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The Vanished Murderer (2015) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Gordon Lam (Actor) | Jacqueline Li (Actor) | Jiang Yi Yan (Actor)
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Lau Ching Wan returns as an eccentric genius detective in Republican-era Shanghai in The Vanished Murderer, the sequel to the 2012 hit The Bullet Vanishes. Again directed by Law Chi Leung and produced by Derek Yee, this engrossing murder mystery squeezes in even more twists and turns into its dense crime puzzle involving Jiang Yiyan, reprising her role from the first film, Gordon Lam (Firestorm), Rhydian Vaughan (GF*BF) and Guo Xiaodong (Blind Massage).

Detective Song Donglu (Lau Ching Wan) finds himself pursuing the beguiling Fu Yuan (Jiang Yiyan) once again after she makes an ingenuous prison escape. Just as he's about to arrest her on the street, a man falls to his death from a nearby building and Fu Yuan slips away in that moment of distraction. There is, however, much more to the story. Fu Yuan had deliberately brought Donglu to the scene to witness the man's fall, but why? And is his death a suicide or murder? Donglu, along with his new assistant (Jacqueline Li, Personal Tailor), sets out to get to the bottom of the mystery that is far more complex and sinister than meets the eye.

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Product Title: The Vanished Murderer (2015) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 消失的兇手 (2015) (DVD) (香港版) 消失的凶手 (2015) (DVD) (香港版) 消失的兇手 (2015) (DVD) (香港版) The Vanished Murderer (2015) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Gordon Lam (Actor) | Jacqueline Li (Actor) | Jiang Yi Yan (Actor) | Paulyn Sun (Actor) | Yu Xiao Tong (Actor) | Guo Xiao Dong (Actor) | Rhydian Vaughan (Actor) 劉 青雲 (Actor) | 林家棟 (Actor) | 李小璐 (Actor) | 江一燕 (Actor) | 孫佳君 (Actor) | 于小彤 (Actor) | 郭曉冬 (Actor) | 鳳小岳 (Actor) 刘 青云 (Actor) | 林家栋 (Actor) | 李小璐 (Actor) | Jiang Yi Yan (Actor) | 孙佳君 (Actor) | 于小彤 (Actor) | 郭晓冬 (Actor) | 凤小岳 (Actor) 劉青雲(ラウ・チンワン) (Actor) | 林家棟(ラム・カートン) (Actor) | 李小璐 (リー・シャオルー) (Actor) | 江一燕(ジャン・イーイェン) (Actor) | 孫佳君(ポーリー・ソン) (Actor) | 于小彤(ユー・シャオトン) (Actor) | グオ・シャオドン (Actor) | 鳳小岳 (リディアン・ヴォーン) (Actor) Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | 임가동 (Actor) | Jacqueline Li (Actor) | Jiang Yi Yan (Actor) | Paulyn Sun (Actor) | Yu Xiao Tong (Actor) | Guo Xiao Dong (Actor) | Rhydian Vaughan (Actor)
Director: Law Chi Leung 羅志良 罗志良 羅志良(ロー・チーリョン) Law Chi Leung
Producer: Derek Yee | Luo Xiao Wen 爾 冬陞 | 羅 曉文 尔 冬升 | 罗 晓文 爾冬陞(イー・トンシン) | Luo Xiao Wen Derek Yee | Luo Xiao Wen
Writer: Yeung Sin Ling 楊倩玲 杨倩玲 Yeung Sin Ling Yeung Sin Ling
Release Date: 2016-03-24
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong, China
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM)
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIA
Duration: 121 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1049341657

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Prisoner Fu Yuan digs a tunnel in her prison cell with a silver and escapes in 1932. Inspector SONG Donglu is summoned to investigate FU’s escape. By tracking down the letters sent to him by FU, it sets SONG off to Hong City to unravel FU’s disappearance. Hong City is enduring several years of economic recession and citizens are struggling to live. GAO. the business magnate of the city, has corrupted the government officials, monopolized the whole industrial business and treated the labors harshly. Students havae deploted to protest against the situation. At one point, it follows with relentless suicidal incidents of labors jumping off buildings. Their clothing is blood stained with words of accusing GAO’s cruelty. When SONG is digging into the cases, university professor HUO tells SONG that FU had published a set of ciphers as a game in his newspaper half year ago and the subject of ciphers is related to these bizarre suicidal incidents. SONG is gradually unveiling the plot of riddles, and yet, the truth is inevitable covered up more red herrings, peculiar murder and gun battles… If FU is ruled out as the suspect, who is the culprit behind the serial killings?
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Professional Review of "The Vanished Murderer (2015) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

June 13, 2016

This professional review refers to The Vanished Murderer (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Director Law Chi Leung returns with The Vanished Murderer, the follow up to his popular 2012 period-set mystery thriller The Bullet Vanishes, again produced by Derek Yee. The film sees headlining star Lau Ching Wan back as the eccentric but brilliant detective Song Donglu, with Jiang Yiyan reprising her mysterious femme fatale role, joined by Gordon Lam (Firestorm), Rhydian Vaughan (GF*BF) and Guo Xiaodong (Blind Massage).

Set in 1930s China and following on from the events of its predecessor, Vanished Murderer kicks off with Fu Yuan (Jiang Yiyan) escaping from jail and heading to Shanghai, with Detective Song Donglu in pursuit. Although he tracks her down, she flees again while he is distracted by a man falling to his death from a building in an apparent suicide. Realizing that she lured him to the spot to witness what might in fact have been a murder, Donglu starts to investigate, aided by sidekick and former squeeze Chang Sheng (Jacqueline Li, Personal Tailor), variously helped and hindered by policeman Mao Jin (Rhydian Vaughan) and the drug-addicted Professor Hua (Gordon Lam). All signs quickly point to corrupt businessman and factory owner Gao Minxiong (Guo Xiaodong), an obvious villain with ambitious schemes, though as ever the path to the truth is a winding and dangerous one for Donglu.

While The Vanished Murderer may sound fairly straightforward, it most definitely isn’t, the above synopsis only providing the bare bones of what rapidly turns into a highly complex labyrinth of schemes, deceptions and odd revelations. On the plus side it’s certainly good to see a Chinese blockbuster with a little thought going into its script, and the film wins points for presenting the viewer with a genuine brain-scratcher of a mystery, Law Chi Leung packing in endless twist and turns along the way. While derivative in places of other films – for example, the film kicks off with a blatant lift from The Shawshank Redemption – it's at least never dull, and always has a great deal going on, including a few stabs at social commentary.

The downside is that Law doesn’t prove the most coherent of storytellers, and the film frequently baffles, becoming increasingly convoluted and often lapsing into senselessness. This will quite understandably test the patience of many viewers, and while those happy enough to go with the flow should enjoy its multi-layered machinations, others may find themselves tuning out before the end out of sheer frustration.

Thankfully, the script never quite loses sight of its central character, and Lau Ching Wan is on good form as Donglu, if a little more morose than in the original film. Jiang Yiyan is similarly appealing, and the chemistry between the two is arguably the strongest aspect of the film, making for some surprisingly moving scenes, which Law wisely doesn’t over-milk. Although Nicholas Tse is missed, the supporting cast is fine, mostly playing red herrings or one kind of ambiguous figure or another, and Guo Xiaodong makes for a suitably hiss-worthy villain.

Tangled plotting aside, the film has plenty to offer in terms of thrills, Law working in lots of action and set pieces and keeping the pace brisk. Fight scenes and chases are generally the order of the day, some of which are reasonably spectacular, and the film benefits from some solid choreography and special effects. The production values in general are top-notch, with a convincing recreation of 1930s Shanghai, and some impressive sets ensure a slick look throughout, which again helps to distract from the film’s narrative chaos.

The Vanished Murderer really is a film which requires the viewer to make large leaps in logic and to turn a blind eye to its many moments of preposterousness, and it’s a much stranger proposition than the original The Bullet Vanishes. However, there is a method, of sorts, to Law Chi Leung’s madness, and boosted by strong showings from Lau Ching Wan and Jiang Yiyan, it’s an enjoyable couple of hours of well-made, confusing fun.

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