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Dangerous Liaisons (2012) (Blu-ray) (2019 Reprint) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Jang Dong Gun (Actor) | Zhang Ziyi (Actor) | Cecilia Cheung (Actor) | Lu Yan (Actor)
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Jang Dong Gun, Zhang Ziyi and Cecilia Cheung star in the 2012 Chinese adaptation of the French novel Dangerous Liaisons. Acclaimed Korean director Hur Jin Ho (One Fine Spring Day) transplants the tale of love, lust and manipulation to 1930s Shanghai. The Pan-Asian cast delivers glamor and star power in spades in this opulent and entertaining adaptation. Appearing in his second Chinese production after The Promise, Jang Dong Gun is at his charismatic best as the wealthy womanizer caught between Zhang Ziyi, as the chaste object of seduction, and Cecilia Cheung, as the femme fatale who sends everyone down the path of ruin.

Wealthy playboy Xie Yifan (Jang Dong Gun) has never met a woman he can't have, but the one he desires the most is businesswoman Mo Jieyu (Cecilia Cheung), who plays the cynical game of love and lies just as well. The two decide to make a bet on the chastity of Yifan's second cousin, virtuous widow Du Fenyu (Zhang Ziyi). If Yifan succeeds in bedding Fenyu, he gets Jieyu. And thus begins the dangerous push and pull of love and seduction. Though Fenyu resists Yifan's advances at first, they gradually fall under each other's spells as lives and hearts spiral out of control.

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Product Title: Dangerous Liaisons (2012) (Blu-ray) (2019 Reprint) (Hong Kong Version) 危險關係 (2012) (Blu-ray) (2019再版) (香港版) 危险关系 (2012) (Blu-ray) (2019再版) (香港版) 危險關係 (2012) (Blu-ray) (2019再版) (香港版) Dangerous Liaisons (2012) (Blu-ray) (2019 Reprint) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Jang Dong Gun (Actor) | Zhang Ziyi (Actor) | Cecilia Cheung (Actor) | Lu Yan (Actor) | Candy Wang (Actor) | Shawn Dou (Actor) | Yan Ge Ling 張東健 (Actor) | 章子怡 (Actor) | 張柏芝 (Actor) | 盧燕 (Actor) | 王奕瑾 (Actor) | 竇 驍 (Actor) | 嚴 歌苓 张东健 (Actor) | 章子怡 (Actor) | 张柏芝 (Actor) | 卢燕 (Actor) | 王奕瑾 (Actor) | 窦 骁 (Actor) | 严歌苓 チャン・ドンゴン (Actor) | 章子怡(チャン・ツィイー) (Actor) | 張栢芝(セシリア・チャン) (Actor) | Lu Yan (Actor) | Candy Wang (Actor) | 竇驍 (ショーン・ドウ) (Actor) | 嚴歌苓(ゲリン・ヤン) 장 동건 (Actor) | 장쯔이 (Actor) | 장 백지 (Actor) | Lu Yan (Actor) | Candy Wang (Actor) | Shawn Dou (Actor) | Yan Ge Ling
Director: Hur Jin Ho 許 秦豪 許 秦豪 ホ・ジノ 허진호
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: 2019-06-14
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong, China
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, 2.35 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby TrueHD
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray, 25 GB - Single Layer
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Video Codecs: AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10)
Rating: IIA
Duration: 111 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1075017620

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Director: Hur Jin Ho

As war looms Shanghai, glamorous libertine Mo JiYu (Cecilia Cheugn) runs into playboy Xie YiFan (Jang Dong-gun) an ex boyfriend who’s never stopped loving her and persuades him to play a treacherous game. Xie must seduce the innocent and naïve Du FenYu (Zhang Ziyi) and then dump her. But the game becomes increasingly dangerous as Xie falls in love with Du, a game that will lead them all towards tragic and shocking consequences….
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Professional Review of "Dangerous Liaisons (2012) (Blu-ray) (2019 Reprint) (Hong Kong Version)"

December 27, 2012

This professional review refers to Dangerous Liaisons (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Hur Jin-Ho's Dangerous Liaisons handsomely adapts 18th century French novel Les Liaisons dangereuses to 1930s China, making full use of its transplanted setting to spin an entertaining and wicked yarn. Initially, that is. Yan Geling's script takes liberties and omits scenes key to the original text, ultimately reducing what could have been an exemplary film into just a solid one. Dangerous Liaisons places a notch below other cinematic adaptations of Les Liaisons dangersueses but it's still quite watchable thanks to the opulent production, seductive narrative and enjoyable performances.

In the turmoil of 1931 Shanghai, wealthy businessman Xie Yifan (Jang Dong-Gun) and independent businesswoman Mo Jieyu (Cecilia Cheung) begin a sordid game. The scorned Jieyu wants to see virgin Beibei (Candy Wang) deflowered to exact revenge on her ex-lover, and enlists playboy Yifan to do the deed. Yifan refuses, instead targeting for seduction his second cousin Du Fenyu (Zhang Ziyi), a chaste widow who wants nothing to do with the notorious womanizer. However, Yifan also wants Jieyu, and with their amoral gamesmanship firmly established, the two strike a deal. If Yifan fails to bed Fenyu, Jieyu receives a key waterfront property. If Yifan succeeds in his conquest of Fenyu, then Yifan can do with Jieyu as he pleases.

This set-up is direct from Choderlos de Laclo's original epistolary novel, establishing both Yifan and Jieyu as self-absorbed and despicable individuals who are obviously made for each other. Yifan eventually accepts Jieyu's request to deflower Beibei for his own selfish purposes, and uses Beibei's crush, young art teacher Wenzhou (Shawn Dou), as a tool to reach his goal. Meanwhile, Fenyu continues to resist Yifan, strengthening his resolve and eventually softening his heart. However, by then emotions and alliances have frayed so irreparably that things can only end badly. If you've seen Stephen Frears' Dangerous Liaisons (1988), E J-Yong's Untold Scandal (2003) or even Roger Kumble's Cruel Intentions (1999) then you know how this story ends.

Dangerous Liaisons is immediately engaging due to its well-traveled and very adaptable source material. This is a story of wicked narcissists engaging in gleeful manipulation, with plot twists fit for decadent dramas or trashy soaps. Hur Jin-Ho's version leans towards the former with its classy production design and fine costuming, but trends towards the latter with its bodice-bursting passions and twitchy camerawork. This is a quality production that's rich and immersive, but some of the artifice is gratuitous. Notably, the aerial views of period Shanghai are so obviously CGI that they reduce the film's ability to convince. Also, some cultural references may grate (i.e., the details referencing Chinese patriotism), but only those inclined to care will notice.

The lead actors make enjoying Dangerous Liaisons quite easy, as each turns in strong if quite obvious performances. Jang Dong-Gun plays the debonair and cocksure Yifan with delightful smarm, while Cecilia Cheung is entertainingly evil as the duplicitous Jieyu. The performances are occasionally lurid or overplayed, which is bad for awards but delicious for audiences that enjoy showy star performances. Even Zhang Ziyi's Fenyu is overdone, though instead of charismatic gazes or evil eyebrow-arching, Zhang offers breathy, barely-restrained passion. Everyone is beautiful, their acting is set-to-boil-over emotive — if you're an ardent fan of superstars Jang Dong-Gun, Cecilia Cheung or Zhang Ziyi then Dangerous Liaisons is surefire entertainment.

Unfortunately, one key scene is missing at the film's close, bringing Dangerous Liaisons in beneath expectations. Besides its melodrama tropes, Les Liaisons dangereuses is known for its scathing schadenfreude, so it's unfortunate that Hur Jin-Ho and company limit matters to those of the heart. Broken hearts are perfectly cinema-worthy, but it's the darker and more conflicted passions of the original text that make this tragedy so resonant and relevant. As is, Dangerous Liaisons is never a waste of time and can be recommended for many reasons, especially the strong collaboration by the Pan-Asian crew and cast. It's not one for the ages but this Dangerous Liaisons can be enjoyed and even relished.

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