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Undercover agent Ding (Charmaine Sheh) receives a mysterious coded message from someone named "Blackjack" who claims to be a fellow undercover who has lost contact with the police force. After reporting the message to handler Inspector Q (Francis Ng), she reluctantly returns to the field to liaison with Blackjack who reveals himself to be Shiu (Louis Koo), the right-hand man of Lam (Nick Cheung), a high-level executive for a shady finance group. As Inspector Q delves further into the group's involvement in the drug trade, tensions grow between longtime friends Shiu and Lam, neither of whom may be what they seem.
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|Product Title:||Line Walker (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 使徒行者 (2016) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 使徒行者 (2016) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 使徒行者 (2016) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Line Walker (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Francis Ng (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Nick Cheung (Actor) | Charmaine Sheh (Actor) | Hui Siu Hung (Actor) | Lo Hoi Pang (Actor) | Jade Leung (Actor) | Moses Chan (Actor) | Fung So Bo (Actor) | Cheng Zi Shing (Actor) | Au Shui Wai (Actor) | Cheng Tai Shen (Actor) | Li Guang Jie (Actor) | ZHANG XIU WEN (Actor) | Shi Yan Neng (Actor) | Louis Cheung (Actor) | Liang Hao Kai (Actor) | Stephen Wong (Actor) | Bob Lam (Actor) | Oceane Zhu (Actor) | Grace Wong (Actor) | Zhu Chen Li (Actor) | Candy Chang (Actor) | Di Wei Lian (Actor) | Luo Hao Ming (Actor) | Clara (Actor) 吳鎮宇 (Actor) | 古天樂 (Actor) | 張 家輝 (Actor) | 佘詩曼 (Actor) | 許紹雄 (Actor) | 盧海鵬 (Actor) | 梁琤 (Actor) | 陳豪 (Actor) | 馮素波 (Actor) | 鄭子誠 (Actor) | 歐瑞偉 (Actor) | 成泰燊 (Actor) | 李光潔 (Actor) | 張秀文 (Actor) | 釋 延能 (Actor) | 張 繼聰 (Actor) | 梁皓楷 (Actor) | 黃長興 (Actor) | 林盛斌 (Actor) | 朱 璇 (Actor) | 王 君馨 (Actor) | 朱 晨麗 (Actor) | 張 慧雯 (Actor) | 翟 威廉 (Actor) | 羅 浩銘 (Actor) | Clara (Actor) 吴镇宇 (Actor) | 古天乐 (Actor) | 张 家辉 (Actor) | 佘诗曼 (Actor) | 许绍雄 (Actor) | 卢海鹏 (Actor) | 梁琤 (Actor) | 陈豪 (Actor) | 冯素波 (Actor) | 郑子诚 (Actor) | 欧瑞伟 (Actor) | 成泰燊 (Actor) | 李光洁 (Actor) | 张秀文 (Actor) | 释 延能 (Actor) | 张 继聪 (Actor) | Liang Hao Kai (Actor) | 黄长兴 (Actor) | 林盛斌 (Actor) | 朱 璇 (Actor) | 王 君馨 (Actor) | 朱 晨丽 (Actor) | 张 慧雯 (Actor) | 翟 威廉 (Actor) | 罗 浩铭 (Actor) | Clara (Actor) 呉鎮宇 （フランシス・ン） (Actor) | 古天樂 （ルイス・クー） (Actor) | 張家輝 （ニック・チョン） (Actor) | 余詩曼（シャーメイン・シー） (Actor) | 許紹雄（ホイ・シウホン） (Actor) | 廬海鵬（ロー・ホイパン） (Actor) | 梁［王争］（ジェイ・リョン） (Actor) | 陳豪（チャン・ホウ） (Actor) | Fung So Bo (Actor) | Cheng Zi Shing (Actor) | Au Shui Wai (Actor) | 成泰燊 （チェン・タイシェン） (Actor) | Li Guang Jie (Actor) | ZHANG XIU WEN (Actor) | 釋行宇 （シー・シンユー） (Actor) | 張繼聰 （ルイス・チョン） (Actor) | Liang Hao Kai (Actor) | Stephen Wong (Actor) | 林盛斌（リン・シェンビン） (Actor) | Oceane Zhu (Actor) | Grace Wong (Actor) | Zhu Chen Li (Actor) | Candy Chang (Actor) | Di Wei Lian (Actor) | Luo Hao Ming (Actor) | Clara (Actor) Francis Ng (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Nick Cheung (Actor) | Charmaine Sheh (Actor) | Hui Siu Hung (Actor) | Lo Hoi Pang (Actor) | Jade Leung (Actor) | Moses Chan (Actor) | Fung So Bo (Actor) | Cheng Zi Shing (Actor) | Au Shui Wai (Actor) | Cheng Tai Shen (Actor) | Li Guang Jie (Actor) | ZHANG XIU WEN (Actor) | 석연능 (Actor) | Louis Cheung (Actor) | Liang Hao Kai (Actor) | Stephen Wong (Actor) | Bob Lam (Actor) | Oceane Zhu (Actor) | Grace Wong (Actor) | Zhu Chen Li (Actor) | Candy Chang (Actor) | Di Wei Lian (Actor) | Luo Hao Ming (Actor) | 클라라 (Actor)|
|Director:||Jazz Boon 文 偉鴻 文 伟鸿 Jazz Boon Jazz Boon|
|Action Director:||Chin Ka Lok 錢嘉樂 钱嘉乐 錢嘉樂（チン・ガーロッ） Chin Ka Lok|
|Producer:||Wong Jing | Virginia Lok 王晶 | 樂 易玲 王晶 | 乐 易玲 王晶 （バリー・ウォン） | Virginia Lok Wong Jing | Virginia Lok|
|Writer:||Guan Hao Yue 關 皓月 关 皓月 Guan Hao Yue Guan Hao Yue|
|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?|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese|
|Country of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Picture Format:||[HD] High Definition What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.78 : 1|
|Sound Information:||7.1, Dolby TrueHD|
|Screen Resolution:||1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)|
|Package Weight:||100 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1054027285|
- Making Of
When undercover agent Ding (Charmaine Sheh) receives an encrypted message from Blackjack, who claims to be an undercover agent that has lost contact with the police, she reports it to her superior officer Inspector Q (Francis Ng), who immediately launches a mission to search for Blackjack. During the mission, Ding visits a casino where she discovers that the supposedly dead triad leader Foon-hei is surprisingly alive and kicking.
Meanwhile, Inspector Q narrows down Blackjack’s whereabouts when he learns of a finance group’s involvement in a drug deal in Brazil. The deal involves company chairman Kwok Ming, his advisor Lam (Nick Cheung), Lam’s right-hand man Shiu (Louis Koo) and Foon-hei, who is plotting a comeback to the crime world. When the players learn of an undercover agent in their midst, paranoia and distrust begin to cloud over the deal…
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Professional Review of "Line Walker (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"
TVB adapts another of its hit television dramas to the cinema with Line Walker: The Movie, and like many of its previous TV-to-movie attempts (e.g., Triumph in the Skies), they've screwed over fans of the original. The Powers That Be dropped most of Line Walker's storylines and actors (including male leads Raymond Lam and Michael Miu) and marginalized returning female lead Charmaine Sheh by pushing her into a supporting role behind three big-time movie stars. Getting proven stars for a big screen adaptation is an understandable business decision, and yet somewhere the devout Line Walker fan is probably cursing TVB or whoever else they can, from director Jazz Boon, who also created the TV drama, to producer Wong Jing, who at this point could be considered a generic Hong Kong Cinema scapegoat. No matter who you wish to rail at, you have our sympathies, Line Walker faithful.
However, the big-time movie stars that they've cast in the Line Walker film are Nick Cheung, Louis Koo and Francis Ng – so our sympathy towards Line Walker fans should rapidly dissolve in favor of genre fan glee. Plot: Obnoxiously whiny cop Ding Siu-Ka (Charmaine Sheh) continues her undercover exploits from the Line Walker drama, but now she's under the watchful eye of handler Q Sir (Francis Ng), who's also her boyfriend. While involved in her usual shenanigans, Ding gets a text message from a mysterious individual named Blackjack that utilizes the code of her previous handler Hung Sir. This "Hung's Code" indicates that it's a lost undercover agent – no records remain of their official police status thanks to an untimely computer data deletion – so naturally Ding and Q Sir want to bring this wayward mole back in from the cold.
Soon the mole is narrowed down to either Lam (Nick Cheung) or Shiu (Louis Koo), underworld figures in the employ of the super-shady Tak Mou Group. The story basically consists of two threads, one following Ding and Q Sir as they work to ferret out the mole, and the other following Lam and Shiu as one of the two men confirms himself to be Blackjack while the other arches his eyebrows suspiciously. Plot twists pop up routinely, many of which don't hold water, but the bigger problem is the varying tones. When Nick Cheung and Louis Koo are onscreen, we get bro-tastic homoerotic gangland tropes that play like deleted footage from The White Storm. However, when Francis Ng and Charmaine Sheh are onscreen, we get the enlarged sitcom antics of Ding Siu-Ka, and her mouthy tomfoolery comes complete with a self-amused score. Separately, each could be its own film but together they clash.
Ding Siu-Ka also offered silly antics in the Line Walker TV drama, but in a twenty-plus episode series there's room to smoothly transition from comedy to suspense and drama. Here, the shifting tones hurt narrative tension, especially since Sheh is sometimes forcefully over-the-top. However, Francis Ng shows integrity and a mature sense of humor, and does a lot to shore up their scenes together. The role of Q Sir is a bit of a phone-in for Ng, but he stays focused and gratefully avoids overacting. Also, at one key moment, Ng seems to echo one of his previous award-winning performances, which should delight his fans. Devotees of the TV drama may be nonplussed; while Q Sir is clearly a support role to Ding Siu-Ka, Francis Ng largely overshadows Charmaine Sheh. As compensation, fans get the return of Hui Siu-Hung as overly smug gang leader Foon-Hei. Hui isn't Raymond Lam, but it's nice that they managed to bring someone back besides Sheh.
Mostly, Line Walker is the Nick Cheung and Louis Koo show. The pair gets to pal around and glower at one another, and while the screenplay is a bit flabby and generic, the two actors never wear out their welcome. Nick Cheung is a better actor than Louis Koo, which creates an imbalance during some of their intense face-offs, but the two are on equal footing during the well-mounted action scenes, which reach their peak during a short and rather needless trip to Rio (2016 Olympics tie-in!) midway through. The production has some Frankenstein-like qualities; the Rio portions don't totally mesh with the Hong Kong scenes in terms of art direction and cinematography, while the cast is strangely put-together outside of the leads. China actors Li Guangjie and Cheng Taishen are odd fits as two heavily-dubbed bad guys, while Coming Home sweetheart Zhang Huiwen gets an unexpected action role as Lam's small but deadly aide.
Line Walker is too inconsistent and incomplete to be called a total success. The script has numerous issues; the ending is truncated and doesn't provide proper resolution, and the story basically alternates between action sequences and verbal confrontations where someone accuses someone else of being an undercover. However, it provides solid entertainment and is a decent representation of a popular Hong Kong Cinema genre, i.e., the cop-criminal film with big time actors holding guns and droning on about brotherhood. Also, it gives director Jazz Boon a shot at the big screen. Given the unimpressive script and shifting tones, it's hard to tell if Boon is really that skilled, but he manages the tension and drama (if not the humor) decently. All things considered, a Line Walker film sequel would be a perfectly welcome prospect. I'd also suggest following up on characters and storylines from the TV drama but that's probably asking for too much.
by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com
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October 31, 2016
In the tradition of TVB-based features like Turning Point and Triumph in the Skies, Line Walker the movie takes a minimum of the original series' premise and characters, and then loads it with movie actors and elements. Fans of the TV series expecting a significant continuation (or Raymond Lam) may justifiably feel a bit shafted, but in exchange, we get a slick production with great performances from Nick Cheung, Louis Koo and Francis Ng in new roles.
Directed by the TV series' producer Jazz Boon, Line Walker does retain as backstory the events of the TV series, which involved identifying triad-planted undercover officers whose files got deleted and uncovering a triad mole in the police force. Spinning a new story from that premise (relayed quickly in text at the film's start), the crime thriller brings back the series' leading lady Charmaine Sheh as undercover officer Ding who is now supervised by Francis Ng's Inspector Q. Ding gets contacted by someone claiming to be another undercover officer who lost contact with their late handler. That lead takes them to Lam (Nick Cheung) and Shiu (Louis Koo), who work for a criminal finance group. Lam and Shiu seem close as brothers, but the former's higher status in the organization and the latter's apparent undercover identity create underlying tensions that boil to the surface amid a massive drug deal.
Like an undercover officer, Line Walker balances two identities. As an in-house spinoff of a very popular TV series, the film requires screen time for Charmaine Sheh and reveals the fate of Hui Siu Hung's smiley mob boss Foon Hei to fans of the series. As a crime thriller with a big budget and marquee actors, Line Walker needs to rise beyond its TV origins to be a broadly appealing standalone silver-screen entry. In his feature debut, Jazz Boon exhibits a good enough handle on the material which technically does serve both identities, but has trouble melding the two into a tonally consistent whole. As she does in the TV series, Charmaine Sheh provides comedic sass and some heroic melodrama, but her character is auxiliary to the main story; it often feels like she's in a different movie than the rest of the cast. Likewise, Hui Siu Hung briefly pops in here and there in key moments, but the significance of his fan-favorite character will be lost on those not familiar with the TV series.
Though Line Walker slightly fails TV audiences, it does have plenty for movie audiences with Nick Cheung, Louis Koo and Francis Ng engaged in a battle of wits. Nick Cheung and Louis Koo offer a White Storm-lite partnership as best friends turning against each other while still staying best friends, and Francis Ng channels his 2000 A.D. performance into the very likable role of Inspector Q. It's not the three actors at their best, but it is possibly the three actors at their most comfortable. Add in strong action direction by Chin Kar Lok and some sepia-washed shootouts in Brazil, and Line Walker tips the scales positively as an enjoyable Hong Kong police crime thriller.