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Richie Jen (Actor) | Huang Xiao Ming (Actor) | Edison Chen (Actor) | Bowie Lam
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Finally hitting theaters in 2009, Dante Lam's (The Beast Stalker) long-awaited crime thriller The Sniper revolves around the sniper squad of the Hong Kong Police's Special Duties Unit (SDU). Taiwan actor-singer Richie Jen (Exiled) faces off against popular Mainland actor Huang Xiaoming (Royal Tramp) as lethal sharpshooters on opposite sides of the law. Edison Chen (Dog Bite Dog), whose 2008 photo scandal led to the film's delayed release and re-editing, portrays an upstart sniper, along with a supporting cast that includes Taiwan veteran Jack Kao (Parking), Bowie Lam (Hard Boiled), Wilfred Lau (Lady Cop & Papa Crook), Liu Kai Chi (The Beast Stalker), Patrick Tang (Whispers and Moans), Michelle Yip (Moonlight in Tokyo), former pop singer Mango Wong, and action director Stephen Tung Wai. Packed with intense shootouts, training montages, and other entertaining genre staples, The Sniper hits the mark as a fast-paced Hong Kong-style action thriller.

Sharpshooter Hartman (Richie Jen) runs a tight ship as head of the SDU sniper team, but hotshot rookie OJ (Edison Chen) keeps questioning his authority and training regiment and even takes pointers from Hartman's rival, former top sniper Lincoln (Huang Xiaoming). An arrogant ace whose shooting skills surpassed Hartman, Lincoln has just been released from prison after serving time for accidentally shooting a hostage, and he wants revenge. In a blatant challenge to Hartman and the police, Lincoln helps crime boss Tao (Jack Kao) escape from custody, paving the way for a deadly showdown between the snipers.

This edition comes with trailer, making of, and deleted scenes.

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Product Title: The Sniper (2009) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 神鎗手 (2009) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 神枪手 (2009) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 神鎗手 (Blu-ray) (香港版) The Sniper (2009) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Richie Jen (Actor) | Huang Xiao Ming (Actor) | Edison Chen (Actor) | Bowie Lam | Liu Kai Chi | Jack Kao | Patrick Tang | Mango Wong | Tung Wai | Michelle Ye | Wilfred Lau 任 賢齊 (Actor) | 黃曉明 (Actor) | 陳冠希 (Actor) | 林保怡 | 廖啟智 | 高捷 | 鄧健泓 | 王秀琳 | 董瑋 | 葉 璇 | 劉浩龍 任 贤齐 (Actor) | 黄 晓明 (Actor) | 陈冠希 (Actor) | 林保怡 | 廖启智 | 高捷 | 邓健泓 | 王秀琳 | 董玮 | 叶璇 | 刘浩龙 任賢齊(リッチー・レン) (Actor) | 黄暁明 (ホァン・シァオミン) (Actor) | 陳冠希(エディソン・チャン) (Actor) | 林保怡(ラム・ボーイー) | 廖啓智(リウ・カイチー) | 高捷(ジャック・カオ) | 鄧健泓(パトリック・タン) | 王秀琳(マンゴー・ウォン) | 董瑋 (トン・ワイ) | 葉璇 (ミッシェル・イップ) | 劉浩龍(ウィルフレッド・ラウ) Richie Jen (Actor) | Huang Xiao Ming (Actor) | Edison Chen (Actor) | Bowie Lam | 요 계지 | Jack Kao | Patrick Tang | Mango Wong | Tung Wai | Michelle Ye | Wilfred Lau
Director: Dante Lam 林 超賢 林 超贤 林超賢 (ダンテ・ラム) Dante Lam
Action Director: Tung Wai 董瑋 董玮 董瑋 (トン・ワイ) Tung Wai
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2009-05-27
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen, 2.35 : 1
Sound Information: 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)
Rating: IIB
Duration: 87 (mins)
Publisher: Intercontinental Video (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1020231268

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* Video Codec: AVC
* Video Resolution (maximum) : 1080p
* Audio Specifications:
- Cantonese: Dolby TrueHD 7.1
- Cantonese: Dolby Digital 5.1
- Mandarin: Dolby Digital 5.1
* Special Feature:
- Trailer
- Making Of
- Deleted Scenes

Director : Dante Lam

HARTMAN (RICHIE JEN) is renowned as the top shooter in the police force. But behind the legend lies a skeleton in the closet: his former teammate and superb marksman LINCOLN (HUANG XIAOMING), who was jailed for accidentally killing a hostage, has just been released. With only vengeance in his mind, Lincoln determines to take on Hartman and the police, believing they are the real culprits for his fall.
When a high-security prisoner transfer is sabotaged by a mysterious sniper and a major convict has escaped, Hartman and his team are dispatched to profile the suspect. OJ (EDISON CHEN), the hot-headed rookie on the team, surprises everyone by accurately replicating the suspect’s impossible shots. Hartman sees the potential in this youngster and decides to take him under his wing. Yet when OJ becomes fascinated by Lincoln and determines to top his shooting skills, he might become another wild card on the loose. Meanwhile, Lincoln continues his plan with the largest heist ever in the city. Believing that Hartman had withheld key evidence that could free him, Lincoln decides to lure his target in by holding Hartman’s daughter as hostage and re-enacting that fateful day. It is the ultimate showdown amongst three expert snipers in the Hong Kong cityscape…
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Professional Review of "The Sniper (2009) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

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June 8, 2009

Long awaited and perhaps even dreaded, Dante Lam's The Sniper arrives in Hong Kong cinemas with the explosive force of a hollow point bullet splintering flimsy balsa wood. A routine actioner with a pared-down, unfinished storyline, Sniper comes with solid action sequences and a super-serious tone that borders on campy. At less than ninety minutes, the film moves by so quickly and forcefully that one need not linger on the macho stereotypes or hanging plot threads. Instead, one can admire the toned male bodies, badass character types and the abundance of polished gun metal. Tolerance for bombast is a must. Entertainment? That's possible too, with the right expectations.

Richie Jen stars as Hartman, the top dog of Hong Kong's SDU Sniper Team, who got the job despite being the second best shooter in team history. The best was Lincoln (Mainland star Huang Xiaoming) whose skill and confidence makes him arrogant and rather smarmy. Lincoln fell from grace and is only now being released from prison after a four-year stint. When we first meet Lincoln, he already has it in for his former SDU teammates, and within days has purchased an illegal sniper rifle and is helping crime boss Tao (Jack Kao) escape from police custody. Hartman witnesses the escape because Lincoln tips him off to the crime's location as kind of a "ha ha, I'm helping the bad guys," raspberry in Hartman's direction. There's apparently unfinished business between these two alpha males, with only room at the top for one sharpshooter.

However, Hartman and Lincoln had better make way, because there's a new gun in town and his name is OJ. Played by wayward bad boy and amateur photographer Edison Chen, OJ is the cocky new recruit whose talent with a sniper rifle makes him both an asset and a pain in the ass. OJ is a straight up playa' and can occasionally cop an attitude, but it's all for righteousness and the good of the team. Whenever he opens his mouth, he spews awesome dialogue like, "You want to challenge the Hong Kong police? I'm waiting for you!" No, that is not a meta-reference to some real-life legal issue. OJ sometimes disobeys Hartman's orders, but when he does, it's so that he can kick ass. Despite being played by Edison Chen, OJ is obviously the man.

OJ could have been a cool character, but the part is hurt by Edison Chen's trademark underplaying and the fact that the filmmakers sliced his scenes to bits. Sniper was delayed many months and finally trimmed to its breezy running time in large part due to the negative fallout over Chen's much-publicized sex photo scandal. The edit reduces Chen's importance to the picture, but there's a cost, namely hanging plot threads and a non-existent arc for the previously pivotal OJ. The character still matters, as he figures heavily into the sniper battle finale, but OJ is barely developed besides his required displays of badassery. Edison Chen is now less of a distraction, that's for sure. However, the marginalizing of his character proves to be a distraction on its own.

Then again, it's conceivable that the final edit actually helped Sniper. The stripped-down storyline is laughably intense but also decently interesting, and the excised details (which likely included romantic and/or family subplots) might have bloated the film. Some details are glimpsed and then forgotten; Hartman has a suicidal ex-wife (Michelle Ye), and there's an implication that Lincoln may be threatening Hartman's family, but the storyline goes nowhere. Likewise, a subplot involving OJ's dad (Stephen Tung) appears and then disappears, and the Top Gun-like cockfight between Hartman, Lincoln and OJ is only given minor lip service. Only Lincoln's romance with the pretty Crystal (Mango Wong) has any impact, but it's arguable if that impact is an emotional one.

Because it moves so fast and forcefully, Sniper proves to be decently entertaining, though in a routine, average way. The sniper action sequences manage some tension, with lots of cool riflescope POV shots and some discussion about how holding your breath can increase your firing rate, but not your accuracy. There's a nifty theme in there about the choices one makes as a sniper, i.e. do you sacrifice some accuracy in order to squeeze off more shots, and what are the consequences of messing up in the line of duty? The film's more interesting content is ultimately subjugated for style, overacting and plenty of bombast. For what it is - a commercial action thriller - Sniper is fine, but it could have been much better. The best thing about Sniper? Probably the guys - that is, discounting Edison Chen because everyone is tired of talking about him. Both Richie Ren and Huang Xiaoming are fine leads, with TVB star Bowie Lam and Media Asia singer Wilfred Lau providing stoic and/or muscular support. In particular, Huang Xiaoming has a striking screen presence that makes him well-suited to charismatic genre roles, though at one point he does engage in some egregious overacting. Sniper is a good action film for admirers of the male form because there's plenty of shots of shirtless, sweaty guys running, shooting, and yelling at one another at varying camera speeds. Obviously there is an audience for that type of film, and Sniper satisfies that need. It doesn't live up to Dante Lam's latest, Beast Stalker, but nothing since Lam's Beast Cops has. After all Sniper has been through, we shouldn't expect it to, either.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

June 8, 2009

This professional review refers to The Sniper (2009) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
The Sniper is a film which hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons, thanks to the all-consuming nude photo scandal surrounding star Edison Chen, resulting in a long delay to its release and an apparently drastic cutting down of his role. However, for once this may actually have been a good thing, as the film which has finally emerged is a short, sharp burst of action which comes at a time when there are few and far between genre films of note on Hong Kong screens. The film boasts a talented director at the helm in the form of Dante Lam, whose recent The Beast Stalker won acclaim and prizes, and an interesting cast which also includes Taiwan actor-singer Richie Jen (also in Johnnie To's Exiled) and Mainland actor Huang Xiaoming (recently in hit comedy Fit Lover). Parking) escape and lays down a deadly challenge to prove once and for all who the best sniper really is.

In terms of action, The Sniper certainly delivers, with lots of shootouts and surprisingly bloody violence. The sharpshooting angle does give it a different feel to the usual cop thrillers, and the film packs in more rooftop action than Infernal Affairs. Lam is one of the better action directors working in Hong Kong today, and he keeps things tight and stylish, managing to combine lots of slow motion, freeze frames and computer enhanced bullet tracking without ever seeming too much like he is merely showing off. At the same time, he throws in just enough shaky camera work to give a grounded, if not gritty feel, which helps give the proceedings a tougher edge. The gunplay is tense and exciting, and the film basically revolves around its impressive set pieces and sniper duels, with the final battle in particular being memorable. The film is effectively a piece of gun porn, with lots of odd philosophising about guns being like women, and with countless loving close ups of the vaguely phallic weapons being stroked by the stars.

The film was always going to be about action rather than substance, and it is here that the editing out of Chen's scenes has likely had a real benefit, as it prevents the plot from ever being sidetracked by needless melodrama or pointless character arcs that were clearly not interesting enough to have added any worthwhile depth. Although this does mean that there a few loose ends regarding his stereotype hot head rookie, few viewers are likely to care since the film now moves along at a brisk pace, with less chat between the shooting scenes. The film is an almost inadvertently amusingly macho affair, with testosterone dripping from almost every scene, and with countless shots of the male cast running around shirtless and sweating, or glowering at each other with repressed ire or longing. This of course only makes things even more entertaining, and the proceedings do at times verge on high camp, especially during the many training montages.

Thankfully, this never distracts from Lam's solid direction or the thrilling gunplay, and The Sniper stands as one of the better Hong Kong action films of the last year. A glossy production with plenty of explosions and posturing, it should certainly keep genre fans happy in these lean times.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10 (1)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6.8 out of 10 (5)

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December 20, 2009

This customer review refers to The Sniper (2009) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Average at best Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
Sniper is an average film at best with mildly intense gun fights which are well crafted. Richie Ren and the rest of the cast do a good job in their respective rolesbut it is Edison chen that again dissapoints showing that he shouldn't be in acting at all, he rarely registers any emotion. things aren't help by the intense cutting that director Dante lam and co. had to go through after the sex-photo-scandal from Edison, which makes his character seem like it is not fleshed out enough and seem like there is something missing. action from yuen tak is well choreographed going for realism.

Passable stuff but enjoyable.
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September 26, 2009

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IT'S JUST AN "OK" MOVIE Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
THE ACTION AND THRILL IS THERE... BUT I THINK THE STORY IS NOT THAT DEEP FOR SOMEONE TO TURN INTO HIS OWN KIND. I FEEL THERE IS A NEED TO EXPAND THE STORY SO THAT MOVIE WATCHES CAN UNDERSTAND. BUT I LOVE THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF RITCHIE BEING A MENTOR TO EDISON CHEN... THAT PART I LOVE. IT JUST AN OK MOVIE FOR ME.
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July 29, 2009

Not as good as expected. Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
The story is good but i expected something better. The main problem with this movie is the quality of the encoding witch makes this blu-ray looks like just a little better than a dvd, but far from the high quality of 1080p in 16/9 format. This is not a real 16/9 also, nor a real 1080p as mentioned on the box.
The visuals is not so dramatic still, but i expected something better.
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July 26, 2009

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Good but not great Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
When you think sniper two things come to mind, Head shots and the pink mist of gore and brain mater from the head shot. Movie lacks in both departments.

Also the horrible inaccurate to the weapons. The Berrett M82A1 Special Applications Scoped Rifle has an effective range of over a mile, yet in the end it has trouble penetrating a concrete wall at a range of 4-5 hundred meters or something. Even if it doesnt penetrate the kinetic force of the round should have killed OJ who was taking cover behind that wall. OJ uses an H&K PSG-1 semi automatic marksmen rifle and never thought of double tapping?!?! Did he just get the rifle yesterday??

Not bad of a movie but with what i know it's not worth watching twice
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June 15, 2009

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Fun Flick Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
This movie is exactly what it's supposed to be - a sniper action movie. If this is the type of movie you want to watch then it's definitely entertaining. It's been a while since a decent Hong Kong movie has come out.
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