The Lion Roars 2 (2012) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) VCD
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Ying (Cecilia Cheung) is notorious for her bitchy behaviors and meddling in others' family matters, especially those involving playboys or unfaithful husbands. Worried about her hopes of getting married, Ying's father (Zhao Benshan) decides to match her up with the town's smartest guy, Liang (Xiao Shenyang). After a heated debate on love, Ying and Liang agree to an outrageous wager: If he can remain faithful to her while living under the same roof for a year, the two will be allowed to consummate their marriage! Meanwhile, both the royal descendant Liu (Hui Siu Hung) and the powerful general Sima (Victor Huang) are eager to enlist Liang as their military strategist. When his offer is rejected, the treacherous Sima sends assassins to kill Liang, who barely escapes death thanks to the rescue of Ying. So Liang chooses to join the righteous Liu, and Ying helps him by infiltrating Sima's camp to kidnap his wife (Liu Yuqi). But when she brings her captive back to Liang, she catches him flirting with Liu's gorgeous sister (Zhang Xinyu)! As Ying leaves in heartbreak, she's caught by Sima's henchmen...
|Product Title:||The Lion Roars 2 (2012) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) 河東獅吼二 (2012) (VCD) (香港版) 河东狮吼二 (2012) (VCD) (香港版) 河東獅吼二 (2012) (VCD) (香港版) The Lion Roars 2 (2012) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Cecilia Cheung (Actor) | Xiao Shen Yang (Actor) | Zhang Xin Yu (Actor) | Hui Siu Hung (Actor) | Victor Huang (Actor) | Zhao Ben Shan (Actor) | He Jiong (Actor) | Peng Bo (Actor) | Liu Hui (Actor) | Gao Jie (Actor) | Chen Hao (Actor) | Qi Ji (Actor) | Liu Yu Qi (Actor) | Chen Fang Xi (Actor) 張柏芝 (Actor) | 小 瀋陽 (Actor) | 張 馨予 (Actor) | 許紹雄 (Actor) | 黃維德 (Actor) | 趙本山 (Actor) | 何炅 (Actor) | 彭博 (Actor) | 劉輝 (Actor) | 高潔 (Actor) | 陳昊 (Actor) | 戚跡 (Actor) | 劉羽琦 (Actor) | 沈 芳熙 (Actor) 张柏芝 (Actor) | 小 渖阳 (Actor) | 张 馨予 (Actor) | 许绍雄 (Actor) | 黄维德 (Actor) | 赵本山 (Actor) | 何炅 (Actor) | 彭博 (Actor) | 刘辉 (Actor) | 高洁 (Actor) | 陈昊 (Actor) | 戚迹 (Actor) | 刘羽琦 (Actor) | 沈 芳熙 (Actor) 張栢芝（セシリア・チャン） (Actor) | 小瀋陽 （シャオシェンヤン） (Actor) | 張馨予（チャン・シンユー） (Actor) | 許紹雄（ホイ・シウホン） (Actor) | 黄維徳（ビクター・ホァン） (Actor) | 趙本山（チャオ・ベンシャン） (Actor) | 何炅 （ホー・ジォン） (Actor) | Peng Bo (Actor) | Liu Hui (Actor) | Gao Jie (Actor) | Chen Hao (Actor) | Qi Ji (Actor) | Liu Yu Qi (Actor) | Chen Fang Xi (Actor) 장 백지 (Actor) | Xiao Shen Yang (Actor) | Zhang Xin Yu (Actor) | Hui Siu Hung (Actor) | Victor Huang (Actor) | Zhao Ben Shan (Actor) | He Jiong (Actor) | Peng Bo (Actor) | Liu Hui (Actor) | Gao Jie (Actor) | Chen Hao (Actor) | Qi Ji (Actor) | Liu Yu Qi (Actor) | Chen Fang Xi (Actor)|
|Director:||Joe Ma 馬偉豪 马伟豪 馬偉豪（ジョー・マー） Joe Ma|
|Place of Origin:||China|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1031885113|
A she-devil against infidelity, Ying (Cecilia Cheung) is both teared and scorned by every man in town. Knowing his daughter would not fall for any ordinary man, Ying’s father (Zhao Benshan) deliberately pits her against Liang (Xiao Shenyang), the wittiest man in town. After Ying and Liang battle it out in a ferocious public debate on love, the two agree on a shocking wager: if Liang can faithful to Ying for a year, they would become husband and wife. The sole condition. They must live under the one roof, even if they don’t share the same bed. And so begins Ying and Liang’s tumultuous relationship, as the two spend their days quarreling and secretly scheming against each other. But like all great couples, their infense rivalry eventurally blossoms into love. Meanwhile, the traitorous General Sima (Victor Huang) and imperial descendanl Liu Da are fighting for the throne, and both sides wish to recruit Liang as military strategist. However, when Liang rejects Sima’s offer, the infuriated general orders Liang to be killed. With Ying’s help, Liang narrowly manages to escape death and joins Liu’s camp. To help her man, Ying audaciously sneaks into Sima’s camp and takes the general’s wife as hostage. However, Ying mistakenly believes that Liang and Liu’s sister are having an affair. As she leaves Liu’s camp heartbroken and in tears, she is captured by Sima’s men. Upon hearing the news, Liang bravely enters Sima’s camp to negotiate for hostage exchange. As the two men face off, both Liu’s and Sima’s troops secretly prepare for a decisive battle that will change the fate of the nation. Who will emerge as the victor? Will Liang be able to rescue Ying from the battlefield and earn her forgiveness?
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For those who don't remember the original, The Lion Roars 2 is a sequel to the 2002 Hong Kong hit, continuing the period comedy wackiness after a break of some 10 years. The Mainland production sees director Joe Ma (Love Undercover returning along with actress Cecilia Cheung, comedian Xiao Shenyang (Just Call Me Nobody) replacing Louis Koo in the male lead role. With support from Xiao Shenyang's mentor Zhao Benshan, Hui Siu Hung (I Love Hong Kong 2012), Victor Huang (Nightmare), and Zhang Xinyu (Flying Swords of Dragon Gate), the film mixes comedy, romance and Three Kingdoms intrigue in attempt to serve up more of what made the first film so popular.
Cecilia Cheung again plays Ying, a woman disliked in her village for her outspoken and bad-tempered behaviour, not to mention her habit of beating up men who take concubines or cheat on their wives. With her poor father (Zhao Benshan) despairing of her ever finding a husband, he matches her with Mingliang, the town's resident top rated bachelor and a man famed for his intelligence. As part of a heated debate on love and women's rights, the two agree to enter into a wager, to move in together and live as husband and wife for a year, though without consummating their marriage and without Mingliang being unfaithful. As expected, the two start to develop feelings for each other, though things are interrupted when he is sought out by the rival armies of the royal descendant Liu (Hui Siu Hung) and General Sima (Victor Huang) to serve as their military adviser.
The Lion Roars seems like a fairly odd choice for a film to make a (very) belated sequel to, though with period comedies continuing to be popular at the Chinese box office and with other past hits like Flirting Scholar having been dusted off for follow-ups, it's probably as good a choice as any. Predictably, the film doesn't have too much to do with the original save the basic premise of having Cecilia Cheung playing an over bearing and violent woman plaguing men, and for the first half Joe Ma sticks fairly close to milking this for laughs. As a Mainland aimed comedy, the film unsurprisingly avoids anything too bawdy, most of the gags revolving around innocent misunderstandings, though it's for the most past amusing in an unambitious way, with some decent throwaway jokes and silly set pieces. The cast are all likeable enough to make the material work, Cheung playing things shrill and boisterous, and Xiao Shenyang turning in an occasionally funny deadpan performance. Though the film isn't exactly moving, Ma does sufficient groundwork to build the relationship between Ying and Mingliang, and at least doesn't drag out their inevitable burgeoning feelings for each other.
The film then undergoes somewhat of a shift, its focus moving to Three Kingdoms drama and strategy-lite, with Mingliang running into trouble after agreeing to join Liu and Sima sending assassins to kill him. This results in a fair amount of action and more heated drama, with Ying heading off to kidnap Sima's wife, and with Mingliang getting involved with Liu's attractive sister (Zhang Xinyu). Though Ma still works in a few laughs during the later sections, the film does get more serious, throwing in a variety of changing allegiances and scheming, generally to enjoyable effect. Though the battle and martial arts scenes aren't much to write home about, they help to keep the film moving at an entertaining pace, and save things from getting too caught up in predictable romance or melodrama.
Ma isn't really one of Hong Kong's best directors, though he does a solid job here, and The Lion Roars 2 is above average compared to the recent batch of other similar historical comedies. Though nothing special, it's an inoffensive and easy going time-passer, with an amiable cast and an at times fun mixture of action and laughs.
by James Mudge – BeyondHollywood.com
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