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Andrew Lin (Actor) | Kristal Tin (Actor) | Charmaine Fong (Actor) | Gordon Lam (Actor)
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A lawless city, a deadly epidemic, and a cop caught on the wrong side provides the setup for Chaos, the latest film from Herman Yau. As the director of cult hit Ebola Syndrome and more recently films like Whispers and Moans and On the Edge, Herman Yau knows a thing or two about vice, violence, and viruses, and he throws everything to the screen in the fittingly titled futuristic thriller Chaos. Starring Gordan Lam (Sparrow), Andrew Lin (The Heavenly Kings), Kristal Tin (Trivial Matters), and Charmaine Fong (Love is Elsewhere), Chaos is set in a restricted region of the city where gambling, prostitution, and drugs reign, and police dare not enter. Officer Mickey and criminal Tai Ho, however, unwittingly enter the hot zone and end up in the hands of Crow, the brutal de facto leader in this desolate no man's land. As Mickey struggles for an escape plan, a deadly virus breaks out in the walled city. The government decides to contain the virus by exterminating everyone in the area.
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Product Title: Chaos (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 三不管 (DVD) (香港版) 三不管 (DVD) (香港版) 三不管 (DVD) (香港版) Chaos (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Andrew Lin (Actor) | Kristal Tin (Actor) | Charmaine Fong (Actor) | Gordon Lam (Actor) 連凱 (Actor) | 田蕊妮 (Actor) | 方皓玟 (Actor) | 林家棟 (Actor) 连凯 (Actor) | 田蕊妮 (Actor) | 方皓玟 (Actor) | 林家栋 (Actor) 連凱(アンドリュー・リェン) (Actor) | 田蕊妮 (クリスタル・ティン) (Actor) | 方皓玟 (カーメイン・フォン) (Actor) | 林家棟(ラム・カートン) (Actor) Andrew Lin (Actor) | Kristal Tin (Actor) | Charmaine Fong (Actor) | Gordon Lam (Actor)
Director: Herman Yau 邱禮濤 邱礼涛 邱禮濤(ハーマン・ヤウ) Yau Lai To
Producer: Teddy Chen 陳德森 陈德森 陳德森 (テディ・チェン) 진덕삼
Release Date: 2008-08-15
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Duration: 91 (mins)
Publisher: Joy Sales (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1011646034

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* Special Features:
- Making Of
- Trailers

Director : Herman Yau
Producer : Teddy Chen

In one of the darkest and diverse cultural part in the city, there is a minority group who lives in the place where it is full of despair and frustration. Their desperate living comprises illegal gambling, prostitution as well as drug-dealing. This chaotic region is unique within the city. On one occasion, a cop, Mickey, and a theft, Tai-hoi, riding in a vehicle, unexpectedly crashes into the iron gate of the restricted region. Both men are severely injured and lose their conscious. After they woke up, they found themselves chained up by Crow and his followers. Crow, who is the ruler of the restricted region, hates police and he decided to execute Mickey and Tai-hoi because he believes that one of them is a cop. Meanwhile, a charming woman called Ling, suddenly steps forward from the crowd and revealed that she had worked with Mickey doing the burglary business in the olden days. And so, Tai-hoi remains in custody and Mickey left with Ling. Ling accuses Tai Hoi mainly because he is her husband who did not responsibly take care of her and her daughter, Yan, in the past, remaining them to be rudely controlled by Crow for years. Furthermore, she hopes Mickey can help her to escape from the restricted region. At the same time, a fatal virus is spreading all over the restricted region. And the government is decided to send cops to kill all human and animal inside the restricted region. Crow orders his followers to counter the invasion of the anti-virus cops. What will be the fate of Ling, Mickey, Tai Hoi and Yan?
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August 26, 2008

Although the Hong Kong film industry waxes and wanes, one man can always be relied upon to keep on delivering the goods - Herman Yau. Beloved to cult film fans for his early category III rated classics, including The Untold Story and Ebola Syndrome, the director has certainly been busy of late, churning out the likes of Whispers and Moans, A Mob Story, and the awesome black magic shocker Gong Tau. Here, he sticks to what he knows best, throwing together viruses and violence in an Escape From New York-styled futuristic thriller that packs in everything fans expect from the maverick helmer.

Set in a grim future whose society is in disarray thanks to a mysterious disease epidemic, the film gets off to a bang as a car carrying a cop called Mickey (Andrew Lin, still best known for his hilarious turn in boy band mockumentary The Heavenly Kings) and his handcuffed prisoner Tai Ho (Gordon Lam, recently in Johnnie To's Sparrow) crashes through a wall and into a walled-off city which used to be a prison and which is now a cess pit of the very worst kinds of criminals. The injured men are grabbed by Crow, the brutal leader of the scum, and are immediately thrown into a battle to the death against each other as an innovative means of figuring out which of them is the cop. Mickey is rescued by a woman called Ling (Crystal Tin, last seen in Pang Ho Cheung's Trivial Matters), not out of the goodness of her own heart, but rather due to her desire to see Crow kill Tai Ho. It turns out that Tai Ho abandoned her and their young daughter Yan (singer Charmaine Fong, also in Love is Elsewhere) some years back, leaving them to suffer at Crow's hands. Ling agrees to help Mickey recapture Tai Ho and escape, though only after he reluctantly promises to take Yan with him to the outside world. Unfortunately, the titular chaos soon descends upon the city as the government sends in troops to kill everything in sight as a desperate attempt to eliminate the source of the virus.

Given Yau's predilection for focusing on the darker side of human nature, it comes as no surprise that Chaos is a pretty grim and immoral affair, with most of the characters seeming to be hell bent on killing each other, or indeed anyone. With all of the scheming going on and all the past secrets and skeletons that come tumbling out of closets, it is hard to know who to root for, and the film never draws any clear line between its heroes and villains ?if indeed there are any. This kind of nihilism is another of Yau's trademarks, and although the film is not particularly unpleasant, at least in comparison to some of his earlier works, it does feature several scenes of violence against children, and a nasty misogynistic streak, with the two female leads spending most of the running time being slapped around or suffering sexual indignities. All of this adds up to a tough slice of hardboiled Hong Kong action, the likes of which has rarely been seen of late, and as such the film represents a welcome throwback, at least for viewers with a taste for morally dubious entertainment.

What is somewhat surprising is the fact that initially at least, Yau plays things slow, spending the first half of the film basically fleshing out his characters. There is very little action until the second half, when things suddenly explode into life, quite literally in fact, as a number of the supporting cast unfortunately loose their heads. From this point on the film provides a rush of impressively visceral thrills, as Yau shows again that he is an expert at grabbing the viewer and refusing to let go. His investment in the characters pays off, in a twisted sort of way, mainly generating interest as to which of the leads will meet an untimely fate, especially since it's made abundantly and ruthlessly clear early on that it is very unlikely that they will all make it out alive.

The only real problem with the film is that it looks rather cheap, with the action quite obviously taking place on what was a small number of similar looking sets. Yau does well enough on what was doubtless a limited budget, though the proceedings do at times look somewhat shoddy and unconvincing. Thankfully, his direction is generally dynamic, and he keeps the film moving at a fast enough pace to distract the viewer, and as such the cracks don't show too much, mainly thanks to his use of weird, lurid shades of pink and green. Still, although the ramshackle look could be kindly thought of as being in-keeping with the film's theme, and it does add a certain down and dirty atmosphere, it's hard not to be a little disappointed by the fact that the production values don't quite live up to the ambitious setting.

Of course, it was never likely that Yau would have been given a big enough budget to really cut loose on a grand scale, and all things considered fans should still be grateful for Chaos as it is. Highly entertaining and pleasingly rough, although not as unfettered or dementedly gruesome as some of his best-known works, it again confirms him as one of the most dependable and edgy genre directors in the business.

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