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Hero (Hong Kong Version) VCD

Kaneshiro Takeshi (Actor) | Yuen Biao (Actor) | Yuen Wah (Actor) | Jessica Hester Hsuan (Actor)
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Hero (Hong Kong Version)
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Director Corey Yuen and writer Jeff Lau, the team behind such Hong Kong Cinema favorites as All For the Winner and Saviour of the Soul, reteam for Hero, a 1997 retelling of the Shaw Brothers classic Boxer from Shantung. Takeshi Kaneshiro (The House of Flying Daggers) stars as Ma Wing Jing, a country bumpkin who arrives in early 1930s Shanghai along with his brother (Yuen Wah of Kung Fu Hustle). A tough fellow with considerable martial arts skills, Ma immediately catches the eye of righteous mob boss Tam See (Yuen Biao). Ma rises quickly in the underworld, and forges a strong bond of brotherhood with Tam See. But will it be enough to withstand the treachery of rival mob boss Yeung Seung (Yuen Tak), leader of the ruthless Axe Gang?

While Hero features the same story as Boxer from Shantung, it's noticeably different in execution, featuring more comedy and an energetic combination of over-the-top gunplay and acrobatic martial arts. Director/action choreographer Corey Yuen is no stranger to entertaining Hong Kong Cinema action, and loads Hero with enough bullets, bodies, and blood to fill three similar films. Takeshi Kaneshiro holds his own as the young upstart Ma Wing Jing, but Yuen Biao steals the show as the righteous and honorable Tam See. Co-starring Jessica Suen and sexy Valerie Chow, Hero is a vastly entertaining gangland actioner, and one of the most underrated Hong Kong Cinema experiences of the late nineties!

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Product Title: Hero (Hong Kong Version) 馬永貞 (香港版) 马永贞 (香港版) 暗黒街 若き英雄伝説 (馬永貞)(香港版) Hero (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Kaneshiro Takeshi (Actor) | Yuen Biao (Actor) | Yuen Wah (Actor) | Jessica Hester Hsuan (Actor) | Valerie Chow (Actor) 金城 武 (Actor) | 元彪 (Actor) | 元華 (Actor) | 宣 萱 (Actor) | 周嘉玲 (Actor) 金城 武 (Actor) | 元彪 (Actor) | 元华 (Actor) | 宣 萱 (Actor) | 周嘉玲 (Actor) 金城武 (Actor) | 元彪(ユン・ピョウ) (Actor) | 元華(ユン・ワー) (Actor) | 宣萱(ジェシカ・ヘスター) (Actor) | 周嘉玲(チャウ・カーリン) (Actor) 금성무 (Actor) | 원표 (Actor) | Yuen Wah (Actor) | Jessica Hester Hsuan (Actor) | Valerie Chow (Actor)
Director: Corey Yuen 元奎 元奎 元奎(コリー・ユン) Corey Yuen
Release Date: 2007-04-03
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Disc Format(s): VCD
Duration: 88 (mins)
Publisher: Intercontinental Video (HK)
Other Information: 2VCDs
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004710286

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Director: Corey Yuen



Corey Yuen's remake of Chang Cheh's Boxer From Shantung sees Taiwanese Japanese heart-throb Takeshi Kaneshiro in the role made famous by Chang's favourite Chen Kuan-tai. Kaneshiro rises credibly to the occasion as the pugilist Ma Wing-jing who arrives in Shanghai and rises to the top of the triad ladder. Yuen – who has worked with Jet Li on all his Hollywood movies and directed such hits as Fong Sai-yuk – brings the hero to life with his trademark of explosive action and comic relief.
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Professional Review of "Hero (Hong Kong Version)"

June 15, 2007

This professional review refers to Hero (Digitally Remastered) (Hong Kong Version)
One of the last films he directed in Hong Kong before traveling to the United States to serve as fight choreographer on virtually all of Jet Li's western output and to direct The Transporter, Cory Yuen's Hero - not to be confused with Zhang Yimou's film of the same name - is one of the most surprisingly overlooked and neglected of Hong Kong action films. Released in 1997, it's as though director Yuen knew what the future had in store for him, as though he knew that while he'd manage to sneak a Hong Kong project in from time to time, his shift to working in Hollywood would be more or less permanent and so decided to jam as much old school Hong Kong goodness into this picture as he possibly could.

Hero has got everything that made the golden age of Hong Kong: period setting, colonial tensions, wildly acrobatic and inventive martial arts choreography, intense melodrama, a gallon or two of blood, an over-the-top villain, and plenty of wacky slapstick. It turns on a dime, shifting moods easily and often, cycling between action scenes, romance and comedy with a surprisingly deft touch - the comedy working better here than in most of Cory Yuen's films. It also features one of the last truly great performances by the chronically underappreciated Yuen Biao and the first ever kung fu role by heartthrob Takeshi Kaneshiro, whose output to this point had alternated largely between Wong Kar Wai arthouse performances and shallow pretty boy pinup roles with the latter dominating. Will this new, restored DVD edition be enough to give Hero the audience it deserves? Realistically, probably not. But it does give us fans already in the know a huge improvement over any previously available edition.

A loose remake of Chang Cheh's Boxer From Shantung, Hero casts Kaneshiro as Ma Wing Jing, a poor northern man who leaves his home and travels to Shanghai with his elder brother to escape a drought and carve out a new life for himself. But life isn't what Ma had hoped for when he arrives. Work is scarce and demeaning and his hot temper hardly makes him an ideal candidate for lowly manual labor. Aimless and losing hope, a chance encounter with righteous gang boss Tam See (Yuen Biao) gives Ma new focus and a new goal. Just as Tam made himself an admired and powerful man with his wit, his fists and his honor, Ma will carve out a niche for himself. But while Ma's skills as a fighter draw admiration from Tam and others, his rash behavior and general naivete about life in the big city make him an easy target for manipulation by the more sophisticated, and it isn't long before he is an unwitting pawn in a battle between Tam and a rival gang lord.

More than a little bit mis-titled - Ma isn't really a hero, but a muddled kid who eventually must correct a mess he allowed himself to create through his own blindness - the film is nonetheless a fun ride. Yuen directs with energy and verve, and enlists a good number of the Yuen clan to create some truly memorable action sequences. The scale of the film is admirable, as is the attention to detail, and Yuen does a much better with the comedy here than he does in many of his other films - helped along a great deal no doubt by his versatile cast. Which includes himself in a key role.

Kaneshiro is an actor who drew criticism for the sheer number of pretty boy roles he took in this time period, criticism that often veers into unfair territory. Yes, he has made his share of fluff but he has a natural screen charisma and a decent range when allowed to use it, and the material here pushes Kaneshiro into a lot of territory that he doesn't usually get to go. You expect him to handle the romance element of the film well, and he does, but more surprising are his comic abilities, his willingness to capture the arrogance of Ma at the peak of his power, and he does an admirable job in the action sequences. Is he a natural martial artist? No, of course not, and Yuen shoots Kaneshiro's sequences noticeably tighter with more frequent edits than he does with Yuen Biao's, but Kaneshiro is game for more than you'd expect and is more than credible.

Solid Kaneshiro may be, and it is his name on the marquee, but make no mistake about it: the real reason to see this film is Yuen Biao. Always overshadowed by his close friends and peers Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao is one of the great gems of golden age Hong Kong, a naturally charismatic performer with style and energy and dazzling martial arts skills. He is magnetic as Tam, a role that gives him ample space to shine both as an actor and as a fighter.

This new edition of the film is part of the ongoing Celestial Pictures project to restore films from the Shaw Btrothers library and - no surprise, given the work done on the rest of this series - the restored picture looks great. The image is crisp and clear, the print clean of any defects. English subtitles are excellent, clear and well translated. On the whole it's a worthy release of a more than worthy film.

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10 (1)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.8 out of 10 (4)

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April 6, 2007

Great combo platter Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
I have a US version DVD of this & was thoroughly impressed with the action sequences along with the semi dark story line. Unfortunately, I don't know if it's just my copy but the very end there is an aweful editing flaw where a sequence in the fight is missing. The gap is annoying even though you don't miss much of the story. This may be one of the best roles Yuen Biao has been in recently. Kaneshiro Takeshi provides a better character compared to his usual "pretty boy" roles. (that's moving up)
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December 30, 2004

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This movie rocks ! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I have never expected Takeshi was in a good old fashioned action movie like this one. With Yuen Biao as costar and action choreographer, you couldn't go wrong with it. Takeshi looked so cool walking around whipping everyone around and all the action sequences !!! And the mean laugh in one scene is so uncharacteristic of him, so refreshing. You got to watch this movie. It's not dark like some of Johnnie To's recent movies where you could hardly tell what's happening. Great camera work. A must see if you are new to Takeshi.
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October 24, 2004

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Hours of fun & excitement Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
This movie, I believe is very enjoyable, the first time I got it which was on 10-15-04, I stayed up until 1 in the morning watching this movie! Takeshi is so cute in this movie, he's #4 on my list! I saw Nicky Wu's, (#1 on my list) Xiao-shiyi-lang series b4 this movie, and when the bad guys ambushed Takeshi, it reminded me a lot about when Nicky was ambush also, which is good! When this happens to both guys it both sad and scary! It's so sad how Jessicas waited all night for Takeshie and he never came! It's also so sad how Takeshi's girl would kill him to save Tam See, Takeshi seem to love her soo much!! :( You should buy this movie, it's full of all 3 action, romance and comedy! You're not going to regret buying it!!
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December 7, 2001

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Riveting Heroes befitting the title. Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
After watching A Man Called Hero and loving the special effects, I picked this up thinking it might be similar. I wasn't prepared for the gun-slinging kungfu-fighting heroes in here without the effects but the fights and magnificent acting from the main stars more than compensated for the surprise. Yuen Biao's amazing stunts made the movie shine but he is almost eclipsed by Takeshi's equally amazing stunts and acting. Valerie Chow's character was a woman with great depth and dimension, one that draws contempt and at the same time understanding and sympathy. Jessica Hsuan made a nice foil for our main hero although her role was pretty colourless compared to the rest. The ending was a really good, a bittersweet mixture of loss and regret for one and happiness and contentment for another. A Brilliant Film.
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