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Godspeed (2016) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Michael Hui (Actor) | Tuo Zong Hua (Actor) | Na Dow (Actor) | Leon Dai (Actor)
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Award-winning Taiwan filmmaker Chung Mong Hong (Soul) melds black comedy, road film and crime thriller in his fourth narrative feature Godspeed, which received eight nominations at the 53rd Golden Horse Awards. Hong Kong comedy legend Michael Hui and Taiwan funnyman Na Dow (Black & White Episode 1: The Dawn of Assault) hit the road together for a cross-island trip in which things go south in more ways than one.

Petty criminal Na Dow (Na Dow) is tasked to deliver a package of drugs to the other side of Taiwan. He hops onto the taxi of Old Hui (Michael Hui), a struggling cabbie from Hong Kong. What seemed like just a simple long-haul drive to the south turns into a hazardous misadventure in which the two find themselves caught in the middle of a gang war. How much can they trust each other on this dangerous and unpredictable trip?

This edition comes with commentary, making-of, behind-the-scenes, outtakes and trailer.

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Product Title: Godspeed (2016) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) 一路順風 (2016) (DVD) (台灣版) 一路顺风 (2016) (DVD) (台湾版) 一路順風 (2016) (DVD) (台湾版) Godspeed (2016) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): Michael Hui (Actor) | Tuo Zong Hua (Actor) | Na Dow (Actor) | Leon Dai (Actor) | King Shih Chieh (Actor) | Chen Yu Hsun (Actor) | Chen Yi Wen (Actor) | Lin Mei Shiu (Actor) | Huang Jian Wei (Actor) | Matt Wu (Actor) | Liang He Qun (Actor) 許冠文 (Actor) | 庹宗華 (Actor) | 納豆 (Actor) | 戴立忍 (Actor) | 金 士傑 (Actor) | 陳 玉勳 (Actor) | 陳以文 (Actor) | 林 美秀 (Actor) | 黃 健瑋 (Actor) | 吳中天 (Actor) | 梁 赫群 (Actor) 许冠文 (Actor) | 庹宗华 (Actor) | 纳豆 (Actor) | 戴立忍 (Actor) | 金 士杰 (Actor) | 陈 玉勋 (Actor) | 陈以文 (Actor) | 林美秀 (Actor) | 黄 健玮 (Actor) | 吴中天 (Actor) | 梁 赫群 (Actor) 許冠文(マイケル・ホイ) (Actor) | Tuo Zong Hua (Actor) | 納豆(ナードウ) (Actor) | 戴立忍(レオン・ダイ) (Actor) | 金仕傑(カム・シーキット) (Actor) | Chen Yu Hsun (Actor) | Chen Yi Wen (Actor) | 林美秀 (リン・メイシウ) (Actor) | Huang Jian Wei (Actor) | 呉中天(マット・ウー) (Actor) | Liang He Qun (Actor) Michael Hui (Actor) | Tuo Zong Hua (Actor) | Na Dow (Actor) | Leon Dai (Actor) | King Shih Chieh (Actor) | Chen Yu Hsun (Actor) | Chen Yi Wen (Actor) | Lin Mei Shiu (Actor) | Huang Jian Wei (Actor) | Matt Wu (Actor) | Liang He Qun (Actor)
Director: Chung Mong Hong 鍾 孟宏 锺 孟宏 鍾孟宏 (チョン・モンホン) Chung Mong Hong
Release Date: 2017-03-17
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Taiwan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD-9, DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 112 (mins)
Publisher: Deltamac (Taiwan) Co. Ltd (TW)
Package Weight: 130 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1058147207

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納豆(納豆飾)是一個專門偷拐搶騙、不務正業的人,有天他下定決心找份穩定的工作,卻意外成了運毒小弟。在一次運毒中,他坐上一輛計程車,司機老許(許冠文飾)是一個娶了台灣老婆的香港人,經商失敗的他,唯一的生財工具就是這台老舊沒人願意坐的計程車,兩個背景個性迥異的人就這麼一路南下。
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Professional Review of "Godspeed (2016) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)"

June 30, 2017

Taiwanese writer director Chung Mong-hong has been quietly building up a reputation as one of the country's most interesting filmmakers, having won a number of awards at home and abroad since his acclaimed 2008 debut Parking. For his latest offering Godspeed, as with his last film Soul in 2013, which starred martial arts legend Jimmy Wang Yu, Chung has again recruited the services of a much-loved Hong Kong veteran, in this case Michael Hui, arguably the face of Cantonese comedy in the 1970s and 1980s. The film was another critical hit for Chung, garnering a slew of awards and nominations, as well as playing at a long list of festivals around the world.

The plot follows Na Dow (played by Taiwanese comedian Na Dow, who worked with Chung on his earlier films), who ends up working for drug dealer Da Bao (Leon Dai, another Chung regular) as a mule after answering an advert. Tasked with transporting a shipment to the south of Taiwan, he reluctantly agrees to let taxi driver Old Hui (Michael Hui) take him in his beat-up vehicle, and the two end up on a meandering journey, encountering various people on the way. Unbeknownst to the two men, a gang war is brewing, and they soon find themselves caught up in violence and murder, the trip turning into a fight for survival.

Chung Mong-hong is a writer director who straddles the line between the arthouse and the more commercial, and though Godspeed is probably his most accessible film to date, it's still an unconventional, at times tricky proposition. While ostensibly a road trip movie, it's random and anecdotal even by the standards of the form, and shifts gears frequently in both narrative and thematic turns, starting off following Da Bao, who initially seems to be the main character until it suddenly switches to Na Dow and Old Hui. Their journey is filled with tangential subplots and run-ins, most of which have little to do with the overall plot, most notably a stop at a funeral where Old Hui pretends to know the deceased in order to scam a free meal, and these do give the film an unfocused feel which will be testing for some viewers. A slow, almost indifferent pace contributes to this, and though the film is certainly engaging, it's hard to shake the feeling that it's actually a little overstretched and insubstantial.

Tonally the film is similarly a real mix, veering between gang battles, quiet character drama and off the wall weirdness, making it very difficult to pigeonhole. Chung also works in a surprising amount of brutal violence, including shootings and a shockingly nasty torture scene, which sit alongside a very dry and eccentric line in observational comedy, finding humour in both the banal and stranger aspects of the protagonists' experiences. This does give the film a very distinct feel, and Chung definitely wins points for taking a generic sounding premise and doing something different with it, though again, this clearly means that it won't appeal to all tastes.

One thing which can certainly be said is that it's great to see Michael Hui back on the big screen again, this being his first major role in quite some time. Hui is on great form, even in his seventies still showing the same sly, mischievous charm which made him so popular, though managing to temper this with some more downbeat and emotional moments. The film sets him and Na Dow up very much as opposites, the younger man being sullen and non-communicative for long stretches of the running time. As a result, though it's hardly the fault of Na Dow and his performance, the relationship and gradual bonding of the two men is undermined, and while there’s something to be said for subtlety, Chung leaves a bit too much unsaid. It's Leon Dai who actually impresses the most, with a fantastic turn as Da Bao, easily the strongest and perhaps the most interesting character in the film – ironically this is really a bit of a problem for the film, as it picks up momentum and tension whenever he's on screen, his subplot and development being more gripping than the main narrative and characters.

Though the very definition of a mixed bag, Godspeed does have a lot to recommend it to open-minded viewers and fans of Chung Mong-hong. For those willing to be patient and appreciate its languid, often obscure charms, it should make for an enjoyably idiosyncratic take on the road movie genre, given a definite boost by the presence of Michael Hui and a commanding performance from Leon Dai.

by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com

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