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Fire Of Conscience (2010) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 1, 3

Leon Lai (Actor) | Richie Jen (Actor) | Vivian Hsu (Actor) | Michelle Ye (Actor)
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Director Dante Lam follows The Beast Stalker with the powerhouse action thriller Fire of Conscience. Leon Lai and Richie Jen headline the hardboiled crime actioner as opposing cops with dark pasts that build to even darker consequences. Packed with gritty action and stylistic shootouts choreographed by action director Chin Kar Lok, Fire of Conscience paves the way for a brooding, burning showdown between two flawed men with many bullets at their disposal. An impressive supporting cast that includes freshly crowned Hong Kong Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Michelle Ye, Taiwan actress Vivian Hsu, Mainland actor Wang Baoqiang (Equation of Love and Death), and Liu Kai Chi (Beast Stalker) adds compelling character drama to this quintessential Hong Kong crime thriller.

Ill-tempered, unshaven street detective Manfred (Leon Lai) is quick to deal justice with his fists, and constantly on the hunt for the pickpocket who killed his wife. Slick inspector Kee (Richie Jen) is a rising star in the force with more than a few skeletons in his closet. A string of possibly related incidents - a cop killing, a drug raid, and a murdered prostitute - brings the starkly different detectives on the same beat. The two assist each other when their investigations cross paths, but a fatally botched operation soon reveals there's a traitor among them.

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Product Title: Fire Of Conscience (2010) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 火龍 (2010) (DVD) (香港版) 火龙 (2010) (DVD) (香港版) 火龍 (香港版) Fire Of Conscience (2010) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: 火龍對決 火龙对决 火龍對決, 火龍対決
Artist Name(s): Leon Lai (Actor) | Richie Jen (Actor) | Vivian Hsu (Actor) | Michelle Ye (Actor) | Liu Kai Chi (Actor) | Wang Bao Qiang (Actor) | Charles Ying (Actor) | Wilfred Lau (Actor) | Pinky Cheung (Actor) | Chen Kuan Tai (Actor) | Law Mong (Actor) | Kenny Wong (Actor) | Tan Kai (Actor) | Yue Xiao Jun (Actor) 黎明 (Actor) | 任 賢齊 (Actor) | 徐若瑄 (Actor) | 葉 璇 (Actor) | 廖啟智 (Actor) | 王寶強 (Actor) | 應昌佑 (Actor) | 劉浩龍 (Actor) | 張文慈 (Actor) | 陳觀泰 (Actor) | 羅莽 (Actor) | 黃德斌 (Actor) | 譚凱 (Actor) | 岳小軍 (Actor) 黎明 (Actor) | 任 贤齐 (Actor) | 徐若瑄 (Actor) | 叶璇 (Actor) | 廖启智 (Actor) | 王宝强 (Actor) | 应昌佑 (Actor) | 刘浩龙 (Actor) | 张文慈 (Actor) | 陈观泰 (Actor) | 罗莽 (Actor) | 黄德斌 (Actor) | 谭凯 (Actor) | 岳小军 (Actor) 黎明(レオン・ライ) (Actor) | 任賢齊(リッチー・レン) (Actor) | 徐若瑄 (ビビアン・スー)  (Actor) | 葉璇 (ミッシェル・イップ) (Actor) | 廖啓智(リウ・カイチー) (Actor) | 王宝強 (ワン・バオチャン) (Actor) | 應昌佑(チャールズ・イン) (Actor) | 劉浩龍(ウィルフレッド・ラウ) (Actor) | 張文慈(ピンキー・チョン) (Actor) | 陳観泰(チェン・クアンタイ) (Actor) | 羅莽(ロー・モン) (Actor) | 黄徳斌(ケニー・ウォン) (Actor) | 譚凱(タン・カイ) (Actor) | Yue Xiao Jun (Actor) Leon Lai (Actor) | Richie Jen (Actor) | Vivian Hsu (Actor) | Michelle Ye (Actor) | 요 계지 (Actor) | 왕보강 (Actor) | Charles Ying (Actor) | Wilfred Lau (Actor) | Pinky Cheung (Actor) | Chen Kuan Tai (Actor) | Law Mong (Actor) | Kenny Wong (Actor) | 담개 (Actor) | Yue Xiao Jun (Actor)
Director: Dante Lam 林 超賢 林 超贤 林超賢 (ダンテ・ラム) Dante Lam
Action Director: Chin Ka Lok 錢嘉樂 钱嘉乐 錢嘉樂(チン・ガーロッ) Chin Ka Lok
Producer: Dante Lam 林 超賢 林 超贤 林超賢 (ダンテ・ラム) Dante Lam
Release Date: 2010-05-14
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 1 - USA, Canada, U.S. Territories, 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 106 (mins)
Publisher: Mega Star (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1022587969

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Director: Dante Lam

The investigation of a prostitute homicide brings headstrong, heavy-handed Detective Manfred in an unlikely collaboration with sly, man-of-the world Inspector Kee from the Narcotics Bureau. In The line of fire between high levels of corruption and possible malice, Manfren Must solve all the twists and turns of the mystery, trying to figure out who his enemy is and how to save his innocent partner from unfathomable disgrace. Unwittingly, he is about to open a Pandora's Box that will threaten to upend the entire Hong Kong Police Force.
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July 29, 2010

Dante Lam's Inferno
Responsible for recent Hong Kong action gems like The Beast Stalker and The Sniper, and further back Beast Cops, Dante Lam has an outstanding track record in directing hardboiled cop movies. Looks like he's still on peak form, as in 2010, Lam is to deliver a couple of high-octane action films to fans of the genre. While it's too early to say how the upcoming The Stool Pigeon will fare, his latest crime film Fire of Conscience is one blazing inferno that easily ranks among his best works.

Leon Lai plays a widowed cop who is obsessed with finding the killer of his wife. He has zero tolerance for criminals, and like a walking volcano, he explodes his anger and grief on the bad guys he encounters. That is a demanding role for sure, and Leon shows that he is up to the challenge, giving a decidedly more convincing performance than his similar character in Bodyguards and Assassins. It is also a radical change for his usually dandy image (the pompous beard certainly helps), enabling him to disappear into his role - that alone is a sign of good acting.

Richie Jen also impresses as the cop-gone-bad, for which he was just crowned Best Actor at the 14th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival in Korea. He and Leon first cross paths in the film investigating a theft case, and the two find common ground between them - they are both stuck at their current positions with their own problems, and were both born in the year of the dragon. However, friends ultimately turn into foes when fate puts them on opposite sides of the track. Between them, other characters are drawn with different shades of gray. Vivian Hsu as Richie's wife is underused, but Michelle Ye gives a glittery performance that outshines even her award-winning turn in Accident. Liu Kai Chi excels, as usual, as a flawed but pitiable cop, and Mainland actor Wang Baoqiang earns sympathy playing an honest good man forced down a tragic path.

Fire of Conscience is a fully-loaded double-barrel shotgun, hitting many targets at once with its complex characterization, intriguing drama, intense action scenes, and Lam's strong visual style - fans of Hong Kong action cinema are in for a treat. In the opening sequence, the sweeping camera over a series of static B&W images instantly brings out the suspense and draws the viewers right into the film. The finale is remarkably staged against the backdrop of the traditional Hong Kong folk custom of "fire dragon dancing" - a setting that brings out the moral of the story while also serving as an affirmation of the unique Hong Kong-ness of the film.

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