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Punished (2011) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Richie Jen (Actor) | Anthony Wong (Actor) | Janice Man (Actor) | Candy Lo (Actor)
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Audiences looking for a tight crime thriller will be duly rewarded with Punished, another acclaimed production from Hong Kong auteur Johnnie To's Milkyway Image. Director Law Wing Cheong (Tactical Unit: Comrades in Arms) creates ample suspense and tension in the cleverly plotted tale of retaliation and retribution, which reunites To's regular stars Anthony Wong and Richie Jen as a tyrannical tycoon hell-bent on revenge and his loyal executor respectively. Premiered at the Hong Kong International Film Festival 2011, the film co-stars Janice Man, Maggie Cheung Ho Yee, Candy Lo, Lam Lei, Jun Kung, Charlie Cho, and Anthony Wong's teenage son Wong Yat Yat in his screen debut.

When ruthless property developer Wong Ho Chiu (Anthony Wong) learns that his rebellious daughter Daisy (Janice Man) is kidnapped, he dismisses it as merely her self-orchestrated scheme to extort money from him. One wrong decision from Wong leads to the tragic death of Daisy, and the enraged and guilt-ridden father sends his trusted former bodyguard Yiu Kai Chor (Richie Jen) to hunt down the culprits and wreak violent vengeance on them. But as Yiu deals out punishment to the gang of kidnappers one by one, Wong finds that he too has to reap what he sowed...

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Product Title: Punished (2011) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 報應 (2011) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 报应 (2011) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 報應 (Blu-ray) (香港版) Punished (2011) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: 迷途追兇 迷途追凶
Artist Name(s): Richie Jen (Actor) | Anthony Wong (Actor) | Janice Man (Actor) | Candy Lo (Actor) | Jun Kung (Actor) | Maggie Cheung Ho Yee (Actor) | Charlie Cho (Actor) | Lam Lei (Actor) | Wong Yat Yat (Actor) 任 賢齊 (Actor) | 黃 秋生 (Actor) | 文詠珊 (Actor) | 盧巧音 (Actor) | 恭 碩良 (Actor) | 張 可頤 (Actor) | 曹查理 (Actor) | 林立洋 (林利) (Actor) | 黄 一一 (Actor) 任 贤齐 (Actor) | 黄 秋生 (Actor) | 文咏珊 (Actor) | 卢巧音 (Actor) | 恭 硕良 (Actor) | 张 可颐 (Actor) | 曹查理 (Actor) | 林立洋 (林利) (Actor) | 黄 一一 (Actor) 任賢齊(リッチー・レン) (Actor) | 黄秋生 (アンソニー・ウォン) (Actor) | 文詠珊 (ジャニス・マン) (Actor) | 盧巧音 (キャンディ・ロー) (Actor) | 恭碩良(ジュン・コン) (Actor) | 張可頤(マギー・チョン) (Actor) | 曹査理(チョウ・チャーレィ) (Actor) | Lam Lei (Actor) | Wong Yat Yat (Actor) Richie Jen (Actor) | Anthony Wong (Actor) | Janice Man (Actor) | Candy Lo (Actor) | Jun Kung (Actor) | Maggie Cheung Ho Yee (Actor) | Charlie Cho (Actor) | Lam Lei (Actor) | Wong Yat Yat (Actor)
Director: Law Wing Cheong 羅永昌 罗永昌 羅永昌(ロー・ウィンチョン) Law Wing Cheong
Producer: Johnnie To 杜琪峰 杜琪峰 杜琪峰 (ジョニー・トー)  Johnnie To
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2011-08-18
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, 7.1, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray, 25 GB - Single Layer
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Video Codecs: AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10)
Rating: IIB
Duration: 94 (mins)
Publisher: Intercontinental Video (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1024772005

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Producer: To Kei Fung
Director: Law Wing Cheong

When a tycoon's daughter is found dead after being rescued from abduction, he appoints his ex-bodyguard to avenge her death by not only hunting down and exterminating everyone responsible for the abduction but also videotaping he process of each "execution". Instead of feling liberated, the tycoon becomes more perturbed on watching the tapes, lest one day he shall get retribution himself for all the killings.

In the end, the ex-bodyguard manages to track down the mastermind behind the abduction, who turns out to be the female personal assistant of the tycoon's daughter. The tycoon determines to carry out the final execution himself, only to discover she is the mother of a 2-year-old girl. Will he pull the trigger and make an orphan out of this innocent soul? That is the question.
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Professional Review of "Punished (2011) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

September 6, 2011

This professional review refers to Punished (2011) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Produced by Hong Kong favourite Johnnie To, tough revenge drama Punished is the latest from the popular Milkyway Image studio, which as usual means an emphasis on character and writing along with action and thrills. The film was directed by To regular Law Wing Cheong, who recently helmed PTU spinoff Tactical Unit: Comrades in Arms and Miriam Yeung breast cancer comedy 2 Become 1 and who also appeared in the likes of Vengeance and Sparrow. Headlining the film are another of his usual collaborators in Anthony Wong and Richie Jen, with support from Janice Man (Frozen), Maggie Cheung Ho Yee (Men Suddenly in Love), singer Candy Lo (Split Second Murders), Jun Kung (Rebellion), Charlie Cho (Bet to Basic), and Wong's own real life teenage son Wong Yat Yat.

The film follows Anthony Wong as property developer tycoon Wong Ho Chiu, whose daughter Daisy (Janice Man) causes him no end of trouble with her drug taking, hell raising ways. Unsurprisingly, when he receives a message saying that she has been kidnapped, he dismisses it as a scheme to get money out of him, and takes a hard-nosed approach to dealing with the criminals. However, the unfortunate girl turns up dead shortly afterwards, and he enlists the help of his bodyguard and former tough guy Yiu Kai Chor (Richie Jen) to hunt down and kill all those responsible.

Although Punished may sound like a particularly straight forward revenge drama, Law Wing Cheong, along with frequent Milkyway screenwriters Fung Chih Chiang and Lam Fung, does make an effort to offer something a little different. This is mainly apparent in the fractured narrative, which shifts around considerably in time, with Daisy's death being shown at the start, and with the film then proceeding to move backwards and forwards as it unravels the reasons behind her demise and the identities of the killers. This approach works quite well, primarily since it helps avoid over-emphasis on what would have been a fairly obvious series of plot points and twists, neatly sidestepping accusations of a lack of originality. In addition to this, the circular structure serves to underline the film's attempts at a karmic theme, focusing on the effects the revenge crusade has on Wong as it pushes him closer to the edge and through the motions of becoming a monster himself. Although in this respect the film isn't nearly as brutal and immoral as Kim Ji Woon's I Saw the Devil or as crazy and abstract as Wong Ching Po's Revenge: A Love Story it does have a certain amount of depth, enough so to push it from being mere exploitation.

As he showed with his Tactical Unit outing, Law is a perfectly capable director, and he keeps things tight despite some of the repetition which inevitably comes with the narrative technique. The film is generally fast paced and has some well judged action scenes inserted along the way to keep things exciting, even if its actual scenes of vengeance feel a little second fiddle to its other concerns. This isn't too much of a problem, since Law also works in some reasonably shocking violence, including some rough scenes of Jen getting brutal with a sledgehammer, and a handful of tense and bloody bullet battles. The tough edge gives the film a fitting air of grim realism, and by not going too over the top in search of thrills it remains modestly grounded and effective through to the end.

In many ways though, the film's greatest strength is its performances, with Anthony Wong in particular on superb form, carrying its emotional and dramatic weight on his shoulders. His tycoon makes for a finely conflicted protagonist, with an interesting and compelling character arc which takes him from being ruthless and unlikeable, to reaching a painful point of humanity and acceptance. Richie Jen is also impressive, and although his bodyguard would have benefitted from having a little more detail provided regarding his chequered past, his efforts at taking responsibility for his own family problems make for a complementary subplot. The rest of the cast are somewhat saddled with deliberately unpleasant characters, most notably Janice Man as the relentlessly horrible Daisy, though whilst on one hand this does undermine the film's emotional impact, it plays to the theme of Wong's understandably intolerant father having to come to terms with his own role in her waywardness.

Ultimately, it's this attention to character and willingness to take a less obvious dramatic path that marks Punished as a more interesting revenge drama than most. Though it may lack some of the balletic action and style of Johnnie To's own output, it makes for a satisfyingly thoughtful thriller that as much as anything else provides a real showcase for the considerable talents of Anthony Wong.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10 (1)

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November 2, 2011

This customer review refers to Punished (2011) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Good but not excellent Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
Punished is very intresting revenge drama than most revenge films I'v seen.Though it may lack some action and a style of Jonnie To's own output it still makes a good revenge drama.The performance are good as well but it is Antony Wong's performance that gives this film the boost.

Could have had more action though.
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