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In 1986, John Woo's A Better Tomorrow revitalized the careers of Chow Yun Fat and Shaw Brothers star Ti Lung and spearheaded a new action film aesthetic. The film cemented Chow Yun Fat's status as the top leading man and stamped his suave, blazing-guns image into Hong Kong cinema history. Chow Yun Fat and Ti Lung teamed up again in 1988 for Sun Chung's City War, another thrilling ode to ballistic gunplay, brotherly camaraderie and heroic bloodshed.

Unlike A Better Tomorrow, Chow and Ti are on the right side of the law this time, as calm negotiator Dick Lee and temperamental veteran cop Ken Chow, respectively. Ten years ago Ken injured and arrested druglord Ted (Tsui Siu Keung). Upon release from prison, Ted will stop at nothing to exact revenge, including killing Ken's former partner, setting him up in a conspiracy, and brutally targeting Ken's family. The normally controlled Dick goes on a roaring path of bloodshed to protect his friend and right wrongs. Violent, gritty, and filled with high-octane action, City War is a classic Chow Yun Fat film that fans of heroic gunplay simply cannot miss.

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Product Title: City War (1988) (DVD) (2020 Reprint) (Hong Kong Version) 義膽紅唇 (1988) (DVD) (2020再版) (香港版) 义胆红唇 (1988) (DVD) (2020再版) (香港版) 義膽紅唇 (1988) (DVD) (2020再版) (香港版) City War (1988) (DVD) (2020 Reprint) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Chow Yun Fat (Actor) | Tanny Tien (Actor) | Teresa Carpio | Michael Chow | Norman Tsui | Lo Lieh | Ti Lung | Lee Ka Ding | Hon Ma Lei | YI FAN WEI 周潤發 (Actor) | 恬 妞 (Actor) | 杜麗莎 | 周文健 | 徐少強 | 羅烈 | 狄龍 | 李家鼎 | 韓馬利 | 伊凡威 周润发 (Actor) | 恬 妞 (Actor) | 杜丽莎 | 周文健 | 徐少强 | 罗烈 | 狄龙 | 李家鼎 | 韩马利 | YI FAN WEI 周潤發 (チョウ・ユンファ) (Actor) | 恬[女丑](ティアン・ニウ) (Actor) | 杜麗莎(テレサ・トー) | 周文健(マイケル・チョウ) | 徐少強(チョイ・シウキョン) | 羅烈 (ロー・リエ) | 狄龍(ティ・ロン) | 李家鼎(リー・カディン) | Hon Ma Lei | YI FAN WEI 주윤발 (Actor) | Tanny Tien (Actor) | Teresa Carpio | Michael Chow | Norman Tsui | Lo Lieh | Ti Lung | Lee Ka Ding | Hon Ma Lei | YI FAN WEI
Director: Sun Chung 孫仲 孙仲 Sun Chung Sun Chung
Release Date: 2020-12-24
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 92 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1098274779

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出品人 石 天
動作指導 元 彬

導演 孫 仲

周潤發 狄 龍 恬 妞

徐少強 杜麗莎 羅 烈 李家鼎
韓馬利 周文健 伊凡威

*** 首批附送 原裝電影海報咭 (乙張),數量有限,送完即止﹗***

談判專家超(周潤發 飾)及老差骨強(狄龍 飾)出生入死,合作無間,這次一起追捕毒犯達(徐少強 飾)。十年前強及拍檔鼎使達入獄,在達出獄前鼎被殺。強接著被陷害,要受紀律處分,而他的家人亦遭毒手。超和強決定以暴易暴……
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Professional Review of "City War (1988) (DVD) (2020 Reprint) (Hong Kong Version)"

May 10, 2006

This professional review refers to City War (1988) (DVD) (Joy Sales Version) (Hong Kong Version)
A gritty, grubby urban action yarn lensed by Shaw Brothers vet Sun Chung, this is one of a number of post-A Better Tomorrow spin-offs, and is identified from the rest of the litter due to its off-kilter story structure and the chemistry between Chow Yun-fat and Ti Lung. Chow plays Dick, a hostage negotiator who wears swanky multi-pleated pants and has a silver tongue for talking down sweaty-palmed potential psychopaths. Ti Lung plays a nub-headed old cop who has been in the force for twice as long as Chow, but whose rank stays low due to his tendency to wave his gun in the faces of volatile kidnappers while screaming at them.

Meanwhile, on the wrong side of the tracks, Norman Tsui gets out of prison and climbs right back into his triad zoot suit, picked up in a limo at the prison gates. Growling at everyone who comes within spitting distance, he quickly teaches his girlfriend how they do things in prison. Ouch. Her feelings hurt, she falls for Dick whom she meets while singing in the kind of bar where everyone swizzles champagne and the ladies wear mesh gloves with jumbo ruffles around the wrist.

Playing as a straight drama for three quarters of its length City War offers three good actors (Chow, Ti, and Tsui) taking turns chewing up the scenery, and each other. When conflicts crop up they are as often resolved through negotiation as bloodshed lulling the viewer into a sense of security that this is nothing more than a tense drama. But it's not. It's a Shaw Brothers movie. Not technically, but Sun Chung got his chops at Shaw, and he knows how to turn on the afterburners. Which, in one sudden burst of bloodshed, he does.

The filmmakers sprung for the family-sized squibs which are held in reserve until the final third of the movie when they explode promiscuously. The bad guys stage the final showdown during an arms deal, providing everyone with plenty of firearms, although Ti Lung and Chow Yun-fat have thoughtfully brought their own. Spurting squibs and blood in a grotty bus terminal, everyone gets punched so full of holes by the end of this film that they look like lawn sprinklers. A serious remake of Tiger on Beat, City War is low-key but lots of fun.

by Grady Hendrix

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Customer Review of "City War (1988) (DVD) (2020 Reprint) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)

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March 14, 2010

This customer review refers to City War (1988) (DVD) (Joy Sales Version) (Hong Kong Version)
Gritty crime drama Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
"City War" boasts a stellar cast at the top of their games in a gripping drama. CID officer Ken (Ti Lung), known as 'Kerosene' Ken for his explosive temper, is disturbed to learn that psychotic mobster Ted (Norman Tsui) has been released from prison; Ken not only had sent him to prison, but had neutered the vicious criminal in the course of arresting him. Meanwhile, Ken's pal (Chow Yun Fat), a police hostage negotiator, becomes smitten by sultry saloon singer Penny (Tien Niu). Unbeknownst to Chow, Penny is Ted's moll. After hot-headed Ken confronts murderous Ted, this combustible situation becomes headed toward a fateful conclusion.

This may be the best performance of Ti Lung's post-Shaw Brothers career; he makes us believe that the same uncompromising righteousness that makes him such a wonderful husband, father, and friend also makes it difficult for him to yield when confronted with evil. Chow Yun Fat shows off his usual charm and charisma. Norman Tsui is convincingly chilling as the embodiment of evil. And Tien Niu will leave male viewers weak in the knees, a gorgeous vixen trapped by bad decisions in a life from which there may be no way out. The film's emphasis on drama instead of action (until the mandatory orgy of violence in the last 15 or 20 minutes) pays off in a very engaging story.
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