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Ronald Cheng (Actor) | Wu Jing (Actor) | Theresa Fu (Actor) | Miki Yeung (Actor)
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Fatal Contact (Hong Kong Version)
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Wu Jing returns with more vigorous action in Fatal Contact after his stunning performance in SPL. The film also stars Ronald Cheng, whose comedian talent helps spice up this hard-boiled action movie directed by Dennis Law. After two youth films The Unusual Youth and Love @ First Note, Law shifts to the action genre for his third feature-length movie. Fatal Contact takes its viewers into the underground world of illegal boxing, a violent and merciless arena where one has to fight in order to simply survive. The top-notch action in the numerous martial arts sequences will surely keep the audience entertained.

Wu Jing excels in his role as the martial arts champion Kong who participates in underground boxing under his friend Siu Tin's (Miki Yeung of Cookies) encouragement. There he meets Captain (Ronald Cheng), an apparently good-for-nothing gangster who has actually concealed his real capabilities. While Kong repeatedly wins the matches in these illegal tournaments, a triad leader who runs another boxing circuit gets annoyed and finds a martial arts master to beat Kong. A life-and-death boxing game is about to begin...

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Product Title: Fatal Contact (Hong Kong Version) 黑拳 (香港版) 黑拳 (香港版) 黒拳 (香港版)(DVD) Fatal Contact (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Ronald Cheng (Actor) | Wu Jing (Actor) | Theresa Fu (Actor) | Miki Yeung (Actor) | Timmy Hung | Eddie Cheung | Lam Suet 鄭中基 (Actor) | 吳京 (Actor) | 傅穎 (Actor) | 楊愛瑾 (Actor) | 洪天明 | 張兆輝 | 林雪 郑中基 (Actor) | 吴京 (Actor) | 傅颖 (Actor) | 杨爱瑾 (Actor) | 洪天明 | 张兆辉 | 林雪 鄭中基(ロナルド・チェン) (Actor) | 呉京(ウー・ジン) (Actor) | 傅穎(テレサ・フー) (Actor) | 楊愛瑾(ミキ・ヨン) (Actor) | 洪天明(ティミー・ハン) | 張兆輝(チョン・シウファイ) | 林雪 (ラム・シュー) Ronald Cheng (Actor) | Wu Jing (Actor) | Theresa Fu (Actor) | Miki Yeung (Actor) | Timmy Hung | Eddie Cheung | Lam Suet
Director: Dennis Law 羅 守耀 罗 守耀 羅守耀(デニス・ロー) Dennis Law
Release Date: 2006-12-08
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Closed Captioning: Yes
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Rating: IIB
Publisher: Garrys Trading Co.
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004541605

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* Sound Mix: DTS
* DVD Type: DVD-9
* Special Features:
- 國際版/香港版預告片
- 鄭中基 – 黑風暴雨MV

導演︰羅守耀
Director: Dennis Law

  思想單純、正直的全國武術冠軍—高崗(吳京),參與一京劇團來香港作短期演出。地下拳主持人—豪強利誘高崗參戰地下拳賽。高崗在女團員—小田(楊愛瑾)的鼓勵及支持下踏進了這黑暗血腥的地下拳世界。另一女團員—徐志(傅穎)因結識了香港青年—JACKY而一同留下。高崗在黑拳組織結織了滑頭小混混—隊長(鄭中基)。高崗高超的武術技巧致使本來規模甚小的黑拳拳賽大受歡迎。一次一次的勝利讓高崗稱霸黑拳拳壇。敵對黑拳老板—新哥連番挑戰高崗,連場惡鬥因而展開。

  A young Chinese martial art national champion-kong, came to Hong Kong on a short contract with a Chinese opera group. Kong was lured into the underground all-contact boxing world by a small-time gambling boss-keung. Kong entered the underground world with his girlfriend - Tin. Kong's brilliant fighting technique changed the game. With Kong, the underground boxing became big. Winning after winning, Kong became the unbeatable in the arena. The rival boss seek fighters from all over the world but kept losing. Finally, the rival boss put on his best effort ever and brought in the best fighter in all-contact boxing king. Might Kong and Might fought fair and brilliantly. Kong won the fight marginally. Kong was then forced to fake a loss to a much lesser fighter for a big sum of money. Kong was seriously injured.

One entered the underground world thinking that he was in control, thinking that he was only giving his body for gain, but eventually he lost his soul and life in the process.
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May 7, 2007

This professional review refers to Fatal Contact (2-Disc Special Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Dennis Law's Fatal Contact has been a much anticipated title around these parts for one very simple reason: Wu Jing. Wu is an immensely gifted martial artist who has been crowned Chinese national wushu champion multiple times and who shares a master with Jet Li. I had the chance to meet Wu in September of 2005 in a group interview with Sammo Hung and Wilson Yip following the premiere of SPL, the film that introduced him to many outside of Hong Kong and China, though he does have previous film and television credits to his name. Over the course of the interview, I asked elder statesman Hung about the future of the Hong Kong martial arts film. With Jet Li and Jackie Chan both planning gradual withdrawals from the industry and Donnie Yen not getting any younger, where, I wondered, would the next generation come from? Who would take up the mantle? Once the question was translated Wu practically leapt out of his chair with excitement. He wants it so bad he can taste it; he's got the physical skills to back it up and now, thanks to SPL, he's got the name recognition to have projects tailored to his skills and style. Fatal Contact is the first such film. If Wu is to break through this is where it is going to happen, so the question becomes does he have what it takes?

The answer? The film itself is a little bit chunky and simplistic on the script side but Law has a great eye behind the camera. Wu shows a broader range and better natural charisma than he has ever been given the chance to exhibit until now - his charmingly goofy turn in Drunken Monkey notwithstanding - and when it comes to his physical skills... hell, yes. This guy has got the goods. Fatal Contact is not at all a flawless piece of work, but it is a very entertaining one that showcases Wu's immense potential, and should stand as a calling card that will have top end producers and directors lining up for a chance at its young star.

Wu stars as Kong, a Chinese mainland wushu champion on tour with a Chinese opera company in Hong Kong. While showcasing his skills on stage, Kong is approached by a group of small time gangsters who want him to fight in illegal underground boxing matches for them and are prepared to pay him well to do it. Though he initially holds to his principles and refuses, Kong eventually agrees, thanks in no small part to the influence of Tin, the attractive young girl who has been helping the company's tour and who constantly chafes against her own poverty. It's a case of boy meets girl, boy likes girl, girls wants money, boy does whatever he needs to do to impress her. And in the early going it seems like such an easy solution. Tin's relationship with Kong blossoms and Kong so enormously outclasses the fighters on his small circuit that it seems to be easy, risk free money.

But Kong proves to be too skilled for his own good. His notoriety spreads and before long, larger bookies and fight organizers take notice. His small circuit is absorbed by a larger gambling ring, a move that draws the ire of an even larger and better established fight organization. Kong is the lynchpin of this upstart fight circuit, the fighter that draws the crowds and the dollars and, understanding that, the older circuit throws a series of increasingly difficult opponents in his path, needing to crush him publicly to bring the paying audience back into their fold. Incorporate the romantic sub plot between Kong and Tin, another revolving around another of Tin's poverty-stricken friends drawn into prostitution, and the goofy sidekick/hidden master character played - and played very well - by Ronald Cheng, and you essentially have the film.

Before going further into the film's strengths, we should first acknowledge its major flaw. Though the basic plotline is quite strong, giving an interesting spin on a tried and true formula, and the entire cast performs admirably well on both the physical and dramatic level, there is no denying that the scripted dialogue, or at least the English translation - it may be better in the original language - is very simplistic and very weak. The performances are strong enough to lend the characters some surprising depth, but those performances are too often undercut by the weak lines being put into their mouths and some rather underdeveloped and arbitrary subplots and other elements. The story and characters work quite well but the script itself feels as though it was a draft or two away from being really complete. This one factor takes a film that could have been a minor classic and knocks it down to being instead an impressive physical introduction to Wu's skills on screen.

Script problems aside, the film has a lot of positives. First, no doubt thanks to Law's influence as a producer, the cast is studded with familiar and well-established faces. Any time you have Andy On and Lam Suet tucked away in minor roles, you know you've got one good casting agent at work and when the support cast is that good, you also know you can expect good things from the leads. Wu - though his drawing card will always be his martial arts skills - shows a good degree of natural screen charisma while Miki Yeung - though saddled with by far the majority of the weak dialogue - also carries a healthy weight to her performance. The surprise performance, however, belongs to Ronald Cheng, a singer turned actor who normally plays only comic parts and is - no surprise - cast here as the comic relief. But Cheng truly outdoes himself and his character, handling the physical demands of the part exceptionally well, while also taking what could very easily have been just one more irritating sidekick and playing him in a way that balances the humor - which is actually funny - with a surprising sense of depth and pathos. Though Cheng has twenty films to his name, most are relatively minor titles and this could - and should - very well prove to be a role that pushes him into some larger and more serious work.

Fatal Contact also excels on a technical level. Law shoots some beautiful film, every shot very well framed and lit, the camera capturing a dark and shadowy underbelly to Hong Kong. The pacing of the piece is excellent, Law maintaining an easy flow and rhythm between the plentiful action sequences and the more dramatic moments. Though most active as a producer - a role he filled on Johnnie To's Election films, for example - Law is certainly more than competent behind the camera himself.

But the big draw: the fighting. There is lots of it, the fights coming frequently and the gaps between them seldom running longer than ten minutes. The choreography is inventive, the camera work and editing fluid and powerful. The fights play almost entirely without any outside assistance - there are a couple shots that I suspect used wire assists, but it is otherwise all natural - and surprisingly naturalistic, particularly in the competition fights, which are fast, hard and brutal. Wu trained in the art of sanda for this film, the fight style most prevalent in actual underground fight circles, a style not seen often on camera and one that translates very well to the screen. But dedication to realism or no, Wu is a man with extraordinary skills and Law is smart enough to show those off with a number of stunning high flying tricks. Wu does a few things in this film that I have never seen before, things that left my jaw on the floor while my hand reached for the rewind. Watch for the triple take out move. You'll know it when you see it.

The new Hong Kong DVD is a solid release. Though the bonus features do not include any English language options, the feature itself has perfectly serviceable English subtitles, a strong, anamorphic transfer and DTS sound. It is also an all region release, which means it can be played in any DVD player anywhere in the world.

Undoubtedly a flawed work whose characters never connect as well as they should thanks to the undercooked script, Fatal Contact is nonetheless one of the better pure martial arts films to come out of Hong Kong in quite some time, a film that should propel its star to much greater recognition around the world. It is a film that establishes Wu clearly as the logical successor to Jet Li - as a performer who shares Li's grace, power and speed - and would actually fit quite well into Li's mid-90s filmography. Martial arts fans have been keeping an eye on Wu for some time now, and this appears to be the film that will finally push him into the wider eye. Very much worth a look for martial arts fans.

by Todd Brown - Twitchfilm.net

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Customer Review of "Fatal Contact (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10 (6)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6.8 out of 10 (9)

Yasar
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October 23, 2009

Good fights Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
Fatal Contact is not a bad movie.Some might like or dislike it but no one is gonna say that it is a very awful film.In my opinion Fatal Contact does have a little bit of a jumpy cliched story.But I can tell you this,the fight sequences are well choreographed by Nicky Li and has a combination of being flashy and brutal.Wu Jing brilliantly performs all the martial arts moves and makes it look believable.And eventhough this film might not be Wu Jing's best work it is worth getting (if you are a mega fan of martial arts films).
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Lam
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September 12, 2008

Great action if nothing else. Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Wu Jing is definitely the next biggest onscreen martial artist and this is evident in this film, every fight scene that he is in he demonstrates his skills and grace with fluid movements that a non martial artists would not be able to emulate. The fights scenes are actually quite reminiscient of the old martial arts films in which wide shots are used often allowing the audience to properly see the actors delivering the moves and the horrible editing that has been common amoung HK films are gone instead we get actors delivering a couple of moves during each frame. Wire work is used in this film but it is only used to enhance the moves opposed to exagerate.

The film is overlong and the story is nothing new. With only the drama to pad out the picture when there is no fight scene it does drag during certain points but thankfully the action is evenly interspersed throughout the film. The ending does seem to be after thought because it just does not mesh with the rest of the film and if there was an underlying message in the picture it seems to be lost.

Ronald Cheng as a great martial artist does not work in the film because there is not evidence in the film showing that he has amazing martial arts abilities. Though he does have fight scenes, and he does handle himself quite well, they are only brief and disappointing compared with Wu Jings.

The fight scenes are the alone are worth purchasing this film but if you are after a decent story look elsewhere.
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George
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February 24, 2008

HK's Ong Bak..! Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Theres a lot of mixed reviews on Fatal Contact, and it seems to be a case of 'love it or hate it'. Me... I love it! Okay, so its not the Oscar winning movie of the year, and sure, the plot isn't anything new - but is that why we watch HK action films? No - but it is a bonus if they're good... Enough negatives!! Fatal Contact is Hong Kongs answer to Ong Bak - regarding the full contact underground fighting, and it rocks!! Nicky Li puts together some amazing, hard hitting fights which do make you reach for the rewind button. Wu Jing is a super star, and this could well be his finest (fight) moment to date. I just hope he keeps it up. The ending is quite different, and a little unexpected - but I like it! If you haven't already seen this, do so now!!
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Jerehannah
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March 29, 2007

Not exactly that fantastic Customer Review Rated Bad 3 - 3 out of 10
First of all..
Actors and actresses are good.. Miki potrayed the character well.. Although I dislike her role.. Theresa too acted well though her part was small.. Wu Jing fought well.. Nice moves
But then the plot wasn't that fantastic..
Story line wasn't at all appealing..
Not worth watching it twice.. Once is enough
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KingX
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February 27, 2007

Martial Arts made Beautiful Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Ever since I first saw Wu Jing in the awsome movie SPL I, among others, wished to see him in a bigger role than the support character he played in SPL!
Finally the wait is over.
Wu Jing plays this fighter who is drawn inside a world of illegal street fighting, and oh my does he hit the spot! This movies is really filled with some stunning acrobatics and cool made fights!

Despite a rather cheesy story, that still provides a cool twist plots here and there, shouldn't be bothered to much as this movie is clearly made for those who enjoy to watch nice made fighting on the screen.

Its a good popcorn flick to watch again and again, and I hope that Wu Jing will return in a new movie in a near future!
HK is shining again thx to Wu Jing
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