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Black & White Episode 1: The Dawn of Assault (2012) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Huang Bo (Actor) | Angelababy (Actor) | Mark Chao (Actor) | Alex To (Actor)
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Almost three years after topping rating charts and winning five awards at the Golden Bell Awards, hit Taiwanese television drama Black & White is making an explosive jump to the big screen! Co-written and directed by original creator Tsai Yueh Hsun, The Dawn of Assault takes fans back to events before the series, when young loose cannon cop Ying Xiong begins to build his reputation as a serious, rule-breaking crime fighter. Specifically, the film covers a complex case involving the mob, a weapon of mass destruction, and a conspiracy that can lead Harbor City and its neighbor to an all-out war. Tsai and his producers spared no expenses to bring the epic prequel to the big screen, to the point of shipping a real 747 jet to Taiwan just to film its exciting climax.

In addition to Mark Chao returning as Ying Xiong, The Dawn of Assault features new cast members Huang Bo (Crazy Racer), Angelababy (First Time), Alex To, Soler, Leon Dai (Reign of Assassins), and Terri Kwan (Prince of Tears).

Before he teams up with coffee-drinking cop Pi Zi, Ying Xiong (Mark Chao) was an overzealous cop out to stop criminals at any cost. After his latest arrest causes major damage to the city, his supervisor forces him to undergo psychological evaluation. Meanwhile, small-time gangster Ta Fu (Huang Bo) is looking to leave the criminal life and plans to make a quick profit by buying a diamond with the gang's money. However, a sudden raid interrupts the deal, and Ta Fu is arrested by Ying Xiong, who is investigating another case against his superior's orders. Now, the two must team up to find out the truth behind the diamond deal with the help of a mysterious woman (Angelababy) - even when Ta Fu's gang, Ying Xiong's superiors, and the terrorists behind the conspiracy are all after them.

This edition features Extended Director's Cut. It includes making of and deleted scenes.

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Product Title: Black & White Episode 1: The Dawn of Assault (2012) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) 痞子英雄首部曲: 全面開戰 (2012) (DVD) (台灣版) 痞子英雄首部曲: 全面开战 (2012) (DVD) (台湾版) 痞子英雄首部曲: 全面開戰 (2012) (DVD) (台湾版) Black & White Episode 1: The Dawn of Assault (2012) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): Huang Bo (Actor) | Angelababy (Actor) | Mark Chao (Actor) | Alex To (Actor) | Terri Kwan (Actor) | Jack Kao (Actor) | Hsia Ching Ting (Actor) | Lin Yu Chih (Na Dow) (Actor) | Gan De Men (Actor) | Leon Dai (Actor) | Shiou Jieh Kai (Actor) | Dean Fujioka (Actor) | Matt Wu (Actor) | Jason Tsou (Actor) | Lee Ping Bin 黃渤 (Actor) | 楊穎 (Actor) | 趙 又廷 (Actor) | 杜德偉 (Actor) | 關穎 (Actor) | 高捷 (Actor) | 夏靖庭 (Actor) | 納豆 (Actor) | 乾德門 (Actor) | 戴立忍 (Actor) | 修 杰楷 (Actor) | 藤岡靛 (Actor) | 吳中天 (Actor) | 鄒 承恩 (Actor) | 李屏賓 黄渤 (Actor) | 杨颖 (Actor) | 赵 又廷 (Actor) | 杜德伟 (Actor) | 关颖 (Actor) | 高捷 (Actor) | 夏靖庭 (Actor) | 纳豆 (Actor) | 乾德门 (Actor) | 戴立忍 (Actor) | 修 杰楷 (Actor) | 藤冈靛 (Actor) | 吴中天 (Actor) | 邹 承恩 (Actor) | 李屏宾 黄渤(ホァン・ボー) (Actor) | Angelababy (アンジェラベイビー) (Actor) | 趙又廷 (マーク・チャオ) (Actor) | 杜徳偉(アレックス・トー) (Actor) | 關穎(テリー・クァン) (Actor) | 高捷(ジャック・カオ) (Actor) | 夏靖庭(シャー・ジンティン) (Actor) | 納豆(ナードウ) (Actor) | Gan De Men (Actor) | 戴立忍(レオン・ダイ) (Actor) | 修杰楷(シュウ・ジエカイ) (Actor) | ディーン・フジオカ  (Actor) | 呉中天(マット・ウー) (Actor) | 鄒承恩(ジェイソン・ツォウ) (Actor) | 李屏賓(リー・ピンビン) Huang Bo (Actor) | 안젤라베이비 (Actor) | Mark Chao (Actor) | Alex To (Actor) | Terri Kwan (Actor) | Jack Kao (Actor) | Hsia Ching Ting (Actor) | Lin Yu Chih (Na Dow) (Actor) | Gan De Men (Actor) | Leon Dai (Actor) | Shiou Jieh Kai (Actor) | Dean Fujioka (Actor) | Matt Wu (Actor) | Jason Tsou (Actor) | Lee Ping Bin
Director: Tsai Yueh Hsun 蔡岳勳 蔡岳勋 蔡岳勳 (ツァイ・ユエシュン) Tsai Yueh Hsun
Release Date: 2012-11-16
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Taiwan, China
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 157 (mins)
Publisher: Deltamac (Taiwan) Co. Ltd (TW)
Other Information: 2 DVDs
Package Weight: 200 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1031641922

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導演︰蔡岳勳

  36小時之內不可能的任務倒數計時!

DISC 1
本片︰首度曝光 加長完整版(三聯會支線完整收錄)

DISC 2
精彩特別收錄︰
‧刪除畫面(陳琳與同哥的結仇、發現武器發射的位置)
‧幕後花絮(陸海空全面開戰篇、十七小時追求完美武打篇、挑戰極限篇、親上火線篇、打不死的雙雄篇、一觸即發全新動作篇)
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Professional Review of "Black & White Episode 1: The Dawn of Assault (2012) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)"

December 17, 2012

This professional review refers to Black & White Episode 1: The Dawn of Assault (2012) (Blu-ray + DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)
Popular Taiwanese television action drama Black and White makes it to the big screen in suitably bombastic fashion with feature Black & White Episode 1: The Dawn of Assault co-written and directed by series originator Tsai Yueh Hsun. Interestingly, the huge-budgeted film is actually a prequel to the show, losing one of the leads in Vic Chou and seeing Mark Chao's wildcard cop teaming with top Mainland character actor Huang Bo (Guns and Roses) instead, joined by a star studded supporting cast that includes Angelababy (First Time), Alex To (Hit Team), Leon Dai (Reign of Assassins), Terri Kwan (Prince of Tears), and Dino and Julio Acconci from the Hong Kong band Soler.

Set prior to his partnering with Vic Chou's Pi Zi, the film opens with daredevil cop Ying Xiong (Mark Chao), running into trouble with his superiors after yet another bust turns into carnage. Though in the bad books and undergoing psychological evaluation, he's soon caught up in a case of national importance after a diamond deal involving lowly crook Ta Fu (Huang Bo) goes bad and exposes a major conspiracy involving weapons of mass destruction and a terrorist plot to bring war to Harbor City. Framed and on the run, Ying Xiong and Ta Fu are forced to team up to get to the bottom of things, helped by a mysterious hacker (Angelababy) and chased by a government agent (Alex To), plus a variety of gangsters, psychos and other interested parties.

Right from the go, Black & White Episode 1: The Dawn of Assault feels every inch the Taiwanese version of a Hollywood blockbuster, clearly every dollar of its reportedly huge budget being up there on screen. Apparently the lavish film even shipped a real life 747 aeroplane to Taiwan specifically for the shooting of the final over the top stunts, and this gives a pretty good idea of the Michael Bay style mentality behind it, with explosions and daft mayhem being very much the order of the day. The film does very well in this regard, with some suitably spectacular and professionally handled set pieces peppered throughout, and plenty of shoot outs, brawls and chase scenes to help keep things moving. The special effects are uniformly of a high standard, and the film oozes glossy extravagance throughout, never once feeling like a mere extended episode of the television show.

This is probably just as well, as like its unwieldy and nonsensical title, pretty much everything else about the film is drawn out and vaguely bloated, with a highly convoluted plot that takes real effort to follow and a running time approaching a massive two and a half hours. Although the film being a prequel does help, neatly sidestepping the need to know anything about the original series, Tsai Yueh Hsun and co seem to have felt pressed to overcompensate by complicating matters quite excessively, especially since the narrative essentially revolves round fairly basic and cliche characters - in particular Mark Chao's Ying Xiong, a near spoof version of the kind of rule breaking lone wolf rogue cop who largely disappeared from screens a decade ago. It doesn't help that the plot ultimately makes little sense, and thanks to some pretty shabby scripting it's hard for viewers to really get into the story or feel involved.

Thankfully none of this matters too much, with Tsai never taking things too seriously, and even when at its most hackneyed or tangled, the film is still a lot of fun, with another burst of action never being far away. The cast are all likeable enough in their roles and make the best of the slight material, Huang Bo carrying most of his scenes and managing to wring a few buddy comedy style laughs out of his predictably mismatched partnership with the duller Ying Xiong. Of the supporting cast, neither Angelababy nor Terri Kwan have much to do in eye candy roles, though the Soler duo are amusing in their villainous turns, chewing up the scenery, if not exactly convincing as thespians.

Aside from its baffling length, as a blockbuster flick there's not much wrong with Black & White Episode 1: The Dawn of Assault. Tsai Yueh Hsun delivering a solid quotient of thrills and incendiary action. Though uneven, it's an ambitious and occasionally impressive affair that certainly succeeds in emulating similar genre outings from Hollywood, for better or worse.

by James Mudge – BeyondHollywood.com

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