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Detective Chinatown 2 (2018) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Wang Bao Qiang (Actor) | Liu Hao Ran (Actor) | Xiao Yang (Actor) | Yuen Wah (Actor)
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Actor-turned-director Chen Sicheng continues his box office streak with the blockbuster mystery comedy Detective Chinatown 2, the sequel to the 2015 hit starring Wang Baoqiang and Liu Haoran as a mystery-solving duo. Detective Chinatown 2 emerged from the competitive 2018 Chinese New Year box office race with a gross of 3.4 billion yuan, making it the third biggest Chinese film of all time to date. Besides going bigger, the sequel also goes farther, bringing the stars to the Big Apple for another twist-filled murder mystery and misadventure abroad. Wang Baoqiang and Liu Haoran, reprising as the bumbling bumpkin and his prodigy nephew, are joined by comedian Xiao Yang of Chopstick Brothers and Australian actress Natasha Liu Bordizzo from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny. Japanese star Tsumabuki Satoshi and Hong Kong veterans Yuen Wah and Kenneth Tsang also make special appearances in the film.

Qin Feng (Liu Haoran) travels to New York to attend his uncle Tangren's (Wang Baoqiang) wedding, but it turns out there's no wedding. Tangren just wanted to lure Qin Feng over to participate in a crime-solving competition convened by Chinatown godfather Uncle Seven (Kenneth Tsang) whose grandson was recently murdered in a temple. Detectives who are part of the global Crimaster app network have all gathered and Qin Feng himself happens to be ranked #2 in the world on Crimaster. He and third-ranked rival Hiroshi (Tsumabuki Satoshi) both quickly narrow the search down to a suspect named Song Yi (Xiao Yang). After seeing Song Yi, however, Qin Feng deduces that he is not the killer. Song Yi latches onto Qin Feng and Tangren, and all three of them end up on the run from the police while racing to solve the mystery.

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Product Title: Detective Chinatown 2 (2018) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 唐人街探案2 (2018) (DVD) (香港版) 唐人街探案2 (2018) (DVD) (香港版) Detective Chinatown 2 (2018) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Detective Chinatown 2 (2018) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Wang Bao Qiang (Actor) | Liu Hao Ran (Actor) | Xiao Yang (Actor) | Yuen Wah (Actor) | Kenneth Tsang (Actor) | Tsumabuki Satoshi (Actor) | Wang Xun (Actor) | Tong Li Ya (Actor) | Shang Yu Xian (Actor) | Natasha Liu Bordizzo (Actor) 王寶強 (Actor) | 劉 昊然 (Actor) | 肖央 (Actor) | 元華 (Actor) | 曾 江 (Actor) | 妻夫木聰 (Actor) | 王迅 (Actor) | 佟 麗婭 (Actor) | 尚 語賢 (Actor) | 劉承羽 (Actor) 王宝强 (Actor) | 刘 昊然 (Actor) | 肖央 (Actor) | 元华 (Actor) | 曾 江 (Actor) | 妻夫木聪 (Actor) | 王迅 (Actor) | 佟 丽娅 (Actor) | 尚 语贤 (Actor) | 刘承羽 (Actor) 王宝強 (ワン・バオチャン) (Actor) | 劉昊然(リウ・ハオラン) (Actor) | Xiao Yang (Actor) | 元華(ユン・ワー) (Actor) | 曾江(ケネス・ツァン) (Actor) | 妻夫木聡 (Actor) | Wang Xun (Actor) | 佟麗婭(トン・リーヤー ) (Actor) | Shang Yu Xian (Actor) | Natasha Liu Bordizzo (Actor) 왕보강 (Actor) | Liu Hao Ran (Actor) | Xiao Yang (Actor) | Yuen Wah (Actor) | Kenneth Tsang (Actor) | Tsumabuki Satoshi (Actor) | Wang Xun (Actor) | Tong Li Ya (Actor) | Shang Yu Xian (Actor) | Natasha Liu Bordizzo (Actor)
Director: Chen Si Cheng 陳 思誠 陈 思诚 Chen Si Cheng Chen Si Cheng
Writer: Chen Si Cheng 陳 思誠 陈 思诚 Chen Si Cheng Chen Si Cheng
Release Date: 2018-10-03
Language: Mandarin, Original Soundtrack
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: China
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1069227384

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Qin comes to New York City to attend Tang and Xiang’s wedding. Tang show up with a flamboyant outfit. It turns out the so-called wedding is actually a world detective contest, with a huge cash prize. The contest is to search the missing grandson of Uncle Qi, the Chinatown godfather. Qin is pissed off for being deceived and decides to leave New York. But a message from NYPD officer Chen Ling has attracted Qin’s interest. Uncle Qi’s grandson was murdered in a strange way. The contest has changed from searching a missing person to solving a murder case. All detectives try their best to solve the case. Qin and Tang as the “Detective Chinatown Duo”face a challenge.

During the investigation, another murder with the same M.O. happens. Qin has locked down a suspect, only to find the suspect has an alibi. Qin starts to doubt himself. More murders happen. Qin and Tang hunt down the killer and his motivation makes everyone trembled. The case seems closed, but another mysterious puzzle is under the surface.
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October 31, 2018

The birth of a detective comedy franchise
There is no shortage of crime mystery and suspense productions in China, but most with buzz and budget of late are based on novels – and often the same ones. Criminal Minds, Yu Zui and Qin Ming adaptations abound and no Nan Pai San Shu or Tianxia Bachang story is left unturned. In that sense, Chen Sicheng's blockbuster Detective Chinatown film series stands out for being a successful original creation rather than an extension of a pre-existing IP.

Following his success with Beijing Love Story, actor-turned-director Chen Sicheng tried his hand at mystery in 2015 with the sophomore directorial effort Detective Chinatown. The film brought together the unlikely detective duo of comedy veteran Wang Baoqiang and teenaged newcomer Liu Haoran, the young actor Chen discovered for Beijing Love Story. Wang Baoqiang channeled the comical bumpkin theatrics of the Lost series and some extra as Tangren, a loud and bumbling self-proclaimed private eye based in Bangkok's Chinatown. Liu Haoran played the straight man as his nephew Qin Feng, a stuttering prodigy who pulls all the crime-solving weight to solve a murder and clear his uncle's name. Fun, fast and clever, Detective Chinatown doubled the take of Beijing Love Story with a gross of over 800 million yuan.

In 2018, Tangren and Qin Feng return to solve another murder mystery in New York's Chinatown, and this installment ended up earning over three billion yuan, putting it behind only Wolf Warrior 2 and Operation Red Sea in China's all-time box office. Besides the Chinese New Year boost, it's easy to see why Detective Chinatown 2 is such a hit with general audiences. The mystery involving the murder of a Chinatown mob boss's grandson and other seemingly unrelated people is filled with twists, clues and red herrings for armchair detectives. This time, the film itself basically turns the mystery into a crime-solving game for the protagonists.

At the same time, Detective Chinatown 2 is a comedy through and through that never gets too serious, even when people are dropping dead. The buddy comedy and idiots abroad concept ensure a rapid pace and steady stream of ridiculous situations, fish-out-of-water gags and low-brow humor. One of my biggest gripes with the first Detective Chinatown was that Wang Baoqiang turned his grating comedy meter to the max, but he's toned it down a bit this time. With Liu Haoran's emergence as a star since the first film, the sequel also gives greater emphasis to his (no longer stuttering) character, which helps balance out the more farcical circumstances.

Detective Chinatown 2 isn't better than its predecessor, which had higher stakes, a darker mystery and more interesting cinematography and art direction. This film will not be winning Golden Horse trophies like the first one. However, more so than the first film, this sequel paints a bigger picture of what Detective Chinatown offers as a franchise. Detective Chinatown's simple premise of squabbling detectives solving cases in different Chinatowns lends very easily to a long-running series of light and entertaining episodic mysteries. Moreover, the series can generate side stories with different actors and even expand its universe to markets outside China. This is already happening as Chen Sicheng is formulating a web drama about other detectives that rank on the Crimaster App introduced in Detective Chinatown 2. We could well be watching Detective Chinatown entries for years to come, and I'll gladly take that over another ill-conceived Criminal Minds adaptation.

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