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Let's Go (2011) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Pat Ha (Actor) | Gordon Lam (Actor) | Juno Mak (Actor) | Stephy Tang (Actor)
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A stylized action film and a homage to 1980s Japanese superhero cartoons like Space Emperor God Sigma, director Wong Ching Po (Jiang Hu) makes his most commercial film yet with Let's Go!, the closing film of the 2011 Hong Kong Asian Film Festival. Wong's second collaboration with pop star Juno Mak after Revenge a Love Story is a slick, crowd-pleasing story about a young man's journey from zero to hero. This time, Wong and Mak recruit action director Nicky Li (Invisible Target) to create stylized martial arts action sequences that bring a Hong Kong cinema-style twist to a wildly entertaining superhero origin film.

In addition to Juno as the young hero, Let's Go also stars Stephy Tang (East Meets West) as the feisty rich girl, Wen Chao as the comical sidekick, Pat Ha (Hi, Fidelity) as the concerned mother, Gordon Lam (Infernal Affairs) as the scarred super-villain, and Shaw Brothers legend Wang Yu (Wu Xia) as a crime lord.

Sheung (Juno Mak) has always believed in standing up in the name of justice. A stoic young man gifted with excellent fighting skills, Sheung plays the local hero by starting fights with the bullies of his neighborhood, much to the chagrin of his mother (Pat Ha). Soon, Sheung's fighting skills is recognized by a crime syndicate led by Hon Yu (Wang Yu), and Sheung is hired to become a bodyguard for Hon Yu's daughter Annie (Stephy Tang). However, the two soon become embroiled in a violent rebellion led by Hon Yu's right-hand man Shing (Gordon Lam), and Sheung will be forced to take up his destiny as a protector for all that is good and righteous.

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Product Title: Let's Go (2011) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 保衛戰隊之出動喇!朋友! (2011) (DVD) (香港版) 保卫战队之出动喇!朋友! (2011) (DVD) (香港版) 保衛戰隊之出動喇!朋友! (2011) (DVD) (香港版) Let's Go (2011) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Pat Ha (Actor) | Gordon Lam (Actor) | Juno Mak (Actor) | Stephy Tang (Actor) | Chin Siu Ho (Actor) | Jimmy Wang (Actor) | Ken Lo (Actor) | Gary Chaw (Actor) | Wen Chao (Actor) 夏文汐 (Actor) | 林家棟 (Actor) | 麥浚龍 (Actor) | 鄧麗欣 (Actor) | 錢小豪 (Actor) | 王羽 (Actor) | 盧惠光 (Actor) | 曹格 (Actor) | 溫 超 (Actor) 夏文汐 (Actor) | 林家栋 (Actor) | 麦浚龙 (Actor) | 邓丽欣 (Actor) | 钱小豪 (Actor) | 王羽 (Actor) | 卢惠光 (Actor) | 曹格 (Actor) | 温 超 (Actor) 夏文汐(パット・ハー) (Actor) | 林家棟(ラム・カートン) (Actor) | 麥浚龍(ジュノ・マック) (Actor) | 鄧麗欣 (ステフィ・タン) (Actor) | 錢小豪(チン・シウホウ) (Actor) | 王羽(ジミー・ウォング) (Actor) | 慮恵光(ロー・ワイコン) (Actor) | 曹格(ゲイリー・ツァオ) (Actor) | Wen Chao (Actor) Pat Ha (Actor) | Gordon Lam (Actor) | Juno Mak (Actor) | Stephy Tang (Actor) | Chin Siu Ho (Actor) | Jimmy Wang (Actor) | Ken Lo (Actor) | Gary Chaw (Actor) | Wen Chao (Actor)
Director: Wong Ching Po 黃精甫 黄精甫 黄精甫(ウォン・ジンポー) Wong Ching Po
Release Date: 2012-01-20
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 96 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1030267352

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Director: Wong Ching Po

Siu-seung lost his father at a young age. Suppressing the justice in his heart, he only believed in his fists. Dai-pang was his only best friend who always imagined protecting the earth. Destiny has its own ways, Siu-seung eventually joined Matsumoto Corporation and came across the outspoken Annie and Kwong Shing, the monster who severed one of his arms. A mysterious man who protected him in secret for years rallied up with a bunch of estate bullies and rascals who are friends of Siu-seung, making Siu-seung as their leader. Siu-seung miraculously regained an arm and was ready to fight back. But this time, Siu-seung must fight again for a special reason.

Apart from reacquainting with that innate sense of justice, he will have to save the cop who failed to save his father all those years ago!
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Professional Review of "Let's Go (2011) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

January 26, 2012

Let's Go! Where? To see the new Wong Ching-Po movie! Stop the presses, because Wong Ching-Po, the director behind overrated triad thriller Jiang Hu, overwrought exploitation flick Revenge a Love Story and simply awful gang drama Ah Sou has made a good film. At least Let's Go! is entertaining and better than Wong's most recent efforts, and uses his pretentious filmmaking style in an unexpectedly funny and subversive way. Wong Ching-Po is a decidedly serious director and Let's Go! is a categorically silly movie. Combine those two logically opposed factors and the resulting product is a strange and also fun flick that simultaneously reveres and sends up the tokusatsu (live-action Japanese superhero) genre. There's an acquired taste to this sort of thing, but those inclined should be tickled.

Juno Mak produces and stars as Lee Siu-Sheung, a simple but tough cha chaan teng employee who somehow becomes a superhero. He and his father (Lam Ka-Wah) were both huge fans of mecha anime Space Emperor God Sigma and its titular hero, a righteous robot that resulted from the combination of three smaller vehicles (Note: foreshadowing!). Siu-Sheung's father died while trying to play hero but Siu-Sheung still has the justice jones, and honors both his father and God Sigma by slapping around bullies. He's also the unofficial captain of the "Earth Guard," a supposed justice squad that features dopey loser Big Bird (Wen Chao, an actor famous for his Stephen Chow soundalike voice) as a core member. The duo doesn't really do any crimefighting, but it's a nice dream to have between delivering fried rice and milk tea to the denizens of their public housing estate.

Siu-Sheung gets a vocation change when he impresses gangster Tai Muk (Ken Lo) and lands a security job with Tai Muk's boss Hon Yu (Jimmy Wang Yu). Siu-Sheung has the martial arts skills to be a gang boss' bodyguard, plus he's willing to leap into danger whenever it's necessary. That latter trait endears him to Hon Yu's daughter Annie (Stephy Tang playing a bad or at least a naughty girl), but it also makes him less popular with Hon Yu's other security guys, led by the serious and supposedly honorable Shing (Gordon Lam). There's actually friction going on between Shing's guys (Chin Siu-Ho, Tony Ho, Kenny Wong and Vincent Sze) and Hon Yu, leading to an expected falling out that occurs in surprisingly violent fashion. Meanwhile, Siu-Sheung experiences his own fall, but that's cool, because now he can rise up, take back his pride and deliver a blow for justice. While wearing a white jumpsuit and silly white helmet.

It's easy to see how the ad wizards came up with this one. Let's Go! is a postmodern superhero movie about people who become superheroes because they were fans of superheroes – or a super robot, namely the iconic Toei animation creation God Sigma. The Cantonese-dubbed Space Emperor God Sigma show featured a theme song from Leslie Cheung, so that's extra nostalgia factor right there. Basing the film on tokusatsu is a smart trick, as it allows the filmmakers to eschew all logic and drop new plot holes every five seconds. It makes no sense that a supposed believer in justice like Siu-Sheung would go work for a gang boss, but that's what he does. Likewise, Siu-Sheung's super-strength appears out of nowhere, and many other developments and details (like Stephy Tang's inexplicable character) are cheesy and totally baseless. If someone in this film owned a talking sea monkey and had magical fart powers, it wouldn't be all that weird.

Unfortunately, Wong can't keep his straight-faced silliness consistent. The first and the third acts are loaded to the gills with random but amusing asides, some referencing the film's inspiration (at one point, Siu-Sheung hangs out with an imaginary God Sigma robot) and some not (Stephy Tang speaking terrible English). However, the middle portion goes punishingly melodramatic, as Shing rises to become the film's super bad guy and Siu-Sheung bottoms out. The narrative follows a familiar zero-to-hero formula and nimbly checks off the required events, but Wong adds his own stylistic spin, relying on pronounced noir lighting, punishing action sequences and overdone melodramatics that border on self-parody. Even at its darkest, Let's Go! needs to wink at or laugh with its audience. Wong makes an admirable effort to stretch his directorial image, but he's still too stiff to mix laughs and tears effectively.

While convincing physically, Juno Mak is too distant and too cold a performer to properly engage the audience. Luckily, his co-stars help him out. As his mother, Pat Ha charmingly brings out Mak's vulnerable side, and Stephy Tang is welcome despite being completely and perhaps deliberately unconvincing. Wen Chao essays the dopey sidekick role to an appropriately amusing hilt, while Malaysian singer Gary Chaw possesses an oddly successful charisma as a mysterious figure who shadows Siu-Sheung. Gordon Lam's turn as the heinous villain is also a highlight, partially due to the character's affectations (Shing spends the second half of the film either torturing people or eating meat intensely in front of a stone carving of his own head) and also through Lam's ability to make his character both sinister and even sympathetic. Shing ends up as a super-bad bastard, but when we first meet him he's just a guy who takes himself too seriously. Oddly, of all the people in the film, Shing may have the most complete character arc.

Budget here is not high, but the filmmakers do the best with what they've got. Wong's noir lighting helps hide some production design issues, with empty parking garages and warehouses being the settings du jour. The use of a public housing estate is a real plus, however, grounding the film in both its working-class attitude and also its Hong Kong roots. Overall, Let's Go! works for initiated audiences, i.e. those who immediately hear about a tokusatsu homage and say, "Wow, that sounds great!" The film should be a hit among genre fans thanks to its postmodern fan-baiting; heck, just the credits - an updated version of the God Sigma anime opening - should earn immediate and unwavering goodwill. Regular moviegoers may be less friendly, and could find this meta genre geekery to be beneath them. But the film has smart intentions, a fun spirit and even some unexpected heart. Let's Go! deserves a chance and Wong Ching-Po does too.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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December 14, 2014

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Definitely not for kids Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
"Let's Go" left me perplexed. Whom exactly did the filmmakers see as the target audience for their project? Since the film features characters obsessed with an '80s era Japanese sci-fi TV series aimed at children, one might expect that "Let's Go" also would be aimed at kids. Trust me, children would suffer nightmares if they were exposed to this ultra-violent vengeance flick. But would lovers of ultra-violent vengeance flicks embrace a movie that revels in the quirks of that cheesy old TV series?

Juno Mak stars as Lee Siu-Sheung, a restaurant delivery boy who grew up watching "Space Emperor God Sigma" with his dad. Tragically, his father was murdered before little Siu-Sheung's eyes when dad sought to intervene to prevent a crime. Siu-Sheung then grows up dreaming of becoming a hero who rights wrongs ... and mastering the martial arts skills to help him achieve that goal. Together with his peculiar pal Big Bird (Wan Chiu), Siu-Sheung fantasizes about being members of the Earth Guard, a Power Ranger-type force featured in the God Sigma show. His fantasies are interrupted when a gangster spots his fighting skills and Siu-Sheung is hired as a bodyguard by mob kingpin Hon Yu (Jimmy Wang Yu), who assigns him to watching over his heavy metal rocker daughter Annie (Stephy Tang).

All is not copacetic in gangland. Hon Yu's gunsels believe they are getting a raw deal. Some of them team up to rub out their very nasty boss. When Siu-Sheung intervenes to defend the boss, he is left a bloody pulp. The clueless Big Bird seeks to punish the mobsters for hurting his pal and suffers the consequences of his foolishness. Annie, who has caught the God Sigma bug, spends her father's fortune to create a real Earth Guard (comprised primarily of Siu-Sheung's elderly neighbors) and equip them with high tech tools. Annie and the revivified Siu-Sheung then lead the charge against the baddies.

This story might make sense for a light-hearted action film, but "Let's Go" gets very dark and very violent. Hence, I remain perplexed. Just what did these filmmakers think they were creating? Juno Mak does a creditable job as an action hero and shows off impressive fighting skills. Gordon Lam is supremely chilling as the lead bad guy. Pat Ha, as Siu-Sheung's mother, grounds the film in some sense of reality. Fans of Miike Takashi's weird violent films may embrace this one.
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