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Amphetamine (2010) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region All

Winnie Leung (Actor) | Byron Pang (Actor) | Tom Price (Actor) | Su Mei (Actor)
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Independent Hong Kong filmmaker Scud serves up the second act of his "Limits Trilogy". Exploring the limits of passion in relation to homosexual romance, Amphetamine managed to raise even more controversies than its infamous predecessor Permanent Residence did, thanks to its liberal amount of full-frontal male nudity, depiction of drug use, and explicit sex scenes. In particular, a violent sodomy scene had to be cut in order to get a theatrical release under the Category-III rating. That scene is fully restored for this video release.

With Lawrence Lau as co-director and Heiward Mak on editing, Scud's Amphetamine was screened at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival, and chosen as the closing film of the 34th Hong Kong International Film Festival. Former TVB actor Byron Pang (The Storm Warriors) and Chinese-British actor Thomas Price (City Without Baseball) are both newcomers in films, yet they both give daring performances as two men drawn into love and despair after a fateful encounter. The film co-stars actress Winnie Leung (The Forbidden Legend: Sex and Chopsticks II).

Hong Kong Version Blu-ray comes with the following bonus features:

  • Making-of (30 mins)
  • Berlin International Film Festival off-shot footage
  • Body Painting demonstrated by Thomas Price and Byron Pang
  • Interviews with musicians Yu Yat Yiu and Ho Shan
  • 12 deleted scenes (totaling 18 mins)
  • MV for the concept theme song "Broken Bridge"
  • Trailers for Scud's films
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    Product Title: Amphetamine (2010) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 安非他命 (2010) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 安非他命 (2010) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 安非他命 (2010) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Amphetamine (2010) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
    Artist Name(s): Winnie Leung (Actor) | Byron Pang (Actor) | Tom Price (Actor) | Su Mei (Actor) | Tan Guo Ye (Actor) 梁敏儀 (Actor) | 彭 冠期 (Actor) | 白 梓軒 (Actor) | 蘇 梅 (Actor) | 譚 漍燁 (Actor) 梁敏仪 (Actor) | 彭 冠期 (Actor) | 白 梓轩 (Actor) | 苏 梅 (Actor) | 谭 漍烨 (Actor) 梁敏儀 (ウィニー・リョン) (Actor) | 彭冠期 (バイロン・パン) (Actor) | 白梓軒 (トム・プライス) (Actor) | 蘇梅 (スー・メイ) (Actor) | 譚漍燁 (タン・グオイエ) (Actor) Winnie Leung (Actor) | Byron Pang (Actor) | Tom Price (Actor) | Su Mei (Actor) | Tan Guo Ye (Actor)
    Director: Scud 雲翔 云翔 雲翔 (スカッド) Scud
    Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
    Release Date: 2010-09-30
    Language: Original Soundtrack
    Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
    Place of Origin: Hong Kong
    Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
    Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS-HD Master Audio, Uncompressed PCM 5.1.
    Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
    Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
    Rating: III
    Duration: 97 (mins)
    Publisher: Panorama (HK)
    Package Weight: 120 (g)
    Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
    YesAsia Catalog No.: 1023506186

    Product Information

    Director: Scud

    Kafka, a straight fitness trainer meets Daniel, a passionate executive who happens to be gay. The young men fatefully fall in love and believe that their love can bridge anything, even their difference in sexuality and Kafka's drug habits.

    Daniel does not regret his love for Kafka, who tries to love him back against his nature. But a dreadful memory from Kafka's past makes it difficult for their relationship to work. It turns out that their addiction to love proves more fatal than the drugs they use to explore the boundaries of their friendship.
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    Professional Review of "Amphetamine (2010) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

    September 27, 2010

    This professional review refers to Amphetamine (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
    Scud is back - deal with it. Hong Kong's most unique self-financed auteur returns to his pet themes of life, death, love, sexuality and nudity with Amphetamine, an improvement on his earlier works in that it doesn't jam its self-awareness down your throat 24-7. Not that Scud has gotten rid of that particular obsession. At one point in Amphetamine, ripped swimming instructor Kafka (Byron Pang) visits an art gallery with gay finance worker Daniel (Thomas Price), where the two take in a photo exhibition highlighting stills from Permanent Residence. They even talk about the film briefly, though thankfully neither of them says something like, "That movie was great, I loved it!" Scud, your restraint here is appreciated.

    That restraint largely continues throughout Amphetamine, with the film delivering a compelling if somewhat scattered journey through one man's personal pain. That man: Kafka, who by fate meets Daniel when the two are praying at a shrine. Daniel is immediately attracted to Kafka and shows it, while Kafka holds back. That's because Kafka is straight - maybe.

    But Daniel sways him, first through his ardent desire and then through understanding and care. Kafka needs more than attention, he needs love and hope, and that's because he's a drug addict, a manic-depressive, and a survivor of some awful horrors. Unfortunately, he may be too much of a mess for Daniel to fully save, and even Daniel is fully aware that if Kafka is to be helped, Kafka will have to do it himself.

    It you've seen any Scud movies, you should know that there's some massive sadness coming down the pipeline - so Kafka succeeding at salvation is pretty much a dead deal from minute one. Scud's movies have never been mega-happy affairs, so expecting some kind of storybook ending from Amphetamine would not be right. This is a movie about damaged people living in a damaged world, and how they can heal and help one another - for a while anyway.

    The connection and growth of Kafka and Daniel's relationship is decently conveyed if not superbly acted, and Scud's storytelling is a step up from previous works. Instead of handing everything to the audience in self-absorbed conversation, Scud occasionally delivers observed situations and strong images. The film still possesses loaded scriptwriting, but if we grade on improvement then Scud does well here.

    Scud can still improve further. Some characters are oddly constructed, acting in baffling and strangely off-putting ways. The actors aren’t always able to close the gap. Lead Byron Pang gets the meatiest material, and aside from some overacting he channels his character's desperation well. Thomas Price is serviceable in the second lead, but the supporting females aren't able to make their characters more than token.

    Above all, Amphetamine is basically about the same stuff you saw in Permanent Residence just toned down from the previous film's sometimes ridiculous happenings. Scud still expects his themes and ideas to speak more than his actual filmmaking, and as such his work has yet to escape that self-satisfied, pretentious feeling of a filmmaker who's in love with his own voice. Still, his voice is thoughtful, his ideas challenging, and he possesses the ability to convincingly convey confusing, affecting and damaging emotion. If he loses the self-importance he may be able to progress another level. Actually considering the audience might help too.

    by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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