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Rob-B-Hood (2006) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Jackie Chan (Actor) | Michael Hui (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Charlene Choi (Actor)
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Hong Kong's answer to Three Men and a Baby - with Jackie Chan! Following 2004's New Police Story, the affable superstar teams up with director Benny Chan again for Rob-B-Hood, a hilarious action comedy that pulls out all the punches - and the diapers. Rob-B-Hood was a huge box office hit in Hong Kong and China, proving that Jackie Chan is still more than capable of delivering the goods. The action-packed film is filled with his trademark comedic fight sequences, inventive stunts, and jaw-dropping car chases. Jackie teams up with veteran actor Michael Hui and heartthrob Louis Koo (Election) for the first time, and the three show great comedic chemistry as partners in crime and babysitting. Yuen Biao makes a welcome appearance, while a host of celebrity cameos keeps the stargazers busy. Pride of place, however, goes to baby Matthew Medvedev, the criminally cute star of the film who has reportedly already signed a management contract with Jackie Chan's company.

Small-time burglars Thongs (Jackie Chan), Octopus (Louis Koo), and Landlord (Michael Hui) have some cash flow and people issues. Thongs has a gambling problem that empties his wallets and estranges him from his family. Octopus wastes all his money on girlfriends, while neglecting his pregnant wife (Charlene Choi). Mastermind Landlord, who is saving up for retirement with his mentally unstable wife (veteran singer Teresa Carpio), gets robbed of his hard-earned loot. Though the thieving trio pride themselves on having moral standards, the need for cash leads them to take a shady kidnapping job. With the golden baby (Matthew Medvedev) in tow, Thongs and Octopus are soon in over their heads trying to appease the finicky tot and figure out this whole parenting thing, while avoiding the police, debtors, and various unsavory characters who will go to all lengths to get that baby.

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Product Title: Rob-B-Hood (2006) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 寶貝計劃 (2006) (Blu-ray) (加長版) (香港版) 宝贝计划 (2006) (Blu-ray) (加长版) (香港版) プロジェクトBB (寶貝計劃) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Rob-B-Hood (2006) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Jackie Chan (Actor) | Michael Hui (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Charlene Choi (Actor) | Cherrie Ying | Gao Yuan Yuan (Actor) | Teresa Carpio | Yuen Biao | Andrew Lin | Candice Yu | Chen Bao Guo 成龍 (Actor) | 許冠文 (Actor) | 古天樂 (Actor) | 蔡卓妍 (Actor) | 應 采兒 | 高圓圓 (Actor) | 杜麗莎 | 元彪 | 連凱 | 余安安 | 陳寶國 成龙 (Actor) | 许冠文 (Actor) | 古天乐 (Actor) | 蔡卓妍 (Actor) | 应 采儿 | 高圆圆 (Actor) | 杜丽莎 | 元彪 | 连凯 | 余安安 | 陈宝国 成龍(ジャッキー・チェン) (Actor) | 許冠文(マイケル・ホイ) (Actor) | 古天樂 (ルイス・クー) (Actor) | 蔡卓妍(シャーリーン・チョイ) (Actor) | 應采兒 (チェリー・イン) | 高圓圓 (カオ・ユアンユアン) (Actor) | 杜麗莎(テレサ・トー) | 元彪(ユン・ピョウ) | 連凱(アンドリュー・リェン) | 余安安(キャンディス・ユー) | 陳寶國 (チェン・バオグォ) 성룡 (Actor) | Michael Hui (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Charlene Choi (Actor) | Cherrie Ying | Gao Yuan Yuan (Actor) | Teresa Carpio | 원표 | Andrew Lin | Candice Yu | Chen Bao Guo
Director: Benny Chan 陳木勝 陈木胜 陳木勝(ベニー・チャン) Benny Chan
Action Director: Li Zhong Zhi 李忠志 李忠志 Li Zhong Zhi Li Zhong Zhi
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?
Release Date: 2012-01-19
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Sound Information: 7.1, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Rating: IIA
Duration: 135 (mins)
Publisher: Vicol Entertainment Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1030255237

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* Special Features:
- Director's Commentary

Director: Benny Chan

  For ne'er-do-well compulsive gambler Thongs (Jackie Chan), there's only one thing more fearsome than debtors at his doorstep - having to coax a crying baby. But what if the baby becomes his golden goose to fend off his debtors? Can he overcome his phobia of diapers, milk bottles and cloying lullabies?

  Brought up in an impoverished family, and kicked out of school in his teens, Thongs found himself on the wrong side of the tracks despite being nimble-footed and neat-fingered. Spurned by his family and hounded by debtors, he is goaded by his greedy landlord (Michael Hui) to collaborate in harebrained heists. Together with the agile and opportunistic Octopus (Louis Koo), the trio kidnaps the baby grandson of a tycoon. However, due to some unexpected glitches, they fail to hand him over to the triad as planned.
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Professional Review of "Rob-B-Hood (2006) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

November 9, 2006

This professional review refers to Rob-B-Hood (Extended Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
If you can't beat them, join them - or, in this case, hire them. Any discussion of a new Jackie Chan film must reference the action actor's advancing age, and that isn't meant to be a slight to Chan at all. Let's face it, the man isn't as spry or durable as he was back in the days of Project A, and departing youth also means fewer of the crazy stunts and action antics that Chan is known for. Well, for Rob-B-Hood, Chan has hired youth - and we're not talking about younger actors like co-stars Louis Koo or Charlene Choi. Chan has gone and hired a complete infant for his latest action-comedy: baby Matthew Medvedev is the selling point for Rob-B-Hood, and his oversized noggin gets more acreage on the movie's poster than either Chan or his costars. In hiring a tyke, Chan has gone blindingly commercial - but hey, it works! Rob-B-Hood is pandering and obvious, but also fun, unexpected, and a swell time at the movies. At least until the ending. We'll get to that.

Chan is Thongs, who partners with Octopus (Louis Koo) and Landlord (Michael Hui) to form a trio of safecracking cat burglars. The three regularly get together to relieve wealthy citizens of their valuables, which range from cash to jewelry to even gourmet shark fin. Thongs and Octopus have been taught by Landlord that thieves still have scruples; the trio may rob, but they don't rape, murder, or kidnap. That is, not until tonight. When Landlord's retirement stash gets pilfered, he willingly takes on a big assignment that involves the kidnapping of an adorable baby (Matthew Medvedev). Octopus and Thongs would never go for it, but by the time they catch on, the baby is in their bag and they're already fleeing the crime scene. The hand-off collapses, however. Landlord crashes the getaway van, but Thongs and Octopus manage to escape with the baby. When Landlord checks in with them from the slammer, he reveals that the kid is the offspring of an insanely rich tycoon. Instead of the expected $7 million payday, the payoff could be much, much more.

But Octopus and Thongs must first take care of the kid for the 1-2 weeks needed for Landlord to get released from jail. Not surprisingly, this is a bit of a chore for a couple of blokes like Thongs and Octopus, especially when you consider just how selfish they are. Thongs consistently gambles his money away, and is deep in debt, much to the shame of his family, who get harassed by loan sharks in his stead. Meanwhile, Octopus tries to seduce rich young women to snag a share of their family fortunes, while badgering his pregnant wife Yan (Charlene Choi) to get an abortion in Shenzhen right away. Yeah, both guys kind of suck, but once they're charged with caring for the kid, everything changes. The emasculating situations and poop jokes start flying fast and furiously, and the two are forced out of their me-first comfort zones. The first evening, the baby can't stop crying so Thongs and Octopus have to charm him with their questionable singing skills and games of peek-a-boo. It's still not enough, so they enlist the aid of comely young nurse (Mainland actress Gao Yuanyuan), who teaches them the ins and outs of baby care. Cue a five-minute montage where Thongs and Octopus go from accidental baby-sitters to full-fledged parents. Man, that was quick.

But not unexpected. Rob-B-Hood possesses a very common formula, about a bunch of selfish masculine types who get softened by the goo-goo eyes of an adorable little kid. The script is as original as your average Wong Jing flick, and leans on several clichés to wring the expected tears and laughs from a presumably family-filled audience. It's all very calculated and even crass, but hey, it's also very effective. Rob-B-Hood may be retread stuff, but it hits its marks well, and does what it should with credible commercial efficiency. Benny Chan directs the film smartly, mixing the jokes, the "aw shucks" baby moments, and Jackie Chan's trademark creative action into a well-rounded, entertaining whole. There are the occasional detours into the maudlin, and most of the lead characters' personal issues aren't terribly inspiring. Still, the conflicts are resolved in ways that seem to strike the correct emotional chords. Thongs may be a bad son, but hanging with the baby makes him a good father. Octopus wants Yan to get an abortion, but the baby makes him change his mind. Landlord's wife (Teresa Carpio) once had a miscarriage, so he cheers her up by introducing her to the baby. It's not surprising stuff, but at least it doesn't embarrass or offend.

A lot of this is due to the cast, which mixes rising stars with old faves, character actors, and even a couple of surprise cameos. Jackie Chan and Louis Koo are far from the most subtle of actors, but both are willing to put their manhood on the line in order to score some laughs. Koo, in particular, lampoons his lady-killer image with an amusing, almost nauseating glee. Michael Hui is still an ace at both comedy and drama, and Yuen Biao, who has a supporting role as Thongs' police officer pal Mok, is still able to hold his own during Chan's creatively choreographed action sequences. The supporting players are used effectively too. Charlene Choi is refreshingly moody as Yan, and Gao Yuanyuan gives her too-angelic character a sincere appeal. A minor surprise occurs thanks to Nicholas Tse, who is shockingly funny in a brief cameo as an armored car driver. Sadly, the same cannot be said for Daniel Wu, who plays Tse's partner and delivers the movie's worst line, a colossal groaner that suffers from a too-obvious setup.

But the most pivotal actor in the entire film may be little Matthew Medvedev, who has more screen charisma in his oversized head than most screen actors could probably ever hope to possess. Considering just how much peril the baby is put in - which includes getting put in washing machines, almost getting crushed in traffic, or being dangled from the window of a Lan Kwai Fong apartment building - it's helpful that the kid they cast is so damn cute. Eventually it's revealed that a crimeboss (Chen Baoguo) wants the baby to prove his family lineage, and when the baby cries after being separated from kidnappers/adopted parents Thongs and Octopus, it's hard not to feel something for the little guy. It's supreme manipulation on the filmmakers' part, but thanks to the baby, it works. Frankly, the baby is so cute and expressive that one wonders if he's not some sort of robot. If so, sign him up for Rob-B-Hood 2 and 3.

Rob-B-Hood has received some nominal press coverage because it presents a "bad" Jackie Chan who's not a cop or a do-gooder, but instead a thief and a gambler. The claims are a bit overstated; the character of Thongs is really not that bad. He may be robbing a hospital of its chemotherapy medicine when he first appears, but before long he's demonstrated a conscience, and the film's climax hinges on him sacrificing himself to save a vulnerable child. Honestly, it may nearly be impossible to ever see Chan as a full-fledged baddie unless he's playing the Asian version of Hannibal Lecter, and even then the reaction would probably be, "Hey look, it's Jackie Chan trying to act like Hannibal Lecter!" Chan's screen persona is so affable and genuine-seeming that it's easy to root for him, and adding the baby and the eclectic cast to the mix gives Chan enough new tools to play with such that this latest screen outing doesn't feel as stale as some of his previous ones. Rob-B-Hood is fun because it allows Chan to play to his current strengths - comedy and inventive action sequences - and does so in an efficient, entertaining manner.

That is, up until the film's climax, which reintroduces us to Jackie Chan, the sweaty overactor. Rob-B-Hood frequently puts Thongs and the baby in over-the-top peril (much of it CGI-assisted), and while most of the sequences are entertaining, it is possible to go too far. The filmmakers do so in their overdone climax, which pairs Chan with another sweaty overactor in Louis Koo. Seeing the two wig out while desperately trying to save the baby can be affecting at first, but as the minutes tick by and their acting grows egregiously sweaty and twitchy, it all starts to feel uncomfortable and even a little creepy. Their method of saving the baby is also incredibly ridiculous, such that it's possible to be taken completely out of the movie by the time the familiar outtakes-over-the-credits begin to play. To make matters worse, the overlong ending pads the film to over 2 hours, plus it seems suspiciously designed to please Mainland censors. Still, these quibbles are aimed only at the last twenty or so minutes of the film, and anyway, the concessions are made in order to earn mass audience appeal, which the film handily does. For the majority of its running time, Rob-B-Hood is amusing commercial stuff that should be fun for nearly the whole family. However, if you have your own kids at home, please take better care of them than these guys do.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

November 9, 2006

This professional review refers to Rob-B-Hood (Extended Cut) (Limited Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Possibly as a response to never ending jokes about the increasing age gap between him and his co-stars, Jackie Chan's latest film Rob-B-Hood sees him featuring alongside a young baby in a typically action packed comedy caper. The film was directed by Benny Chan, a long time collaborator of the Hong Kong superstar, having worked with him previously on the likes of Who am I? and the recent New Police Story. Thankfully, the results are far superior to other recent Jackie vehicles such as The Myth, and although not quite as entertaining or stunt packed as some of his earlier films, once it gets going, the film offers a solid mix of laughs and thrills.

The plot follows Jackie as the vaguely embarrassingly named Thongs, a thief who has an unfortunate habit of gambling away his earnings and who is deep in debt as a result. Along with his partner Octopus (Louis Koo, recently in Johnnie To's triad drama Election and its sequel), he accepts a job from their desperate landlord (played by Michael Hui) to kidnap a young baby, lured by the prospect of a massive reward. Surprising no one, after wacky mishaps a-plenty, the cute toddler awakens strong paternal feelings in the two crooks, leading to complications when it comes to handing him over to his possibly crazy gang boss grandfather (respected mainland Chinese actor Chen Baoguo).

Strangely, Rob-B-Hood starts very slowly indeed, as aside from a rather clumsily handled opening scene in which Thongs and Octopus save him during an expedition stealing medicine, the baby doesn't really feature during the first forty-five minutes or so. Instead, director Chan employs a series of cheap attempts to build sympathy for the thieves by introducing a variety of subplots relating to Thong's poor family and Octopus' neglected wife (a brief appearance by Charlene Choi, noteworthy only for the fact that it sees her donning an oversized chicken suit), which only serve to slow things down in haphazard fashion. It has to be said that these scenes could have been left out entirely, which would also have helped with the excessive running time of over two hours. Of course, once the fun begins proper, these are tossed aside until the end, and the film for the most part delivers exactly what is expected, namely over the top set pieces and lame gags.

Since the film is quite obviously a family oriented affair, with moral lessons and redemption very much the order of the day, there is not much in the way of fighting, with most of the action coming in the form of car chases or due to the fact that most of the cast seem very keen to climb up and down the outsides of buildings. Some of these scenes are very well choreographed, and the film features a good few vertigo-inducing moments, especially during one which sees Chan leaping between air conditioning units at a dizzying height. The thrills certainly come thick and fast, during the latter stages especially, and the amusement park finale makes for anxious viewing as the poor baby is repeatedly dropped and thrown around during some increasingly death-defying moments.

Surprisingly, as well as being exciting Rob-B-Hood is also funny, with a few genuinely amusing gags peppered throughout. Of course, most of the humour is of the toilet variety, quite literally in fact, with a number of graphic moments with dirty nappies in faces, though there are a few more mature jokes, including a great cameo scene with Nicholas Tse and Daniel Wu which hilariously references Brokeback Mountain. Chan goes through his usual face pulling antics, with Koo gamely taking on a vaguely effeminate role as the baby's surrogate mother, all of which work well enough to give the film a pleasingly amiable air.

At the end of the day, it's hard to find much fault with Rob-B-Hood which as a piece of popcorn entertainment certainly succeeds. Although a little chaotic, and needlessly convoluted during the opening stages, it performs exactly as required, and does so in a likeable enough manner likely to charm viewers whether they be fans of Jackie Chan's usual brand of kinetic slapstick or not.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "Rob-B-Hood (2006) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.1 out of 10 (18)

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September 22, 2009

This customer review refers to Robin-B-Hood (2-DVD Ultimate Edition) (Family Packaging) (US Version)
Better than I thought Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
I have had this movie for a year. I got it because it was a famous one. Anyway, I started to watch this movie
a few times but seems I always felt bored and could not finish it. Then I had to start from the beginning
again . After watching bits and peices and even the ending at times, I could not get the story straight.
But, the director saved the day. When I started to watch the movie with the director explaining the storyline and
how they filmed it etc, it got a lot more interesting and I was able to enjoy it and finished it in one afternoon . Do I think this is a good movie?It is better than I thought orginally. But, still it is a shame that it took about a year before I could finish the story
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Peter
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September 9, 2008

This customer review refers to Rob-B-Hood (Extended Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Pretty good and funny Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
When I first watched Rob-B-Hood, I expected it to be kinda cheesy and not all that good. But when I was finished, I actually enjoyed it. It had a funny sense of humor which made me laugh through parts of the movie and it was entertaining. In the end, Rob-B-Hood was good.
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June 18, 2008

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A good set-up squandered Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
The first 45 minutes of "Rob-B-Hood" are a delight. Michael Hui, Louis Koo, and Jackie Chan are a team of astoundingly skilled burglars. We see them pull off heists, we learn about their backstories (Michael is married to a mentally troubled woman, Louis blows his money on fast women and fast cars while shunning his wife Charlene Choi, and Jackie is a compulsive gambler who has become an embarrassment to his family), and we see them fight amongst themselves over whether they should kidnap a baby. This first part of the movie moves at breakneck speed and works brilliantly.

Once the team of burglars have the baby, it seems like the filmmakers wondered what the heck to do next. The movie shifts gears and becomes heavy-handedly manipulative. First, we get a series of cutesy baby scenes. Then we get a series of tear-jerking emotional scenes, followed by an absurd chase sequence. Then the movie simply piles on one implausible action scene on top of the next.

The film provides some good laughs in its first half and there is lots of amazing stunt work, as you would expect in a Jackie Chan movie. There also is some surprisingly clumsy stunt work, which I didn't expect. And the ending is simply silly. I found "Rob-B-Hood" to be a disappointment, but it definitely has its entertaining moments.
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February 24, 2008

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Jackie Chans back! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I was a bit dubious when I first heard that Chan was going to be rehashing 3 Men And A Baby. Then I heard it would be the return of Chan, Hung and Biao which (as expected) got me oer-excited. Unfortunately that didn't happen... but I'm not complaining! When I first watched Rob-B-Hood (Project BB) I remember thinking that it was one of the best Jackie Chan flicks I've seen in a while. And I still think it is! The team up of the king - Jackie, the amazing Louis Koo, and the hilarious Michael Hui was such a treat. And with the added bonus of Yuen Biao, how could this not be fun! The fights and action are fun, and even though Jackie is slowing down, he stills delivers. The comedy is top-notch, and the whole film is just amazing!! A new classic! You should own this already...
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December 4, 2007

This customer review refers to Rob-B-Hood (Extended Cut) (Limited Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
AWESOME!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A MOVIE TO LAUGH WITH, THAN JACKIE CHANS YOUR ANSWER!!!...THE STORYLINE WAS GREAT, AND THE RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE BABY BOY WAS JUST SO LOVING!!!...YOU WONT REGRET WATCHING THIS!!!
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