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Call of Heroes (2016) (Blu-ray) (Taiwan Version) Blu-ray Region A

Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Eddie Peng (Actor) | Wu Jing (Actor)
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All hell breaks loose when a cold-blooded warlord arrives in a small village in the period action thriller Call of Heroes starring Sean Lau Ching Wan, Louis Koo, Eddie Peng and Wu Jing. Set in the early 20th century when China was rife with turmoil and civil warfare, the action-packed blockbuster follows the deadly events that unfold when a militia captain tries to bring a murderous warlord to justice. Directed by Benny Chan (The White Storm), Call of Heroes builds on the vicious tension with blistering action choreographed by Sammo Hung.

Whip-wielding militia captain Yang (Sean Lau) has guarded his remote hometown of Pucheng for years, and he alone now stands between the village and the ruthless troops of warlord Cao Ying who has been wreaking death and destruction in the region. One morning, Cao's son Cao Shaolun (Louis Koo) saunters into Pucheng and kills a few villagers. Yang captures Shaolun with plans to execute him after trial, but Zhang (Wu Jing), a colonel in Cao's army, soon storms into Pucheng to retrieve the prisoner. Meanwhile, wandering martial artist Ma (Eddie Peng), an old friend of Zhang, also happens to pass by Pucheng and rides right into the volatile conflict. As the situation escalates, Yang is given a deadline to either voluntarily release Shaolun or risk the lives of the entire village.

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Product Title: Call of Heroes (2016) (Blu-ray) (Taiwan Version) 危城 (2016) (Blu-ray) (台灣版) 危城 (2016) (Blu-ray) (台湾版) 危城 (2016) (Blu-ray) (台湾版) Call of Heroes (2016) (Blu-ray) (Taiwan Version)
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Artist Name(s): Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Eddie Peng (Actor) | Wu Jing (Actor) | Sammo Hung | Liu Kai Chi (Actor) | Philip Keung (Actor) | Yolanda Yuan (Actor) | Hung Tin Chiu (Actor) | Berg Ng (Actor) | ZHANG JUN JIE (Actor) | Shi Yan Neng (Actor) | Luo Hao Ming (Actor) | Maggie Jiang (Actor) | Edward Ma (Actor) 劉 青雲 (Actor) | 古天樂 (Actor) | 彭于晏 (Actor) | 吳京 (Actor) | 洪金寶 | 廖啟智 (Actor) | 姜浩文 (Actor) | 袁 泉 (Actor) | 洪天照 (Actor) | 吳廷燁 (Actor) | 張竣傑 (Actor) | 釋 延能 (Actor) | 羅 浩銘 (Actor) | 江 疏影 (Actor) | 馬 志威 (Actor) 刘 青云 (Actor) | 古天乐 (Actor) | 彭于晏 (Actor) | 吴京 (Actor) | 洪金宝 | 廖启智 (Actor) | 姜浩文 (Actor) | 袁 泉 (Actor) | 洪天照 (Actor) | 吴廷烨 (Actor) | 张竣杰 (Actor) | 释 延能 (Actor) | 罗 浩铭 (Actor) | 江 疏影 (Actor) | 马 志威 (Actor) 劉青雲(ラウ・チンワン) (Actor) | 古天樂 (ルイス・クー) (Actor) | 彭于晏(エディ・ポン) (Actor) | 呉京(ウー・ジン) (Actor) | 洪金寶(サモ・ハン・キンポー) | 廖啓智(リウ・カイチー) (Actor) | 姜皓文(キョン・ヒウマン) (Actor) | 袁泉(ユアン・チュアン) (Actor) | 洪天照(サミー・ハン) (Actor) | 呉廷燁 (ン・ティンイップ) (Actor) | ZHANG JUN JIE (Actor) | 釋行宇 (シー・シンユー) (Actor) | Luo Hao Ming (Actor) | Maggie Jiang (Actor) | Edward Ma (Actor) Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | 펑위옌 (Actor) | Wu Jing (Actor) | Sammo Hung | 요 계지 (Actor) | Philip Keung (Actor) | Yolanda Yuan (Actor) | Hung Tin Chiu (Actor) | Berg Ng (Actor) | ZHANG JUN JIE (Actor) | 석연능 (Actor) | Luo Hao Ming (Actor) | Maggie Jiang (Actor) | Edward Ma (Actor)
Director: Benny Chan 陳木勝 陈木胜 陳木勝(ベニー・チャン) Benny Chan
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: 2017-01-06
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong, China
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Duration: 120 (mins)
Publisher: Deltamac (Taiwan) Co. Ltd (TW)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1055898880

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Professional Review of "Call of Heroes (2016) (Blu-ray) (Taiwan Version)"

December 30, 2016

This professional review refers to Call of Heroes (2016) (Blu-ray) (2D + 3D) (Hong Kong Version)
Arguably Hong Kong's most consistent action filmmaker, Benny Chan follows up his Heroic Bloodshed homage The White Storm with another nostalgic genre fix. Call of Heroes is a rousing and uncomplicated throwback to Shaw Brothers-era martial arts actioners, with a simple story, righteous heroes, a diabolical villain and terrific action sequences. Also, the stars and their performances are nearly top notch. Nearly. Louis Koo plays the super bad guy of the piece, a warlord's son who has no regard for human life and toys with his foes with pronounced sadistic glee. Koo makes his character dangerous but also very campy, with unchecked evil laughter and overdone mugging among his acting lowlights. Benny Chan doesn't rein in his star, resulting in one of Koo's more egregious overacting performances. But when the worst thing about a movie is that a handsome tanned guy overacts, that sounds like a win. Doesn't it?

On the surface, Call of Heroes resembles the 1959 Hollywood western Rio Bravo, about a righteous lawman (John Wayne) who imprisons a gunman but then has to contend with his evil outlaw brother. In Call of Heroes, the John Wayne stand-in is Lau Ching-Wan, who turns in a rock-steady performance as a whip-wielding man of unquestioned integrity. The setting is China during the Age of the Warlords, and Sheriff Yang Kenan (Lau) protects the town of Pucheng from bandits and thugs. However, evil bastard Cao Shaolun (Louis Koo), the son of warlord Cao Ying, wanders into town and promptly commits some nasty crimes. He's thrown in jail, but Shaolun's lackey Colonel Zhang Yi (Wu Jing) arrives to free his boss. Kenan says "no" but that's fine by Shaolun. The villain has a game in mind: He wants to humiliate Kenan by forcing him to personally surrender. Kenan won't play along because he knows that Shaolun can't be trusted, and that no matter what happens, Pucheng is likely doomed.

As the title announces, there are multiple heroes. Besides Yang Kenan, there are his deputies, one of whom is played by Sammy Hung (action director Sammo Hung's son), as well as Yang's wife Zhou Susu (Yolanda Yuan), who at one point wields too halves of a woven basket like a pair of iron fans. However, the bad guys have a supreme martial arts master in Zhang Yi, so the good guys need the help of Ma Feng (Eddie Peng), a wandering rogue who's so carefree that he travels around wearing a blindfold and trusts his horse Taiping ("Peace") to take him interesting places. The sloppy, cocky Ma Feng claims to not want to get involved, but usually does anyway because he's righteous and so awesome that even dogs instantly like him. Ma Feng has swagger coming out of his ears, and Eddie Peng is very fun in the role. It's not really an exceptional performance, as Peng's acting is sometimes too self-aware, but Peng's got the looks and charisma to play casually cool screen heroes.

Tensions exist on multiple fronts. Zhang Yi gives Yang Kenan until morning to free Cao Shaolun, and there's conflict within the village over whether or not to capitulate. Meanwhile, Ma Feng is pressured by schoolteacher Miss Bai (Maggie Jiang) to help out, but he also has a hidden connection to Zhang Yi. We eventually receive flashbacks that flesh out Zhang Yi and Ma Feng's current roles as badass mercenary and carefree ronin, respectively, though the revelations aren't striking or surprising. Benny Chan may be a competent action filmmaker but his work with theme and character is only a shade above routine, if even that. Still, the story rarely gets pretentious (e.g., no overblown commentary on humanity or jiang hu) and few actors besides Louis Koo and Liu Kai-Chi (as Yang Kenan's lieutenant) overdo it. The main theme that's pushed is "One lives through one's conscience" – not exactly a new idea but one that serves the characters and the genre well. What Call of Heroes puts on the table works easily in its favor.

The film also offers a few nihilistic moments to pump up the emotion, and some minor bits of comedy – mostly involving Ma Feng – that aren't stretched out or embarrassing. Anyway, Call of Heroes is all about its action, which pretty much overwhelms the picture. There's lots of wirework and some obvious doubling – many of the stars are not martial artists – but Sammo Hung's choreography is fast, creative and varied. Besides hand-to-hand combat between Wu Jing and Eddie Peng, there's whip action from Lau Ching-Wan and kinetic gunplay from Louis Koo, who wields a pimped-up, gold-plated handgun like a gangbanger, and proves to be a surprisingly formidable foe. The film's climax is lengthy with an excellent mix of exhilarating action, rousing emotion and sudden reversals of fortune. The visual effects could be better but nearly everything else about Call of Heroes is enjoyable or at least unobjectionable. It won’t be considered a classic but they all don't have to be. In lieu of a Shaw Brothers revival, Call of Heroes will do just fine.

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