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Confession Of Pain (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region All

Tony Leung Chiu Wai (Actor) | Kaneshiro Takeshi (Actor) | Shu Qi (Actor) | Xu Jing Lei (Actor)
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Directors Andrew Lau and Alan Mak and producer Felix Chong, the team behind the remarkably popular Infernal Affairs and Initial D, re-unite to offer Confession of Pain. Mak and Lau once again collaborate with Tony Leung Chiu Wai who stretched his acting prowess to portray a subtle and calculating character. Heartthrob Takeshi Kaneshiro, bringing to live a drunken detective, pairs with the sexy Shu Qi, and rising Mainland actress/director Xu Jinglei ( Letter from an Unknown Woman) plays Tony Leung's wife in the film.

Confession of Pain begins with a beautiful sequence of Hong Kong's night scene as viewers follow Tony Leung and Takeshi Kaneshiro dashing through Hong Kong's urban areas. The omnipresent Victoria Harbor, dazzling under the film's wonderful cinematography, reminds the audience that Confession of Pain may also be a film about the city of Hong Kong. Just like our protagonists, Hong Kong people are struggling to come to terms with memories of their traumatic past. Does confession bring about reconciliation after all the sufferings?

The film devoted more efforts into articulating a Hong Kong story rather than merely creating suspense, which is abundant in Hong Kong's recent wave of cop thrillers. The story starts in 2003 when inspector Bong (Takeshi Kaneshiro) discovers his girlfriend (Emme Wong) has committed suicide. He turns to alcohol for relief and resigns from his job to work as a private detective. Three years later, his old partner Hei (Tony Leung), now a rising star in the police force, learns that his billionaire father-in-law has been ruthlessly murdered. Hei's wife Susan (Xu Jinglei), refusing to believe in the police's version of her father's case, enlists Bong's support to uncover the truth...

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Product Title: Confession Of Pain (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 傷城 (Blu-ray) (香港版) 伤城 (Blu-ray) (香港版) 傷城 (Blu-ray) (香港版) Confession Of Pain (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Tony Leung Chiu Wai (Actor) | Kaneshiro Takeshi (Actor) | Shu Qi (Actor) | Xu Jing Lei (Actor) | Chan Kwong Wing | Lai Yiu Fai | Man Lim Chung | Felix Chong 梁 朝偉 (Actor) | 金城 武 (Actor) | 舒 淇 (Actor) | 徐靜蕾 (Actor) | 陳光榮 | 黎耀輝 | 文念中 | 莊 文強 梁 朝伟 (Actor) | 金城 武 (Actor) | 舒 淇 (Actor) | 徐静蕾 (Actor) | 陈光荣 | 黎耀辉 | 文念中 | 庄 文强 梁朝偉 (トニー・レオン) (Actor) | 金城武 (Actor) | 舒淇(スー・チー) (Actor) | 徐静蕾(シュー・ジンレイ) (Actor) | 陳光榮 (チャン・クォンウィン) | 黎耀輝(ライ・イウファイ) | 文念中(マンリム・チャン) | 莊文強(フェリックス・チョン) 양조위 (Actor) | 금성무 (Actor) | 서기 (Actor) | Xu Jing Lei (Actor) | Chan Kwong Wing | Lai Yiu Fai | Man Lim Chung | Felix Chong
Director: Andrew Lau | Alan Mak 劉偉強 | 麥 兆輝 刘伟强 | 麦兆辉 劉偉強(アンドリュー・ラウ) | 麥兆輝(アラン・マック) Andrew Lau | Alan Mak
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2009-12-17
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, 2.35 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, 7.1, Dolby TrueHD
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Video Codecs: AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10)
Duration: 98 (mins)
Publisher: Intercontinental Video (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1021791451

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導演:劉偉強
Director: Andrew Lau

劉正熙說:酒好喝的地方在於它難喝。
丘建邦從來不喝酒。

2003年平安夜,兇殺組探員丘建邦拘捕了一個連環姦殺犯。聖誕日的早回到家中,發現Rachel在床上自殺身亡,Rachel是他的女友。驗屍後,丘建邦方知她剛剛懷有兩個多月身孕。

之後,丘建邦轉行當了三年私家偵探,同時他變成一酒鬼。

2006年,丘建邦最好的朋友,乒乓球桌上最好的對手、最信賴的上司兇殺組總督察劉正熙謀殺了他太太周淑珍的父親——隱形富豪周元勝。

幹了兇殺組頭目多年,設計這次謀殺案當然天衣無縫。劉正熙刻意留下的每一個證據,將茅頭指向兩名無業遊民陳偉強、黃斌。案發後一星期,陳偉強和黃斌伏屍西頁村屋,證據顯示二人分贓不均、自相殘殺,警方及律政署迅速結案。

案情發展盡在劉正熙計算之中,但逍遙法外的他沒算過,周淑珍會因一個無謂的原因,對這案件產生懷疑;沒有算過,淑珍找了丘建邦調查這案;更沒算過,自己一直被一個神秘人監視。劉正熙沒有算過,人生是無法計算的;既是無計算,唯有見步行步。

儘管酗酒的情況十分嚴重,與新女友細鳳的關係撲朔迷離,但對兇案,丘建邦卻是眾人皆醉我獨醒,他一步一步迫向事實的真相。劉正熙一方面將計劃變奏,將一切不利自己的疑點清除得一乾二淨,一方面追尋神秘人的真正身份,同時將周淑珍推向精神崩潰的邊緣,繼而把未完的計劃實行下去。

成功將丘建邦帶向推理的死角,擒下神秘人。劉正熙再一次佈下無懈可擊陷阱殺周淑珍,謀財害命,奪取周家三億產業,計劃盡在他計算之中。周淑珍性命危殆,但劉正熙再一次計算錯誤,他沒算過自己對周淑珍付出了真感情。

感情上的失誤,令案情急轉直下,丘建邦發現兇手身份時,方知真相之中另藏真相,劉正熙和陳偉強有著千絲萬縷的關係。

當丘建邦對劉正熙道出真相之際,劉正熙另一殺局,又再展開。一對好朋友,生死決戰。

In a city of love and prosperity, a city of lost hope and premature death, veteran detective Hei (TONY LEUNG CHIU-WAI) feels it all: the hurt, the helplessness, the horror. When his father-in-law, the billionaire benefactor Chau, is gruesomely murdered in his palatial mansion, he enlists the assistance of his former partner turned private detective, Bong (TAKESHI KANESHIRO).

But Bong has his own demon to fight. Ever since the suicide of his pregnant girlfriend, he has lost his joie de vivre, even though he still retains the finest instincts of a man hunter. As he digs deeper and deeper into the case, all evidence seems to point to Chau's daughter and Hei's hysterical wife, Susan. But then the killer ups the ante by murdering Susan as well. Bong starts grappling with the suspicion that the man they hunt is someone very close to them, someone on the verge of a total breakdown.

Like lost souls in a city of fallen angels, the cop, the private detective, and the killer are doing what they must. Every step of their journey takes them closer and closer to one another, until a shocking denouement in which no stone is left unturned and no one can escape unscathed.

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Professional Review of "Confession Of Pain (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

March 12, 2007

This professional review refers to Confession Of Pain (Special Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
It was always going to be difficult for Andrew Lau and Alan Mak to move on from the international success of their Infernal Affairs trilogy, particularly with it attracting further attention as the source of the film which gave the Academy the excuse to award Scorcese an Oscar for The Departed. Perhaps unsurprisingly then, the creative team hasn't moved too far away from the cops and crime genre, turning in another glossy, stylish, colourful, award-winning cop drama, with a strong pairing of leads in Tony Leung and Takeshi Kaneshiro.

The film sets out its stall very nicely in the smooth prelude, introducing two cops who each in their own way find it difficult to handle the ugliness and pain of a senselessly violent world. Chief Hei (Tony Leung) is a cop who dispenses his own immediate justice on the perpetrator of a series of violent sexual crimes they have been tailing. Feeling that the law is ineffective, too caught up in paperwork and crime figure statistics, he is prepared to act outside the law to see justice done. On the same night, his clean-living, non-drinking colleague Bong (Takeshi Kaneshiro) is also brought harshly down to earth by the violent reality of the world they live in, devastated by the apparent suicide of his pregnant girlfriend Rachel.

The shock drives Bong out of the police service and he becomes an alcoholic Private Investigator who, in-between divorce and adultery cases, conducts his own investigation on the circumstances of that fateful night, trying to understand what drove Rachel to kill herself. Hei however moves on to better things and gets married. But when his wife's rich and influential father Chow and his butler are brutally killed, Hei's wife, who herself appears to be the target of a dangerous stalker, asks Bong to help out with the investigation.

Like Infernal Affairs, Confession of Pain is not so much concerned with unveiling any mystery figure - the killer's identity is made known to the viewer through a number of stylishly shot sequences, including one beautifully photographed in black-and-white as a reconstruction - as much as getting underneath the character's motivations and the psychological impact of dealing on a day-to-day basis with a world of murky activity, lies, double-dealing and extreme violence. Evidently, the characters' relationships with women come into play here - as much for the change of pace and tone as for rounding out the situation - showing the effect their work has on their ability to lead normal lives.

As far as that goes, Confession of Pain ticks off all the boxes for a perfectly pitched cop drama, meticulously plotted without too much complexity, clearly defining characters and their motivations, and delivering the situation with a sense of style. The production values are impressive, the Hong Kong location shooting is beautiful, the soundtrack seductive, but with the focus on characterisation, and in the absence of explosive action sequences and car chases, much then rests on the strength of the acting talent. Fortunately, the casting here is almost flawless, with both Leung and Kaneshiro delivering strong, charismatic performances. Inevitably, many will say that Shu Qi is wasted, being reduced to an eye-candy, love interest role - but, let's be honest, that's what she does best.

The flaws however seem to be within the actual characters themselves, the world-weariness of the lead characters certainly being justified and well explained within the film, but not really being enough to carry the weight of the film. Consequently, the film is rather one-note and lacking in any real tension, taking itself far more seriously and into Michael Mann territory than is really good for it.

A few more car chases or shoot-outs actually wouldn't have gone amiss here and been more in keeping with the glossy superficiality of the not particularly original crime/revenge plot. It's consequently slow in places, occasionally frustrating and never fully engages the viewer, but there is nonetheless much to admire in Confession of Pain's melancholic, elegant glide through its characters' pain and suffering.

DVD
Confession of Pain is released in Hong Kong by Media Asia. The DVD is available as a 2-disc Special Edition, with the film and extra features spread over two dual-layer discs. The amaray box is slipcased with a 24-page booklet of large-format heavy paper stock postcard images and stills from the film. The set is encoded for Region 3.

Video
Media Asia's video transfer of the film is one of the best I have ever seen from the label. Colours are rich and well saturated - if possibly a little over-saturated in some interior locations - and the image is clear and sharp, showing good detail even in medium to wide shots. There is no sign of any noticeable edge-enhancement, no motion blurring, and no compression artefacts. If I'm being ultra picky, I'd note some minor posterisation in fades at the end and start of scenes, and shadow detail is not quite perfect, but there is nothing serious here to merit marking the transfer down. All in all, this is a very impressive transfer for an impressive looking film.

Audio
The super high-quality audio tracks complement the fine transfer, the Cantonese DTS-ES track being noticeably stronger than the Dolby Surround EX option, with a superior dynamic range that handles all aspects of the soundtrack well, from crystal clear dialogue, to the warm music score and the thundering action sequences. A Mandarin Cantonese Dolby Surround EX dub is also included.

Subtitles
Optional English subtitles are provided in a clear white font. Although they show the occasional awkwardness in phrasing, they are generally fine and free from any grammatical issues.

Extras
The extra features are all on Disc 2 of the Special Edition DVD. None of them have English subtitles. There is a Making Of (15:00), which is the standard EPK piece of interviews, clips, and a little bit of behind-the-scenes footage. Much more detailed is the three and a half hour (I kid you not) AV Blog (3.37:30), which covers the film's shooting schedule from 28/06/06 through to 06/09/06 in 38 chapters. Taking in everything from set dressing, on-set rehearsals, storyboarding, and actual filming, this is certainly the most comprehensive feature of its kind that I have ever come across. Without English subtitles however, I can't say whether it is worthwhile viewing, but I have a sneaking suspicion it might be a case of overkill. There is also a Press Conference (9:45) with principal cast and crew, three Trailers two of which, (1.28) and (1:55), are just music and images, the third (2:17), the full trailer with dialogue sequences and no subtitles. Two TV Spots (0:15) and (0:30) come with a voice-over, and the extras are rounded out with a Photo Gallery (20).

Overall
Confession of Pain delivers just about everything you could expect from Andrew Lau and Alan Mak, working very much within the same territory as the Infernal Affairs films. Every plot element seems perfectly designed, every performance is delightful to watch, the screen is a constant feast for the eyes, yet Confession of Pain never adds up to anything more than the sum of its parts and fails to break through its beautiful glossy surface melancholy with anything approaching real feeling. With a superb transfer to DVD by Media Asia, this is nonetheless a classy piece of filmmaking, but a somewhat unengaging experience for the viewer.

by Noel Megahey - DVD Times

February 2, 2007

This professional review refers to Confession Of Pain (Hong Kong Version)
Confession of Pain is the new, much hyped thriller from dynamic directing duo Andrew Lau and Alan Mak, best known for their work on the Infernal Affairs series. Unfortunately, the film has not fared too well at the hands of critics, though arguably this has been down not only due to overly high hopes, but to the fact that the film, shrouded in secrecy for most of its production, had a great deal of its plot revealed before release, either through the press or though its cast, with actress Xu Jinglei annoyingly letting slip vital details regarding her character. Thankfully, the film remains highly enjoyable even for viewers forearmed with knowledge of its various twists and turns, and although uneven, it certainly provides enough in the way of thrills, spills and unlikely laughs to grab the attention.

Without giving too much of the plot away, the basic set up sees Tony Leung Chiu Wai as Hei, a top Hong Kong policeman soon to be married to Susan (Xu Jinglei), and Takeshi Kaneshiro as Bong, Hei's ex-colleague who has fallen into an alcoholic stupor following the suicide of his girlfriend some years back. After Susan's father and his servant are brutally murdered, she begins to see a stalker lurking in the shadows. She hires Bong to investigate, presumably due to some sense of loyalty rather than any display of competence on his part. As Hei stands around looking suspicious, Bong gradually draws nearer to solving the crime, one drink at a time. Needless to say, tragedy ensues.

Part of the problem with Confession of Pain is the fact that Lau and Mak have quite obviously aimed for a mass-appeal blockbuster, incorporating romance, action, mystery and comedy, and as a result the film ends up somewhere in the middle, neither one thing nor the other. Although the central mystery itself is engaging, it never really works to generate much tension, mainly due to the fact that even aside from any pre-release revelations, its twists are glaringly obvious from the start.

Thankfully, since Lau and Mak hedge their bets and at least attempt to add a few extra layers of complexity through a variety of character-driven subplots, this doesn't detract from things too much, and the film is still gripping, albeit in a rather pedestrian fashion. In fact, with so much going on, and with the plot developing in sudden, often illogical bursts, the film comes to resemble not the soul searching drama it seems to pride itself in being, but a faintly ludicrous, though highly entertaining soap opera.

The film's tone also veers around quite wildly, from bleak nihilism to slapstick comedy, with Chapman To's wacky policeman (who may as well have 'kick me' written on his back) and Shu Qi's daft, bubble-headed beer girl, who seems to have been written into the script solely for the convenience of always being in bars when Kaneshiro is drunk and needs to either flirt or moan. It is Kaneshiro's character that provides the film with its funniest moments, and arguably sums up the directors' approach to the subject matter, with Bong being a classic film-drunk who somehow manages to spend the entire running time pouring booze down his throat without seeming to suffer any ill effects. This case in point being a great scene where Bong engages in an acrobatic chase with a suspect after having consumed a vast quantity of hard liquor. Bravo, sir!

Despite such amusements, Lau and Mak seem to be harbouring the impression that Confession of Pain is a deeply profound and emotional affair, throwing in a great many shots of people staring glumly into the neon night, and building to a climax which practically begs the viewer to shed a tear or two, though with little success. Again, although this uncertain feel does make the proceedings rather chaotic, if anything the film is the better for it, and once the viewer realise that the kind of po-faced pondering that might have been expected is not going to emerge, the mix of laughs and tears work surprisingly well.

Holding Confession of Pain together is Lau and Mak's slick direction, which is tight if unspectacular throughout. Although they do drop the ball during a couple of scenes, and add in a few too many flashbacks for comfort (most of which involve the central murder being replayed from a variety of angles, even after the identity of the killer has been revealed), the film generally moves along at a brisk pace, with a few good action scenes and some startlingly brutal moments of violence being inserted to keep things lively. All of this gives the film the kind of glossy, blockbuster sheen which the duo were no doubt aiming for, though Confession of Pain would have benefited from a more gritty air which would perhaps have made its darker aspects more believable.

Still, even with such criticisms, Confession of Pain remains a solid thriller which makes up in laughs and overwrought emotions what it lacks in originality and coherence. Whilst some may berate Lau and Mak for pushing the film so determinedly into commercial territory, it could be argued that the results are far more fun, and indeed more entertaining than they would have been if the film had been played solely for artful doom and gloom. Certainly, the film is far better than the majority of similar Hong Kong productions, and with its undeniable air of quality and all-star cast, at the very least deserves to win recognition as an endearingly trashy pleasure rather than as a serious commentary on the human condition.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6.7 out of 10 (3)

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March 16, 2007

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alright Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
It wasn't the best but it was alright. It was abit confusing but i don't really admire action movies therefore i didn't enjoy as much as others. It got a little jumpy and hard to follow but in the end it was wierd.
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March 14, 2007

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Confession of Pain Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
lovely cast...especially takeshi..eye candy. anyway.. no doubt a fine cast, but the script was quite poor - i found it to be too far fetched and exaggerated.
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February 26, 2007

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an alright movie Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
the plot of this movie is a bit better than the other movies i've been seeing lately..but not too exceptional

it's about solving mysteries..revenge..and how everything links to saddness and pain

both male lead roles showed great acting skills
tony's wife character was performed okay
shu qi didn't have much of a role in this movie..i think she should play tony leung's wife character instead..that would've made the movie more interesting

this movie isn't too slow either..there are some silent scenes..but they're not lengthy..so u keep attended

and this movie isn't too confusing too..they explain everything in the end..and you know about the murder case at the beginning already..but it did made me a bit confused cause i didn't get the overall picture that was going on as the director was giving out little pieces of information at a time..

overall..it's an okay movie..but not great
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