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Cops And Robbers (1979) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region All

Cheung Kwok Keung (KK) (Actor) | Kam Hing Yin (Actor) | Wong Chung (Actor) | Teddy Robin (Actor)
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New Wave director Alex Cheung Kwok Ming makes an impressive debut with the 1979 classic Cops and Robbers. A predecessor to the heroic bloodshed and police actioners of the 1980s, the film is both tense and entertaining in its depiction of gritty police action and social drama. The theme song by producer/singer Teddy Robin was also a huge hit at the time. Hot-tempered sergeant Chan Lap Kei (Wong Chung, Mobfix Patrol) is good at cracking cases, but his people relations, particularly with superior Chow (Kam Hing Yin), leave much to be desired. Hardworking rookie Wing (Cheung Kwok Keung, Pye-Dog), who just joined the team, gets partnered up with Kei and eagerly learns from the veteran cop. The Wing-Kei tag team successfully tracks down a group of robbers, but tragedy ensues when they fail to capture the cross-eyed leader Biu (Hui Bing Sam). Biu targets the police for revenge, starting with Kei's son.
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Product Title: Cops And Robbers (1979) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 點指兵兵 (1979) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 点指兵兵 (1979) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Cops And Robbers (1979) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Cops And Robbers (1979) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Cheung Kwok Keung (KK) (Actor) | Kam Hing Yin (Actor) | Wong Chung (Actor) | Teddy Robin (Actor) | Philip Chan (Actor) | ZHANG JIA WEI (Actor) | Liu Shi Di (Actor) | Xu Bing Sen (Actor) 張國強 (KK) (Actor) | 金興賢 (Actor) | 王鍾 (Actor) | 泰迪羅賓 (Actor) | 陳欣健 (Actor) | 張家偉 (Actor) | 劉詩棣 (Actor) | 許炳森 (Actor) 张 国强 (Actor) | 金兴贤 (Actor) | 王锺 (Actor) | 泰迪罗宾 (Actor) | 陈欣健 (Actor) | 张家伟 (Actor) | 刘诗棣 (Actor) | 许炳森 (Actor) 張國強(チョン・クォックキョン) (Actor) | 金興賢(カム・ヒンイン) (Actor) | Wong Chung (Actor) | 秦迪羅賓(テディー・ロビン) (Actor) | 陳欣健(フィリップ・チャン) (Actor) | ZHANG JIA WEI (Actor) | Liu Shi Di (Actor) | Xu Bing Sen (Actor) Cheung Kwok Keung (KK) (Actor) | Kam Hing Yin (Actor) | Wong Chung (Actor) | Teddy Robin (Actor) | Philip Chan (Actor) | ZHANG JIA WEI (Actor) | Liu Shi Di (Actor) | Xu Bing Sen (Actor)
Director: Alex Cheung 章國明 ZHANG GUO MING ZHANG GUO MING ZHANG GUO MING
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2020-03-26
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby TrueHD
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray, 25 GB - Single Layer
Video Codecs: AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10)
Rating: II
Duration: 92 (mins)
Publisher: CN Entertainment Ltd.
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1088537847

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Cops and Robbers is essentially the story of three cops and one robber, the former an amalgam of professionals with different temperaments, the latter a psycho killer obsessed with guns. The title comes from a children's game, in which players are assigned roles of either law enforcers or lawbreakers largely by chance, colouring the film with a shade of fatalistic irony.

Director Alex Cheung, a wunderkind who had been winning film awards since his teens, tackles his feature debut with abandon, indulging in filmic and storytelling devices like a kid in a candy store, staging kinetic scenes in ordinary neighbourhoods, planting psychological clues in everyday situations and lobbing grenades of sensational emotions into the narrative mix.
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Professional Review of "Cops And Robbers (1979) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

April 28, 2008

This professional review refers to Cops And Robbers (1979) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Originally released back in 1979, Cops and Robbers marked the debut of Hong Kong New Wave director Alex Cheung, who went on to helm other thrillers such as Man on the Brink and Danger Has Two Faces. A tough slice of police drama that was a big winner at the box office, the film was produced by rocker Teddy Robin, who also turns up in the film to sing a couple of songs about righteousness, and whose title track was a popular chart hit.

After a rather unnecessary prologue of young children playing at, funnily enough, cops and robbers, the film gets down to business as the viewer is introduced to sergeant Chan Lap Kei (Wong Chung, a minor Shaw Brothers actor who also starred in and directed a number of police thrillers in the 1980s such as Mobfix Patrol and Cop of the Town). Aptly nicknamed 'Dirty Happy' for his tendency to shoot first and ask questions later, his exasperated superior Chow (Kam Hing Yin) assigns him fresh-faced rookie 'Pretty Boy' Wing (Cheung Kwok Keung, recently in The Pye-Dog). They and the rest of Kei's team succeed in bringing down a gang of vicious robbers, though unfortunately their leader Biu (Hui Bing Sam) escapes and starts a murderous campaign of revenge, targeting not only the cops but also their families.

By mixing melodrama with bloody bullet battles, Cops and Robbers serves as an interesting precursor to the later heroic bloodshed films of the 1980s, having had an obvious influence on the films of John Woo, Ringo Lam and others. Focusing on themes of brotherhood and justice, director Cheung manages to effectively build up his characters and their various relationships without ever slowing down the pace or sacrificing explosive action, of which there is plenty. The time getting to know both the cops and the robbers proves to be well spent, as it adds a definite edge during the last half hour or so when the marvellously creepy cross eyed Biu embarks on his psychotic rampage - not least since he stands as one of the best movie maniacs of the period, gradually becoming more and more crazed and violent. Since the viewer has actually come to care for the characters it comes as a real shock when they start getting bumped off in brutal fashion, and though the outcome is basically predictable Cheung certainly pulls no punches. As a result, the film makes for gripping viewing and keeps the interest right through to the visceral and hard-hitting climax. Even the blatantly gratuitous song break, in which the cops go to a bar to see Robin perform, works pretty well in the context, serving nicely to underscore the all men are brothers type theme.

Cheung's direction is excellent throughout, and he gives the film a gritty look, bringing the streets and back alleys of Hong Kong to convincing life. Although stylish the film is never distractingly flashy, relying instead on some tight editing and innovative camera work to keep the action scenes intense. The film is full-blooded affair, with plenty of gory gun battles, choppings and nasty murders during the latter stages, and this further adds to the hardboiled feel. This will likely come as a relief for viewers left wanting more by the rather anaemic cop thrillers of recent years, and the film certainly delivers in terms of old school thrills.

This really sums up the appeal of a film like Cops and Robbers, and it has not only stood the test of time, but actually compares favourably with the vast majority of modern genre efforts. Whether as a piece of Hong Kong New Wave cinema history or simply as an entertaining and exciting thriller, it is long overdue for rediscovery and will certainly be enjoyed by action fans.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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