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King of Triads (2010) (DVD) (US Version) DVD Region 1

Simon Yam (Actor) | Bernice Liu (Actor) | Pinky Cheung (Actor) | Andy On (Actor)
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Fatal Move director Dennis Law deals out another powerful blow in his latest triad-themed offering Bad Blood! With Law also in writing and producing capacities, the 2010 movie retains many of the main cast of Fatal Move including Simon Yam, Eddie Cheung, Pinky Cheung, and Lam Suet, and sees the return of cinematographer Herman Yau and action choreographer Li Chung Chi. Action favorites Andy On, Xiong Xinxin, Ken Lo, and martial arts starlet Jiang Luxia are onboard the violent actioner, as are TVB stars Bernice Liu and Chris Lai. Veteran actors Chan Wai Man, Amy Chum, and Wong Tin Lam round out the ensemble cast of the gangster whodunit revolving around the bloody infighting within a triad clan.

Crime lord Lok Cheung On (Eddie Cheung) runs a smuggling ring in Hong Kong. He gets caught during a failed counterfeit money operation in Mainland China and is executed. After he's gone, a deadly struggle for power breaks out within the gang, with a series of murders and assassinations aimed at members of the Lok clan. One by one, the various sons and daughters, wives and mistresses, brothers and cousins fall as they turn on each other in paranoia. The overbearing Simon Yam, the seemingly benign Bernice Liu, the crippled Andy On, the gentle Chris Lai, or the mysterious dumb girl Jiang Luxia - any of them could be the mastermind behind all the ruthless killings - or his/her next victim.

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Product Title: King of Triads (2010) (DVD) (US Version) 滅門 (DVD) (美國版) 灭门 (DVD) (美国版) 滅門 (DVD) (US版) King of Triads (2010) (DVD) (US Version)
Also known as: Bad Blood Bad Blood Bad Blood Bad Blood Bad Blood
Artist Name(s): Simon Yam (Actor) | Bernice Liu (Actor) | Pinky Cheung (Actor) | Andy On (Actor) | Chan Wai Man (Actor) | Xiong Xin Xin (Actor) | Ken Lo (Actor) | Eddie Cheung (Actor) | Jiang Lu Xia (Actor) | Wong Tin Lam (Actor) | Li Chung Chi (Actor) | Chun Yam Mi (Actor) | Chris Lai (Actor) 任達華 (Actor) | 廖 碧兒 (Actor) | 張文慈 (Actor) | 安 志杰 (Actor) | 陳惠敏 (Actor) | 熊欣欣 (Actor) | 盧惠光 (Actor) | 張兆輝 (Actor) | 蔣璐霞 (Actor) | 王 天林 (Actor) | 李忠志 (Actor) | 覃恩美 (Actor) | 黎 諾懿 (Actor) 任达华 (Actor) | 廖 碧儿 (Actor) | 张文慈 (Actor) | 安 志杰 (Actor) | 陈惠敏 (Actor) | 熊欣欣 (Actor) | 卢惠光 (Actor) | 张兆辉 (Actor) | 蒋璐霞 (Actor) | 王 天林 (Actor) | 李忠志 (Actor) | 覃恩美 (Actor) | 黎 诺懿 (Actor) 任達華 (サイモン・ヤム) (Actor) | 廖碧兒 (バーニス・リウ) (Actor) | 張文慈(ピンキー・チョン) (Actor) | 安志杰(アンディ・オン) (Actor) | 陳惠敏(チャン・ワイマン) (Actor) | 熊欣欣(ホン・ヤンヤン) (Actor) | 慮恵光(ロー・ワイコン) (Actor) | 張兆輝(チョン・シウファイ) (Actor) | 蔣璐霞 (ジャン・ルーシャー) (Actor) | 王天林(ウォン・ティンラム) (Actor) | Li Chung Chi (Actor) | 覃恩美 (エイミー・チョム) (Actor) | Chris Lai (Actor) 임 달화 (Actor) | Bernice Liu (Actor) | Pinky Cheung (Actor) | Andy On (Actor) | Chan Wai Man (Actor) | Xiong Xin Xin (Actor) | Ken Lo (Actor) | Eddie Cheung (Actor) | Jiang Lu Xia (Actor) | Wong Tin Lam (Actor) | Li Chung Chi (Actor) | Chun Yam Mi (Actor) | Chris Lai (Actor)
Director: Dennis Law 羅 守耀 罗 守耀 羅守耀(デニス・ロー) Dennis Law
Release Date: 2012-02-28
UPC Code: 031398149323
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
Sound Information: Dolby Digital
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 1 - USA, Canada, U.S. Territories What is it?
Duration: 95 (mins)
Publisher: Lions Gate Entertainment (US)
Package Weight: 99 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1027938166

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Professional Review of "King of Triads (2010) (DVD) (US Version)"

May 24, 2010

This professional review refers to Bad Blood (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Property developer turned film maker Dennis Law continues his onslaught on Hong Kong cinemas with another genre outing in Bad Blood. As with his former outing Fatal Move the triad thriller sees him working with acclaimed cinematographer Herman Yau and action choreographer Li Chung Chi, and reunites him with cast members and industry veterans Simon Yam, Eddie Cheung, Pinky Cheung, and Lam Suet. Law also manages to attract a few more action stars in the form of Andy On (recently in True Legend), Xiong Xinxin (Once upon a time in China), Ken Lo (also in the Jackie Chan films Police Story 2 and The Myth and rising martial arts talent Jiang Luxia (another True Legend alumnus), along with TVB's Bernice Liu and Chris Lai.

The film kicks off in fine, action packed style with Tung Luen Shun gang boss Lok Cheung On (Eddie Cheung) being caught during a botched counterfeit money job in Mainland China, and then summarily executed. This leaves a power vacuum for the gang back in Hong Kong, with the oddly named but ambitious Funky (Simon Yam) being first in line to step up and lead the family. However, many others are also vying for position, including Lok's naive son (Chris Lai), recently returned from the US, his seemingly quiet and obedient daughter Audrey (Bernice Liu), and Calf, a young man with a disfiguring birthmark on his face and a massive chip on his shoulder - not to mention Lok's many wives, mistresses and other triad henchmen. It soon becomes clear that one of them is only too willing to kill for the job, as cast members start dropping like flies, forcing the others to try and figure out who the murder is before they find their own throats cut.

There's no denying that, by traditional cinematic standards, Bad Blood is a bit of a mess. Law has never been much of a storyteller, showing a strange predilection for alternately ignoring his characters and then spending far too much time focusing on their more mundane activities. Despite its basic high concept premise of being a triad murders whodunit, the plot has a real tendency to go off on odd and pointless tangents, though thankfully less so than in other recent Law efforts such as Womb Ghosts. The good news is that all of this actually works well to make Bad Blood extremely entertaining, if perhaps not for the intended reasons. With all of the cast playing strange, larger than life and not quite believable cartoon figures, their infighting and scheming makes for some wonderfully hysterical melodrama, most of which is all the funnier for being played straight. Once the identity of the assassin is revealed, wisely quite early on in the proceedings, things get even better, with some top notch ruthlessness and wacky murders. Here, Law shows his usual taste for randomness, with characters being abruptly dispatched with no thought to generating tension, something which also makes for some unexpected, laugh out loud moments.

The film does see Law making some advances as a director, being better paced and less prone to needlessly excesses of tacky style than his earlier outings, Fatal Move in particular. With Herman Yau as cinematographer, the film certainly looks good, and though not exactly gritty, it does at least have vaguely hard edge and some decent visuals. Law does have the good sense to keep the action coming thick and fast, and though a lot of these scenes are disconnected from the plot, they are exciting and violent. Li Chung Chi's choreography is of a decent standard, and most of the martial arts scenes are pretty impressive, benefitting from not showing too much obvious CGI. The film is quite brutal and bloody in places, though is really too much fun to ever be truly nasty.

This feeling pervades the film as a whole, and Bad Blood is a very enjoyable piece of glorious trash. Although by no means an accomplished or substantial piece of cinema, it entertains and amuses throughout, more so than many other more po-faced or supposedly meaningful thrillers. Indeed, there is certainly something to be said for Law as a director of straight up, old fashioned, Hong Kong style exploitation fare, and if he tightens up his skills and storytelling, there's a real chance of his films becoming an established and welcome antidote to some of the more mundane, increasingly export friendly genre efforts currently being produced by others.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "King of Triads (2010) (DVD) (US Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5.3 out of 10 (3)

Lam
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May 28, 2010

This customer review refers to Bad Blood (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
great martial arts but boring film. Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10
with fatal contact and fatal move under his helm the director should have improved on his directional skills but unfortunately he has made one of the most boring film to date. the director does not employ any fancy camera work to enhance an already boring script but instead films things in the most pedestrian way as possible; cameras pan from side to side, scenes lingering on for to long etc.

what hurts the film the most is the lack of editing involved in some scenes, the audience has to witness some mundane tasks, such as making coffee or changing clothes, that add nothing to the proceeding. the camera seems to linger on for no apparent reason except for just lazy film mamking.

the good thing about this lack of editing is that the fight scenes are shown in all its glory, this is where the director excels. wide lengthy shots are used allowing the audience to follow the excellent choreography which are scattered through out the film. Andy On does an admirable job in the fight department but doubled for acrbatic moves and certain kicks. it is new comer Jiang Lu Xia that really shines though, with her martial arts skills. Bernice Liu is the main antagonist but she fails to convince as master of martial arts which she portrayed as.

another plus for fight fans is the return of Xiong xin xin in a minor fighting role and the chance to see ken lo dish out some kisks again.

As for the acting Bernice Liu is just horrifically bad as the villain her acting is just comical villain. Andy On does a decent job and as for the veterans they are in fine form but are never really explored that much.

everything is bad about this film but is saved by some really good old fighting if you can stomach poor film making then watch this.
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jasmine
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May 26, 2010

This customer review refers to Bad Blood (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Real Bad Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10
Simon Yam has been around for a long time. As far as I can remember, he has always been in movies which involves the triads, pimps, sibling rivalry,etc. This movie is no exception except for the fact that he didn't get to be too vicious before getting topped off .

How do I rate this show? One way street!! It's so predictable once members started to get killed like flies. Look out for newcomer Jiang Luxia (playing the mute) - a cool find for future martial arts movies (reminds me of veterans Kara Hui, Cheng Pei Pei and Lily Lee). Star ratings strictly for Jiang Luxia.
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Yasar
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May 23, 2010

This customer review refers to Bad Blood (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Good film Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Bad Blood is not a crap film.Some might like or some might hate it,depending on your point of view,.To me I think it is a improvment from the disastrous FATEL MOVE.The film has talented martial artist and it boasts numerous well-choreographed fight scenes.There were other moments that I liked in this and that is the performance from Simon Yam and up-and-coming martial artist Jiang Lu Xia.

My only problem with this one was the fact that Dennis Law's script was either overly ambitious or ridiculas and it does fall short of reaching dramatic heights it aspires to.

A good/average film.
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