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Always Be With You (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Julian Cheung (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Gordon Lam (Actor) | Law Lan (Actor)
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Fans of Hong Kong horror will fondly remember the Troublesome Night series, which spawned 19 films from 1997 to 2003. Genre master Herman Yau directed the first six installments of the iconic series, and Louis Koo successfully transitioned from television to film through starring in the series' first seven films. For the 20th anniversary of Troublesome Night, Herman Yau, Louis Koo, producer Nam Yim and series mainstay Helena Law return for the 20th installment, Always Be With You. Also co-starring Julian Cheung, Gordon Lam, Charmain Sheh and Charlene Choi, Always Be With You unfolds the strange and chilling encounters that befall the people connected to a deadly car accident.

While driving under the influence, David (Julian Cheung) loses control and veers into the next lane. Off-duty cop Sam (Louis Koo) and his wife Ah Si (Charmain Sheh) narrowly escape a collision, but another driver in the lane, Patrick (Alex Lam), is killed. Meanwhile, Xiao Hung (Ava Liu) seeks death after breaking up with her boyfriend. She leaps off a building and happens to land on the roof of Patrick's car. Crematorium worker Zhi Qiang (Gordon Lam) steals jewelry from Xiao Hung's body in order to pay back his gambling debt, but afterwards people keep dying around him. Sam and Ah Si repeatedly try to throw away a vinyl record, but it somehow keeps returning to their home. Patrick's fiancée Yu Yin (Charlene Choi) opens a vacation resort to fulfill his last wish, only to find that her resort is a popular place to die.

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Product Title: Always Be With You (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 常在你左右 (2017) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 常在你左右 (2017) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Always Be With You (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Always Be With You (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Julian Cheung (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Gordon Lam (Actor) | Law Lan (Actor) | Charmaine Sheh (Actor) | Charlene Choi (Actor) | Emily Kwan (Actor) | Elena Kong (Actor) | Lam Suet (Actor) | Ava Yu (Actor) | Alex Lam (Actor) | Heidi Lee (Actor) 張智霖 (Actor) | 古天樂 (Actor) | 林家棟 (Actor) | 羅蘭 (Actor) | 佘詩曼 (Actor) | 蔡卓妍 (Actor) | 關寶慧 (Actor) | 江美儀 (Actor) | 林雪 (Actor) | 廖羽翹 雨僑 (Actor) | 林 德信 (Actor) | 李 靜儀 (Actor) 张智霖 (Actor) | 古天乐 (Actor) | 林家栋 (Actor) | 罗兰 (Actor) | 佘诗曼 (Actor) | 蔡卓妍 (Actor) | 关宝慧 (Actor) | 江美仪 (Actor) | 林雪 (Actor) | 廖羽翘 雨侨 (Actor) | 林 德信 (Actor) | 李 静仪 (Actor) 張智霖(チョン・チーラム) (Actor) | 古天樂 (ルイス・クー) (Actor) | 林家棟(ラム・カートン) (Actor) | Law Lan (Actor) | 余詩曼(シャーメイン・シー) (Actor) | 蔡卓妍(シャーリーン・チョイ) (Actor) | 關寶慧(エミリー・クワン) (Actor) | Elena Kong (Actor) | 林雪 (ラム・シュー) (Actor) | 羽翹 (アヴァ) (Actor) | 林德信(アレックス・ラム) (Actor) | Heidi Lee (Actor) Julian Cheung (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Gordon Lam (Actor) | Law Lan (Actor) | Charmaine Sheh (Actor) | Charlene Choi (Actor) | Emily Kwan (Actor) | Elena Kong (Actor) | Lam Suet (Actor) | Ava Yu (Actor) | Alex Lam (Actor) | Heidi Lee (Actor)
Director: Herman Yau 邱禮濤 邱礼涛 邱禮濤(ハーマン・ヤウ) Yau Lai To
Producer: Nan Yan | Tang Wen Kang 南燕 | 唐 文康 Nan Yan | 唐 文康 Nan Yan | Tang Wen Kang Nan Yan | Tang Wen Kang
Writer: Herman Yau 邱禮濤 邱礼涛 邱禮濤(ハーマン・ヤウ) Yau Lai To
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: 2017-12-15
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Rating: IIB
Duration: 98 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1063713242

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David is drunk and loses control of his car to opposite lane. The off-duty police officer, Sam and his wife Ah Si are able to avoid the collision by switching their steering wheel immeditately. David’s car smashes Patrick’s car on the opposite lane eventually and Patrick is killed Ms. Xiao Hung, after breaking up with her boyfriend, She commits suicide by jumping off a building and hits on the top of Patrick’s car.

The crematorium worker, Zhi Qiang, he steals a pair of 24k gold bracelets from funerary objects to repay his debts. Patrick’s wife, Yu Yim would like to fulfill his husband’s last wish – running the vacation house. But a series of strange events happen. Jimie’s vinyl keeps showing up at Sam and Ah Si’s apartment even though it has been dumped for several times. People involved in the car accident are tied with strange events.
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Professional Review of "Always Be With You (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

May 31, 2018

Western film fans who complain about never-ending franchises and eternal sequels might take a moment to consider the Troublesome Night series, which had an incredible 19 entries between 1997 and 2003. Initially starting off with the horror anthology format, the series later shifted to single narrative features, and despite declining budgets and box office returns, somehow managed to still make it into Hong Kong cinemas. Produced specially to mark the 20th anniversary of the series is its 20th instalment, Always Be With You, directed by Herman Yau, who also helmed its first six entries, and which also sees the return of frequent star Louis Koo and producer Nam Yim – naturally, Helena Law, who appeared in almost every Troublesome Night, as well as many other spooky films of the period, is also back, as usual playing a creepy old Hong Kong auntie who can see the dead.

The film marks a return to the anthology format, weaving together a collection of supernatural tales, opening with a taxi driver called David (Julian Cheung, S Storm), drunk behind the wheel after learning that he is terminally ill, causing a traffic accident involving police officer Sam (Louis Koo, Paradox) and his wife Ah Si (Charmain Sheh, Line Walker), which results in the death of Patrick (Alex Lam, My Wife is a Superstar) – as if this weren't enough, at the same time Xiao Hung (Ava Liu, Undercover Duet), suicidal after breaking up with her boyfriend, throws herself off a nearby roof, landing in the middle of the crash. From here, the film branches off to also follow mortuary worker Zhi Qiang (Gordon Lam, The Brink), who steals gold bracelets from Xiao Hung's corpse to pay off his gambling debts, and Patrick's fiancée Yu Yin (Charlene Choi, 77 Heartbreaks), who decides to fulfil his dream of opening a holiday resort. Unsurprisingly, the two are soon beset by ghostly goings-on, while Sam and Ah Si run into trouble with a haunted record and David tries to make amends before he dies.

Being the 20th instalment of a franchise which hasn't seen an entry in a good 17 years, not to mention one which wasn't exactly bringing in audiences at the time of its demise, Always Be With You is clearly a film made for the already converted and the nostalgic, rather than mass audiences. While its appeal might be limited, the film should definitely please fans, with Herman Yau sticking to what made the Troublesome Night so popular and vaguely iconic, throwing in plenty of spooky action, along with some odd comedy and moments of over the top melodrama. Though it's fair to say that the film isn’t exactly frightening, most of its scares being old fashioned and its twists predictable, as with others in the series it benefits from a very morbid, at times surprisingly sombre atmosphere, its message being that our mistakes not only affect us, but the people around us, taken here to ghoulish extremes. With Chinese language supernatural films being incredibly rare due to the censors, it's refreshing and pleasing to see a film like this that's pitched squarely at the Hong Kong rather than the Mainland market, and the local colour and references to the genre films of the 1990s are very enjoyable.

It's also great to see a cast of big names and recognisable Hong Kong stars getting so gamely involved, giving the material a lift, and making Always Be With You seem like a far bigger budgeted production than it likely is. A special mention goes to Louis Koo, who got his first real big screen break from the series, and who here goes back to full-on late 1990s style acting, with lots of odd screens of fake crying comedy (for example, suddenly bursting into tears during a sinister moment, only to reveal that it's because he forgot to cook some rice, following this up moments later with more tears and the confession that he also forgot to buy any rice) – Charlene Choi also wins points for seeming to have regressed back at least a decade, acting like a stroppy teenager to amusing effect. The film is filled with appearances from series regulars and the ever-dependable likes of Lam Suet, and any Troublesome Night aficionados are guaranteed to get a kick from seeing Helena Law up to her old tricks. All of this helps to paper over the many cracks in the narrative, which is often unfocused and senseless in the series' usual way, and though Herman Yau does allow the pace to slacken in places, the film always entertains, whether it be through its ghosts or the efforts of its cast.

It's debatable whether or not this is enough to recommend Always Be With You to the uninitiated, or even to the average horror fan, as it's very much a loving throwback to a bygone era and franchise. Though it's not clear whether the film's title is a promise (or indeed a threat), more Troublesome Night entries would be welcome, if only to help keep the fading memories of the glory days of Hong Kong horror cinema alive.

by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com

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