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Gangster Pay Day (2014) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Anthony Wong (Actor) | Charlene Choi (Actor) | Wong Yau Nam (Actor) | Carrie Ng (Actor)
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Hong Kong entertainment industry vet Lee Po Cheung (Single Blog) offers up a charming crime/romantic comedy in Gangster Pay Day. Starring Anthony Wong (The Four III), Charlene Choi (The Midas Touch), Wong Yau Nam (The Midnight After) and Carrie Ng (Hungry Ghost Ritual), the well-received 19th Busan Film Festival closing film is reminiscent of much loved 80s and 90s Hong Kong crime movies.

Life isn't easy for an old-school triad boss like Ghost (Anthony Wong). His karaoke bars and spas are going under, and he's just unwittingly made an enemy of fellow mob boss Bill (Keung Hiu Man, Z Storm) by refusing to sell his drugs. So Ghost, along with faithful followers Leung (Wong Yau Nam), Brother 2 (Chan Wai Man, Gallants) and Uncle B (Ng Chi Hung, Black Ransom), packs up shop and opens a legitimate business instead – a cha chaan teng. It's through this new venture that Ghost meets bubbly cha chaan teng owner Mei (Charlene Choi). Despite their age difference, Ghost finds himself falling for Mei, but it turns out that Mei has her heart set on Leung. While Ghost's wise and worldly ex-wife Pui (Carrie Ng), who maintains a good relationship with her ex-husband, seeks to help everyone involved and sort out the various romantic entanglements, a sinister property developer backed by Bill makes his move against Ghost and Mei's cha chaan teng.

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Product Title: Gangster Pay Day (2014) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 大茶飯 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) 大茶饭 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) 大茶飯 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) Gangster Pay Day (2014) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: 潛龍風雲 潜龙风云
Artist Name(s): Anthony Wong (Actor) | Charlene Choi (Actor) | Wong Yau Nam (Actor) | Carrie Ng (Actor) | Chan Wai Man (Actor) | Philip Keung (Actor) | Cheung Tong Cho (Actor) | Deep Ng (Actor) | Ng Chi Hung (Actor) | Huang Yue Tai (Actor) | Law Wing Cheong (Actor) | Ai Wei (Actor) 黃 秋生 (Actor) | 蔡卓妍 (Actor) | 黃又南 (Actor) | 吳家麗 (Actor) | 陳惠敏 (Actor) | 姜浩文 (Actor) | 張同祖 (Actor) | 吳浩康 (Actor) | 吳志雄 (Actor) | 黃岳泰 (Actor) | 羅永昌 (Actor) | 艾威 (Actor) 黄 秋生 (Actor) | 蔡卓妍 (Actor) | 黄又南 (Actor) | 吴家丽 (Actor) | 陈惠敏 (Actor) | 姜浩文 (Actor) | 张同祖 (Actor) | 吴浩康 (Actor) | 吴志雄 (Actor) | Huang Yue Tai (Actor) | 罗永昌 (Actor) | 艾威 (Actor) 黄秋生 (アンソニー・ウォン) (Actor) | 蔡卓妍(シャーリーン・チョイ) (Actor) | 黄又南(ウォン・ヤウナム) (Actor) | 呉家麗(キャリー・ン) (Actor) | 陳惠敏(チャン・ワイマン) (Actor) | 姜皓文(キョン・ヒウマン) (Actor) | 張同祖 (チョン・トンチョー) (Actor) | 呉浩康(ディープ・ン) (Actor) | Ng Chi Hung (Actor) | Huang Yue Tai (Actor) | 羅永昌(ロー・ウィンチョン) (Actor) | Ai Wei (Actor) Anthony Wong (Actor) | Charlene Choi (Actor) | Wong Yau Nam (Actor) | Carrie Ng (Actor) | Chan Wai Man (Actor) | Philip Keung (Actor) | Cheung Tong Cho (Actor) | Deep Ng (Actor) | Ng Chi Hung (Actor) | Huang Yue Tai (Actor) | Law Wing Cheong (Actor) | Ai Wei (Actor)
Director: Li Bao Zhang 李保樟 李保樟 Li Bao Zhang Li Bao Zhang
Release Date: 2015-01-30
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-5
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 97 (mins)
Publisher: CN Entertainment Ltd.
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1038077554

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Director: Li Bao Zhang

A comedy-melodrama hybrid, this film is a gangster story minus the traditional tragedy. Wong Kam-Kwei, a gang boss on the decline, overseeing bathhouses and karaoke bars, falls for a small restaurant owner, Mei. He begins to help her business, and learns that Mei is already in love with Leung, a member of his gang. He’s also like a brother to Kam-Kwei. When a rival gang hoping to steal his territory kills Leung, the only thing left for Kam-Kwei to do now is to protect Mei and avenge Leung. Gangster Pay Day is distinguished by its unique portrayal of its characters. Middle-aged Wong Kam-Kwei is a boss, but a sympathetic one, as he falls in love with Mei, and lives with guilt towards his mother at the same time. The characters surrounding him and Mei all seem to lack something. They were once the image of the strong, oppressive gangsters and now reduced to the status of restaurant employees. Yet they accept their new roles without fuss. The future of the gangsters in gangster films has always been depressing; they always end in tragedy. Wong Kam-Kei and his minions are also well aware that their future is dark. Thus they renounce violence and try to find common happiness.
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Professional Review of "Gangster Pay Day (2014) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

January 19, 2015

This professional review refers to Gangster Pay Day (2014) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Minor but pleasant, Gangster Payday is the benign cousin of harder-edged Hong Kong films of old. Lee Bo-Cheung (Single Blog) directs and co-writes this gently funny triad comedy that putters around for a good hour before swerving towards more traditional genre tropes. Anthony Wong is Brother Ghost, an honorable triad who's not into harmful stuff like drugs and killing, and instead runs a karaoke bar while fending off the advances of scummy bastards like rival triad Brother Bill (Keung Ho-Man). Ghost becomes enamored of Mei (Charlene Choi), an average girl who runs a typical neighborhood cha chaan teng (Hong Kong-style café), and begins to pursue her in a cajoling, adolescent way. Ghost helps Mei with her restaurant by having his followers (including dudes played by triad film regulars Chan Wai-Man and Ng Chi-Hung) work for her while calling her ah soh (or "sister in law", meaning she's their boss' wife). With Ghost and the gang's help, the restaurant improves and business surges. See? Gangsters can be helpful!

Despite the uptick in afternoon tea orders, Mei is unnerved by Ghost's obvious affection – and she's got good reason. Mei is currently flirting-via-text with Ghost's subordinate Leung (Wong Yau-Nam), and who knows how Ghost will react if he finds out? This love triangle is the film's main focus during its first half, and engages in fits and starts. The characters don't resonate immediately and the whole affair is so low-key that it starts to feel unnecessary. For a while, this is basically a movie about Charlene Choi becoming the homecoming queen and how she deals with all the extra attention. There's charm to this laid-back romantic comedy-gangster film hybrid, but said charm relies on its stars, perhaps to a fault. Anthony Wong's giddy infatuation is amusing (and also a little creepy), while Wong Yau-Nam doesn’t do much besides soulfully mope. As Mei, Charlene Choi is naturally appealing and surprisingly subtle (well, for her, anyway). Liking Gangster Payday for these reasons is fine, but if you get sleepy it would be totally understandable.

Gangster Payday opens with a shot of Mei picking up Ghost's funeral photo before jumping back in time to their first meeting, so impending pathos is telegraphed. Yet, when the story does turn, it manages the unexpected while also ratcheting up the film's emotions. The film becomes one of those once-common Hong Kong multi-genre mixes where things start one way before shifting in a completely different direction. Also, the characters become more poignant. The characters make a wan impression when they’re fussing over pineapple buns and checking their phone apps, but when bad times hit they instantly earn sympathy. Opportunities are missed by the filmmakers; the humor could be sharper, and Brother Hung's music is schmaltzy and intrusive. The end result never feels like a must-see as the film fails to find a strong emotional or thematic undercurrent. Still, I'm going with the half-full glass. Gangster Payday is a competent telling of a fine little story that's representative of the type of film that once made Hong Kong Cinema unique. And that means something.

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