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Chongqing Hot Pot (2016) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Aloys Chen (Actor) | Qin Hao (Actor) | Bai Bai He (Actor) | Yu En Tai (Actor)
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The opening film of the 2016 Hong Kong International Film Festival, Chongqing Hot Pot combines Chongqing's traditional hot pot culture with heist comedy and action elements into an offbeat and unexpectedly violent crime caper. Director Yang Qing, whose 2009 debut One Night in Supermarket was about a convenience store holdup, ups the stakes to a bank robbery involving four friends played by Aloys Chen (Mojin - The Lost Legend), Qin Hao (Blind Massage), Bai Baihe (Monster Hunt) and Yu Entai (My Own Swordsman).

Buddies Liu Bo (Aloys Chen), Xu Dong (Qin Hao) and Four Eyes (Yu Entai) opened a hot pot restaurant inside an old bomb shelter, but business is not going well at all. The guys decide to sell the restaurant, but first they have to (illegally) expand the shop space to inflate its value. While tunneling through the wall, they accidentally dig a hole right into the vault of a neighboring bank! They enlist the help of former classmate Xiao Wei (Bai Baihe), who works at the bank, to fix the hole, but Liu Bo, who is knee-deep in gambling debt, gets tempted by the piles of cash in front of him. Meanwhile, another group of armed robbers also targets the same bank.

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Product Title: Chongqing Hot Pot (2016) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 火鍋英雄 (2016) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 火锅英雄 (2016) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 火鍋英雄 (2016) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Chongqing Hot Pot (2016) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Aloys Chen (Actor) | Qin Hao (Actor) | Bai Bai He (Actor) | Yu En Tai (Actor) | Ian Wang (Actor) | Yin Fang (Actor) | Li Jiu Xiao (Actor) | Zhang Yi Chi (Actor) 陳坤 (Actor) | 秦昊 (Actor) | 白 百何 (Actor) | 喻恩泰 (Actor) | 王 彥霖 (Actor) | 尹 昉 (Actor) | 李 九霄 (Actor) | 張 亦馳 (Actor) 陈坤 (Actor) | 秦昊 (Actor) | 白 百何 (Actor) | 喻恩泰 (Actor) | 王 彦霖 (Actor) | 尹 昉 (Actor) | 李 九霄 (Actor) | 张 亦驰 (Actor) 陳坤(チェン・クン) (Actor) | 秦昊(チン・ハオ) (Actor) | 白百何(バイ・バイハー) (Actor) | Yu En Tai (Actor) | Ian Wang (Actor) | Yin Fang (Actor) | Li Jiu Xiao (Actor) | Zhang Yi Chi (Actor) Aloys Chen (Actor) | Qin Hao (Actor) | Bai Bai He (Actor) | Yu En Tai (Actor) | Ian Wang (Actor) | Yin Fang (Actor) | Li Jiu Xiao (Actor) | Zhang Yi Chi (Actor)
Director: Yang Qing 楊慶 杨庆 Yang Qing Yang Qing
Producer: Chen Kuo Fu 陳國富 陈国富 チェン・クォフー Chen Kuo Fu
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: 2016-10-07
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: China
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Sound Information: Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM)
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Rating: IIB
Duration: 97 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1053689537

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Three high school classmates open a hotpot restaurant in an old bomb shelter in Chongqing. The business turns out to be a glorious failure. They find a buyer for the restaurant, but must first “enlarge the space.” Digging, they emerge in the vault of the bank next doors.

Now they must devise a plan to sneak into the bank and fix the hole. Lucky break: a girl they know from high school is working in the bank. Bad break: the bank is a target of some badass robbers. Working with two of China’s biggest stars, director YANG QING’s second feature after “One Night in Supermarket” continues to showcase his talents with plot twists and comic timing. It’s a spicy hot riot.
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Professional Review of "Chongqing Hot Pot (2016) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

October 5, 2016

Writer-director Yang Qing confirms his talent for clever genre filmmaking with his enjoyable sophomore effort Chongqing Hot Pot, the long-awaited follow-up to his debut feature One Night in Supermarket (2009). This twisty crime comedy opens with a deadly serious set piece, involving four gun-toting robbers invading a bank while wearing masks representing the Monkey King and his companions from Journey to the West. When the cops discover their getaway vehicle and driver, the plan goes awry. The robbers shut themselves in the bank and take the employees hostage, and begin searching for another way out. Then one robber discovers a curious hole in the floor of the vault, after which the camera travels through the hole to reveal where it leads and how it got there.

Flash back to an earlier time and we're introduced to the Cave Hot Pot restaurant, a spicy hot pot joint that operates in a former bomb shelter. Business is bad for the owners – childhood friends Liu Bo (Aloys Chen), Xu Dong (Qin Hao) and Four Eyes (Yu Entai) – and they're looking to sell. A buyer is interested but expects a bigger restaurant, so the three dig further into the cave to expand the space – only they end up creating a hole in the neighbouring bank's vault floor. The money is tantalizing to Liu Bo, who's deep in gambling debt, but the friends agree to leave the money where it is and repair the hole. But they need an inside man for the job and find one in the form of a woman: former classmate and bank employee Yu Xiaohui (Bai Baihe).

After a fashion, Xiaohui agrees to help and even comes up with a plan, but the foursome's journey is a turbulent one – and that's even before the bank robbers burst upon the scene. The story features more than criminal activity; Yang Qing shows an affinity for romance tropes that would fit a youth film rather than a twisty thriller. Xiaohui liked Liu Bo back in school and, based on Liu Bo's awkward shiftiness, he likely cared for her too. There are also subplots involving the friends' fracturing bond, Liu Bo's spiralling debts and Xiaohui's work troubles – that's a lot to take in, but Yang does a fine job of sketching his situations, and somehow makes everything connect. The ease with which the film juggles its characters and plot twists offsets some of the narrative banality, and by the time every last detail comes together for the bank robbery, and subsequent skirmish in the cave restaurant, Chongqing Hot Pot has readily entertained.

Aiding Chongqing Hot Pot are its slick production values and action, which has more in common with stabby Korean thrillers than China or Hong Kong genre films. The violence does stretch a bit long at the climax – perhaps enough to outstay its welcome – but it also helps add some grit and edge to what's essentially a light story about former school classmates who rediscover or reaffirm their friendship. Acting is mostly agreeable, with Aloys Chen's overacting balanced nicely by Bai Baihe's wallflower-ish charms, Qin Hao's charisma and Yu Entai's likeable nerdiness. The climax dabbles in a bit of darkness but Yang Qing steers clear of commentary or consequences, and concentrates more on his ironic humor, young love tropes and clever plot twists. While not a game-changer, Chongqing Hot Pot is a welcome piñata of commercial and genre film elements that never pretends to be more than it is: a creative and crowd-pleasing ninety-four minutes.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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