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Kung Fu Chefs (2009) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region All

Sammo Hung (Actor) | Vanness Wu (Actor) | Cherrie Ying (Actor) | Fan Siu Wong
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Kung Fu Chefs brings together two Hong Kong Cinema favorites - food and fighting - for a rollicking action comedy. Martial arts legend Sammo Hung leads the cast as the fighting chef, while F4's Vanness Wu, who previously displayed his action talents in Kung Fu Fighter and Star Runner, plays his goateed protege. Directed by Ken Yip, Kung Fu Chefs cooks up an entertaining smorgasbord of gourmet drama, budding romance, and journeyman kung-fu action. The film co-stars Japanese beauty Kago Ai and Hong Kong actress Cherrie Ying, as well as martial artists Fan Siu Wong (Ip Man) and Bruce Liang, Sammo Hung's son Timmy Hung, and funnyman Lam Tze Chung (Kung Fu Hustle).

After getting ousted from the clan by his vengeful nephew (Fan Siu Wong), disgraced chef Wong (Sammo Hung) happens upon young and arrogant cooking prodigy Lung (Vanness Wu) at the Four Seas restaurant. Four Seas' sassy proprietor (Cherrie Ying) takes Wong on as her new head chef, and Wong takes Lung on as his new disciple, training him in an amusing series of culinary kung-fu spars. With the Top Chef competition coming up, it's now up to Lung to win back his master's honor, even if the other side's not fighting fair.

This Blu-ray edition comes with making of, music video, and trailer.

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Product Title: Kung Fu Chefs (2009) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 功夫廚神 (2009) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 功夫厨神 (2009) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Kung Fu Chefs (2009) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Kung Fu Chefs (2009) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Sammo Hung (Actor) | Vanness Wu (Actor) | Cherrie Ying (Actor) | Fan Siu Wong | Timmy Hung | Kago Ai | Bruce Liang | Lam Tze Chung 洪金寶 (Actor) | 吳建豪 (Actor) | 應 采兒 (Actor) | 樊少皇 | 洪天明 | 加護亞依 | 梁小龍 | 林子聰 洪金宝 (Actor) | 吴建豪 (Actor) | 应 采儿 (Actor) | 樊少皇 | 洪天明 | 加护亚依 | 梁小龙 | 林子聪 洪金寶(サモ・ハン・キンポー) (Actor) | 呉建豪(ヴァネス・ウー) (Actor) | 應采兒 (チェリー・イン) (Actor) | 樊少皇(ルイス・ファン) | 洪天明(ティミー・ハン) | 加護亜依 | 梁小龍(ブルース・リャン) | 林子聰(ラム・ジーチョン) Sammo Hung (Actor) | Vanness Wu (Actor) | Cherrie Ying (Actor) | 번소황 | Timmy Hung | Kago Ai | Bruce Liang | Lam Tze Chung
Director: Ken Yip 葉永健 叶永健 葉永健(イップ・ウィンキン) Ken Yip
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2009-11-09
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC, [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
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: IIA
Duration: 91 (mins)
Publisher: Kam & Ronson Enterprises Co Ltd
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1021416795

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Director: Yip Wing Kin

Jo had kept hatred in his heart for a very long time and did what he could to oust his Uncle Wong Bing-Yi (Sammo Hung) from the village and to claim the rights to the "Dragon-Head Cleaver", a symbol of power to the clan. As Wong Bing-Yi was forced out of the village, he encountered Shen Qing (Cherrie Ying) by chance and was determined to help her during the troubled times at her restaurant "Four Seas".

Here, he discovered a young cooking wonder, Lung Kin-Yat (Vanness Wu). To bring "Four Seas" back to the top, Lung ends up representing "Four Seas" to the competition against Chef Tin (Lam Tze Chung), two times "Top Chef" winner and the head chef at "Imperial Palace", the restaurant owned by Jo.

Lung shined by overcoming many obstacles and preparing a dish called "Fresh Water Bak-Choy" just as his master, Wong Bing-Yi had taught him. However, the head judge has been bribed by "Imperial Palace" and he is also the master of Chef Tin. Who will finally win the title of "Top Chef"? Can the "Kung Fu Chef" finally win over the hearts of many?

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Professional Review of "Kung Fu Chefs (2009) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

October 28, 2009

This professional review refers to Kung Fu Chefs (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
At first glance, Kung Fu Chef looks as cheesy and low-rent as 2007's unimpressive Kung Fu Fighter. The combo of director Yip Wing-Kin and stars Vanness Wu and Fan Siu-Wong couldn't prevent Kung Fu Fighter from being a crappy Kung Fu Hustle clone, and since they all return for Kung Fu Chef, it's understandable if confidence in this latest Kung Fu [insert noun] iteration is not high. But Kung Fu Chef surprises. Thanks to decent fight scenes, fun cooking scenes and the presence of the venerable Sammo Hung, the film surpasses its numerous negatives to deliver something approximating decent, harmless fun. Who knew?

Sammo Hung stars as martial arts chef Wong Ping-Yee, who years ago saved a banquet by using the powerful Dragon Head Knife to butcher a whole pig in less than two minutes flat. However, his evil nephew Master Joe (Fan Siu-Wong) framed him by poisoning the meal, making Yee an outcast from the martial arts/cooking world. Also, the Dragon Head Knife magically grew dull, turning gray and ugly right before everyone's eyes. Maybe it felt sad.

In the present time, Yee crosses paths with hip and talented martial arts chef Ken (Vanness Wu) at a restaurant run by sisters Ching (Cherrie Ying) and Ying (Kago Ai of Japan's Morning Musume). Yee has a past connection to the sisters, and after a fashion he agrees to take over the kitchen and train Ken, who acts annoying and arrogant until Yee beats him in a sashimi slicing contest. However, Master Joe is unhappy to hear about Yee's return, and sends his goons (led by Flash Point's Xing Yu), all fashionably dressed up like Miami Vice-era Don Johnson clones, to mess things up. Can Yee and his new family beat up an army of baddies dressed in powder blue blazers?

Unlike the disappointing Kung Fu Fighter, Kung Fu Chef delivers solid fight sequences that recall light Hong Kong fare from years past. The action isn't bloody or over the top, but it's not marred by extraneous editing, sometimes allowing for more than your usual two or three points of contact per shot. Yuen Clan members Yuen Cheung-Yan and Yuen Shun-Yi deserve credit, as do actors like Sammo Hung, Bruce Leung (as Yee's fallen older brother) and Fan Siu-Wong - namely guys who can handle more complex choreography than your standard popstar types. Still, the chiseled Vanness Wu handles his fight sequences well, and even Timmy Hung gets in on the action. His role is basically to play his father's punching bag, but he takes the punishment gamely. If Sammo getting to hit his flesh-and-blood is what it takes for him to suit up for more action films, then Timmy, please play a bad guy more often.

The fight sequences help compensate for the film's negatives, which number quite high when tallied up. Besides the barely existent story, you have lousy sound design, odd continuity, terrible editing, and numerous nonsensical sequences that appear pretty much out of nowhere. The chefs frequently display X-ray eyesight, and at one point Cherrie Ying demonstrates telepathic powers which she uses to, uh, select a dish for a cooking competition. Later on in the film, certain characters are in great peril, but rather than race to save them, everyone else stands around for a, "Hmmm, thank you for having honor, no don't kneel, let's stand around and talk" conversation that really stretches the clock.

The sloppy filmmaking extends to the acting; Sammo Hung is great and grizzled as Yee, but Vanness Wu mugs up a storm as super-hip kung-fu slacker Ken. However, Wu is outdone by Ai Kago, whose cute and funny girl act is so egregious that it could cause scars in more impressionable audiences. The rest of the players are either appropriate or unobtrusive, with Fan Siu-Wong making the biggest impact in yet another of his borderline comic "I'm an evil person" roles.

Kung Fu Chef is little more than a low-rent populist product, with easily digestible themes of family and honor, and a screenplay that's so hackneyed that it becomes funny. People say cartoon-like pretentious stuff like, "It's easy to cook; it's hard to do well in life", while also engaging in classic bon mots like, "Bitch, are you looking for trouble?" Screenwriting genius this is not, but the writers do get one thing very right: the cooking. The film has numerous scenes featuring delicious dishes, with cooking techniques and exotic foods described in pleasing detail. The description of simple foods is also effective, with scenes about cooking scrambled eggs or cabbage in chicken soup proving surprisingly successful.

Also, the film features the expected cooking competitions, where delicious food is prepared with running commentary from the peanut gallery describing every move in deep detail. The judging usually involves manga-like reactions, but the film eschews over-the-top God of Cookery-type mugging while still channeling much of the same feel. Overall, Kung Fu Chef provides decent return for its meager investment, and manages some fun amidst the expected sloppy filmmaking. It's really unfortunate that the direction is so substandard; had it been even a bit more inspired perhaps Kung Fu Chef could actually be classified as quality. As it is, the film is better than nearly anyone would expect, which is already cause enough for cheer.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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Customer Review of "Kung Fu Chefs (2009) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10 (3)

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September 4, 2010

This customer review refers to Kung Fu Chefs (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Very nice Movie Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I've watched this movie for almost 10 times since I bought this DVD.
I bought this last July.
Also I collect some movies of Sammo Hung.
Specially when he and Jackie Chan are together in the movie.
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May 28, 2010

This customer review refers to Kung Fu Chefs (VCD + Bonus VCD + Booklet) (Hong Kong Version)
another fail for vaness wu Customer Review Rated Bad 2 - 2 out of 10
from the people who brought you the abysmal kung fu fighter comes kung fu chef. though better than kung fu fighter this is still a terrible film. the story is poor and the acting is even worse. alot of the time the film tries to copy god of cookery but comes of as direct rip off and with out the charisma of stephen chow the delivery of the comedic moments comes of as protentious. things happen at random; e.g starts singing in the kitchen, and are supposed to be funny but just falls flat.

things happen in this film but in all honesty it is handled in such a boring manner that the audience just would not care. Sammo hung is decent enough in this film along with bruce liang but they alone cannot save this film. it is Vaness Wu that drops the ball his character and acting is just bland and for someone who carries little expression to play a comedic role is just poor choice. Fan siu wong goes over board with a horribly written character his villain is just characture.

the only good thing is the fighting which is well choreographed and well performed but this alone does not make up for the mess of a film.
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May 16, 2010

This customer review refers to Kung Fu Chefs (2DVD + Bonus VCD + Booklet) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Kung Fu Chefs Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
this movie is better than what i thought. it has action and it is funny. one thing that i didn't really like was the ending it feels like there should be more but the rest of the movie is very very good and when i watch it i feel hungry i love the food :)
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