Kungfu Cyborg: Metallic Attraction (2009) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3
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YesAsia Editorial Description
Alex Fong Lik Sun (I Corrupt All Cops) takes on his biggest role to date as a cyborg cop whose abilities to fight and love are tested. Acclaimed actor Hu Jun (Red Cliff) makes a rare comedic appearance as his reluctant partner, and romantic rival for the hand of Betty Sun (Painted Skin). Supporting players Ronald Cheng, Eric Tsang, Law Ka Ying, and Gan Wei furnish more laughs, but the kung-fu part of the title is taken care of by action director Yuen Tak (Fong Sai Yuk, Swordsman II) and martial arts star Wu Jing (Legendary Assassin) as a too cool rogue robot. The impressive animation and special effects that went into creating the film's battling robots and inventive action scenes have earned Kungfu Cyborg: Metallic Attraction comparisons to Transformers.
Built by the state to fight crime, coifed super cyborg K-1 (Alex Fong) is stationed in the countryside under the supervision of self-righteous cop Dachun (Hu Jun), who's less than thrilled about the arrangement. Dachun wants to be the hero, not baby-sit a robot, especially one that shows him up and starts making eyes at his long-time crush, policewoman Su Mei (Betty Sun). What Dachun and Su Mei don't know, however, is that K-1's program doesn't allow him to love. Amid the romantic scheming, dangerous rogue cyborg K-88 (Wu Jing) suddenly rolls into town.
|Product Title:||Kungfu Cyborg: Metallic Attraction (2009) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 機器俠 (2009) (DVD) (台灣版) 机器侠 (2009) (DVD) (台湾版) カンフー・サイボーグ （機器侠） （台湾版） Kungfu Cyborg: Metallic Attraction (2009) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)|
|Also known as:||Kung Fu Cyborg Kung Fu Cyborg Kung Fu Cyborg Kung Fu Cyborg Kung Fu Cyborg|
|Artist Name(s):||Ronald Cheng (Actor) | Alex Fong Lik Sun (Actor) | Hu Jun (Actor) | Betty Sun (Actor) | Eric Tsang (Actor) | Law Ka Ying (Actor) | Wu Jing (Actor) 鄭中基 (Actor) | 方 力申 (Actor) | 胡軍 (Actor) | 孫儷 (Actor) | 曾志偉 (Actor) | 羅家英 (Actor) | 吳京 (Actor) 郑中基 (Actor) | 方力申 (Actor) | 胡军 (Actor) | 孙俪 (Actor) | 曾志伟 (Actor) | 罗家英 (Actor) | 吴京 (Actor) 鄭中基（ロナルド・チェン） (Actor) | 方力申 （アレックス・フォン） (Actor) | 胡軍（フー・ジュン） (Actor) | 孫儷（スン・リー） (Actor) | 曾志偉 （エリック・ツァン） (Actor) | 羅家英（ロー・ガーイン） (Actor) | 呉京（ウー・ジン） (Actor) Ronald Cheng (Actor) | Alex Fong Lik Sun (Actor) | 후 준 (Actor) | Betty Sun (Actor) | Eric Tsang (Actor) | Law Ka Ying (Actor) | Wu Jing (Actor)|
|Director:||Jeff Lau 劉鎮偉 刘镇伟 劉鎮偉（ジェフ・ラウ） Jeff Lau|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese|
|Country of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.78 : 1|
|Sound Information:||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Disc Format(s):||DVD, DVD-5|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1022183192|
Officer De Ming is the pinnacle of modern law enforcement. Courteous. Courageous. Committed.
Designed to handle assignments too dangerous for traditional methods, De Ming is the first in the TN Research Bureau’s “K Series”—a revolutionary cybernetic organism programmed with a sophisticated social conscience.
Sent to a remote town as part of a covert training operation, De Ming is placed under the supervision of the local police captain, Xu Dachun. Xu’s mission: facilitate De Ming’s integration into the community while protecting the secret of his young protege’s true identity.
Charmed with a talent for delivering both justice and compassion, De Ming is quick to win the hearts of the town residents—though none more completely than that of Su Mei, a fellow officer who also happens to be the object of the captain’s secret affection.
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This professional review refers to Kungfu Cyborg: Metallic Attraction (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
With so many Chinese films still being called Kung Fu something or other, and with the continuing global success of Michael Bay's blockbuster Transformers franchise, Kung Fu Cyborg: Metallic Attraction was pretty much inevitable. The Hong Kong director getting in on the act is none other than Jeffrey Lau, who previously had hits with the likes of A Chinese Tall Story and the classic Stephen Chow A Chinese Odyssey vehicles. Perhaps unsurprisingly given Lau's predilection for the mass mixing of genres, although the film's advertising suggested non-stop brawling robots, he delivers something quite different, backed by a top cast of Hong Kong and Mainland stars and some boisterously over the top special effects.
The film follows Alex Fong (recently in the excellent I Corrupt all Cops) as K-1, a state built cyborg who for no discernable reason is sent by his creator (the inimitable Eric Tsang in a small role) to the countryside to partner a small town cop called Dachun (Hu Jun, Red Cliff). Strangely enough, instead of bringing down crime in the area, the robot immediately makes a beeline for Su Mei (Betty Sun. also in Painted Skin), who just happens to be the unrequited love of poor Dachun's life. Despite K-1 having a bizarre Elvis style hairdo and plastic looking skin, reminiscent of Jude Law in Spielberg's A.I. (though a gag reveals that he was designed to resemble Andy Lau), Su Mei responds to his affections, not knowing that falling in love will cause him to self-destruct. Meanwhile K-88 (current martial arts hotshot Wu Jing) a rogue combat cyborg, shows up, intent on causing trouble and introducing K-1 to the concept of robot rights.
It becomes very clear very quickly that Kung Fu Cyborg: Metallic Attraction is not taking the expected route, and that its odd, convoluted title is a pretty accurate reflection of its wacky content. Despite its potentially action packed premise of a robot joining the police, after some bizarre initial exposition, it throws the viewer straight into a vaguely inappropriate love triangle between K-1, Su Mei and Dachun, without so much as a hint of character back story or motivation. Just as the viewer is settling into this rather odd plot direction, after around an hour or so, out of nowhere the film suddenly explodes into transformation sequences and robot fighting. The CGI effects are actually quite good, and although the bombastic set pieces are still played partly for gags, the choreography by action director Yuen Tak (who worked on such classics as Fong Sai Yuk and Swordsman II) is solid, and they work well enough to inject some thrills and excitement and proceedings.
Unsurprisingly, Lau directs with his usual scattershot style, and the film is characterised by its oddball tonal shifts, leaping from eccentric romance to action and comedy, and, even more unbelievably, to straight drama which sees him trying to comment on the nature of love and what it means to be alive. This is perhaps only to be expected from Lau's everything but the kitchen sink brand of film making, and although the film is pretty incomprehensible at times, it is arguably all the more fun and enjoyable for it. The final act in particular comes with some very leftfield plot developments and an effects heavy cyber rumble that is admirably far out, even by his standards, before capping things off with some entirely undeserved tugs at the heart strings and an amusingly rushed mock-philosophical message. This does make for some very wacky viewing, and whether intentional or not, the comedy is generally funny, if a touch mean spirited at times as Dachun tries his best to undermine K-1. There are a good few surreal jokes, with the robot's head turning into a tin opener, a can of sardines, and finally a giant ass - all very low brow, but humorous enough.
As such, for all its being mooted as a Chinese version of Transformers, Kung Fu Cyborg: Metallic Attraction is basically a Jeffrey Lau film with a bigger budget than usual and an even wilder, looser sense of creativity. This is arguably in its favour, as it delivers something unpredictable and pleasingly different to the norm, and the film is entertaining and lively, particularly for those viewers who don't require too much in the way of logic or sense.
by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com
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January 20, 2014
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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.|