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Murderer (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Aaron Kwok (Actor) | Janine Chang (Actor) | Eddie Cheung (Actor) | Josie Ho
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Two-time Golden Horse Best Actor Aaron Kwok delivers an intense performance as a man unhinged in Murderer, Hong Kong's most talked about movie of 2009. The blockbuster debut feature from Lust, Caution assistant director Roy Chow, Murderer throws all reservations to the wind for an unpredictable, nerve-wrecking suspense thriller that may be bound for camp cult classic status. Co-starring Taiwan beauty Janine Chang (Silk), Johnnie To regular Eddie Cheung, Josie Ho, Shaw Brothers veteran Chen Kuan Tai, and child actor Tam Chun Yat, the film weaves blood and brutality into a psychodrama murder mystery with a shocking twist and an over-the-top final act. Love it or hate it, you're not likely to forget Murderer.

There's a brutal serial killer on the loose, and the latest victim is cop Tai (Chen Kuan Tai), who lies comatose in the hospital after getting thrown off a building. Also at the scene of the crime was fellow detective Ling (Aaron Kwok), who wakes up with no injuries and no memory of the incident. Rumors spread quickly in the police force as Ling turns into the prime suspect. Convinced that someone's out to get him and his family, Ling searches desperately for the murderer, but all the clues he encounters point back to himself.

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Product Title: Murderer (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 殺人犯 (DVD) (香港版) 杀人犯 (DVD) (香港版) 殺人犯 (香港版) Murderer (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Aaron Kwok (Actor) | Janine Chang (Actor) | Eddie Cheung (Actor) | Josie Ho | Chin Ka Lok | Chen Kuan Tai (Actor) | Wong Yau Nam | Tam Chun Yat | Anna Yau (Actor) | Ava Yu (Actor) 郭富城 (Actor) | 張 鈞甯 (Actor) | 張兆輝 (Actor) | 何超儀 | 錢嘉樂 | 陳觀泰 (Actor) | 黃又南 | 譚 真一 | 丘凱敏 (Actor) | 廖羽翹 雨僑 (Actor) 郭富城 (Actor) | 张 钧甯 (Actor) | 张兆辉 (Actor) | 何超仪 | 钱嘉乐 | 陈观泰 (Actor) | 黄又南 | 谭 真一 | 丘凯敏 (Actor) | 廖羽翘 雨侨 (Actor) 郭富城 (アーロン・コック) (Actor) | 張鈞甯 (チャン・チュンニン) (Actor) | 張兆輝(チョン・シウファイ) (Actor) | 何超儀(ジョシー・ホー) | 錢嘉樂(チン・ガーロッ) | 陳観泰(チェン・クアンタイ) (Actor) | 黄又南(ウォン・ヤウナム) | Tam Chun Yat | Anna Yau (Actor) | 羽翹 (アヴァ) (Actor) 곽부성 (Actor) | Janine Chang (Actor) | Eddie Cheung (Actor) | Josie Ho | Chin Ka Lok | Chen Kuan Tai (Actor) | Wong Yau Nam | Tam Chun Yat | Anna Yau (Actor) | Ava Yu (Actor)
Director: Roy Chow 周 顯揚 周 显扬 ロイ・チョウ Roy Chow
Action Director: Chin Ka Lok 錢嘉樂 钱嘉乐 錢嘉樂(チン・ガーロッ) Chin Ka Lok
Release Date: 2009-11-18
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM), DTS-ES Discrete 6.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 121 (mins)
Publisher: Edko Films Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1020651740

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* The Features:
- The Theatrical Trailers
- Making Of
- Photo Gallery
- Cast Filmographies

Director : Roy Chow Hin-Yeung

LING Kwong is a 40 year old, self-assured Chief Inspector of Police. He solved numerous difficult cases on his own, has a flawless track record, and is soon to be promoted to Superintendent of Police. Everyone sees him as the future head of the Hong Kong Police Force. Ling has a perfect family - a beautiful, gentle wife, a charming son and a posh lifestyle. In every sense, he is as enviable as he is successful.
His perfect life takes an abrupt turn when he wakes up after fainting in a dilapidated building, on one of his operations. He wakes to discover his short term memory damaged, and is more shocked to find his best colleague killed in the same building - BLOODY HOLES all over his body, mercilessly blood-let by an ELECTRIC HAND DRILL!

Ling’s colleague is the third victim of this series of “bloodletting murders”. Using the most inhuman means, this serial killer makes each victim witness his own slow death, in supreme terror and unimaginable pain! The extreme cruelty of the murders appalls even the most experienced policemen, and after each killing, the murderer simply disappears and leaves no trace at all to the clueless police.
At the height of his life, Ling encounters this most vicious murder throughout Hong Kong’s crime history. He must catch the killer at all costs and to avenge his friend’s death. But as Ling sift through the clues of the murders, he finds that all the evidences are pointing toward himself as the murderer! The deeper he tries to dig into the truth, the more suspicious he becomes!
All this time, Ling’s short term memory continues to desert him. He is losing the last trustworthy evidence - himself. Ling is being pushed to the edge of madness! Is he really the murderer - or not?
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Professional Review of "Murderer (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

November 30, 2009

One of the eternal cinematic debates is to whether or not a film can truly be so bad that it actually becomes good. For most connoisseurs of trash film, or of high camp excess, the question is largely irrelevant, with "good" and "bad" being wholly interchangeable labels, and with entertainment factor being all important. This is certainly the case with Murderer which in these terms is a great, great film, showing the kind of unfettered lunatic genius rarely seen in these days of playing things safe. Starring the award winning actor Aaron Kwok in the lead role, the film was directed by Roy Chow, here making his debut after working on Lust, Caution with Ang Lee. Hilariously overwrought and featuring one of the all time great bizarre third act twists, its easy to see why Murderer has been one of the most controversial and talked about films from Hong Kong of the year, as it really does need to be seen to be believed - and even then, some viewers may find themselves questioning their own eyes, or indeed the sanity of Chow and Kwok.

The film opens as a vicious electric power drill wielding serial killer claims his latest victim, a cop called Tai (Shaw Brothers star Chen Kuan Tai, who featured in classics like The Blood Brothers and Executioners from Shaolin), hurling him off a building and leaving him in a coma. Strangely, his colleague Ling (Aaron Kwok, recently superb in After this our Exile) who was also at the scene, only receives a beating, which causes him to lose his short term memory - quite understandably making him the prime suspect. Desperate to prove his innocence, Ling attempts to hunt down the real killer, who seems to have taken an unhealthy interest in his life and family.

Oddly enough, Murderer does start off as a balanced and fairly straightforward mystery. After an intriguing opening, Chow spends a fair amount of time setting the scene and presenting the viewer with the conundrum of having the lead character as both protagonist and the main suspect. Although not exactly Hitchcock, the plot is reasonably gripping, and despite some pacing issues has enough well timed revelations to keep the viewer interested. Chow proves himself to be a competent director, and the film has a suitably lurid look, with some effective use of colours and nicely composed shots. Visually, the film is stylish without being flashy, and he manages to attain a reasonable amount of tension and a certain air of growing paranoia. Things do get suitably bloody in places, and though not a great deal actually happens during the first half, the film is engrossing enough, with Kwok turning in a decent performance as the increasingly unhinged Ling, that while not in the same league as the emotional subtleties he displayed in After this our Exile does at least keep the viewer guessing as to whether he is crazy or not.

Of course, as with any film where the viewer is aware in advance that at some stage there will be a rug-pulling twist, there is a fair amount of fun to be had trying to figure things out and to play detective. However, it is very unlikely indeed that many will see the bizarre shift that occurs just over the halfway mark, which not only turns the film on its head, but kicks it yelling and screaming into the realm of the surreal. However, it is not so much the twist itself which baffles and amuses, but the way in which Chow handles it in such a madly even handed, straight-faced manner, going so far as to throw in explanatory flashbacks and exposition scenes. This gives the film a wonderfully perverse feel, and the last 45 minutes or so are more than worth the price of admission on their own, featuring some of the most wild and wacky moments in recent Hong Kong cinematic memory. At this stage, Kwok really seems to get into the swing and spirit of things, with his acting taking a similar leap off the deep end, and he, like Chow, deserves full marks for boldness and bravery in the face of logic, common sense and good taste. Indeed, even once all the cards are on the table, the film barely makes any sense, and once the final credits have rolled, many viewers may find themselves wanting to watch the final act again, just to confirm the mind boggling dementia of what they have just witnessed.

To say any more would be to risk ruining the fun, though it is suffice to say that Murderer is an absolute must see for all fans of the ridiculously entertaining, or indeed anyone interested in seeing something that might politely be described as being a little different. Films with this kind of mad genius don't come around too often, and on this score, it certainly stands out as one of the most enjoyable films of the year.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "Murderer (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5 out of 10 (4)

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March 29, 2010

Weird plot twist. Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
Alot of reviews slagged off the film for its revelation of a certain event in the film and these people are correct that the plot twist is one of the most weirdest to be seen, but i give credit where credit is due - at least you wouldnt expect it.

The film starts of promising with 1st time director keeping the audience engaged 2/3 of the film you are required to guess the true criminal and it is these part that prove the most entertaining as the audience begin to question the protagonist sanity and if he is the murderer. come the third act where the killer is revealed you would be questioning the logic of such writing.

Aaron kwok's acting is questionable in this, he over acts his emotions and when he turns menacing it is a poor effort it merely requires him put on an evil smile and frow his brows. Eddie Cheung steals the show with his performance.

you may want to see this to see the rediculous plot twist but if you watch it and just accept it for what it is enjoyment can be had.
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Ricky
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March 14, 2010

Copy Cat Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10
the whole story just copy from another movie called "Orphan". but they never give credit to the original story. they took it as their own creation. what a shame for Hong Kong Movie industry!?!?
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carl
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December 9, 2009

Master Piece!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Excellent! This is one of the best and bizarre movie i`ve seen this year, the CREEPY story, which is not of a normal movie content , and in this case a mindblowing one of its own unique kind!
The ending is such "an eye-opener" that you might change your view of the society you`re living in
and the insane people in it (if they`re truely insane... :-) ) Who`s wrong? who`s right?? I`m still shocked and amazed at the same time after seen this movie.

Once again- a MASTER PIECE of a movie!
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Ivan
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December 5, 2009

So bad that it's good! Customer Review Rated Bad 0 - 0 out of 10
I watch on average one to two films per week, and as such, have seen a lot of bad films in the past. But "The Murderer" is so audaciously bad that it's in a league of its own. The so called "twist" in this movie is so bizarre and ridiculous that all logic is lost. You simply have to see it to believe it.

During a magazine interview, the script writer mentioned that she tried to have a twist that no one would see coming in every one of her works. Personally, I think having a twist for the sake of twist can backfire easily and is not a smart way to approach building a story.

I normally don't mind watching trashy films if they don't take themselves seriously. But what really irritated me about the "The Murderer" was that it pretended to be a thought provoking philosophical exercise when in reality it was simply unintended comedy.

Still, I recommend others to see this film so that they can learn how to tell between masterpieces and utter trash.
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