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The Four (2012) (Blu-ray) (China Version) Blu-ray Region All

Ronald Cheng (Actor) | Anthony Wong (Actor) | Crystal Liu (Actor) | Collin Chou (Actor)
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The Four (2012) (Blu-ray) (China Version)
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Gordon Chan (Painted Skin) reinvents the legendary constables from Wen Ruian's best-selling wuxia novel series The Four as crime-fighters with superpowers! In his big-budget, big-screen retelling co-helmed with Janet Chun (The Jade and the Pearl), the filmmaker boldly breaks the original's boundaries and merges martial arts, detective mystery, and even fantasy elements into a new breed of wuxia movies. Veteran actor Anthony Wong (White Vengeance) leads the cast as the wise mentor to the heroic quartet played by Crystal Liu (A Chinese Ghost Story), Ronald Cheng (Mr. Cinema), and Mural duo Deng Chao and Collin Chou. Jiang Yiyan, Cheng Taishen, Wu Xiubo, Sheren Tang, and Waise Lee join the effects-laden period blockbuster, which already has two sequels in the making!

The counterfeit currency case is causing a heated rivalry between the law-enforcing bureau in the imperial capital called the Six Doors, and the Emperor's secret service known as the Divine Constabulary. Headed by Lord Bu (Cheng Taishen), the Six Doors sends constable Cold Blood (Deng Chao) to infiltrate Zhuge Zhengwo's (Anthony Wong) Divine Constabulary, where he meets Zhuge's disciples Merciless (Crystal Liu) and Iron Fist (Collin Chou), and fellow new recruit Lightfoot (Ronald Cheng). Entangled romantically between Merciless and the mysterious beauty Ji Yaohua (Jiang Yiyan), Cold Blood goes undercover at the Divine Constabulary and discovers a shocking conspiracy to overthrow the empire...

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Product Title: The Four (2012) (Blu-ray) (China Version) 四大名捕 (2012) (Blu-ray) (中國版) 四大名捕 (2012) (Blu-ray) (中国版) 四大名捕 (2012) (Blu-ray) (中國版) The Four (2012) (Blu-ray) (China Version)
Artist Name(s): Ronald Cheng (Actor) | Anthony Wong (Actor) | Crystal Liu (Actor) | Collin Chou (Actor) | Sheren Teng (Actor) | Deng Chao (Actor) | Michael Tong (Actor) | Waise Lee (Actor) | Cheng Tai Shen (Actor) | Bao Bei Er (Actor) | Mu Fan Long (Actor) | Fang An Nuo (Actor) | Tenky Tin (Actor) | Jiang Yi Yan (Actor) | Zhang Song Wen (Actor) 鄭中基 (Actor) | 黃 秋生 (Actor) | 劉亦菲 (Actor) | 鄒 兆龍 (Actor) | 鄧萃雯 (Actor) | 鄧超 (Actor) | 唐文龍 (Actor) | 李子雄 (Actor) | 成泰燊 (Actor) | 包貝爾 (Actor) | 木 幡龍 (Actor) | 方安娜 (Actor) | 田啟文 (Actor) | 江一燕 (Actor) | 張 頌文 (Actor) 郑中基 (Actor) | 黄 秋生 (Actor) | 刘亦菲 (Actor) | 邹 兆龙 (Actor) | 邓萃雯 (Actor) | 邓超 (Actor) | 唐文龙 (Actor) | 李子雄 (Actor) | 成泰燊 (Actor) | 包贝尔 (Actor) | 木 幡龙 (Actor) | 方安娜 (Actor) | 田启文 (Actor) | Jiang Yi Yan (Actor) | 张 颂文 (Actor) 鄭中基(ロナルド・チェン) (Actor) | 黄秋生 (アンソニー・ウォン) (Actor) | 劉亦菲(リウ・イーフェイ) (Actor) | 鄒兆龍(コリン・チョウ) (Actor) | 鄧萃雯 (シェレン・タン) (Actor) | 鄧超 (タン・チャオ)   (Actor) | 唐文龍(マイケル・トン) (Actor) | 李子雄(レイ・チーホン) (Actor) | 成泰燊 (チェン・タイシェン) (Actor) | Bao Bei Er (Actor) | Mu Fan Long (Actor) | Fang An Nuo (Actor) | 田啓文 (ティン・カイマン) (Actor) | 江一燕(ジャン・イーイェン) (Actor) | Zhang Song Wen (Actor) Ronald Cheng (Actor) | Anthony Wong (Actor) | Crystal Liu (Actor) | Collin Chou (Actor) | Sheren Teng (Actor) | Deng Chao (Actor) | 당문룡 (Actor) | Waise Lee (Actor) | Cheng Tai Shen (Actor) | Bao Bei Er (Actor) | Mu Fan Long (Actor) | Fang An Nuo (Actor) | Tenky Tin (Actor) | Jiang Yi Yan (Actor) | Zhang Song Wen (Actor)
Director: Gordon Chan | Janet Chun 陳 嘉上 | 秦 小珍 陈 嘉上 | 秦 小珍 陳嘉上(ゴードン・チャン) | Janet Chun 진가상 | Janet Chun
Producer: Gordon Chan 陳 嘉上 陈 嘉上 陳嘉上(ゴードン・チャン) 진가상
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2012-09-26
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: China
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Video Codecs: AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10)
Duration: 118 (mins)
Publisher: Hualu Electronics & Audio-Visual Publishing Co.LTD
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1031741564

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Cheng as life Snatcher and Deng Chao as Cold Blood, have individual special powers. They are strict and impartial, seeking justice on behalf of the citizens. When they discovered the secret piot of evil minister planning to usurp the throne, the huge responsibility to maintain royal security falls on The Four. With impressive fighting choreography, it will be an exciting visual experience for audiences. This is the most anticipated Chinese martial arts blockbuster from the director of “Painted Skin”!
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Professional Review of "The Four (2012) (Blu-ray) (China Version)"

September 20, 2012

This professional review refers to The Four (2012) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Gordon Chan continues to cement his position as one of China's top blockbuster directors, following up his hits Painted Skin and Mural with big budget martial arts fantasy The Four. Co-directed by Janet Chun (The Jade and the Pearl) and with action choreography by Ku Huan Chiu (14 Blades), the film is loosely based upon a series of hugely popular wuxia novels written by Wen Ruian in the 1970s. Boasting lavish production values and special effects, the film's impressive cast is a mixture of top Mainland and Hong Kong talent, including Anthony Wong (Motorway), Crystal Liu (A Chinese Ghost Story), Ronald Cheng (Vulgaria), and Chan's Mural stars Deng Chao and Collin Chou.

The film revolves around the Divine Constabulary, a mysterious organisation in service to the Emperor in the imperial capital, who clash heads with law enforcement bureau Department Six over a counterfeit currency case that threatens to cause chaos across the empire. Led by Zhuge Zhengwo (Anthony Wong), the Constabulary is made up of officers with special powers, including wheelchair bound psychic Emotionless (Crystal Liu), the mighty Iron Fist (Collin Chou) and wine loving, fast thinking new recruit Life Stealer (Ronald Cheng), plus Leng Lingqi (Deng Chao), who has been sent in undercover by Department Six head Lord Bu (Cheng Taishen, Under the Hawthorn Tree) to uncover their secrets. Using the currency scheme to further his own ends is the sinister An Shigeng (Wu Xiu Bo), who uses femme fatale Ji Yaohua (Jiang Yiyan, Rest on Your Shoulder), to try and ensure the success of his conspiracy.

There's certainly a lot going on in The Four, with a variety of plots, subplots, schemes, hidden identities and strained romances all bustling for attention, Chan and Chun having revisioned Wen Ruian's text as a kind of Chinese period set X-Men. Indeed, the whole counterfeit money case comes across almost as a distraction (not least since the villainous An Shigeng is amusingly laid back about his confusing scheme), most of the focus being on the film's characters and their various relationships. This works well, and though the film does tend to leap around rather randomly and has an uncertain tone, at times seeming to be unsure whether to take itself seriously or head down a more comic route, it's definitely never boring.

While their characters are for the most part quite lazily defined by their powers, the cast are all on decent and likeable form, Ronald Cheng getting most of the best lines, Anthony Wong doing well in a stately zen-master type role, and both Crystal Liu and Deng Chao raising a few unintentional laughs with their constant emo-sulking - the film is at its most comfortable and enjoyable during its lighter moments, lacking the emotional weight to hammer home any of its angst.

The film is unsurprisingly big on action, and again the two directors do an impressive job of packing in a fair amount of variety, the characters' different powers coming into play and making for some fun set pieces revolving around people turning into monsters, telekinesis and the undead. Though there's nothing too bruising on show, Ku Huan Chiu's action choreography is solid, and the film has some neatly creative and crazily acrobatic scenes along the way, Chan and Chun clearly having enjoyed pushing their budget to its limits. The special effects are suitably spectacular, and though very often used gratuitously, they provide more than enough eye candy to count the film amongst the best looking Chinese blockbusters of late.

This was clearly the main aim in making The Four, Gordon Chan and Janet Chun aiming for slick popcorn fun rather than anything meaningful, and on that score it's hard to fault the film. Though it ultimately makes little sense and would have benefitted from a more focused narrative, it's a cheerful, dazzling and occasionally thrilling film which entertains throughout - probably just as well, with sequels already having been announced.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "The Four (2012) (Blu-ray) (China Version)"

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

Kevin Kennedy
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August 27, 2014

This customer review refers to The Four (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
The X-Men with Chinese characteristics? Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
The first thirty minutes of "The Four" introduce so many different characters and plot points in rapid-fire fashion that my head was spinning. I had to stop the movie and watch those 30 minutes over again in order to get some sense of who was whom and what was happening. The filmmakers Gordon Chan and Janet Chun didn't provide much help. The movie offers no backstories for any of its characters; we learn nothing about how these people acquired their astounding skills or what motivates them. Frankly, we aren't given much reason to care about them. Thank goodness that the cast includes Ronald Cheng; his comic touch allows him to make his character more than one-dimensional. Alas, he is alone in that achievement.

The film's plot concerns an attempt to undermine the nation through counterfeiting its currency and the schemes of evil An Shigeng to seize power amid the currency chaos. Attempting to defend the realm are rival organizations Department Six and the Divine Constabulary, which are engaged in an endless turf war. The plot, oddly, is relatively insignificant to the movie. Strangely, many of the film's most significant events happen off-screen and we simply witness the central characters learning of those events after the fact. Instead, "The Four" focusses on serving up a heaping helping of action, driven by flashy CGI effects. The characters show off eye-popping wuxia skills (all generated by computer graphics) and seem to acquire unexpected new skills whenever circumstances require them.

Plenty of action and a paucity of story. What story "The Four" possesses is left unresolved to facilitate endless sequels. Is this the current state of the art for blockbuster film-making? Let's hope not.
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