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The Four (DVD) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3

Ronald Cheng (Actor) | Collin Chou (Actor) | Crystal Liu (Actor) | Deng Chao (Actor)
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The Four (DVD) (Korea 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 (DVD) (Korea Version) 四大名捕 (2012) (DVD) (韓國版) 四大名捕 (2012) (DVD) (韩国版) 四大名捕 (2012) (DVD) (韓国版) 사대명포 (DVD) (한국판)
Artist Name(s): Ronald Cheng (Actor) | Collin Chou (Actor) | Crystal Liu (Actor) | Deng Chao (Actor) | Wu Xiu Bo (Actor) | Jiang Yi Yan (Actor) | Michael Tong (Actor) | Waise Lee (Actor) | Sheren Teng (Actor) | Cheng Tai Shen (Actor) | Bao Bei Er (Actor) | Mu Fan Long (Actor) | Fang An Nuo (Actor) | Tenky Tin (Actor) | Zhang Song Wen (Actor) 鄭中基 (Actor) | 鄒 兆龍 (Actor) | 劉亦菲 (Actor) | 鄧超 (Actor) | 吳秀波 (Actor) | 江一燕 (Actor) | 唐文龍 (Actor) | 李子雄 (Actor) | 鄧萃雯 (Actor) | 成泰燊 (Actor) | 包貝爾 (Actor) | 木 幡龍 (Actor) | 方安娜 (Actor) | 田啟文 (Actor) | 張 頌文 (Actor) 郑中基 (Actor) | 邹 兆龙 (Actor) | 刘亦菲 (Actor) | 邓超 (Actor) | 吴秀波 (Actor) | Jiang Yi Yan (Actor) | 唐文龙 (Actor) | 李子雄 (Actor) | 邓萃雯 (Actor) | 成泰燊 (Actor) | 包贝尔 (Actor) | 木 幡龙 (Actor) | 方安娜 (Actor) | 田启文 (Actor) | 张 颂文 (Actor) 鄭中基(ロナルド・チェン) (Actor) | 鄒兆龍(コリン・チョウ) (Actor) | 劉亦菲(リウ・イーフェイ) (Actor) | 鄧超 (タン・チャオ)   (Actor) | 吳秀波(ウー・シウボー) (Actor) | 江一燕(ジャン・イーイェン) (Actor) | 唐文龍(マイケル・トン) (Actor) | 李子雄(レイ・チーホン) (Actor) | 鄧萃雯 (シェレン・タン) (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) | Zhang Song Wen (Actor) Ronald Cheng (Actor) | Collin Chou (Actor) | Crystal Liu (Actor) | Deng Chao (Actor) | Wu Xiu Bo (Actor) | Jiang Yi Yan (Actor) | 당문룡 (Actor) | Waise Lee (Actor) | Sheren Teng (Actor) | Cheng Tai Shen (Actor) | Bao Bei Er (Actor) | Mu Fan Long (Actor) | Fang An Nuo (Actor) | Tenky Tin (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
Release Date: 2013-12-24
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: Korean
Country of Origin: China
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Publisher: Candle Media
Other Information: 1-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1034833977

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사대명포 (DVD) (한국판)

*Screen Format: 2.35 :1 Anamorphic Widescreen
*Sound Mix: Dolby Digital 5.1 / Dolby Digital 2.0

*Director: 진가상, 진소진

KEY POINT/ PRODUCTION NOTE
중국판 X맨을 영상케하는 흥미로운 소재와 긴박감 넘치는 접전!
희대의 수사관 그들이 움직인다!
<정무문>, <화피>를 통해 특유의 빠른 연출력과 화려한 볼거리로 국내 관객들에게 지금까지의 중국 무협 영화와는 다른 매력을 선사하며 최고의 실력을 구가했던 진가상 감독의 <사대명포>는 경찰과 같이 도성의 치안을 책임지는 직업으로 뛰어난 4인의 수사관을 뜻하며, 노련한 무예 및 고유 능력을 가진 수사관들이 거대한 음모에 맞서 싸우는 이야기를 그린 작품으로 액션, 로맨스, 판타지, 추리가 가미된 종합선물과도 같은 풍성한 볼거리를 선사한다. 더불어 평범치 않은 4인의 수사관 '철의 손 예성', '독심술사 유역비', '사냥꾼 정중기', '야수 덩차오'가 각기 다른 재능을 소유한 수사관들이 힘을 합쳐 악에 맞서 싸우는 모습과 긴박감 넘치는 컷들을 연속으로 보여주며 그들을 둘러싼 화려하고도 치열한 접전을 예고, 영화에 대한 호기심과 기대를 더한다. 새로운 스타일의 판타지 무협 액션을 선사할 <사대명포>는 과감하고 흥미로운 상상력을 기반으로 탄탄하고 치밀한 스토리가 돋보이는 최고의 연출력을 선사함은 물론, 중국판 X맨을 연상케 하는 흥미로운 초능력 소재와 거대한 스케일의 액션 장면을 보여줌으로써 눈을 뗄 수 없는 재미와 볼거리를 선사한다.


SYNOPSIS
혼돈의 시대에 맞설 4인의 수사관,
그들의 음모를 막기 위한 결전이 시작된다!
송나라에 위조화폐가 출연함으로써, 두 수사기관 육선문과 저마다의 재주를 지닌 고수들로 구성된 신후부에게 이 사건 진상에 관한 수사임무가 내려진다.
육선문의 냉혈은 류대인의 지시로 신후부의 수사과정 훼방과 리더 제갈정아의 권력을 파괴시키기 위해 첩보원으로 활동하지만 이내 자신의 잘못됨을 깨우치게 되고, 이들이 정권을 뒤엎어버리려는 음모를 발견한다. 송나라의 경제를 휘어잡으려는 야망과 정부의 권력을 전복시키려는 류대인으로부터 송나라의 명예를 지키기 위해 신후부는 냉혈과 동맹을 맺게 되고 이윽고 최후의 결전이 벌어진다.
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Professional Review of "The Four (DVD) (Korea 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 (DVD) (Korea Version)"

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

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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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