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Lord of East China Sea (1993) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Ray Lui (Actor) | Carina Lau (Actor) | Kent Cheng (Actor) | Cecilia Yip (Actor)
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All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)

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The unprecedented commercial and critical success of To Be Number One (1991) started the wave of biopics of famous outlaws that swept Hong Kong Cinema in the 1990s. The hit film's creators (writer-producers Johnny Mak and Stephen Siu, director Poon Man Kit) and star (Ray Lui) reunited two years later for an even bigger biopic project, a two-part saga based on the life of legendary Shanghai crime lord Du Yuesheng. Also returning were the key supporting actors including Kent Cheng, Elvis Tsui, and Cecilia Yip, and the cast was further reinforced with popular actors Ken Tong, Michael Miu, Carina Lau, and Siqin Gaowa.

The film garnered nominations at the Hong Kong Film Awards (for Best Screenplay) and Golden Horse Awards (for Best Production Design and Best Costume Design). Set in the first half of the 20th century, the story details how Lu Yuesheng (Ray Lui) rises to power in the underworld of Shanghai. He begins as a small-time crook, making huge profits out of opium trade, and eventually becomes the godfather ruling the notorious Green Gang, so powerful that even the big shots in the highest political office have to seek his alliance.

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Product Title: Lord of East China Sea (1993) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 歲月風雲之上海皇帝 (1993) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 岁月风云之上海皇帝 (1993) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 歲月風雲之上海皇帝 (1993) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Lord of East China Sea (1993) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Ray Lui (Actor) | Carina Lau (Actor) | Kent Cheng (Actor) | Cecilia Yip (Actor) | Elvis Tsui (Actor) | Kent Tong | Michael Miu | Siqin Gaowa | Johnny Mak | Stephen Shiu 呂良偉 (Actor) | 劉嘉玲 (Actor) | 鄭則仕 (Actor) | 葉童 (Actor) | 徐錦江 (Actor) | 湯 鎮業 | 苗 僑偉 | 斯琴高娃 | 麥當雄 | 蕭 若元 吕良伟 (Actor) | 刘嘉玲 (Actor) | 郑则仕 (Actor) | 叶童 (Actor) | 徐锦江 (Actor) | 汤 镇业 | 苗 侨伟 | 斯琴高娃 | 麦当雄 | 萧 若元 呂良偉(レイ・ロイ) (Actor) | 劉嘉玲 (カリーナ・ラウ)  (Actor) | 鄭則仕(ケント・チェン) (Actor) | 葉童(イップ・トン) (Actor) | 徐錦江(チョイ・ガムゴン) (Actor) | 湯鎮業(ケン・トン) | 苗僑偉(ミウ・キウワイ) | 斯琴高娃(スーチン・ガオワー) | Johnny Mak | Stephen Shiu Ray Lui (Actor) | Carina Lau (Actor) | Kent Cheng (Actor) | Cecilia Yip (Actor) | Elvis Tsui (Actor) | Kent Tong | Michael Miu | Siqin Gaowa | Johnny Mak | Stephen Shiu
Director: Poon Man Kit 潘文傑 潘文杰 Poon Man Kit Poon Man Kit
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: 2019-10-25
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Rating: II
Duration: 148 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1078791311

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The setting is the Shanghai of the early 1900s. The city is divided into different Concessions by the bullying foreign powers. Yusheng (Ray Lui) is a young market-stall holder who dreams of a better life. To earn it, he becomes the right-hand man of a powerful local lawman, Huang (Kent Cheng). In time, Yusheng’s couorage, intelligence and charisma allow him to forge an empire of his own. Despite the chaotic political turmoil that surrounds him, Yusheng rises to become Lord of the East China Sea.
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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)

Kevin Kennedy
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September 17, 2014

This customer review refers to Lord of East China Sea (DVD) (Joy Sales Version) (Hong Kong Version)
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Interesting biopic Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
"Lord of East China Sea" tells of the rise of uneducated streetside fruit vendor Lu Yun San (Ray Lui) to the heights of power in Republic era Shanghai. Yun San is known for standing up for his friends and for his love of gambling. These traits cost him his money and cost him his future with his great love, Donna (Cecilia Yip). However, coming to the defense of his neighbors makes him Mr. Big in his community. This prominence, coupled with his willingness to take risks, cause the French Concession's powerful and corrupt chief police inspector Huang (Kent Cheng) to embrace Yun San as his right-hand man. Yun San uses this position to protect leftists in his neighborhood, While he seeks only to stick up for the regular folks with which he grew up, his choice later places him in a great dilemma.

Chief Inspector Huang hates that the opium trade operates outside of his control. He tasks Yun San with intercepting a big opium shipment being delivered by colorful General Yuan (Elvis Tsui). Yun San seizes the opportunity to forge a troika amongst Huang, Yuan, and himself in which they jointly control the drug trade to their mutual enrichment. Their prominence ineluctably draws them into the growing conflict between the Communists and the Kuomintang, a conflict which will create strains within the troika and turn the powerful trio into pawns in a bigger struggle.

"Lord of East China Sea" richly deserved the Golden Horse Awards it received for production design and costuming. As lensed by cinematographer Horace Wong, the film, on a relatively small budget, succeeds in giving an authentic look and feel to its scenes of early 20th century Shanghai. It is impossible for me to discern whether the movie deserved its Hong Kong Film Award for best screenplay; the English subtitles on this Joy Sales DVD are greatly flawed.

Ray Lui's performance underlines Yun San's illiteracy by having him appear perplexed by the sweeping political forces that control his fate, perhaps an unusual acting choice for such a powerful character. His rapid rise in Shanghai's treacherous social system seems due more to his ability to mediate confrontations than any forcefulness on his part. The film doesn't dwell on the moral implications of Yun San's actions; he rightly or wrongly is depicted as a mostly noble character in an ignoble environment. Overlong and overloaded, "Lord of East China Sea" still is worth a look.
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