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Hong Kong cop Lee (Louis Koo) heads to Thailand after his teenage daughter (Hanna Chan) suddenly goes missing during her trip. In Bangkok, he tries to track down his daughter with the help of local officers Chui Kit (Wu Yue) and Tak (Tony Jaa), but the murky investigation quickly turns dangerous. Faced with a cover-up at higher levels involving a cruel crime ring and a powerful politician, Lee goes rogue to find his daughter at all costs.
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|Product Title:||Paradox (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 殺破狼．貪狼 (2017) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 杀破狼．贪狼 (2017) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Paradox (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Paradox (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Louis Koo (Actor) | Gordon Lam (Actor) | Wu Yue (Actor) | Tony Jaa (Actor) | Ken Lo (Actor) | Chris Collins (Actor) | Chen Han Nuo (Actor) | Jacky Cai (Actor) | Michelle Saram 古天樂 (Actor) | 林家棟 (Actor) | 吳樾 (Actor) | Tony Jaa 柏朗伊雲 (Actor) | 盧惠光 (Actor) | Chris Collins (Actor) | 陳漢娜 (Actor) | 蔡潔 (Actor) | 鄭雪兒 古天乐 (Actor) | 林家栋 (Actor) | 吴樾 (Actor) | Tony Jaa 柏朗伊云 (Actor) | 卢惠光 (Actor) | Chris Collins (Actor) | 陈汉娜 (Actor) | 蔡洁 (Actor) | 郑雪儿 古天樂 （ルイス・クー） (Actor) | 林家棟（ラム・カートン） (Actor) | Wu Yue (Actor) | トニー・ジャー (Actor) | 慮恵光（ロー・ワイコン） (Actor) | Ｃｈｒｉｓ Ｃｏｌｌｉｎｓ (Actor) | Chen Han Nuo (Actor) | Jacky Cai (Actor) | 鄭雪児（ミシェール・サラム） Louis Koo (Actor) | Gordon Lam (Actor) | Wu Yue (Actor) | Tony Jaa (Actor) | Ken Lo (Actor) | Chris Collins (Actor) | Chen Han Nuo (Actor) | Jacky Cai (Actor) | Michelle Saram|
|Director:||Wilson Yip 葉偉信 叶伟信 葉偉信（ウィルソン・イップ） Wilson Yip|
|Action Director:||Sammo Hung 洪金寶 洪金宝 洪金寶（サモ・ハン・キンポー） Sammo Hung|
|Producer:||Soi Cheang | Paco Wong 鄭保瑞 | 黃 柏高 郑保瑞 | 黄 柏高 鄭保瑞 （ソイ・チェン） | Paco Wong 소이 청 | Paco Wong|
|Writer:||Liang Li Yan | Zhuo Yi Qian 梁 禮彥 | 卓 亦謙 梁 礼彦 | 卓 亦谦 Liang Li Yan | Zhuo Yi Qian Liang Li Yan | Zhuo Yi Qian|
|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?|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese|
|Country of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Picture Format:||[HD] High Definition What is it?|
|Screen Resolution:||1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)|
|Package Weight:||100 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1063623287|
- Making of
Hong Kong cop Lee (Louis Koo) goes on a search in Thailand for his missing daughter Chi (Hanna Chan). Thai Chinese police officer Chui Kit (Wu Yue) lets Lee join the investigation, having no idea that lee is going to use the mass media to hunt for clues.
A short clip which accidentally filmed Chi’s capture is uploaded to the police website, but subsequently deleted. Shui Kit and colleague Tak (Tony Jaa) tracks down the clip owner, but the evidence is destroyed before they can stop it. The mduo begins tracking down the culprit. As they get closer to the truth, they realize that the case is more complicated than they expected, and the mastermind behind the scene is not someone they can deal with….
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Hong Kong Films Awards 2018
- Best Film Nomination
- Best Director Nomination, Wilson Yip
- Best Actor Nomination, Louis Koo
- Best Supporting Actor Nomination, Gordon Lam
- Best New Performer Nomination, Chen Han Nuo
- Best Cinematography Nomination
- Best Film Editing Nomination
- Best Action Choreography Nomination
- Best Sound Design Nomination
YumCha! Asian Entertainment Reviews and Features
Professional Review of "Paradox (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"
The SPL (Shā Pò Láng) series continues with third instalment Paradox, unconnected to either the 2005 original or the belated SPL 2: A Time for Consequences from 2015. Director Wilson Yip takes back the reins from Soi Cheang, who remains as the producer, along with a returning Paco Wong, with the legendary Sammo Hung back as action choreographer. The film sees Louis Koo taking centre stage, playing a very angry cop who travels to Thailand after his daughter is abducted, coming up against the ruthless Gordon Lam (Trivisa) and backed by local officers Wu Yue (The Brink) and Thai martial arts star Tony Jaa.
The film opens with Louis Koo as steely police negotiator Lee, who heads to Thailand after his sixteen-year-old daughter (Hanna Chan), who is abducted during a trip to Pattaya. Teaming up with local cops Chui Kit (Wu Yue) and Tak (Tony Jaa), he's soon facing off against corrupt police officers and caught up in a conspiracy involving an organ-smuggling ring led by an American crime boss (Chris Collins, Wolf Warrior), linked to a powerful Thai politician and his sinister aide (Gordon Lam). Things inevitably turn violent, and when Lee finds himself on the wrong side of the law and needing to bust a serious number of heads.
While some viewers might have preferred the SPL series to take the more traditional route of churning out sequels, by sticking to unconnected stories it gives the filmmakers far more leeway in the direction the films take and in what they do with the characters. Whatever the benefits of the SPL brand name, Paradox certainly works very well as a gritty, relentlessly bleak thriller in its own right, and Wilson Yip does a great job of mixing martial arts action with police procedural drama and social issues. Though there's nothing new to its tale of organ trafficking, kidnapping and corruption, the film's dark tone really helps, and while retaining the theme of fate from the SPL 2, it takes things in a much more depressing direction. Yip keeps things tight and tense, working in some surprising plot developments through a series of revelations that it quickly becomes clear are not leading things towards a cheerful conclusion. Some great performances also give things a kick, Louis Koo doing an impressively physical approximation of Liam Neeson's Taken murder machine, Wu Yue providing believable moral grounding, and Tony Jaa adding a likeable if bizarre twist through his sadly brief appearance as a possible psychic.
The grounded plot and characters really help when it comes to giving the action and violence a real edge and elevated air of danger. As with the original SPL, Yip shows a great sense of timing in the way that he gradually escalates the intensity and scale of the set pieces and battles, aided by some excellent choreography from Sammo Hung, which arguably ranks as his best in years. It's brutal, bone-crunching stuff, with shootouts and chase scenes combining with brawls, beatings, stabbings and torture, making for a visceral and thrilling experience, much more so than with other Hong Kong genre offerings of late. Without really straying far from his comfort zone Yip directs with a controlled verve, and the Thai setting gives the film somewhat of a different atmosphere, the less familiar surroundings and culture working well to make Koo's Lee even more of a troubled outsider figure rather than a straightforward hero.
As a tangential third entry in a series arguably needing a shot in the arm to justify its existence, Paradox is certainly much better than might have been expected and one of the better and more brutal Hong Kong thrillers of the last while. Boosted by a strong cast and by some excellent work by Sammo Hung, the film marks a welcome return for Wilson Yip; and gives hope that an SPL 4, whatever it might entail, might continue to take the franchise in an interesting direction.
by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com