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Wang Bao Qiang (Actor) | Liu Hao Ran (Actor) | King Shih Chieh (Actor) | Pan Yue Ming (Actor)
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Actor-turned-director Chen Sicheng follows his blockbuster directorial debut Beijing Love Story with the mystery comedy Detective Chinatown. Lost in Thailand's Wang Baoqiang returns to the Land of Smiles for another hilarious performance as a chatty and unrefined bumpkin, this time a private detective based in Bangkok's Chinatown. Breakout teen star Liu Haoran plays his unlikely partner in crime-solving in this zippy buddy detective comedy. Comedy regulars Chen He, Shao Yang, Da Peng and Xiao Shenyang, as well as Chen's wife, Tong Liya, and child actress Wendy Zhang, also appear in Detective Chinatown.

Stuttering youth Qin Feng (Liu Haoran) is down in the dumps after failing his police academy interview, so his grandmother sends him on a one-week vacation to Bangkok where his uncle Tang Ren (Wang Baoqiang) lives. Tang Ren has bragged to everyone back home that he's the No. 1 Detective of Bangkok Chinatown, but Qin Feng quickly sees through his sleuthing work to just be odd jobs for hire. His latest job involved making a delivery for a craftsman, and when the man turns up dead, Tang Ren becomes the top murder suspect. What's more, the craftsman was actually a robber and the loot has disappeared. Before he even knows what's hit him, Tang Ren is suddenly on the run from both the police and the dead robber's partners. Dragged along for the ride, Qin Feng uses his analytical skills to help Tang Ren get to the bottom of the dark and convoluted case.

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Product Title: Detective Chinatown (2015) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 唐人街探案 (2015) (DVD) (香港版) 唐人街探案 (2015) (DVD) (香港版) 唐人街探案 (2015) (DVD) (香港版) Detective Chinatown (2015) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Wang Bao Qiang (Actor) | Liu Hao Ran (Actor) | King Shih Chieh (Actor) | Pan Yue Ming (Actor) | Zhao Ying Jun (Actor) | Xiao Shen Yang (Actor) | Chen He (Actor) | Sang Ping (Actor) | Da Peng (Actor) | Wendy Zhang (Actor) | Tong Li Ya (Actor) 王寶強 (Actor) | 劉 昊然 (Actor) | 金 士傑 (Actor) | 潘粵明 (Actor) | 趙英俊 (Actor) | 小 瀋陽 (Actor) | 陳 赫 (Actor) | 桑平 (Actor) | 大鵬 (Actor) | 張子楓 (Actor) | 佟 麗婭 (Actor) 王宝强 (Actor) | 刘 昊然 (Actor) | 金 士杰 (Actor) | 潘粤明 (Actor) | 赵英俊 (Actor) | 小 渖阳 (Actor) | 陈 赫 (Actor) | 桑平 (Actor) | 大鹏 (Actor) | 张子枫 (Actor) | 佟 丽娅 (Actor) 王宝強 (ワン・バオチャン) (Actor) | Liu Hao Ran (Actor) | 金仕傑(カム・シーキット) (Actor) | 潘粤明 (パン・ユエミン) (Actor) | Zhao Ying Jun (Actor) | 小瀋陽 (シャオシェンヤン) (Actor) | Chen He (Actor) | Sang Ping (Actor) | Da Peng (Actor) | Wendy Zhang (Actor) | Tong Li Ya (Actor) 왕보강 (Actor) | Liu Hao Ran (Actor) | King Shih Chieh (Actor) | Pan Yue Ming (Actor) | Zhao Ying Jun (Actor) | Xiao Shen Yang (Actor) | Chen He (Actor) | Sang Ping (Actor) | Da Peng (Actor) | Wendy Zhang (Actor) | Tong Li Ya (Actor)
Director: Chen Si Cheng 陳 思誠 陈 思诚 Chen Si Cheng Chen Si Cheng
Writer: Chen Si Cheng 陳 思誠 陈 思诚 Chen Si Cheng Chen Si Cheng
Release Date: 2016-08-08
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: China
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen, 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital
Disc Format(s): DVD-5, DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 135 (mins)
Publisher: Kam & Ronson Enterprises Co Ltd
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1051072350

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A talented young boy called QIN Feng failed entrance examination of police school so that his grandmother sent him to Thailand with his cousin TANG Ren, who is known as “the best detective of Chinatown”. Actually, TANG Ren is an “obscene” man and becomes a mysterious murder suspect after a night of crazy drinking with tons of pretty ladies. QIN Feng and TANG Ren have to run for their life… Then “Crazy Dog” Detective HUANG Landeng who is in hot pursuit, TANG Ren and QIN Feng need to mutuallyy reinforce and try their best to escape the hunt of police and thieves. Meanwhile, they have to find the lost gold and solve the real murderer within seven days…
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Awards

This film has won 2 award(s) and received 3 award nomination(s).
  • Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2016
    • Best Cinematography Nomination
    • Best Art Direction Nomination
    • Best Make Up & Costume Design Winner
    • Best Action Choreography Winner
    • Best Original Film Song Nomination
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Professional Review of "Detective Chinatown (2015) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

September 30, 2016

One of the year's biggest domestic hits at the Chinese box office arrives in the form of Detective Chinatown, a comedy in the style of Xu Zheng's hugely popular 2012 blockbuster Lost in Thailand. Directed by Chen Sicheng, following up his debut Beijing Love Story, the film is headlined by top actor Wang Baoqiang, here playing a clown of a private detective working in Bangkok's Chinatown, who ends up the chief suspect in a murder enquiry, caught between the police and a gang of ruthless criminals. The film reunites Chen with Beijing Love Story's teen star Liu Haoran, and also features Chen He (Fleet of Time), Da Peng (Hello Babies) and Xiao Shenyang (Just Call Me Nobody), as well as the director's wife, Tong Liya (The Taking of Tiger Mountain).

Set in Thailand, the film opens with a young man called Qin Feng (Liu Haoran) being sent to Bangkok for a holiday by his grandmother after failing his entrance interview for police academy, to stay with his detective uncle Tang Ren (Wang Baoqiang). Unfortunately, it quickly becomes obvious that Tang Ren isn't the top sleuth he's made himself out to be, and is really just a dogsbody taking on jobs for anyone who'll pay. Things go badly wrong for Tang Ren when his latest job sees him taking on a delivery for a man who turns up dead, seeing him labelled as the main suspect and setting him on a collision course with both the police and a gang of robbers. Luckily for him, Qin Feng is a far more capable investigator, and the two team up to try and solve the mystery while staying one step ahead of their pursuers.

Given the Thailand setting, Detective Chinatown was always going to be compared with Lost in Thailand, still the yardstick by which all Chinese blockbuster comedies are judged, and the two films certainly have a lot in common. Chen Sicheng takes a very similar approach to Xu Zheng, mixing manic slapstick with bursts of action, with plenty of mismatched buddy comedy and lashings of wackiness and pratfalls. Amusing in a scattershot kind of way, at least for those who don't find Wang Baoqiang's shrill and over the top performance grating, the film also has a surprisingly complicated plot and narrative, with a solid mystery at its heart. Although this does get lost amongst all the broad gags and nonsense, there's an impressive series of twist, turns and revelations, and the film would have benefitted from allowing this to take centre stage more often than it does.

Despite the Thai locales, the film avoids the kind of cultural misunderstanding jokes or tourist visuals that might have been expected, Chen instead using the setting for atmosphere and the odd injection of grittiness – the film does get quite dark and violent in places. This helps when it comes to keeping the action scenes grounded, and the film gets a boost from working in some solid set pieces and chase scenes, providing a little relief from the frenzied avalanche of often pointless buffoonery. This proves vital in keeping the viewer engaged and watching, as the film's biggest flaw is an absurdly long running time of two hours and fifteen minutes. There's absolutely no justification for what should have been a short piece of silliness being over-stretched to such a degree, and the film seriously overstays its welcome by at least forty-five minutes or so. Viewer tolerance will understandably vary as a result, and the film may well lose some before the half way mark.

This is a bit of a shame, as Detective Chinatown does get a lot right, and succeeds in serving up both some effective laughs and an interesting murder mystery, Chen Sicheng proving himself a perfectly capable helmer of commercial fare. Fans of Wang Baoqiang should find plenty to enjoy, and though hamstrung by its length, the film is perhaps one of the better examples of its type from China of late.

by James Mudge - EasterKicks.com

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