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Get Outta Here (2015) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Alex Lam (Actor) | J.Arie (Actor) | Louis Cheung (Actor) | Ng Yuen Yee (Actor)
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The Hong Kong vampire genre receives a fun twist in director Nick Leung's action-comedy Get Outta Here, which features Alex Lam (Lan Kwai Fong 3) following in the footsteps of his father, Hong Kong superstar George Lam. The elder Lam played a western vampire in the classic 1990 comedy A Bite of Love, and Alex Lam does the same here as Joe, a dapper western vampire who awakens after a century-long slumber in Kowloon. Joe initially has nowhere to go, but he ends up taking a shine to overly-emotional Hong Kong girl Apple (singer J. Arie), and moves into her flat along with her grandmother (Anna Ng) and their British boarder (Gregory Charles Rivers).

Lucky for everyone involved, Joe doesn't like to drink human blood, and he forms a bond with his new flatmates. However, other vampires do lurk in Hong Kong, and they soon side with the greedy land developers angling for Apple's flat. Can Joe protect his new friends from these threats? Get Outta Here offers plenty of topical Hong Kong commentary to go along with its stylish direction and offbeat sense of humor, which involves gags riffing on Hong Kong-style vampires (the slow, hopping types) and a vampire chicken played by "Puppy the Hen". With style, wit and a dash of smarts, Get Outta Here qualifies as one of 2015's more surprising Hong Kong films.

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Product Title: Get Outta Here (2015) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 死開啲啦 (2015) (DVD) (香港版) 死开啲啦 (2015) (DVD) (香港版) 死開啲啦 (2015) (DVD) (香港版) Get Outta Here (2015) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Alex Lam (Actor) | J.Arie (Actor) | Louis Cheung (Actor) | Ng Yuen Yee (Actor) | Michelle Lo (Actor) | Gregory Charles River (Actor) 林 德信 (Actor) | 雷 深如 (Actor) | 張 繼聰 (Actor) | 吳浣儀 (Actor) | 盧覓雪 (Actor) | 國榮 河 (Actor) 林 德信 (Actor) | 雷 深如 (Actor) | 张 继聪 (Actor) | 吴浣仪 (Actor) | 卢觅雪 (Actor) | 国荣 河 (Actor) 林德信(アレックス・ラム) (Actor) | J.Arie (Actor) | 張繼聰 (ルイス・チョン) (Actor) | Ng Yuen Yee (Actor) | 盧覓雪(ミシェル・ロー) (Actor) | Gregory Charles River (Actor) Alex Lam (Actor) | J.Arie (Actor) | Louis Cheung (Actor) | Ng Yuen Yee (Actor) | Michelle Lo (Actor) | Gregory Charles River (Actor)
Director: Nick Leung 梁 國斌 梁 国斌 Nick Leung Nick Leung
Producer: Gordon Lam 林家棟 林家栋 林家棟(ラム・カートン) Gordon Lam
Release Date: 2016-01-28
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Sound Information: 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: 91 (mins)
Publisher: Universe Laser (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1048656609

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Sunset, Beneath a noisy construction site, Joe, who had returned to Hong Kong after studying in England, is awoken from a hundred-year slumber by the heavy pounding of a digger. Upon learning that his place of slumber has been bought by an investor firm, Joe has no choice but to leave and enter a Hong Kong vastly different to the one he knew 100 yars ago.

Not having fed for a century, a ravenous Joe comes upon a girl Apple who has just slit wrist for love. Lured by the scent of blood, Joe follows Apple to her home where he is confronted by the scene of Apple’s grandmother Ah Hang arguing with a property developer’s stooge intent on buying the last apartment in their dilapidated building. With Joe’s help, Apple and Ah Hang fight off the developer. Realising that the developer was sure to return, Ah Hang schemes to keep Joe around, offering him food and a place to stay.

In his need for blood, Joe kills the home pet chicken, exposing his true vampire identity to the family. But Joe has a need for something other than just blood. He also needs to find a long lost servant and friend, and promises the family (including an Engligh boarder Dickens) that he will leave them alone if and when they help him to locate this friend.

In the events that ensue, Joe’s heart is touched by Apple who suddenly finds herself unemployed and unloved while being mercilessly pressured by her father to sell the only thing she owns; the apartment.

The boss of the investor firm, Mrs Hui, fels that purchasing of the apartment ha sstalled for too long and sends out one of her best employees Ying to rectify the situation. Unexpectedly, Ying turns out to be the friend that Joe is searching for Ying uses their friendship to persuade Joe to help him get the apartment from Apple, but Joe refuses.

With Ying’s failure to procure the apartment, Mrs Hui is forced to take matters into her own hands. A battle of vampires ensues with heavy casualties. With her dying breath, Ah Hang asks only one thing of Joe, that the protect and provide for Apple. Looking into the face of one of those who have b ecome his family, Joe makes his decision.
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Professional Review of "Get Outta Here (2015) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

February 1, 2016

This professional review refers to Get Outta Here (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Second generation Hong Kong actors who follow in their parent's footsteps by playing a western vampire in a middling Hong Kong movie are a rare breed. Actually, they don't exist at all outside of Alex Lam, the son of superstar actor-singer George Lam. The elder Lam once starred as a western vampire (i.e., not a hopping need-a-Taoist-priest-to-stop type) in the comedy A Bite of Love, so it's with minor amusement that his son Alex does the same in Get Outta Here. The younger Lam has thus far had an unimpressive acting career but he flips the script with Get Outta Here, turning in an effective and surprisingly endearing performance as Joe Tang, a Hong Kong-by-way-of-London vampire who awakens from his century-long slumber when property developers dig up his coffin. Right away, the dapper gent takes to his new Kowloon environs before becoming attracted to kong lui Apple (singer J. Arie) – or rather, becoming attracted to the blood dripping from her wrist, which she slashes to guilt her inattentive boyfriend (Siu Fei). When Apple gets back to her flat, Joe's practically on her doorstep already.

Lucky for Apple, Joe won't intentionally consume human blood and soon he decides to stay with Apple, her grandmother (Anna Ng) and their British boarder (Gregory Charles Rivers) in their aged Kowloon flat – against their will, naturally. Joe's goal is to somehow reconnect with Man-Ying, his vampire attendant from a century ago who should presently be wandering around Hong Kong. The flat residents are understandably scared of Joe, but they eventually accept him and soon Joe is helping them fend off unruly gangsters while generally being OK with his surrogate family's frequently odd behavior. Despite being a vampire prone to bloodthirsty hot flashes, Joe is pretty sweet and more-or-less operates as the film's straight man. By contrast, his flat mates are shrill, temperamental and over-the-top. There's some humor in this dynamic, mostly due to Joe's occasional cluelessness. However, the shtick overwhelms the story and for a good while, Get Outta Here feels aimless. Villains do lurk in the background, particularly a sinister land developer (Michelle Loo) and her creepy-charming lackey (Louis Cheung), but the film takes a long time before explaining their purpose.

Also, many gags are teased then lay dormant for too long. One subplot features Joe searching for Man-Ying via humorously bad YouTube videos, while the appearance of a vampire chicken (played by "Puppy the Hen") promises hilarity (vampire chickens are obvious comedy gold). However, both gags are forgotten until the film needs them for a convenient plot device, when they should be developed regularly alongside the wacky characters and screwball antics. Get Outta Here skitters around its driving plotline and squanders tension, getting by mainly with its playful tone, baroque style and pronounced overacting. Amazingly, that's sometimes enough. Director Nick Leung, producer Gordon Lam and the film's army of screenwriters inject the movie with some surprise and plenty of local humor, riffing on Chinese culture, social issues and untranslatable idioms. The acting is passable for exaggerated local comedy. Former TVB actor Gregory Rivers annihilates the screen with his histrionics, particularly during one monologue where he rails at God with spittle-spewing fury. In their supporting roles, Louis Cheung is surprisingly sympathetic, and Anna Ng and J. Arie are both shrill but sweet.

Other flaws are harder to reconcile. The film ends with an over-stylized CGI-enhanced showdown between Joe and the bad guys, but the fight lacks a sufficient build-up. Also, some characters' fates are not fully explained, which is a loss considering the amount of time spent with them, and the bond between Joe and Apple is less compelling than it wants to be. Get Outta Here is difficult to recommend to international HK Cinema fans because, despite its "western vampire in Hong Kong" premise, it's really very esoteric. That said, the focus on local issues, in this case the growing housing crisis and the land developers making mucho bank off of it, offers extra entertainment for Hong Kongers. In some ways, the film resembles producer Gordon Lam's Gallants with its obvious affection for Hong Kong. However, Gallants had martial arts movie references and a rousing "losers fight back" storyline, while Get Outta Here is scattershot and lacks easy audience connection. Regardless, the film counts as a minor surprise among 2015 Hong Kong releases. In these meager times, that can mean a lot.

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