皓文(キョン・ヒウマン) (Actor) | 黄徳斌(ケニー・ウォン) (Actor) | 張兆輝(チョン・シウファイ) (Actor) | 洪天照(サミー・ハン) (Actor) | 冼色麗(ボニー・シァン) (Actor) | Edward Chui Chui (Actor) | Xu Jia Jie (Actor) | 王祖藍 (ウォン・ジョーラム) (Actor) | Oscar Leung (Actor) | ヒロ・ハヤマ (Actor) 유덕화 (Actor) | Gordon Lam (Actor) | 후 준 (Actor) | Yao Chen (Actor) | Michael Wong (Actor) | Ray Lui (Actor) | 당문룡 (Actor) | Ben Wong (Actor) | Terence Yin (Actor) | Philip Keung (Actor) | Kenny Wong Tak Bun (Actor) | Eddie Cheung (Actor) | Hung Tin Chiu (Actor) | Bonnie Xian (Actor) | Edward Chui Chui (Actor) | Xu Jia Jie (Actor) | Wong Cho Lam (Actor) | Oscar Leung (Actor) | Hayama Hiro (Actor)
Director: Alan Yuen 袁錦麟 袁锦麟 Alan Yuen Alan Yuen
Action Director: Chin Ka Lok 錢嘉樂 钱嘉乐 錢嘉樂(チン・ガーロッ) Chin Ka Lok
Producer: Andy Lau | William Kong 劉 德華 | 江 志強 刘 德华 | 江 志强 劉徳華 (アンディ・ラウ) | William Kong 유덕화 | 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: 2014-03-05
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong, China
Picture Format: NTSC, [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Sound Information: 7.1, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Video Codecs: AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10)
Duration: 110 (mins)
Publisher: Edko Films Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1035214749

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*Special Features:
- Teaser Trailer
- Theatrical Trailer
- Making of
- Photo Gallery

A storm is heading to the city, and with it comes another occurrence so destructive, it vows to bring down everything it touches. A crew of seasoned criminals led by the notorious Nam (Hu Jun), armed with high-powered weapons, pulls off another smooth and violent armored car heist in broad daylight in a crowded street. Whoever tries to get in their way, they will show no mercy. This puts the police force to shame and humiliation.

A hardboiled senior police inspector Lui (Andy Lau), hot on the trails of Nam and his tight crew, determines to put an end to this madness that causes the lives of innocent people. But he soon comes face to face with the cruel reality that the usual police tactics are too futile to send these armed thieves behind bars. Extreme crime requires extreme justice, even if it means crossing his moral line. Tou (Lam Ka Tung), an ex-con desperate to leave his criminal past behind, volunteers to be Lui’s snitch in exchange for a fresh start with her girlfriend Bing (Yao Chen). But little does he know what hellish situation he’s getting himself into.
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Awards

This film has received 4 award nomination(s).
  • Hong Kong Films Awards 2014
    • Best New Director Nomination
    • Best Film Editing Nomination
    • Best Action Choreography Nomination
    • Best Visual Effects Nomination
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Editor's Pick of "Firestorm (2013) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

Picked By Ivy Wong
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March 26, 2014

A declared war zone
For a 110-minute movie, the cops-and-criminals 3D blockbuster Firestorm is stuffed with so many firearms, car crashes and punches that you may forget what the original story is about. Also a producer for the movie, Andy Lau ensures that the ticket is worth every penny for moviegoers by recreating Hong Kong's core business zone onscreen – Central – and then bombing it to pieces in an instant. That's not the only catch of the film. Andy is also a cop gone bad who faces his own moral derailing and gets trapped in a dark hole so deep that it eventually brings down everyone around him.

Lui Ming Chit (Andy Lau) is an upstanding police inspector who becomes obsessed with taking down the notorious criminal Cao Nan (Hu Jun). His operation is, however, sabotaged by his childhood friend To Sing Bon (Gordon Lam) who joined a robbery ring right after being freed from prison. Lui risks everything that he has – his integrity and even the lives of his informant Tong (Patrick Keung), his goddaughter and To for the sake of fulfilling his growing ambition.

The plot looks relatively unimportant when the big-budget film begins and ends with the destruction of Hong Kong, made possible with an unlimited supply of ammo. There are a number of emotional lines running through the movie apart from Lui's moral disillusion, such as To's determination to mend his broken relationship with his girlfriend (Yao Chen) and Tong's praying in total helplessness for the safety of his daughter. However, director Alan Yuen falls short on forging adequate emotional resonance with viewers since all the emotional triggers in the movie are coated in gunfire and scares. Just when you're contemplating the meaning of justice, Firestorm hits you head-on with absorbing visuals and CGI.

Though there are flaws here and there in the script and direction, Firestorm is still a fairly entertaining flick and quite a memorable outing for new director Yuen. The destruction of Central scene alone is worth the movie time, not to mention the irresistible charm of 51-year-old superstar Andy Lau.

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Customer Review of "Firestorm (2013) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10 (1)

Gary
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July 10, 2014

This customer review refers to Firestorm (2013) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
the real killer is Andy Lau's hairstyle! Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
Fast, action-packed intense drama with a few good twists and turns in the plot, tight acting but with far too many explosions, cars, buses and cops flying through the air in the centre of HK in true Hollywood style. The Hong Kong swat police must be the most incompetent and poorest shots in the world. Hundreds of swat police outgunned and out-manoeuvred by a few baddies who nail dozens of HK's finest and can't be killed except by Andy who gets every one of them. Thank god the Hongkers police have Andy on their side.
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