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|Product Title:||Imprisoned: Survival Guide for Rich and Prodigal (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 壹獄壹世界: 高登闊少踎監日記 (2015) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 壹狱壹世界: 高登阔少踎监日记 (2015) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 壹獄壹世界: 高登闊少踎監日記 (2015) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Imprisoned: Survival Guide for Rich and Prodigal (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Gregory Wong (Actor) | Justin Cheung (Actor) | Liu Kai Chi (Actor) | Wan Yeung Ming (Actor) | Elvis Tsui (Actor) | Tommy Wong (Actor) | Philip Keung (Actor) | Ken Lo (Actor) | Hanjin Tan (Actor) | Deon Cheung (Actor) | Babyjohn Choi (Actor) 王宗堯 (Actor) | 張 建聲 (Actor) | 廖啟智 (Actor) | 尹揚明 (Actor) | 徐錦江 (Actor) | 黃光亮 (Actor) | 姜浩文 (Actor) | 盧惠光 (Actor) | 陳 奐仁 (Actor) | 張 松枝 (Actor) | 蔡瀚億 (Actor) 王宗尧 (Actor) | 张 建声 (Actor) | 廖启智 (Actor) | 尹扬明 (Actor) | 徐锦江 (Actor) | 黄光亮 (Actor) | 姜浩文 (Actor) | 卢惠光 (Actor) | 陈 奂仁 (Actor) | 张 松枝 (Actor) | 蔡瀚亿 (Actor) Gregory Wong (Actor) | Justin Cheung (Actor) | 廖啓智（リウ・カイチー） (Actor) | 尹揚明（ビンセント・ワン） (Actor) | 徐錦江（チョイ・ガムゴン） (Actor) | 黄光亮（トミー・ウォン） (Actor) | 姜皓文（キョン・ヒウマン） (Actor) | 慮恵光（ロー・ワイコン） (Actor) | 陳奐仁 （ハンジン・タン） (Actor) | Deon Cheung (Actor) | ベイビージョン・チョイ (Actor) Gregory Wong (Actor) | Justin Cheung (Actor) | 요 계지 (Actor) | Wan Yeung Ming (Actor) | Elvis Tsui (Actor) | Tommy Wong (Actor) | Philip Keung (Actor) | Ken Lo (Actor) | Hanjin Tan (Actor) | Deon Cheung (Actor) | Babyjohn Choi (Actor)|
|Director:||Christopher Sun 孫 立基 孙 立基 Christopher Sun Christopher Sun|
|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?|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese|
|Country of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Picture Format:||[HD] High Definition, NTSC What is it?|
|Screen Resolution:||1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)|
|Package Weight:||100 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1048766352|
- Making Of
Richard Yu (Gregory Wong), a typical fop, hits a passer-by when drink-driving and is sentenced to one year in jail. Contrary to what the outside world believes, life behind bars is not full of atrocity. This world has its own rules; the survival tip from his cellmate Uncle Tat says it all, “give way, and get a way.” As one learns the rules of survival, one can pass his time peacefully in jail. Uncle Tat teaches Richard many survival tactics, which helps him get by pretty well. The newly transferred cellmate Jack (Justin Cheung), is not only against Richard in all aspects but also acts like a tyrant in jail, even the cell bosses are somewhat fearful of him. The growth of Jack’s power and setback of both friendship and relationship cause Richard’s tolerance to skyrocket and fights against Jack, who is doubled his size, in the cafeteria….
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Professional Review of "Imprisoned: Survival Guide for Rich and Prodigal (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"
Imprisoned: Survival Guide for Rich and Prodigal certainly has promising credentials for fans of Hong Kong exploitation cinema, being directed by Christopher Sun, the man behind the 2011 international hit 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy, and who also produced Due West: Our Sex Journey in 2012. Reuniting him with Due West star Gregory Wong, the film was based upon a popular online novel published on Golden Forum, and follows the supposedly true experiences of a rich brat who end up behind bars. Joining Wong are Justin Cheung (3D Sex and Zen) and Liu Kai Chi (That Demon Within), along with a long list of HK veterans and sleaze cinema favourites.
Wong plays Nelson Yu, a typical spoiled playboy son of super-rich parents, who spends all his time hanging around in fancy clubs and chasing women. His lavish life is turned upside down when he accidentally hits a pedestrian while drunk driving, and ends up convicted and sentenced to 18 months in Stanley Prison, despite the protestations of his mother (Candice Yu). Having to adapt quickly to prison life, he learns the tricks and techniques of survival, and manages to carve out a semi-peaceful existence for himself, thanks partly to the help of his newfound friend Roach (Babyjohn Choi, SPL 2: A Time for Consequences). Sadly this doesn't last long, and the arrival of a new prisoner called Jack (Justin Cheung) starts stirring things up, the angry lad determined to settle a past score with Nelson.
Although Hong Kong cinema has produced a fair few prison films over the years, most notably Ringo Lam's 1987 Chow Yun-fat-starring classic Prison on Fire and its sequel, there haven't been any for a while, and so Imprisoned: Survival Guide for Rich and Prodigal comes as a bit of a welcome throwback. Sticking pretty close to Lam's formula (the film even features Prison on Fire alumni Tommy Wong and William Ho), though there's nothing new to its tale of a spoiled cad learning hard lessons, it's told well enough and does hold the interest – perhaps more than expected, given that the script was co-written by Mark Wu of Lan Kwai Fong fame. The prison clichés are rolled out with a decent sense of pacing and fun, and there's a pleasing attention to detail when it comes to depicting the jailhouse economy and the many rules of its claustrophobic, macho society. After an interesting first half following Nelson's acclimatisation, the film gets more tense and dramatic with the appearance of Jack, and while the end result is never in any doubt, Christopher Sun successfully works in a few twists and a decent amount of action and threat, making the film feel more economic than its two hour running time might suggest.
The film's main problem, and one which might make it a bit of a turn-off for some viewers, is the fact that Nelson is an extremely unlikeable protagonist, being an arrogant, smug heel, breast-obsessed and given to treating women badly. It's hard to imagine many feeling sympathy for his plight, not least due to his hypocritical yearnings for his girlfriend May (Jessy Li, Undercover Duet), despite his many affairs and mistresses – the film's attitude towards women in general is best described as shabby. If anything, most viewers are likely to want Nelson to be subjected to far more gruelling ordeals than he is, and with Gregory Wong being a bit of a blank, there's no real emotional involvement in the plot or payoff at the end, the film's stab at a redemptive character arc never convincing.
Thankfully the supporting cast go some way to making up for this, Justin Cheung doing well in the antagonist role and turning in an amusingly over the top performance that makes him very enjoyable to watch. The many appearances from HK industry veterans also help, and it's hard not to get a kick out of seeing the likes of Lam Suet, Elvis Tsui, Wan Yeung Min, Phillip Keung and others together on screen again. Far more believable than their younger cellmates, their presence adds a definite grittiness to the film, helping to distract from their brashness and pseudo-swagger.
Though not exactly a great film, Imprisoned: Survival Guide for Rich and Prodigal is nevertheless an entertaining and perfectly acceptable genre film, boosted by the fact that there hasn't been another of its type for some time. Christopher Sun does a creditable job in the director's chair, and fans of Hong Kong schlock won't be disappointed.
by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com