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Horseplay (2014) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Kelly Chen (Actor) | Ekin Cheng (Actor) | Tony Leung Ka Fai (Actor) | Eric Tsang (Actor)
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Director Lee Chi Ngai takes audiences on a lighthearted European adventure in Horseplay! The Hong Kong filmmaker's first Chinese-language feature since Magic Kitchen stars Kelly Chen and Ekin Cheng as a television journalist and a Hong Kong cop in pursuit of a notorious art thief named Nine-Tailed Fox, played by Tony Leung Ka Fai. Shot on location in London and Prague, Horseplay is a fun, picturesque caper filled with twists and turns, keeping audiences guessing until the very end. The comedic adventure also stars Eric Tsang and Wong Cho Lam as two art dealers, as well as Mandy Lieu as a mysterious assassin.

Desperate for a real news story, entertainment journalist Mui (Kelly Chen) goes to London to cover an antique auction in order to trace the path of Nine-Tailed Fox (Tony Leung Ka Fai), a famous art thief who has eluded capture for decades. Playful, but clever, the Fox decides to use Mui as his partner for his latest heist, a set of pottery horse from the Tang Dynasty. What the Fox doesn't know is that Mui is secretly working with Cheung Ho (Ekin Cheng), a Hong Kong cop that has been obsessed with catching the Fox since letting him escape years ago. The result is a twist-filled pursuit that takes the trio from London to Prague.

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Product Title: Horseplay (2014) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 盜馬記 (2014) (DVD) (台灣版) 盗马记 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) 盜馬記 (2014) (DVD) (台湾版) Horseplay (2014) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): Kelly Chen (Actor) | Ekin Cheng (Actor) | Tony Leung Ka Fai (Actor) | Eric Tsang (Actor) | Wong Cho Lam (Actor) | Luisa Maria Leitao (Lai Chi Shan) (Actor) | Liu Kai Chi (Actor) | Stephanie Che (Actor) | Wang Shuo (Actor) | Mandy Lieu (Actor) | Jeannie Chan (Actor) 陳慧琳 (Actor) | 鄭伊健 (Actor) | 梁 家輝 (Actor) | 曾志偉 (Actor) | 王祖藍 (Actor) | 黎芷珊 (Actor) | 廖啟智 (Actor) | 車婉婉 (Actor) | 王槊 (Actor) | Mandy Lieu (Actor) | 陳 瀅 (Actor) 陈慧琳 (Actor) | 郑伊健 (Actor) | 梁 家辉 (Actor) | 曾志伟 (Actor) | 王祖蓝 (Actor) | 黎芷珊 (Actor) | 廖启智 (Actor) | 车婉婉 (Actor) | 王槊 (Actor) | Mandy Lieu (Actor) | 陈 滢 (Actor) 陳慧琳(ケリー・チャン) (Actor) | 鄭伊健(イーキン・チェン) (Actor) | 梁家輝 (レオン・カーファイ) (Actor) | 曾志偉 (エリック・ツァン) (Actor) | 王祖藍 (ウォン・ジョーラム) (Actor) | 黎[艸/止]珊(ライ・チーシャン) (Actor) | 廖啓智(リウ・カイチー) (Actor) | 車婉婉(ステファニー・チェー) (Actor) | Wang Shuo (Actor) | Mandy Lieu (Actor) | Jeannie Chan (Actor) 진혜림 (Actor) | Ekin Cheng (Actor) | Tony Leung Ka Fai (Actor) | Eric Tsang (Actor) | Wong Cho Lam (Actor) | Luisa Maria Leitao (Lai Chi Shan) (Actor) | 요 계지 (Actor) | Stephanie Che (Actor) | Wang Shuo (Actor) | Mandy Lieu (Actor) | Jeannie Chan (Actor)
Director: Lee Chi Ngai 李志毅 李志毅 リー・チーガイ Lee Chi Ngai
Producer: Lee Chi Ngai 李志毅 李志毅 リー・チーガイ Lee Chi Ngai
Release Date: 2015-02-16
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIA
Duration: 95 (mins)
Publisher: HOVE
Package Weight: 80 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1038343663

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Professional Review of "Horseplay (2014) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

July 15, 2014

This professional review refers to Horseplay (2014) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Hong Kong director and UFO (United Filmmakers Organization) founder Lee Chi Ngai returns with Horseplay, an old-fashioned crime comedy boasting an all-star cast and exotic European locations. Though an acclaimed director, best known for the much loved Lost and Found, Lee isn't exactly prolific, and the film is his first feature length Chinese language offering since Magic Kitchen back in 2004, following his segment in last year's horror omnibus Tales from the Dark. HK favourites Kelly Chen, Ekin Cheng and Tony Leung Ka Fai headline, with support from the likes of Eric Tsang, Wong Cho Lam and Mandy Lieu in a light-hearted tale of cops, robbers and art theft.

Chen stars as Mui, an entertainment journalist who's overjoyed when she gets the chance to combine a trip to London to attend her friend's wedding with an assignment to try and track down a notorious art thief called Nine Tailed Fox (Tony Leung Kai Fai), a criminal genius and master of disguise who has avoided capture for decades. The Fox is only too aware of her clumsy attempts to tail him, and decides to reveal himself to her and try and involve her in his scheme to steal the priceless Tang Dynasty Sancai Horse. At the same time, Hong Kong detective Cheung Ho (Ekin Cheng) also persuades Mui to help him catch the Fox, and the three end up chasing each other all over Europe, with eccentric art dealers Mr. Round (Eric Tsang) and Mr. Yin (Wong Cho Lam) and a beautiful assassin (Mandy Lieu) along for the ride.

Horseplay is very much a 1960s style caper flick, Lee Chi Ngai taking a playful approach and drawing on some of Hitchcock's lighter works, as well as the likes of the Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant starring Charade and other escapist charmers. Though there's drama and suspense to a degree, the emphasis here is very much on comedy and laughs, Lee working in plenty of slapstick, comic misunderstandings, daft disguises and general tomfoolery, making sure that the film lives up to its name. The gags and timing are generally effective, and the film makes for good-natured and amiable viewing, even if it rarely makes sense. The production values and locales certainly help, and the film having been lensed in London and Prague successfully gives it the glamorous and foreign allure that Lee is looking for, with lots of shots of famous tourist destinations and of luxurious food and drinks. The cast all seem to be having an appropriate amount of fun with their thinly written though essentially likeable characters, and while Chen is a little wooden in a stereotypically cutesy clumsy role, Cheng and Leung are both value for money and the eccentric supporting cast all do their bit.

The downside to all this mirth is that the film doesn't work as well when it comes to its more serious elements, and Lee never manages to drum up much tension or engage the viewer in its central mystery or criminal plot. With there being no real villains, Mandy Lieu's supposed killer being too over/under dressed to really count, there's not much dramatic momentum, the narrative clearly being built around excuses for the cast to hop around Europe. While this doesn't really slow things down and the film is never dull, it does makes for a general feeling that Lee could have tried a little harder with the script to inject the kind of thrills and actual intrigue that directors like Hitchcock and Stanley Donen managed to balance so well with humour and silliness.

Still, Horseplay is a harmless and generally entertaining piece of fun, and is better crafted and constructed than most other recent Hong Kong comedies. Lee Chi Ngai is certainly capable of better, though as a bright and breezy star vehicle and picture postcard tour of Europe, there's a fair amount to be said for its modest charms.

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