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Blood Brothers (2007) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Shu Qi (Actor) | Daniel Wu (Actor) | Chang Chen (Actor) | Liu Ye
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Blood Brothers (2007) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)

Customer Review of "Blood Brothers (2007) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10 (2)

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May 14, 2010

This customer review refers to Blood Brothers (2007) (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
A average ganster drama Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10
Blood Brothers (in my opinion) is a average film.It will make fans want to see it because oviously it was produced by John Woo.But to be honest Blood Brothers is not a fantastic film.The film does have good performances,high production values,some good action scenes and glamorous recreation of 1930s.But saying that I thought the story was little bit weak and pacing of the film was not right.

With the second disc I was little bit fustrated with the extras.There was no english subtitles on John Woo interview and most of the extras just was boring.

An average viewing.
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Kevin Kennedy
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December 11, 2007

This customer review refers to Blood Brothers (2007) (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
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Memorable gangster drama Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
"Blood Brothers" tells an effective, engrossing tale of the dehumanizing effects of life in Shanghai's underworld in the glamorous and decadent 1930s. Brothers Kang (Liu Ye) and Hu (Tony Yang), together with bosom friend Fung (Daniel Wu), decide to leave their small town behind to make their fortunes in Shanghai. Hu and Fung end up pulling rickshaws, while Kang waits tables in the nightclub of underworld honcho Boss Hong (Sun Honglei).

Hong notes Kang's ambition, so he enlists him to steal weapons from a rival gang. Kang, Hu, and Fung undertake the theft, but it goes awry, with Fung forced to gun down several of the rival mobsters. Like it or not, the small town boys now have cast their lot with Boss Hong.

The movie really gains momentum as we see Kang's rise within the gang, Fung's qualms about the blood on his hands, and Fung's growing feelings for Lulu (Shu Qi), Boss Hong's girlfriend. Liu Ye gives a magnetic performance as the ferocious embodiment of raw, ruthless ambition. Shu Qi is equally remarkable in her complex, subtle depiction of the world-weary girl torn between her dreams of stardom and her feelings for her suitors.

Eventually the conflicting ambitions of the central characters generate a series of bloody shoot-outs, culminating in a final vengeful hale of gunfire that resembles nothing so much as the most violent moments of executive producer John Woo's "Hard Boiled".

The film looks great, featuring lavish sets, sumptuous costuming, and atmospheric cinematography. The story will keep you glued to your seat, as you root for the better natures of Fung, Hu, and Lulu to rescue them from their dire circumstances. My only quibble with the film is first-time director Alexi Tan's heavy-handedness with the climactic moments; he needs to learn to trust his audience more. "Blood Brothers" provides a moody thriller that I recommend highly.
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