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Infernal Affairs Trilogy (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Infernal Affairs Trilogy (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region All(2)Our Price: US$70.99List: US$77.99Save: US$7.00 (8%)1 people found this review helpful
January 20, 2014 Perfection
One of my favourite sagas in cinematic history! "The Departed" simply cannot compare. Don't bother watching if you're after a blood bath. This isn't an action flick. But nor is it another whine about how hard life is in the triads/police. Of course, if we were to boil it down, it's a "spy vs spy" plot. Why it works so well, is the emphasis on character development rather than strictly plot twists. This isn't a story that's out to surprise you with a switch at the last minute. Rather it's the heart wrenching realisation that you can almost see it coming. You can feel for each of the characters with every decision they make and direction they take. Of course, you have your cliche triad movie themes: family, honour, duty and sacrifice. But it does well in exploring how each character deals with the pressure. Do they rise above it? Or are the haunted by it? Do they give up? Or are they corrupted by it? Probably my favourite character development is Eric Tsang's character from the first to the second movie. His was a perfect example of how this life can twist a man. That said, my gripe with this trilogy are the bluray contents. I wanted to upgrade my collection, but it has less special features and inclusions than the local region 4 DVD version I already own. But if you're not concerned with extras, then buy away!
Red Cliff 2 (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)1 people found this review helpful
January 20, 2014 A la Red Cliff 1
As with part one, Red Cliff 2 is a feast for the eyes. Here's where the meat of the action lies. Not to say the first movie was lacking. But Showcased here is the actual Battler of Red Cliff. But like the first movie, you will have to make a pass on liberties taken throughout the movie to enjoy it for what it is. For example, the reason given for Cao Cao's attack on Red Cliff irks me somewhat. The most ambitious man in the Three Kingdoms era fighting over another man's wife? Yeah, not convinced. Also Vicky Zhou's character is definitely a liberal take. But granted, Vicky makes a convincing tomboy, and it's understandable that her character's role was much larger to accommodate her screen time. Also a word of warning: the final scene with Takeshi & Tony's character can be quite bracing. Especially if you're watching up close on a big screen - as I did, when I first watched it at the cinemas...
Red Cliff (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)1 people found this review helpful
January 20, 2014 Three Kingdom buffs need not apply
I loved it. The scale. The imagination. The characters. All beautifully created. Just beware of artistic licensing. It certainly does not keep with the original novel. Many liberties were taken, and I'm not entirely convinced it helped the flow of the movie. Unless of course, it was an attempt to express an alternate view of events. A "what if?" scenario perhaps? This may upset die hard fans. But if you can pass on that, then this movie is thoroughly enjoyable.
Kungfu Cyborg: Metallic Attraction (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Kungfu Cyborg: Metallic Attraction (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region All(1)Our Price: US$35.99List: US$38.99Save: US$3.00 (7%)1 people found this review helpful
January 20, 2014 Not quite what I hoped for
I love Betty Sun. And she's as cute as ever in this movie. But gosh, what a let down. Sure, the name says it all: it's about Kung Fu fighting Cyborgs. But the whole "human-machine romance" was tepid at best. There's more spark in a typical Power Rangers episode. Needs more of everything.
Fighting For Love1 people found this review helpful
January 20, 2014 Better love story than Twilight
Funny enough movie, with the occasional good punchy dialogue. But it does seem like milking the cow a bit after "Needing You". Though what I like about this is we get nasty Sammi in this movie rather than the ditzy Sammi of Needing You. Something she can pull off rather convincingly and entertainingly.
Sammi Ultimate Collection (3CD+2DVD)1 people found this review helpful
January 20, 2014 More please!
Awesome collection of Sammi's greatest. Really can't complain much except like all great things, I wish there was more. The 3 CD's are nicely divided on tempo, and are now permanent residing in my car stereo.
The Longest Night In Shanghai (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)(2)Our Price: US$15.991 people found this review helpful
January 20, 2014 Depends on what you expect
Let's be straight up. It's not a great movie. In fact, it could have been so much better. The impression I got, was a failed attempt to fit too many sub plots into the one movie. Whereas the potential of focusing on Vicky and Motoki's characters was never fully realised. But having said that, it's the perfect quirky movie for those perfect quirky moments that we all go through on some random late night craving to feed our inner child. That urge to just drop everything and escape the city by getting lost in the city. The characters are all bit of a stretch & not quite convincing, but I found them charming at least; especially our 2 leads. All in all, a movie I would watch again & again, regardless of polish.
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