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Unbeatable (2013) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Nick Cheung (Actor) | Eddie Peng (Actor) | Andy On (Actor) | Jack Kao (Actor)
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Smashing the Hong Kong box office, Dante Lam's (The Viral Factor, The Stool Pigeon) MMA action blockbuster Unbeatable is praised for its seamless action choreography and intricate depiction of human emotions. Instead of going overboard and filling the movie with pure androgen, Lam strikes a good balance of masculinity, family and humanity for what seems to be a straight off macho subject. Nick Cheung and Eddie Peng's brilliant portrayals of MMA fighters, not to mention their hard-trained physique, add to the draw of the film. At the Shanghai Film Festival's Golden Goblet Awards, Nick Cheung won Best Actor while ten-year-old Malaysian child star Crystal Lee took home Best Actress for their outstanding performances.

Ching Fai (Nick Cheung) was once a champion boxer, but he sold out his career for money. To run away from reality, Fai spends his life gambling and finally has to flee to Macau to escape loan sharks. In Macau, Fai meets his apprentice Qi (Eddie Peng) who vows to rebuild life with his father after their family business goes under. When Qi gets injured in competition, Fai, at the age of 48, once again steps onto the MMA stage to fight on behalf of his student.

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Product Title: Unbeatable (2013) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 激戰 (2013) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 激战 (2013) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 激戰 (2013) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Unbeatable (2013) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: 激戰:勇者不敗 激战:勇者不败
Artist Name(s): Nick Cheung (Actor) | Eddie Peng (Actor) | Andy On (Actor) | Jack Kao (Actor) | Philip Keung (Actor) | Will Liu (Actor) | Mei Ting (Actor) | Wang Bao Qiang (Actor) | Li Fei Er (Actor) | Michelle Lo (Actor) | Crystal Lee (Actor) 張 家輝 (Actor) | 彭于晏 (Actor) | 安 志杰 (Actor) | 高捷 (Actor) | 姜 皓文 (Actor) | 劉畊宏 (Actor) | 梅婷 (Actor) | 王寶強 (Actor) | 李菲兒 (Actor) | 盧覓雪 (Actor) | 李 馨巧 (Actor) 张 家辉 (Actor) | 彭于晏 (Actor) | 安 志杰 (Actor) | 高捷 (Actor) | 姜 皓文 (Actor) | 刘畊宏 (Actor) | 梅婷 (Actor) | 王宝强 (Actor) | 李菲儿 (Actor) | 卢觅雪 (Actor) | 李 馨巧 (Actor) 張家輝 (ニック・チョン) (Actor) | 彭于晏(エディ・ポン) (Actor) | 安志杰(アンディ・オン) (Actor) | 高捷(ジャック・カオ) (Actor) | 姜皓文(キョン・ヒウマン) (Actor) | 劉畊宏 (ウィル・リウ) (Actor) | 梅婷 (メイ・ティン) (Actor) | 王宝強 (ワン・バオチャン) (Actor) | 李菲兒 (リー・フェイアール) (Actor) | 盧覓雪(ミシェル・ロー) (Actor) | クリスタル・リー (Actor) Nick Cheung (Actor) | 펑위옌 (Actor) | Andy On (Actor) | Jack Kao (Actor) | Philip Keung (Actor) | Will Liu (Actor) | Mei Ting (Actor) | 왕보강 (Actor) | Li Fei Er (Actor) | Michelle Lo (Actor) | Crystal Lee (Actor)
Director: Dante Lam 林 超賢 林 超贤 林超賢 (ダンテ・ラム) Dante Lam
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2013-12-06
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Sound Information: 7.1, Dolby TrueHD
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray, 50 GB - Double Layer
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Rating: IIB
Duration: 116 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1034713175

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Director: Dante Lam

After a stint in prison for participating in fixed boxing, former boxer champ Fai (Nick Cheugn) is knee-deep in debt with no solution in sight. To escape his debtors, Fai escapes to Macau and works in a gym as an assistant instructor in weight loss clases. With no money, Fai is arranged to share a house with recovering mental patient Gwen and her ten-year-old daughter Dan. Even though their co-existence starts out as hostile, it slowly turns into a family-like bond – with Fai acting as the pair’s protector.

Hot-blooded Qi (Eddie Peng) was once the son of a rich man in Mainland China. However, the family business failed, sending his dad into alcohol-fueled depressing and forcing Qi to take up construction jobs in Macau. To inspire his father to stand up again, Qi enters an open MMA competition and starts training at Fai’s gym.

With Fai as trainer and Qi as the fighter, the pair’s hard work pays off with consecutive wins in the tournament. The victories even inspire Qi’s father to find his footing and get back up. However, Qi’s ultimate opponent in the torunament is Lee (Andy On), a fighter best known for his ferocity…
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Professional Review of "Unbeatable (2013) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

November 28, 2013

Starting with 2008's The Beast Stalker, Dante Lam kicked off a career comeback with a string of action films that emphasized drama over brainless action. Lam's formula has never been better applied than in sport drama Unbeatable. Words like "inspiring" and "uplifting" are not commonly used to describe Lam's films, but they certainly apply to Unbeatable, the action auteur's best film since Beast and possibly his most purely enjoyable film to date.

Unbeatable's selling point is mixed martial arts, but it's really a character-driven drama about three troubled souls in Macau. Former boxer Ching Fai (Nick Cheung), downtrodden young man Lin Si-Qi (Eddie Peng) and single mother Ming-Jun (Mei Ting). Ching Fai flees Hong Kong when his debtors start closing in, Si-Qi is forced to work as a day laborer after his father (Jack Kao) loses the family fortune on real estate speculation and Ming-Jun become mentally unstable after a serious family tragedy.

Thanks to old friend Tai-Sui (Philip Keung), Ching Fai finds a job as an assistant trainer at a local gym and sublets a room in the same apartment as Ming-Jun and her ten-year-old daughter Pui-Dan (Crystal Lee, also in Lam's The Viral Factor). Meanwhile, Si-Qi decides to join a high-profile MMA tournament to encourage his father to stand up again. With only two months to go, he starts training in Ching Fai's gym. After he discovers Fai's past as a boxer, he asks Fai to become his trainer.

Unbeatable's Chinese title roughly translates to "Fierce War," echoing the story's theme of conquering life's hardships as a battle. That theme and the mentor-student story are nothing new for the genre, but Unbeatable shines when it relies on the chemistry between Nick Cheung and Eddie Peng. Though the media has been focusing on their physical training for the fight scenes, their camaraderie in the film is really the key to the film's success. The two share some genuinely funny moments, and the film is weaker when the MMA tournament keeps them apart in the second half.

Nevertheless, the MMA serves as one of the other main attractions of the film. The liberal use of kicks and holds make the fight scenes more intense than the average boxing film, especially in the bouts featuring Andy On as an arrogant fighter. Noses and shoulders are dislocated, and the script constantly reminds us that people can die in MMA matches. While it's the drama and the characters that lift Unbeatable beyond an average action film, action fans should be pleased by the film's brutal MMA fights.

Given the tricky task of playing a dramatic character with comedic beats, Cheung gives one of the best performances of his career as Fai. After two heavy dramatic roles under Lam, Cheung proves himself to be an actor who can strike the precarious balance between humor and drama when the material calls for it. While Peng is very likable (and very buff) as Si-Qi, he is ultimately overshadowed by Cheung and the young Crystal Lee, who is simply wonderful as a young girl who has seen more hardships than any girl her age should have. Fai and Pui-Dan's relationship easily drives the film as much as the one between Fai and Si-Qi, and it's all because of the actors.

While Unbeatable has its share of melodrama (e.g., the relationship between Si-Qi and his father, Ming-Jun's past and her mental illness), the script co-written by Lam, frequent collaborator Jack Ng and Fung Chi-Fung never lets those elements weigh down the film. The excessive amount of plot strands causes the film to overstay its welcome at just over two hours, but Lam and his editor keep the film consistently engaging. Cinematographer Kenny Tse's camera is always on the move, providing one of the best visual portraits of Macau in recent memory and giving the action scenes an intensity and constant sense of urgency. Unbeatable doesn't reinvent its genre, but it's top-notch entertainment that shows Dante Lam is still working at the top of his game. I think we're ready to forgive The Viral Factor over here.

by Kevin Ma - LoveHKFilm.com

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December 3, 2013

Brutally warm, painfully pleasurable
The Hong Kong golden team of Dante Lam and Nick Cheung are bound to give us surprises every time when they pair up. After bringing us The Beast Stalker in 2008 and The Stool Pigeon in 2010, Lam also recruits heartthrob Eddie Peng and handsome Andy On to co-star in the MMA action blockbuster Unbeatable that tells of two fighters' redemption. Their flawless bodylines grabbed eyes even before the movie was released, but seeing it in action is another story; and I have nothing but respect for the lengths the stars go as actors.

In this inspirational story of career, courage and family, Cheng Fai (Nick Cheng) is a former boxing champion whose career has gone downhill after staging a fake match. To run away from loan sharks, Fai flees to Macau where he shares a flat with Ming Jun (Mei Ting) and her daughter Dan Dan (Crystal Li) and over time Fai learns of their past and family wounds. Meeting Si Chi (Eddie Peng) at the boxing center, Fai takes him in as his apprentice and prepares him for the MMA stage. Having won a few matches, Si Chi goes down in a fight against the infamous Lee Tze Tin (Andy On). The loss lures Fai to return to MMA to fight for Si Chi, Mei Tang and Crystal. There are many facets to the character of Cheng Fai: a determined fighter, a devoted mentor and an affectionate "father." Despite the predictable plot, Nick fulfills the multiple identities that the character asks of him, giving us a well-rounded performance against the movie's brutal theme.

Acing the action genre, Lam continues to bring something new to the table with Unbeatable, excelling again in producing scene after scene of adrenaline pumping, visually stunning MMA fights while also adding depth to a subject matter that can easily be turned into a product of pure masculinity. Nick's interaction with Mei Ting, Crystal and Eddie also soften the tone of the movie and keep the audience tuned in. Malaysian child star Crystal Lee's entrance is just as eye-catching as the actor's muscles. Witty, mature and natural, Crystal owns her character of Dan Dan, which landed her Best Actress at the Shanghai Film Festival's Golden Goblet Awards at the age of ten.

What is interesting is that after watching a movie with a focus as clear as such, the painfully real fighting scenes are not all that stayed with me; the characters' beliefs, determination and fearless spirit are just as impactful. The brilliance of Unbeatable lies in Lam's ability to wrap a violent story in an abundance of gentleness and warmth.

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