Naked Soldier (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3
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In 1980, Interpol agent Lung (Sammo Hung) busts a drug ring. As revenge, the drug cartel orders Madame Rose to kill Lung's family. Only two make it out of the massacre alive: Lung and his five-year-old daughter Wen Ching. Lung escapes, but Wen Ching is captured, brainwashed and trained by Madame Rose to become Phoenix (Jennifer Tse), one of her assassins stationed around the globe. 15 years later, Lung is brought to assist a case involving the murder of five drug lords, whose assassinations were ordered by Madame Rose. When Lung begins to get too close to the truth, Phoenix sets out to kill him, not knowing that he is her father.
|Product Title:||Naked Soldier (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 絕色武器 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) 绝色武器 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) 絕色武器 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) Naked Soldier (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)|
|Also known as:||赤裸戰士 赤裸战士|
|Artist Name(s):||Sammo Hung (Actor) | Andy On (Actor) | Jennifer Tse (Actor) | Anthony Wong (Actor) | Ellen Chan (Actor) | Timmy Hung (Actor) | Jiang Lu Xia (Actor) | Ankie Beilke (Actor) | Philip Ng (Actor) | Lena Lin (Actor) 洪金寶 (Actor) | 安 志杰 (Actor) | 謝婷婷 (Actor) | 黃 秋生 (Actor) | 陳雅倫 (Actor) | 洪天明 (Actor) | 蔣璐霞 (Actor) | 貝 安琪 (Actor) | 伍 允龍 (Actor) | 林 佳陵 (Actor) 洪金宝 (Actor) | 安 志杰 (Actor) | 谢婷婷 (Actor) | 黄 秋生 (Actor) | 陈雅伦 (Actor) | 洪天明 (Actor) | 蒋璐霞 (Actor) | 贝 安琪 (Actor) | 伍 允龙 (Actor) | 林 佳陵 (Actor) 洪金寶（サモ・ハン・キンポー） (Actor) | 安志杰（アンディ・オン） (Actor) | ジェニファー・ツェー (Actor) | 黄秋生 （アンソニー・ウォン） (Actor) | 陳雅倫（エレン・チャン） (Actor) | 洪天明（ティミー・ハン） (Actor) | 蔣璐霞 （ジャン・ルーシャー） (Actor) | Ankie Beilke (Actor) | Philip Ng (Actor) | Lena Lin (Actor) Sammo Hung (Actor) | Andy On (Actor) | Jennifer Tse (Actor) | Anthony Wong (Actor) | Ellen Chan (Actor) | Timmy Hung (Actor) | Jiang Lu Xia (Actor) | Ankie Beilke (Actor) | Philip Ng (Actor) | Lena Lin (Actor)|
|Director:||Marco Mak 麥子善 麦子善 麥子善 （マルコ・マック） Marco Mak|
|Action Director:||Corey Yuen 元奎 元奎 元奎（コリー・ユン） Corey Yuen|
|Producer:||Wong Jing 王晶 王晶 王晶 （バリー・ウォン） Wong Jing|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese|
|Country of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.78 : 1, Widescreen|
|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?|
|Publisher:||Kam & Ronson Enterprises Co Ltd|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1032348315|
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Director: Mak Chi Sin
Interpol agent CK Long busted a billion-dollar drug deal fifteen years ago. The cartel has avenged itself by hiring Madame Rose's organization of assassins to kill CK Long's entire family. Long himself survives, and believes his young daughter is still alive. In fact, fro these fifteen years, the girl has been kidnapped by Madame Rose, brainwashed and trained into beautiful, sexy killer Phoenix.
Phoenix has now become the top-ranked killer in Madame Rose's organization. She is skilled in combat, and always completes her missions. Thanks to her band of killers, Madame Rose has expanded her criminal organization, and now assigns missions in many parts of the world. CK Long has never imagined that he would one day become the target of his own daughter's mission.
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Back in the crazy heyday of Hong Kong cinema, the word Naked used to appear in film titles a lot, particularly in those produced by schlockmeister Wong Jing. Notable examples of this were cult favourites Naked Killer (1992) and Naked Weapon (2002), two films revolving around sexy, scantily clad (or indeed naked) female assassins, with plenty of blood and bullets thrown in. Forming a loose series of sorts, the two have now been joined by Naked Soldier again with Wong Jing as producer, and directed by Marco Mak (Wo Hu), with industry legend Sammo Hung on hand, backed by the expected bevy of limber beauties, including up and coming actress Jennifer Tse (sister of Nicholas Tse, and who also recently appeared in Hong Kong Ghost Stories in the title role.
The film kicks off in 1980 with Sammo as Interpol agent Lung, taking a trip to the states after successfully pulling off a massive drugs bust. Unfortunately for him, the drug cartel decides to take revenge, the evil Brother Power (Anthony Wong, Infernal Affairs ordering Madame Rose (Ellen Chan, who some may fondly remember from the likes of Eternal Evil of Asia) and other trash classics) to wipe out his whole family. Lung survives, along with his five year old daughter Wen Ching, who Madame Rose kidnaps and brainwashes, training her to be a ruthless assassin. Skip forward to 1995, and Wen Ching is now Phoenix (Jennifer Tse), completely unaware of her true identity, juggling her civilian facade as a college student while carrying out assignments and dealing with the attentions of earnest cop Sam (Andy On, True Legend). As part of a scheme to take over the drugs empire herself, Madame Rose sends Phoenix to kill Lung, whose investigations have been bringing him closer to the truth.
Since the last naked films, there been a marked shift in the Hong Kong film industry, with the eyes of most now firmly on suitability for Mainland audiences and censors. As such, it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise to learn that there isn't actually any nakedness in Naked Solider at all, nor indeed any of the sleaze or lurid elements which were pretty much the raison d'etre for the previous instalments. Though this might understandably be a downer for fans looking for full-on category III rated exploitation, the film is thankfully still enough of an old school throwback to entertain, and though none of the female cast disrobes, there'e still lots of alluring costumes on show. The action quotient is also respectably high, with Corey Yuen's choreography and Marco Mak's penchant for quick fire editing making for some reasonably wild set pieces, enlivened here and there by some spectacular bursts of CGI blood. While none of this is really outstanding, it's all perfectly entertaining, and carried out with a certain amount of clumsy flair in the style of the genre's halcyon days.
Where the film does score highly and recall its predecessors is in terms of nonsense, packing in a good number of bafflingly daft moments and generally showing a pleasing refusal to take itself seriously. This can be seen in a variety of different ways, chief amongst which is the film's many odd shifts in tone, summed up by its shocking opening scene of the over the top and bloody massacre of Lung's family, which is shortly followed by some light hearted comedy. The film also wins extra points for some of the most bizarre costumes and fashion seen on Hong Kong screens since the 1990s, with most characters being clad in bright and flamboyant garb that's clearly in no way practical for covert assassinations or martial arts duelling. Though Jennifer Tse doesn't bring much to the table and Sammo is left largely in the background, the performances of certain cast members also help to boost the entertainment factor, including Ian Powers (Future X-Cops) and Jiang Luxia (Vampire Warriors) as a couple of hilariously semi-offensive gay stereotype fighters, and the one and only Anthony Wong, in full-on camp villain mode and effortlessly stealing every scene he shows up in.
This all makes Naked Soldier a lot of fun, at least for those with a taste for this kind of old fashioned silliness, and there are few dull moments during its short and fast moving running time. At least partly making up for its lack of actual nakedness through its cheerful lack of pretentiousness or fashion sense, there's plenty here to enjoy for those with appropriately adjusted expectations.
by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com