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City Under Siege (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Aaron Kwok (Actor) | Shu Qi (Actor) | Wu Jing (Actor) | Zhang Jing Chu (Actor)
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Hong Kong's premier blockbuster director Benny Chan (Connected) makes use of his action expertise to pave the road for a new generation of Chinese science-fiction films with City Under Siege. A mix of X-Men, X-files, and a dash of Hong Kong-style genre filmmaking, the entertaining sci-fi action film pits a naïve circus performer against his dangerous colleagues after being contaminated together with a biochemical that gives them superhuman powers. Heavenly king Aaron Kwok leads a superpower cast that also includes Shu Qi, Wu Jing (SPL), Zhang Jing Chu (Aftershock), and Colin Chou (Flash Point). Also featuring explosive action sequences by action directors Nicky Lee (Invisible Target) and Ma Yuk Sing (Storm Warriors), City Under Siege is an exciting, crowd-pleasing good time at the movies.

Sunny (Aaron Kwok) is a naïve circus performer who dreams of inheriting his father's knife-throwing skills. However, his hostile colleagues continue to bully him, relegating him to a lowly clown. On a tour to Malaysia, Cheung (Colin Chou) and other performers discover a cave occupied by the Japanese army during World War II. Instead of finding treasure, the performers - including Sunny - are sprayed with a mysterious chemical that turns them into superhuman mutants. Back in Hong Kong, Cheung and his gang wreak havoc on the city by pulling off a series of daring bank robberies. With the city controlled by fear, Sunny becomes the city's latest crime fighting hero with the help of opportunistic reporter Angel (Shu Qi) and two supernatural phenomenon experts from Mainland China (Wu Jing and Zhang Jung Chu).

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Product Title: City Under Siege (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 全城戒備 (Blu-ray) (香港版) 全城戒备 (Blu-ray) (香港版) 全城戒備 (Blu-ray) (香港版) City Under Siege (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Aaron Kwok (Actor) | Shu Qi (Actor) | Wu Jing (Actor) | Zhang Jing Chu (Actor) | Collin Chou (Actor) | Yuen Wah (Actor) | Ben Wong (Actor) | Terence Yin (Actor) | Elanne Kwong (Actor) | James Ho (Actor) | Brian Li (Actor) | Chrissie Chau (Actor) | Gary Chiu (Actor) 郭富城 (Actor) | 舒 淇 (Actor) | 吳京 (Actor) | 張 靜初 (Actor) | 鄒 兆龍 (Actor) | 元華 (Actor) | 黃智賢 (Actor) | 尹子維 (Actor) | 江若琳 (Actor) | 何 尚謙 (Actor) | 李 柏煥 (Actor) | 周秀娜 (Actor) | 趙 俊承 (Actor) 郭富城 (Actor) | 舒 淇 (Actor) | 吴京 (Actor) | 张 静初 (Actor) | 邹 兆龙 (Actor) | 元华 (Actor) | 黄智贤 (Actor) | 尹子维 (Actor) | 江若琳 (Actor) | 何 尚谦 (Actor) | 李 柏焕 (Actor) | 周秀娜 (Actor) | 赵 俊承 (Actor) 郭富城 (アーロン・コック) (Actor) | 舒淇(スー・チー) (Actor) | 呉京(ウー・ジン) (Actor) | 張静初(チャン・ジンチュウ) (Actor) | 鄒兆龍(コリン・チョウ) (Actor) | 元華(ユン・ワー) (Actor) | 黄智賢(ウォン・チーイン) (Actor) | 尹子維(テレンス・イン) (Actor) | 江若琳(エレイン・コン) (Actor) | James Ho (Actor) | Brian Li (Actor) | 周秀娜 (クリッシー・チャウ) (Actor) | Gary Chiu (Actor) 곽부성 (Actor) | 서기 (Actor) | Wu Jing (Actor) | Zhang Jing Chu (Actor) | Collin Chou (Actor) | Yuen Wah (Actor) | Ben Wong (Actor) | Terence Yin (Actor) | Elanne Kwong (Actor) | James Ho (Actor) | Brian Li (Actor) | Chrissie Chau (Actor) | Gary Chiu (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: 2010-10-28
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Sound Information: LPCM, 7.1, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): 50 GB - Double Layer, Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Rating: IIB
Duration: 112 (mins)
Publisher: Universe Laser (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1023608034

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* Special Features:
- Trailer
- Making Of
- Deleted Scenes

Director: Benny Chan

Sunny is a clown in a local circus. He dreams of becoming a great flying dagger performer, just like his legendary father. By chance, Sunny goes treasure hunting deep into the mountains in Malaysia with 5 other circus performers, including Tai Chu. During the adventure they all inhale unknown chemical and show signs of animalization. Tai Chu and his troupe use their special power to mess up the cit. Facing the biggest challenge ever, Hong Kong police seek help from Kunfu expert Suan and his partner, Hua. Sunny becomes incredibly agite as well. He is a major force assisting the cops to fight against Tai Chu's team. Ambitious anchor Angel promotes Sunny as the hero of city for her own interest. Meanwhile, Inspector Suan decides to use Sunny as bait to catch the mutants. After a fatal fight, Inspector Suan determines to teach Sunny how to master his unlimited strength to save the city.
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Professional Review of "City Under Siege (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

November 19, 2010

This professional review refers to City Under Siege (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
With top action director Benny Chan at the helm, and a premise revolving around super mutants attacking Hong Kong, City Under Siegehas been one of the more exciting prospects of the year. Boasting plenty of special effects and explosive set pieces, the film's blockbuster credentials are furthered by a top notch cast headlined by Aaron Kwok, with support from the eternally popular Shu Qi, current martial arts darling Wu Jing (SPL), Zhang Jingchu (recently in Feng Xiaogan's Aftershock), and Colin Chou (Flash Point).

Kwok stars as Sunny, a dim-witted though friendly circus clown, who harbours hopes of following in his famous knife throwing father's footsteps. Whilst on tour in Malaysia, he tags along with the unpleasant Cheung (Colin Chou) and his cronies when they try to loot a cave containing Japanese World War 2 gold. Unfortunately for them, the cave also housed a secret laboratory dedicated to biological experiments, and Sunny, Chou and the others are caught in a gas cloud that starts to transform them into powerful mutants. With Sunny's body containing antibodies that prevents his body from being uglified, he inadvertently becomes a hero back in Hong Kong after being discovered by television reporter Angel (Shu Qi) and a couple of mainland government mutant specialists (Wu Jing and Zhang Jingchu). Understandably annoyed, Chou and his mutant gang show up in the city, intent on causing chaos and generally being menacing and destructive.

Thankfully, City Under Siege is every bit as daft as it sounds, being incoherent, bizarre, sloppy, and a huge amount of fun. It really doesn't take long for the viewer to realise this, when around fifteen or so minutes in, Aaron Kwok is forced to endure a truly ridiculous looking fat suit, for no real discernable purpose. Its pretty clear from early on that the film stars the Murderer's Kwok rather than the talented thespian that featured in After this, our Exile with his bizarre performance being another of his crazy, over the top roles, seemingly channelling Forrest Gump with his constant repeating that "Life is like a flying dagger." Kwok deserves nothing but praise for his wacky face pulling, managing to lift his Sunny from what could have been a truly grating and annoyingly written character, to someone who the viewer can at least enjoy laughing at. The rest of the cast don't fare much better, with the evil mutants in particular being a ludicrous bunch who seem to be a bit evil seemingly just for the sake of it, having no discernable scheme or motivation for their few acts of mild badness. Special mention goes to Colin Chou, who even manages to give Kwok a run for his money in the over acting stakes, as his villainous Cheung suddenly makes a last act shift to love struck sap. This leads to some hilarious scenes, including one where a vaguely embarrassed looking Shu Qi confronts the randy mutant as he tries to snatch her, and completely confuses him by asking if he really knows what love truly means.

Acting aside, the film also has a lot going for it in the enjoyable trash department, with the plot being only marginally more sensible and coherent than Future X-Cops. The film is certainly cut from the same cloth, trying to cover far too many bases and leaping off on odd tangents at the drop of the hat, such as Sunny's becoming a recognised hero figure and getting involved in advertising and television work, appearing in a commercial for nasal decongestants and hosting his own cooking show. These and other scenes make for lots of presumably unintentional laughs, and it helps that Chan doesn't appear to have been taking the film very seriously at all, painting everything with weirdly lurid colours and allowing the tone to veer wildly from out and out comedy to straight faced mock seriousness.

As a result, the film doesn't really have a dull moment, with Chan also throwing in plenty of action, most of it random. A few scenes of mass carnage and car tossing aside, which are usually inserted without any kind of context, the fighting mostly revolves around the apparently super powered mutants throwing knives at each other. This in itself adds yet another layer of daft fun to the proceedings, not to mention plenty of shots of spectacular CGI enhanced slow motion. To be fair, there are a more traditional few martial arts scenes here and there, courtesy of action directors Nicky Lee and Ma Yuk Sing (who between them have worked on the likes of Storm Warriors and Invisible Target), with the always awesome Wu Jing getting a few chances to show off his skills, and with most of the cast being flung through the air on at least one occasion. The special effects themselves are probably better than the film deserves, with the mutant make up being suitably freakish, involving loss of facial hair, protruding pink veins, and judicious use of eye liner.

Whilst there is no denying that City Under Siege is a complete and utter mess, it still stands as one of the most entertaining of this year's Hong Kong blockbusters. No one does over acting quite like Aaron Kwok, and his fine performance marks the film as being this year's Murderer which gives a very good indication of just how much fun it offers, intentional or otherwise.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "City Under Siege (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)

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November 24, 2010

mutant fun Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This film is excellent! A real fun movie from start to finish and exactly the sort of film that makes hong kong films so great. Forget the fantastic four, this film has real heart. The mutants in this film are mad, bad and dangerous to know. An excellent cast that are all clearly having fun make this a must see film. Picture quality is very good and the audio track (lpcm 7.1) was very dynamic.
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