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I Love Maria (1988) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Tony Leung Chiu Wai (Actor) | Sally Yeh (Actor) | Paul Chun (Actor) | Lam Kwok Bun (Actor)
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Campy Japanese-style sci-fi action invades Hong Kong in I Love Maria, a winning action comedy produced by Tsui Hark, who actually appears in the film too! Tsui Hark is one of a pair of wacky scientists (the other being wild-haired John Sham) who reprogram a sexy android named Maria (Sally Yeh, The Killer) to fight the good fight. Maria was actually supposed to be a tool of evil, and was built in the image of another Maria (also Sally Yeh), who happens to be the venomous moll of crime boss Lam Kwok Bun. A boyish Tony Leung Chiu Wai plays a reporter who stumbles onto the exploits of the good Maria, whose desire to do justice ultimately leads her to a showdown with the evil Maria, who would now like to see her identical synthetic doppelganger destroyed! Ace action director Ching Siu Tung handles the flying fists and amusing blowups in I Love Maria, which also delivers funny performances, a bouncy, breakneck pace, and incredibly cheap special effects that only add to the utterly amusing camp spectacular.

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Product Title: I Love Maria (1988) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 鐵甲無敵瑪利亞 (1988) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 铁甲无敌玛利亚 (1988) (Blu-ray) (香港版) I Love Maria (1988) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) I Love Maria (1988) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Tony Leung Chiu Wai (Actor) | Sally Yeh (Actor) | Paul Chun (Actor) | Lam Kwok Bun (Actor) | Lam Ching Ying (Actor) | Tsui Hark (Actor) | John Sham (Actor) | Dennis Chan (Actor) 梁 朝偉 (Actor) | 葉蒨文 (Actor) | 秦沛 (Actor) | 林國斌 (Actor) | 林正英 (Actor) | 徐 克 (Actor) | 岑建勳 (Actor) | 陳國新 (Actor) 梁 朝伟 (Actor) | 叶蒨文 (Actor) | 秦沛 (Actor) | 林国斌 (Actor) | 林正英 (Actor) | 徐 克 (Actor) | 岑建勋 (Actor) | 陈国新 (Actor) 梁朝偉 (トニー・レオン) (Actor) | 葉蒨文 (サリー・イップ) (Actor) | 秦沛(チョン・プイ) (Actor) | 林國斌(ラム・クォックバン) (Actor) | 林正英(ラム・チェンイン)  (Actor) | 徐克(ツイ・ハーク) (Actor) | 岑建勲(ジョン・シャム) (Actor) | Dennis Chan (Actor) 양조위 (Actor) | Sally Yeh (Actor) | Paul Chun (Actor) | Lam Kwok Bun (Actor) | Lam Ching Ying (Actor) | 서극 (Actor) | John Sham (Actor) | Chen Guo Xin (Actor)
Director: Chung Chi Man 鍾志文 Chung Chi Man 鍾志文(デビッド・チョン) Chung Chi Man
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2021-04-30
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Duration: 96 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1101691000

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首度推出 藍光影碟

監製 徐 克 岑建勳
動作導演 程小東
策劃.編劇 阮繼志
原作音樂 主題曲 戴樂民 黃 霑

《摩登如來神掌》《何日君再來》《極道追踪》《大鬧廣昌隆》攝影指導
《陰陽錯》攝影
導演 鍾志文

領銜主演 岑建勳 葉蒨文 徐 克

特別演出 梁朝偉 林正英

聯合主演 秦 沛 左燕翎 林國斌 黃志強 陳國新

*** 首批附送 原裝電影海報咭 (乙張),數量有限,送完即止﹗***

英雄黨是一個恐怖組織,其首領「救世主」與女友瑪利亞(葉蒨文 飾)經常利用自己開發的巨無霸機器人「先鋒一號」大肆破壞。由於「先鋒一號」威力強大,警方也常常束手無策。威士忌(徐克 飾)原是英雄黨的一份子,對自己團夥的所作所為深感不滿,後來在「師傅」(林正英 飾)的擔保下脫離組織。

一次威士忌在酒吧偶遇專為警方開發新式武器的專家鬈毛(岑建勳 飾),兩人一見如故,成為好朋友。豈料英雄黨因此懷疑威士忌出賣組織,派出新研製的機器人——外形和瑪利亞一模一樣的「先鋒二號」追殺他。更糟糕的是警方同時亦懷疑鬈毛是內奸,派人追捕他們。原為出爆炸性新聞而追蹤兩人的記者莊自強(梁朝偉 飾)因而受到牽連。眾人最後能否逃出生天?
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Professional Review of "I Love Maria (1988) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

November 6, 2008

This professional review refers to I Love Maria (DVD) (Joy Sales Version) (Hong Kong Version)
Despite its title, I Love Maria is not a romantic comedy at all, but is in fact a wacky Hong Kong comic book-style variation on Robocop – the film's alternate moniker Robot Force being far more suitable and indeed more representative of its content. Seemingly inspired by Fritz Lang's immortal 1927 science fiction classic Metropolis, which also features a similar-looking female robot called Maria, the film was directed by David Chung Chi Man (also responsible for the Michelle Yeoh vehicle Royal Warriors), produced by Tsui Hark, who also stars, and features action choreography by the always excellent Ching Siu Tung.

The film begins as a massive robot called Van robs a bank, announcing to the police who try in vain to stop it that it is working on behalf of a group of criminals rather cheekily called "Hero". The gang is led by the wicked Lam (Ben Lam, recently in Flash Point) and his equally unpleasant lover Maria (Sally Yeh, also in John Woo's The Killer) and are a wicked bunch, deciding to knock off alcoholic ex-member Whiskey (Tsui Hark, who actually turned up in quite a few of his own films) after he makes friends with police inventor Curly (top 1980s comedy actor John Sham).

Aided by Whiskey's old master (Mr. Vampire himself, Lam Ching Ying), the two go on the run, only for the gang to send their latest creation to kill them, a robot version of Maria (also played by Sally Yeh and resembling a cross between her namesake from Lang's film and Robocop – though with bigger breasts). Curly manages to reprogram the killer machine to make her one of the good guys, something which doesn't sit too well with the gang, leading to an almighty showdown.

The opening scenes of I Love Maria, as the massive Van robot goes on the rampage, are an absolute riot, setting the scene for the fun to follow, and it is immediately clear that fans of 1980s Hong Kong craziness are in for a real treat. Certainly, the film never lets up, delivering scene after scene of deliriously high camp action in fine style, keeping the viewer entertained throughout. Although directed by Chung, the proceedings bear the obvious mark of Tsui Hark and Ching Siu Tung, being very much in-keeping with their brand of high energy fantastic filmmaking.

The film is well paced and exciting, with plenty of aerial action scenes, most of them surreal, for example a Tarzan-inspired gun battle on swinging vines. Ching is on great form and the choreography is exciting in suitably cartoonish fashion. This having been said, the film is actually surprisingly violent, with a number of jarringly bloody scenes that are quite at odds with its generally innocent tone, though this arguably just adds to the fun. In addition to this, there is an incredible amount of destruction onscreen, especially during the robot duels, and the film sets some kind of record for demolishing walls, largely since Maria and the Van seem quite incapable of ever using doors.

All things considered, the special effects are best described as being "entertaining", though this is arguably part of the film's considerable charm. The robots themselves are outstanding creations that actually move quite convincingly, and which come with plenty of wacky powers such as jet boots and extending fists, not to mention an impressive array of hidden missiles and guns. The film as a whole is filled with gadgets and is a wonderfully creative and imaginative affair, frequently making for surprising viewing.

As expected, the comedy mainly revolves around slapstick and screwball clowning, though it fits well with the wacky subject matter, and the film is generally amusing and not too scattershot. Tsui and Sham make for a great comic duo, and spend most of their scenes together either trying to get the robot Maria to hit or electrocute the other, or simply doing it themselves with bricks. The gags are enhanced by sound effects liberally lifted from a number of Hollywood science fiction films which genre buffs will have a fine time trying to identify. Topping things off are a few scenes of overwrought emotion thrown in towards the end, which needless to say only serve to make things even funnier.

All of this adds up to make I Love Maria hugely enjoyable and a film not to be missed by any aficionados of far out cinema. Surely deserving of cult status, it works on pretty much every level in the uniquely Hong Kong 1980s style and guarantees a good time for all.

By James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)

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September 29, 2005

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I Love Maria Too! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Very entertaining live-action comic book/cartoon featuring nasty Gangsters, inept Cops, Dork-Nerd Heroes, & Robots! Sally Yeh plays both the evil gang-moll & the good sexy robot. She does the robotics quite well. A young & almost unrecognizable Tony Leung Chiu-Wai early in his career plays a bumbling reporter -- you would never believe that he would mature as an actor of stature in 2046 and Infernal Affairs. Film great Tsui Hark plays a washed-up drunk gangster/inventor. Even John Woo even has a cameo! This is Terminator/Robocop done as a Hong Kong style superhero pic -- low budget props & effects but lots of genuine film-making enthusiasm. An archetypical 80's action movie that's fun and everyone can enjoy. Amusing B-movie camp with a lot of energy.
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