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After the artistic breakthrough and acclaim of Isabella, maverick director Edmond Pang Ho Cheung returns to black comedy territory with his new film Exodus. From Men Suddenly in Black to Beyond Our Ken, Pang's films often spin gender issues into wry commentary, and he takes this "battle of the sexes" concept to the next level with Exodus. Black comedy, suspense thriller, and male mid-life crisis drama all rolled into one, Exodus throws out a seemingly ridiculous premise - women are conspiring to kill men! - and challenges both the protagonist and the audience into amused belief. Clever, offbeat, and humorous, the film stars Simon Yam (Election), Annie Liu (Ah Sou), and Nick Cheung (Election), with supporting performances from Maggie Siu (Eye in the Sky), Candice Yu (Whispers and Moans), and Irene Wan (Everlasting Love). Winking to the audience, Pang proves once again that he is one of the most intelligent and entertaining filmmakers working in Hong Kong.

A low-ranking cop often relegated to desk duty, middle-aged Tsim Kin Yip (Simon Yam) lives a stable, mundane life with his young yoga instructor wife Ann (Annie Liu). The monotony is broken one day when he interrogates Kwan Ping Man (Nick Cheung), a nervous, profanity-spouting man caught spying in the women's bathroom. Kwan, who seems to have more than a few screws loose, confides to Tsim a shocking secret: a ring of women conspiring to murder men. Everyday, plans are whispered in restrooms and deaths are carefully engineered, so that men die unnoticeably from "accidents" that are anything but. Tsim initially dismisses Kwan's conspiracy theory, but then clues crop up suggesting there is something fishy at work. Both his marriage and life could be at stake as Tsim becomes increasingly obsessed with cracking the case.

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Product Title: Exodus (2007) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 出埃及記 (2007) (DVD) (香港版) 出埃及记 (2007) (DVD) (香港版) 出エジプト記 (出埃及記) (香港版) Exodus (2007) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Simon Yam (Actor) | Annie Liu (Actor) | Irene Wan (Actor) | Nick Cheung (Actor) | Maggie Shiu (Actor) | Candice Yu | Gordon Lam | Jim Chim 任達華 (Actor) | 劉 心悠 (Actor) | 溫碧霞 (Actor) | 張 家輝 (Actor) | 邵美琪 (Actor) | 余安安 | 林家棟 | 詹瑞文 任达华 (Actor) | 刘 心悠 (Actor) | 温碧霞 (Actor) | 张 家辉 (Actor) | 邵美琪 (Actor) | 余安安 | 林家栋 | 詹瑞文 任達華 (サイモン・ヤム) (Actor) | 劉心悠 (アニー・リウ) (Actor) | 温碧霞(アイリーン・ワン) (Actor) | 張家輝 (ニック・チョン) (Actor) | 邵美琪 (マギー・シウ) (Actor) | 余安安(キャンディス・ユー) | 林家棟(ラム・カートン) | 詹瑞文(ジム・チム) 임 달화 (Actor) | Annie Liu (Actor) | Irene Wan (Actor) | Nick Cheung (Actor) | Maggie Shiu (Actor) | Candice Yu | Gordon Lam | Jim Chim
Director: Pang Ho Cheung 彭 浩翔 彭 浩翔 彭浩翔(パン・ホーチョン) Pang Ho Cheung
Release Date: 2007-11-22
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Rating: IIB
Publisher: Deltamac (HK)
Package Weight: 140 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1005037525

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* Screen Format: 2.35:1 Widescreen
* Sound Mix:
- Cantonese: DTS ES, Dolby Digital 6.1 EX
- Mandarin: Dolby Digital 2.0
* Special Features:
- 導演彭浩翔、編劇卓韻芝及尹志文講評
 Commentary by Director Pang Ho-cheung,
 Screenwriter Cheuk Wan Chi & Jimmy Wan
- 製作特輯 Making-of
- 電影預告 Trailer

導演︰彭浩翔
Director: Pang Ho Cheung

詹建業,任職軍裝警員逾二十年,雖多次參與升職面試,卻未能成功獲得擢升。雖然如此,但妻子張芳仍默默在背後支持他,不時予以鼓勵,令詹十分感動。可是,張芳母親卻一直對詹之工作頗有微言,不時冷嘲熱諷,令兩口子感到不是味兒。張母更不時勸戒張,該找個條件更好的男人付託終身。

某日下午,在警署報案室當值的詹,為一名涉嫌在女廁偷拍錄像之疑犯關炳文錄口供。關不單否認指控,更告訴詹,他在女廁無意中發現個驚天大秘密。原來世上有個女人組織,正進行殲滅全世界男人的計劃,由於計劃需要秘密進行,不能洩漏任何風聲,因此她們選擇在沒有男人的地方──洗手間──定期會面,互相交換殺男人的情報,這正好說明為何女人在洗手間所花的時間較男人長。關決心潛入女廁,搜集她們談論集體殺害男人的證據。詹認為關之說法十分無稽,但關堅持,詹只好如實記錄在案。

Director Pang Ho-cheung once read a foreign news report about girls going to the washroom together to plot the killing of a man, an idea which gives birth to this paranoid and suspenseful thriller-comedy about the war of the sexes. A police officer reveals a shocking secret about women: they are plotting to kill all men and, he is, of course, on the hit list. In this fusion of horror and humour, there are no such things as nice guys or bad boys, men are only categorised as bad and very bad.
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Professional Review of "Exodus (2007) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

November 1, 2007

Pang Ho-Cheung is at it again. Hong Kong Cinema's naughtiest young auteur returns to cinemas with Exodus, a slyly subversive black comedy about a female conspiracy to eliminate all men. Maybe. Simon Yam stars as Tsim Kin-Yip, a low-level cop who stumbles upon what he thinks could be a hidden crime ring. While taking a profanity-laced statement from unbalanced loser Kwan Ping-Man (Nick Cheung), who was apprehended for peeping in a woman's bathroom, Yip learns that a secret cartel of women are out to kill men. Or so Kwan claims.

The accusation is outlandish, and Yip doesn't seem to think much of it at first, spending more time listening to his pretty young wife Ann (Annie Liu) grouse over the renovations to their new flat. Yip is also propositioned for a shady money deal by his mother-in-law (Candy Yu), plus his daily life is the absolute boring pits. Yet Yip trudges on through his mundane existence with a seemingly resigned acceptance. This is the life he's chosen, for better or worse, so that's where he gives his all - or maybe 60% of his all. Basically, it's your standard "bloom is off the rose" marriage, and if Yip doesn't have the seven year-itch yet, he's at least halfway there.

But marital issues - or the lack thereof - take a backseat when Kwan suddenly changes his statement, requiring Yip to take the profane Kwan's statement again. Kwan's new statement is that he's just a horny voyeur and that there's no man-killing conspiracy afoot - a message he delivers in an unconvincing, jittery manner. After Yip learns that Kwan's story changed only after a visit from policewoman Fong (Maggie Siu), his interest is piqued. He begins to quietly investigate Kwan's claims, first by tailing Kwan, and then by annoying him with incessant questions. After Kwan goes underground, he checks in with Kwan's ex-wife, club girl Pun Siu-Yuen (Irene Wan). After repeated meetings, Yip begins to spend perhaps too much time with the leggy Siu-Yuen.

Yip also reports his findings by talking into his personal recorder, and spends extra overtime at the library checking out news of other men stricken with untimely deaths. What he discovers is that yep, a lot of guys have died, a bunch of women have survived, and the evidence is pretty circumstantial. Hell, even Ann's father died in a rather strange manner, a fact that Yip brings up as a form of crappy pillow talk to his increasingly frustrated wife. Yip buries himself in his new crusade, ignoring some of his normal husband duties. Still, the investigation doesn't progress as much as it does meander, and nobody seems to care about Yip's investigation beyond himself. Even though his leads usually go nowhere, Yip's obsession becomes greater - and everyone around him, from Madam Fong to his wife, seems to be aware of it. Will the investigation draw him into danger? Or is this secret cartel of women just a figment of an overactive, middle-aged mind?

Exodus starts with a bravura opening shot, depicting a poor sap getting beaten with hammers in what appears to be a police station hallway - and his attackers are a bunch of guys wearing swimsuits, diving masks, swim fins, and snorkels. The shot begins on a portrait of Queen Elizabeth, and slowly tracks back, revealing more of this absurd scene, and the effect is darkly funny, inherently disturbing, and immediately intriguing. This bizarre scene asks the immediate question, namely "What the Hell is going on?" The film is patient, not referring to the scene until Exodus is practically over, which pretty much tells us one thing: Pang Ho-Cheung is in the house, and he's going to do things his way. As Pang has demonstrated time and time again, he's a director who's clever, detailed, and knows exactly what he's doing. Nothing is extraneous in a Pang Ho-Cheung movie.

Or maybe everything is extraneous - an easy assessment, if one doesn't have much of a taste for Pang's sometimes self-amused directorial style. In the past, Pang's choices have sometimes been obvious in their loaded meaning, but he changes that up for Exodus. This is a opaque film; the proceedings are rather inert, possessing very little action, and showing Yip's investigation in a mundane, almost boring manner. He follows, he snoops, some leads pop up, they usually go nowhere, and not much gets resolved. Not helping matters is the fact that Yip is a lousy detective, leaving an obvious trail for anyone to follow, and essentially putting a massive target on his back for the man-killers to zero in on him - that is, if the man-killers even exist. Yip's investigation doesn't bring him closer to the truth as much as it proves that he's kind of useless, and even pathetic in how he lets his investigation derail into your standard midlife crisis management. Basically, his intentions are good, but he lets his flawed humanity get in the way of doing the right, or brave thing. That could describe 80% of the people in this world.

What is Pang is trying to show us with his new film? Is he using this uninspiring character to show us that that some men are stupid and deserve to be killed? Or is he pushing a non-feminist view that women are evil harridans out to rid the world of useless people possessing XY chromosomes? Or is he just screwing around? As usual with a Pang Ho-Cheung film, the answer is: who the Hell really knows? Pang is an exceptionally smart director, and tells naughty, potentially off-color stories in a manner unbefitting their likely sordid subject matter. The heart of Exodus is absurd and patently unbelievable, but since Pang reveals in opaque, observational, deadpan serious style, the whole thing comes off as funny and even strangely believable. If the man-killers do exist in the film then they escape detection because the very idea that they exist is nearly impossible to believe. That's really the point behind Pang's satire - which one character reveals explicitly - that getting away with the unbelievable is possible because no one will ever buy into something so outlandish.

Exodus is a blackly funny meta-reference to this theme, playing up the paranoid idea that something large and shadowy could be happening just out of reach. Corruption, conspiracy - those concepts exist everywhere, but they usually don't affect people overtly, or we deny that they exist because believing in them is too complicated and troublesome. If those concepts were magnified to absurd, grossly exaggerated extremes - and people still don't want to bother confronting them - wouldn't that be funny? With Exodus as evidence, the answer is "yes", and Pang delivers his message with tremendous artistry, depicting the ideas with deadpan irony, and creating exaggerated, yet subdued characters. Maggie Siu and Annie Liu exude an air of inscrutable malevolence fitting for the film's subject matter, and Nick Cheung is amusingly paranoid and irritable, eliciting the film's largest laughs. Simon Yam looks characteristically suave as Yip, but his character is not smart or clever at all, and in many ways he gets what he deserves.

Or maybe Yip doesn't deserve his fate. Pang doesn't moralize with Exodus, which is something the director has seemingly done since his very first film: shy away from taking a stand about serious issues and poke fun at the seriousness with which others regard those things. The above thought is a mouthful, so here it is bluntly: Pang likes to make fun of stuff that most people usually don't - and he does it in a way that's self-assured, to the point of practically being self-congratulatory. What's great about Exodus is that Pang loses the showy cleverness of such films as Beyond Our Ken and Isabella, affecting more through contemplative style and wordless action than scenes loaded with ironic, self-congratulatory meaning. Many of the scenes in Exodus are exceptionally long, but the dialogue and action (or inaction) contained within tell us volumes about the characters and the world Pang has created for them.

Pang resists payoffs or moments of grand, telling emotion, letting most characters make decisions silently, offscreen, or perhaps even not at all. Eventually, he reveals all the answers that the audience is asking for, but by then, there is little drama left. The resolution of Exodus is explanatory and ironic, serving to fill in the blanks, and the detached manner in which it's all revealed is remote, and bleakly, blackly funny. Some of the laughs are obvious and overt, like Nick Cheung's exaggerated use of profanity, but the comedy in Exodus is largely cold stuff, and that icy, amused wit ultimately creates the film's defining impression. The controlled effort by Pang is appreciable, and the same kudos extends to the technical personnel; Exodus is remarkably produced, with excellent cinematography and art direction, and a fine score from Gabriele Roberto, the Italian composer responsible for the score for Memories of Matsuko. From its judicious pacing and well-established tone to its fine composition and attention to detail, Exodus is an exacting, well-produced effort that obviously had serious thought put into it.

However, while all the above is justification for Exodus receiving acclaim from critics - as it did recently with 10 nominations from the Golden Bauhinia Awards - it's also the very reason that the film will likely turn off many audiences. Pang's work here is accomplished, but the remote tone, subdued wit, and lack of overt resolution means that the film essentially stays on even footing for its entire running time, never tipping its hand or leading the audience in an obvious direction. The resulting reward is a subtle one, but it's also a far cry from the usual clever twist or knowing climax that Pang has given audiences in the past. Exodus is smart, uncommon stuff, but it's also something that will not play to a crowd expecting some sort of a payoff. Exodus is more art film than mass entertainment, and could end up dividing audiences because it simply doesn't give them the things many audiences may expect, like action, overt conflict, or any sort of catharsis. There is an appropriateness to how things end in Exodus, but if a payoff exists, then it's likely only an internal one felt by an individual audience member, and not something that can necessarily be shared with others. Plainly speaking, Exodus isn't for everyone, as it doesn't really work to make itself an enjoyable, or even accessible experience. However, those who do find themselves liking the film may end up liking it a lot.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

Editor's Pick of "Exodus (2007) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

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November 30, 2007

Seeing is believing?
Sometimes it's hard to tell whether Edmond Pang is challenging the audience or mocking the audience, and that's what makes his films so interesting and entertaining. Hong Kong's best young director makes it six winners in a row with his latest effort Exodus. This time he's taken the eternal battle between men and women to its logically illogical conclusion - all women are in cahoots to kill men.

Pang throws a curveball at the audience from the very first frame, beginning the film with a fairly long scene of scuba divers beating up a man in a long hallway in slow motion. Who is this man? Why scuba divers? Why is he getting beaten up? It turns out none of these questions matter as the opening scene has nothing to do with the plot. Instead, this scene serves as fuel for thought, an inexplicable image to get us thinking about the question of what's believable and what's not. Is it possible to believe something that is preposterous?

Simon Yam stars as middle-aged desk cop Tsim who learns about a covert man-killing ring from a mentally-questionable, profanity-spouting bathroom voyeur played by Nick Cheung. Though Tsim is initially skeptical of the ridiculous revelation, he soon sees the signs of conspiracy and starts investigating. The case brings new purpose and value to Tsim's life, as his restrained demeanor gives way to a dangerously obsessive crusade to confirm his suspicions. What's really at stake here - life, sanity, or masculinity?

The film constantly teeters between believable and unbelievable, and even with a seemingly clear ending, a lot of unclear questions remain for the viewer to ponder and debate. One can't help suspecting that Pang is deliberately toying with our minds, considering the way he flippantly throws out details, withholds action, and reveals plot elements, but such is the charm of a Pang Ho Cheung film. Perhaps the most deliberately paced of his comedies, Exodus is less crowd-pleasing than earlier works like You Shoot, I Shoot, AV, and Men Suddenly in Black, but more refined and thought out, some would say calculated. A well-crafted, mischievously intelligent work that amuses, engages, and entertains, Exodus easily rolls in as one of the year's best. Edmond Pang just keeps getting better and better with every film, and that's saying a lot considering his first film was already very good.

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10 (1)

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November 17, 2008

awww...disappointed.. Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10
Ive given this a 2 just because Simon Yam ( Yam Tat Wah) , as always , puts in a professional performance and radiates his usual charisma. The premise , that there is a conspiracy of women out to kill all men, or those who get in their way or up their noses, sounded promising, and in a hong kong movie i expected it to take the idea to all sorts of crazy lengths, and be alternately exciting, funny, action packed, bizarre or even touching. Instead it was slow (without having depth or great character development) , boring and inane. I usually watch films to the end, no matter how silly, if ive forked out $$ for it and seen it from the start , (as opposed to channel surfing) but I left my son to watch this soon after vcd2 started, i was so bored and didnt care what i missed...
Category 3 exploitation or not, "Dr. Lamb" and "Run and Kill" are 50x better films ( with Simon Yam) than this !!!!! I love Simon Yam so much i admit id watch anything with him but you would have to pay me , or promise to introduce me to him, to get me to watch this again or recommend it even to someone i dont like.
Yes Asia is a great site for buying asian films but dont waste your money on this.
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