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Nicholas Tse (Actor) | Nick Cheung (Actor) | Zhang Jing Chu (Actor) | Liu Kai Chi (Actor)
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Beast Cops director Dante Lam returns to his best genre with the 2008 crime thriller The Beast Stalker. Playing cop again after Invisible Target, Nicholas Tse faces off against Nick Cheung (Connected) whose turn as a relentless kidnapper earned him the 2008 Hong Kong Film Critics Society Best Actor Award. Featuring action direction by Stephen Tung Wai (Painted Skin, Purple Storm), this gritty, tightly knit thriller loads in the high-speed car chases and intense action scenes amid the fatalistic cycle of crime, coincidence, and consequence that ties the story's perpetrators and victims together. Zhang Jingchu (Protege) co-stars as the kidnap victim's mother, along with character actor Liu Kai Chi, television star Derek Kwok, and Nick Cheung's real-life wife, television actress Esther Kwan, who does the Cantonese dubbing for his onscreen wife Miao Pu. Screened at the 59th Berlin Film Festival, The Beast Stalker has turned into a hit both at the box office and with critics.

Sergeant Tong (Nicholas Tse) allows no room for error or weakness when it comes to crimefighting, until he himself commits a mistake he can never forgive. His dogged pursuit of a robbery getaway car escalates into a dangerous pile-up and shoot-out, and the accidental death of a little girl. Months later, Tong is still haunted by the girl's death, comforted only by his friendship with the victim's twin sister Ling (Wong Suet Yin). In a twisted coincidence, Cheung (Philip Keung), the mastermind behind the robbery, is facing trial, and the prosecutor is none other than Ling's mother, Ann Gao (Zhang Jingchu). Tragedy repeats itself when Cheung hires Hung (Nick Cheung) to kidnap Ling and blackmail Ann. Witnessing the kidnapping, Tong sets out in a desperate race against time and tide to save Ling.

This edition comes with the following special features:

  • Audio Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Making Of
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Trailer
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    Product Title: The Beast Stalker (2008) (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version) 証人 (2008) (DVD) (雙碟版) (香港版) 证人 (2008) (DVD) (双碟版) (香港版) 証人 (香港版) The Beast Stalker (2008) (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
    Also known as: Witness 證人 证人 Witness Witness
    Artist Name(s): Nicholas Tse (Actor) | Nick Cheung (Actor) | Zhang Jing Chu (Actor) | Liu Kai Chi (Actor) | Miao Pu (Actor) | Sherman Chung (Actor) | Derek Kok (Actor) 謝 霆鋒 (Actor) | 張 家輝 (Actor) | 張 靜初 (Actor) | 廖啟智 (Actor) | 苗圃 (Actor) | 鍾舒漫 (Actor) | 郭政鴻 (Actor) 谢 霆锋 (Actor) | 张 家辉 (Actor) | 张 静初 (Actor) | 廖启智 (Actor) | 苗圃 (Actor) | Sherman Chung (Actor) | 郭政鸿 (Actor) 謝霆鋒(ニコラス・ツェー)  (Actor) | 張家輝 (ニック・チョン) (Actor) | 張静初(チャン・ジンチュウ) (Actor) | 廖啓智(リウ・カイチー) (Actor) | 苗圃 (ミャオ・プー) (Actor) | 鍾舒漫(シャーマン・チョン) (Actor) | Derek Kok (Actor) 사 정봉 (Actor) | Nick Cheung (Actor) | Zhang Jing Chu (Actor) | 요 계지 (Actor) | Miao Pu (Actor) | Sherman Chung (Actor) | Derek Kok (Actor)
    Director: Dante Lam 林 超賢 林 超贤 林超賢 (ダンテ・ラム) Dante Lam
    Action Director: Tung Wai 董瑋 董玮 董瑋 (トン・ワイ) Tung Wai
    Release Date: 2009-01-21
    Language: Mandarin, Original Soundtrack
    Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
    Country of Origin: Hong Kong
    Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
    Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
    Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
    Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
    Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9, DVD-5
    Region Code: All Region What is it?
    Rating: IIB
    Duration: 109 (mins)
    Publisher: Joy Sales (HK)
    Other Information: 2DVDs
    Package Weight: 120 (g)
    Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
    YesAsia Catalog No.: 1013867845

    Product Information

    Director: Lam Chiu Yin

    A traffic accident changed their lives forever.
    In capturing wanted criminal Zhang Yidong, Sergeant Tang Fei was involved in a gunfight and car accident that put the criminal in a coma. But in the process he also crippled an fellow officer, and mistakenly shot dead the elder daughter of public prosecutor and single mother Gao Min. Unable to handle the guilt, Tang Fei succumbs to a fog of pain. Gao Min, meanwhile, pours all her love and attention to her younger daughter Ling.
    Three months later, the criminal Zhang Yidong awakens from his coma. Gao Min, who had been working hard on bringing him to justice, insists he stand trial immediately.
    Additional Information may be provided by the manufacturer, supplier, or a third party, and may be in its original language

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    Professional Review of "The Beast Stalker (2008) (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)"

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    January 8, 2009

    2008 has been a rather underwhelming year for Hong Kong Cinema, which is why it's great to see The Beast Stalker. Director Dante Lam's action thriller isn't a special film, but it's solidly entertaining, possessing of action, suspense, appropriate emotions and some well-drawn characters. Nicholas Tse leads the cast as Sergeant Tong, a super-serious cop whose stern demeanor edges dangerously close to overacting. In the film's opening action sequence, he engages in a car chase with evil bastard Cheung Yat-Tung (Keung Ho-Man), but the pursuit ends in a spectacular slow-motion smash-em-up involving four vehicles and multiple individuals, all whose lives change in seconds. Dazed from the crash, Tong is still able to stop Cheung's getaway by firing after their escaping vehicle. However, he unwittingly shoots a young girl (Wong Sum-Yin), who later dies from the bullet wounds.

    Flash forward some months and Cheung is about to be indicted for his part in an armed robbery that led to the getaway and the massive car crash. Note: convoluted character connections, ahoy! Prosecuting Cheung is barrister Ann Gao (Zhang Jingchu), a divorced mother of twins, one of whom was the girl that was accidentally shot and killed by Tong. During the ensuing months, Tong has befriended the remaining twin, Ling (Wong Suet-Yin), and is still racked with guilt over his hand in the death of Ling's sister. However, Ling is dragged into the mess when she's kidnapped by Hung (Nick Cheung), who was hired by Cheung to extort Ann into destroying the crucial evidence linking Cheung to his crime. Hung does Cheung's bidding in a professional fashion, and fearing the loss of her remaining daughter, Ann is adamant about not informing the police. However, Tong witnessed the kidnapping and is already on the case, and will stop at nothing to make sure that Ling is safe from harm.

    The Beast Stalker is a standard genre picture, with a plot that's been seen before and characters that are only extensions of basic types. However, writers Dante Lam and Jack Ng manage to sneak in some decent character moments, making each of their characters more deeply felt. Tong's relentless do-gooder attitude makes him an effective cop, but he's humbled by the physical and emotional damage left in his wake. Hung is an efficient and ruthless criminal who's motivated by his love for his invalid wife (Miao Pu, whose Cantonese voice is dubbed by Nick Cheung's wife, Esther Kwan), but he also develops a sliver of affection for his young hostage Ling, a detail that sounds pandering but is actually handled quite effectively. Of the three main characters, Ann Gao probably is the least developed, though Zhang Jingchu inhabits the role well. Even the minor characters, including Liu Kai Chi's cop and Miao Pu's ailing wife, are given small moments that make them stand out. There's a decently-developed and felt humanity to this gritty cops-and-kidnappers thriller.

    Director and co-writer Dante Lam doesn't even come close to matching his best genre work (that would be 1998's Beast Cops), but his execution here is worth nothing. The Beast Stalkers has a suitably gritty feel, with the handheld camera and overexposed lighting helping to create the film's grainy, wannabe realistic look. The action sequences employ bombastic music cues and an abundance of audience polarizing shaky-cam, but they're kinetic and tense, and the actors throw themselves into them with an appreciable physicality. Tung Wai's action choreography delivers solid impact, and Bruce Law's car chases are also exciting. Where the film surprises is in its ability to play with standard audience expectation. Any educated audience knows that certain things should or should not happen during the course of a commercial film, but The Beast Stalker effectively creates the illusion that those expectations may actually be subverted. There's tension and even fear in how Lam assembles his elements, and even when the film resorts to cliché (e.g., when knocked down, the bad guy always gets up), he creates the emotional tension required to keep the audience involved.

    The actors help, though there are a few debits. Nicholas Tse has aged well, his youthful righteousness maturing into a more explosive adult anger. There are moments where he seemingly does go too far; at one key moment, he gets so weepy that he seems to be channeling Aaron Kwok's performance in Divergence. However, his acting isn't showy, and still works due to its lack of self-consciousness. Basically, Tse overacts, but he does so convincingly. Nick Cheung shows once again that he may be better when playing darker characters, giving his villain role suitable menace and also multiple levels that make his character plausible enough to be sympathetic. The Beast Stalker does falter a bit in how it ties its characters together; multiple flashbacks reveal how everyone is connected, but its questionable if those details actually make the film better. At least they don't make the film pretentious, which may be The Beast Stalker's greatest achievement of all. The film is tense and emotional, and sometimes dips precariously into melodrama, but in the end it's not trying to be a great film. It's merely a well-made, solid and satisfying movie, and that's precisely what Hong Kong Cinema needs right now.

    by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

    January 8, 2009

    This professional review refers to The Beast Stalker (DVD) (2-Disc Special Edition) (US Version)
    2008 has been a rather underwhelming year for Hong Kong Cinema, which is why it's great to see The Beast Stalker. Director Dante Lam's action thriller isn't a special film, but it's solidly entertaining, possessing of action, suspense, appropriate emotions and some well-drawn characters. Nicholas Tse leads the cast as Sergeant Tong, a super-serious cop whose stern demeanor edges dangerously close to overacting. In the film's opening action sequence, he engages in a car chase with evil bastard Cheung Yat-Tung (Keung Ho-Man), but the pursuit ends in a spectacular slow-motion smash-em-up involving four vehicles and multiple individuals, all whose lives change in seconds. Dazed from the crash, Tong is still able to stop Cheung's getaway by firing after their escaping vehicle. However, he unwittingly shoots a young girl (Wong Sum-Yin), who later dies from the bullet wounds.

    Flash forward some months and Cheung is about to be indicted for his part in an armed robbery that led to the getaway and the massive car crash. Note: convoluted character connections, ahoy! Prosecuting Cheung is barrister Ann Gao (Zhang Jingchu), a divorced mother of twins, one of whom was the girl that was accidentally shot and killed by Tong. During the ensuing months, Tong has befriended the remaining twin, Ling (Wong Suet-Yin), and is still racked with guilt over his hand in the death of Ling's sister. However, Ling is dragged into the mess when she's kidnapped by Hung (Nick Cheung), who was hired by Cheung to extort Ann into destroying the crucial evidence linking Cheung to his crime. Hung does Cheung's bidding in a professional fashion, and fearing the loss of her remaining daughter, Ann is adamant about not informing the police. However, Tong witnessed the kidnapping and is already on the case, and will stop at nothing to make sure that Ling is safe from harm.

    The Beast Stalker is a standard genre picture, with a plot that's been seen before and characters that are only extensions of basic types. However, writers Dante Lam and Jack Ng manage to sneak in some decent character moments, making each of their characters more deeply felt. Tong's relentless do-gooder attitude makes him an effective cop, but he's humbled by the physical and emotional damage left in his wake. Hung is an efficient and ruthless criminal who's motivated by his love for his invalid wife (Miao Pu, whose Cantonese voice is dubbed by Nick Cheung's wife, Esther Kwan), but he also develops a sliver of affection for his young hostage Ling, a detail that sounds pandering but is actually handled quite effectively. Of the three main characters, Ann Gao probably is the least developed, though Zhang Jingchu inhabits the role well. Even the minor characters, including Liu Kai Chi's cop and Miao Pu's ailing wife, are given small moments that make them stand out. There's a decently-developed and felt humanity to this gritty cops-and-kidnappers thriller.

    Director and co-writer Dante Lam doesn't even come close to matching his best genre work (that would be 1998's Beast Cops), but his execution here is worth nothing. The Beast Stalkers has a suitably gritty feel, with the handheld camera and overexposed lighting helping to create the film's grainy, wannabe realistic look. The action sequences employ bombastic music cues and an abundance of audience polarizing shaky-cam, but they're kinetic and tense, and the actors throw themselves into them with an appreciable physicality. Tung Wai's action choreography delivers solid impact, and Bruce Law's car chases are also exciting. Where the film surprises is in its ability to play with standard audience expectation. Any educated audience knows that certain things should or should not happen during the course of a commercial film, but The Beast Stalker effectively creates the illusion that those expectations may actually be subverted. There's tension and even fear in how Lam assembles his elements, and even when the film resorts to cliché (e.g., when knocked down, the bad guy always gets up), he creates the emotional tension required to keep the audience involved.

    The actors help, though there are a few debits. Nicholas Tse has aged well, his youthful righteousness maturing into a more explosive adult anger. There are moments where he seemingly does go too far; at one key moment, he gets so weepy that he seems to be channeling Aaron Kwok's performance in Divergence. However, his acting isn't showy, and still works due to its lack of self-consciousness. Basically, Tse overacts, but he does so convincingly. Nick Cheung shows once again that he may be better when playing darker characters, giving his villain role suitable menace and also multiple levels that make his character plausible enough to be sympathetic. The Beast Stalker does falter a bit in how it ties its characters together; multiple flashbacks reveal how everyone is connected, but its questionable if those details actually make the film better. At least they don't make the film pretentious, which may be The Beast Stalker's greatest achievement of all. The film is tense and emotional, and sometimes dips precariously into melodrama, but in the end it's not trying to be a great film. It's merely a well-made, solid and satisfying movie, and that's precisely what Hong Kong Cinema needs right now.

    by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

    This original content has been created by or licensed to YesAsia.com, and cannot be copied or republished in any medium without the express written permission of YesAsia.com.

    Customer Review of "The Beast Stalker (2008) (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)"

    Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.6 out of 10 (5)
    Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.7 out of 10 (7)

    Kevin Kennedy
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    February 10, 2010

    This customer review refers to The Beast Stalker (DVD) (2-Disc Special Edition) (US Version)
    1 people found this review helpful

    Intense action-packed drama Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    "The Beast Stalker" is a gritty, edge-of-your-seat thriller in which desperate decisions following a fateful car wreck lead disparate lives to a devastating denouement. Hunky Nicholas Tse stars as police sergeant Tong, who inadvertently shoots a little girl while seeking to capture a group of triad robbers at the end of a hair-raising chase. The girl turns out to be one of the twin daughters of prosecuting attorney Ann Gao (Zhang Jing Chu). The grieving Ann is tasked with prosecuting gangster boss Cheung (Philip Keung), but Cheung seeks to blackmail Ann into giving up crucial evidence in the case by having Hung (Nick Cheung) kidnap Ann's remaining twin daughter, Ling (Wong Suet Yin). Sergeant Tong, distraught over having shot the little girl, seeks to redeem himself in Ann's eyes by saving Ling from her kidnapper. However, his reckless efforts may end up only getting Ling harmed.

    The film features fine performances from all of its leads, but Nick Cheung in particular manages capture the spotlight by finding the humanity in his kidnapper character. The real star of this movie, however, is director Dante Lam, who gives the film a hyperrealistic feel that leaves the viewer feeling like he is watching real events in real time on Hong Kong's real streets. At times the suspense became so intense that I nearly turned away from the screen for relief. This is seamless, viscerally powerful film-making.

    Action-packed thrillers don't come much better than "The Beast Stalker". I recommend it very highly.
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    Rhoda
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    September 26, 2009

    MEMORABLE Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    BEAST STALKER.... YES!!! VERY GOOD FILM. SHOWS YOU HOW A PERSON CAN GET REAL NASTY BECAUSE OF A PERSON HE LOVE THE MOST. NICK CHEUNG DESERVES THAT ACTING AWARD. MEMORABLE MOMENT IS TOWARDS THE END WHEN HE GOT BLIND BUT NONETHELESS WANTS TO GO HOME BECAUSE OF HIS AILING WIFE. AFTER ALL THE THRILL AND THE ACTION, IT STILL MADE ME CRY. YOU'LL LOVE IT AS MUCH AS I DID.
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    Lam
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    May 9, 2009

    1 people found this review helpful

    a surprising picture Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    Surprisingly this picture delivered in every front: action, drama and suspense. Dante Lam has managed to create an entertain picture with some good performance from all the actors and actresses, Nicholas Tse and Nick cheung delivers their roles perfectly with cheung excelling in his tortured character.

    things move at a relenting pace and the story is intriguing if not that original but there is action and it is intense with shootouts, car chase and fist cuffs (no martial arts). It is also quite touching with the relationship between the mum and daughter handled well.

    the only dissapointment is the ending, with certain event happening that defies logic but is done to please the audience.

    Great fun picture.
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    Rhoda
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    April 10, 2009

    1 people found this review helpful

    Wonderful!!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    The story is about a cop who accidentally killed a young girl in pursuit of a suspect.

    Unfortunately, the same situation happened to another girl who happened to be the sister of the first dead girl being held captive by the same man he is pursuing. It will show you the balance of action, thrill and love. I am so happy of Nick Cheung's acting. A perfect mad man who happened to do whats necessary for the love of his wife.

    Wow, action with a heart. It's really nice, You'll like it the way i did.
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    jasmine
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    March 27, 2009

    2 people found this review helpful

    Who's The Beast?? Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    What is the relation between the cop (Nicholas Tse), the kidnapper (Cheung) and the dead girl's mum (Zhang) in this movie?? Nicholas plays a highly-strung cop who tends to play a bit of "Dirty Harry" in all his cases. Cheung threw in a fine performance (who deserved his award) as the kidnapper going blind and you would initially think him cruel but will later sympathise with him for doing what he did. Zhang played a lawyer for the DPP and mum of the kidnapped girl. I have never enjoyed Zhang in any of her movies (the last I saw was Protege with Daniel Wu) maybe because she speaks 'funny'. I do like the little 'sing=song' delivery of cantonese dialogue by non-cantonese speaking actors (eg Daniel Wu)/actress (eg Lydia Sum) but somehow Zhang just dont deliver (can't stand her hair covering her face all the time, same hairstyle in both movies). Sorry.

    The whole story revolved around that one particular car accident. If you don't follow closely, you're lost. Lots of car chases, shooting and heart=pumping action.
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