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That Demon Within (2014) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region All

Daniel Wu (Actor) | Nick Cheung (Actor) | Liu Kai Chi (Actor) | Andy On (Actor)
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Hong Kong director Dante Lam takes audiences on a journey into a disturbed mind in psychological thriller That Demon Within. In one of his most challenging roles to date, Daniel Wu stars as a righteous policeman who becomes consumed by evil when he unwittingly saves a ruthless criminal, played by Nick Cheung. A considerable change of pace from entertaining action dramas like Beast Stalker and Unbeatable, That Demon Within sees Lam bravely stepping into a new artistic territory as he explores a dark side that lives within all of us in this unrelentingly dark and always gripping film. That Demon Within had its world premiere at the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival and was the closing film of the 2014 Hong Kong International Film Festival.

Dave (Daniel Wu) is a by-the-books police officer who is assigned to hospital duty. When Han (Nick Cheung) is brought in one day from a serious traffic accident, Dave agrees to save Han's life by giving him an urgent blood transfusion. However, the policeman discovers afterwards that Han is actually a ruthless criminal who has killed cops and commits daring daytime heists with his cohorts in the Demon Gang. Soon, Dave finds himself haunted by what he has done, especially after hearing that Han has escaped police custody. Suffering from hallucinations and memories of a trauma in his past, Dave sets out to find Han and stop the Demon Gang before he goes mad.

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Product Title: That Demon Within (2014) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 魔警 (2014) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 魔警 (2014) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 魔警 (2014) (Blu-ray) (香港版) That Demon Within (2014) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Daniel Wu (Actor) | Nick Cheung (Actor) | Liu Kai Chi (Actor) | Andy On (Actor) | Stephen Au (Actor) | Astrid Chan (Actor) | Philip Keung (Actor) | Lam Ka Wah (Actor) | Lee Kwok Lun (Actor) | Chi Kuan Chun (Actor) | Leung Chuk Mun (Actor) | Christie Chen Si Xuan (Actor) 吳彥祖 (Actor) | 張 家輝 (Actor) | 廖啟智 (Actor) | 安 志杰 (Actor) | 歐 錦棠 (Actor) | 陳芷菁 (Actor) | 姜浩文 (Actor) | 林嘉華 (Actor) | 李國麟 (Actor) | 戚冠軍 (Actor) | 梁焯滿 (Actor) | 思漩 (Actor) 吴彦祖 (Actor) | 张 家辉 (Actor) | 廖启智 (Actor) | 安 志杰 (Actor) | 欧 锦棠 (Actor) | 陈芷菁 (Actor) | 姜浩文 (Actor) | 林嘉华 (Actor) | 李国麟 (Actor) | 戚冠军 (Actor) | 梁焯满 (Actor) | 思漩 (Actor) 呉彦祖 (ダニエル・ウー)  (Actor) | 張家輝 (ニック・チョン) (Actor) | 廖啓智(リウ・カイチー) (Actor) | 安志杰(アンディ・オン) (Actor) | 欧錦棠(オー・カムトン) (Actor) | 陳芷菁(チャン・ツェチン) (Actor) | 姜皓文(キョン・ヒウマン) (Actor) | 林嘉華(ラム・カーワー) (Actor) | 李國麟(リー・クォックルン) (Actor) | 戚冠軍(チク・グングヮン) (Actor) | Leung Chuk Mun (Actor) | Christie Chen Si Xuan (Actor) Daniel Wu (Actor) | Nick Cheung (Actor) | 요 계지 (Actor) | Andy On (Actor) | Stephen Au (Actor) | Astrid Chan (Actor) | Philip Keung (Actor) | Lam Ka Wah (Actor) | Lee Kwok Lun (Actor) | Chi Kuan Chun (Actor) | Leung Chuk Mun (Actor) | Christie Chen Si Xuan (Actor)
Director: Dante Lam 林 超賢 林 超贤 林超賢 (ダンテ・ラム) Dante Lam
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2014-06-11
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Sound Information: 7.1, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Publisher: Vicol Entertainment Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1035782851

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* Special Features:
- Trailers
- The Making Of
- Deleted Scenes
- Slideshow

Director: Dante Lam

By a strange twist of fate, dutiful Hong Kong policeman Dave Wong saves the life of the leader of a violent gang of armed robbers. When they commit another crime, Dave is determined to put an end to their activities. He works with the leader, whom the gang had betrayed, to engineer a plan to wreak havoc within the gang and let the gangsters kill one another. But it becomes increasingly obvious to Dave and to his colleagues that Dave is suffering from a severe mental disorder, and Dave finds that instead of upholding the law as a righteous police officer, he has now become a fugitive wanted for murder.
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Professional Review of "That Demon Within (2014) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

August 18, 2014

One of Hong Kong's top genre directors after a string of hits over the last few years, Dante Lam follows his character-based MMA drama Unbeatable with That Demon Within. Though it again sees Lam teaming with acclaimed actor Nick Cheung, the film is a very different proposition, a psycho drama with horror touches and violent action sequences that follows the descent into madness of a troubled cop.

Daniel Wu plays Dave Wong, an uptight Hong Kong police officer currently side-lined to a quiet security job in a hospital. One night his life is thrown into disarray after he agrees to give a blood transfusion to a seriously injured man (Nick Cheung), who turns out to be Han, the leader of the criminal Demon Gang, responsible for a recent spree of violent heists. Blamed by his colleagues for saving the life of a cop-killer, Dave finds himself cracking under the pressure after Han escapes, past traumas resurfacing, and when the bodies of the other gang members start piling up he begins to question his sanity as he tries to track down the murderer.

That Demon Withindoes have a few things in common with Unbeatable in so far as it's a character study following a protagonist attempting to overcome pain and tragedy, albeit one which takes a very different and more tortuous route to catharsis. Though the story is essentially a fairly traditional meditation on the time-honoured theme of the evil within, Lam throws a great many balls in the air to make things more interesting, trying to keep the viewer guessing whether Dave is suffering from violent mental illness, is demonically possessed, or whether Han is actually helping him out as part of some weird homicidal blood-bonding. Lam is generally successful in blurring the lines, and while the film doesn't always make much sense and is at times wackily pretentious, it's fun and challenging in a manner which few recent genre films have dared to be ?at least until the final act, when too many flashbacks spoon-feed the viewer a conclusion which while vaguely fitting would have been better left ambiguous or esoteric. As a result, Lam doesn't really say anything new, and for all its pseudo-spiritual bluster, the film is perhaps a little underwhelming in its narrative and ambitions.

Thankfully, Lam is on great form behind the camera, and makes up for the film's pedestrian philosophising with some sharp, hard-edged direction, throwing in some superbly choreographed action set pieces. The film is very violent in places, with some shockingly brutal shootouts and splatter scenes, making it one of the more bloody Hong Kong offerings of late and giving it a pleasingly old school air of wild carnage. Lam's direction is highly stylised throughout, reflecting the state of mind of its protagonist through creative editing, odd use of light and shadow, and excellently lurid colours, all of which make for some impressive acid trip visuals and give the film a bold, distinctive look. It also benefits from some sinister, macabre touches that recall the genre blending Hong Kong ghost/thriller films of the 1980s and 90s, the criminal gang working in the funeral industry giving Lam an excuse to include shots of mysterious rituals, dead bodies, and creepy demon masks.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, it's the two lead performances which anchor the film, Daniel Wu and Nick Cheung managing to ground the film (to some extent at least) and to add the kind of sympathy and psychological substance needed to keep the viewer engaged. Though both actors are playing characters that at times feel suspiciously like little more than exaggerated ciphers, Wu does twitchy and traumatised to wretchedly believable effect, generating sufficient interest in his struggle, and Cheung grabs the attention and steals most of his scenes with an intense, leering and suitably devilish turn. The supporting cast also do their bit, Andy On dependable as usual, Christie Chen fine as the possible love interest, and Lam winning points for employing a number of faces likely to be familiar to HK cinema aficionados.

Flawed though it might be, and not as deep or mysterious as it seems to think, there's a lot to be said for That Demon Within and it's hard-edged and crazed enough to satisfy anyone who thought Dante Lam had gone a bit soft with Unbeatable. Violent, flashy and well-acted, the film is more than just another cop thriller, and Lam deserves praise for trying something a little bit different or less commercial rather than pandering to Mainland audiences.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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