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Nicholas Tse (Actor) | Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Mavis Fan (Actor) | Tong Li Ya (Actor)
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Four years after The Bullet Vanishes, Sean Lau Ching Wan and Nicholas Tse team up again in the crime thriller Heartfall Arises. Produced by Wilson Yip and helmed by first-time director Wu Pinru, the film melds high-octane action and psycho drama into its tense story about a detective and a criminal psychologist investigating a serial murder case. Besides the two award-winning Hong Kong actors, the film also co-stars Tong Liya, Mavis Fan, Babyjohn Choi and Vengo Gao Weiguang.

Hotshot detective Ma (Nicholas Tse) is critically injured while pursuing a serial killer known as "General" (Vengo Gao). With his life on the line, Ma undergoes a heart transplant. A year and a half later, numerous murder cases similar to General's cruel methods continue to occur around the world, even though General is supposedly dead. Despite not being fully recovered, Ma teams up with criminal psychology professor Che (Sean Lau) to investigate the serial killings. However, in the course of the investigation, the two begin to engage in a tense battle of wits. Che, a proponent of the cellular memory theory, displays especial interest in the effects of Ma's heart transplant while Ma discovers that Che may be harboring a secret of his own.

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Product Title: Heartfall Arises (2016) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 驚心破 (2016) (DVD) (香港版) 惊心破 (2016) (DVD) (香港版) 驚心破 (2016) (DVD) (香港版) Heartfall Arises (2016) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: 破地獄 / 驚天破 破地狱 / 惊天破
Artist Name(s): Nicholas Tse (Actor) | Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Mavis Fan (Actor) | Tong Li Ya (Actor) | Shaun Tam (Actor) | Yang Zi Yi (Actor) | Christie Chen Si Xuan (Actor) | Vengo Gao (Actor) 謝 霆鋒 (Actor) | 劉 青雲 (Actor) | 范曉萱 (Actor) | 佟 麗婭 (Actor) | 譚俊彥 (Actor) | 楊 梓邑 (Actor) | 思漩 (Actor) | 高偉光 (Actor) 谢 霆锋 (Actor) | 刘 青云 (Actor) | 范晓萱 (Actor) | 佟 丽娅 (Actor) | 谭俊彦 (Actor) | 杨 梓邑 (Actor) | 思漩 (Actor) | 高伟光 (Actor) 謝霆鋒(ニコラス・ツェー)  (Actor) | 劉青雲(ラウ・チンワン) (Actor) | 范暁萱(メイビス・ファン) (Actor) | 佟麗婭(トン・リーヤー ) (Actor) | 譚俊彦(ショーン・タム) (Actor) | Yang Zi Yi (Actor) | Christie Chen Si Xuan (Actor) | Vengo Gao (Actor) 사 정봉 (Actor) | Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Mavis Fan (Actor) | Tong Li Ya (Actor) | Shaun Tam (Actor) | Yang Zi Yi (Actor) | Christie Chen Si Xuan (Actor) | Vengo Gao (Actor)
Director: Wu Pin Ru 吳品儒 吴品儒 Wu Pin Ru Wu Pin Ru
Producer: Wilson Yip 葉偉信 叶伟信 葉偉信(ウィルソン・イップ) Wilson Yip
Release Date: 2016-12-09
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong, China
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-5
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Rating: IIB
Publisher: CN Entertainment Ltd.
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1055371133

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This is a provoking breath-taking mysterious thriller about two Chinese chess masters who have been entangled in several serial murder cases in relation to the effect of organ transplants. John Ma (Nicholas Tse) a Hong Kong brave cop, and Calvin Che (Sean Lau) a local criminal psychologist brought together are under the great threat and struggle to define all means evolved from the killings. Their final confrontation will not only uncover the lead behind the scene but also put numerous innocent people in great danger than it is ever known before.
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Professional Review of "Heartfall Arises (2016) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

May 11, 2017

This professional review refers to Heartfall Arises (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Director Wu Pinru makes his debut with the big budget psychological thriller Heartfall Arises, produced by Wilson Yip. The film has a couple of award-winning megastar leads in Sean Lau Ching Wan and Nicholas Tse, teaming up again four years after the popular thriller The Bullet Vanishes, joined by Tong Liya, Mavis Fan, Babyjohn Choi and Vengo Gao Weiguang.

The film opens with Nicholas Tse as detective Ma as he hunts a serial killer nicknamed ‘General’ (Vengo Gao). Although he manages to bring down his quarry, Ma ends up getting shot in the heart, his life only being saved by a transplant. A year and a half later, General seems to have returned from the dead when a series of murders take place matching his old methods, and Ma turns to criminal psychology professor Che (Lau Ching Wan) for assistance on the case. Not quite back to full strength, Ma finds himself being drawn into a battle of wits with the mysterious Che, who clearly has his own plan and is hiding something from the beleaguered detective.

Wu Pinru certainly seems to think Heartfall Arises is an intelligent and meaningful film, and to be fair, there's certainly a lot going on, with plenty of plot twists, drama and pseudo-science about inherited cellular memory from organ transplants and hypnotism. Unfortunately, while the film thankfully isn't pretentious, it's pretty dumb and chaotic, often making little sense as it hurtles along, Wu throwing in an endless stream of confusing visions and red herrings in an effort to keep the audience guessing. Wu relies heavily on chess as a cat and mouse metaphor, and the contest between Ma and Che takes centre stage, leaving the rather inconsistent plot involving the supposed return of General in the background and at times feeling almost pointless. The film ultimately doesn't make much sense, and despite Wu’s efforts at misdirection, most viewers will see the final revelation coming a mile off.

Still, while the film isn't exactly believable, it is trashy fun if approached in the right mood, and its cheerful lack of logic and odd twists are amusing, Wu not even bothering to try and negotiate his way around the many gaping plot holes in the script. There's always lots going on, including some decent action scenes, and the film is never boring, progressing at a reasonable pace and benefitting from some solid blockbuster-style glossy production values. Lau Ching Wan and Nicholas Tse are the main draw here, and though the two aren't exactly pushed by the material, they're both on enjoyable form, Tse moping around moodily and Lau seeming to have had a fine old time chewing the scenery as he spouts nonsense.

There's enough here to make Heartfall Arises worthwhile for viewers with suitably adjusted expectations, and though by no means a great film, it is at least entertaining. While Wu Pinru's direction is clumsy and the plotting is in places incoherent, there’s something to be said for its cavalier daftness, and fans of Lau Ching Wan and Nicholas Tse should have a pretty good time watching its silly mysteries unfold.

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