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Nightfall (2012) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Simon Yam (Actor) | Nick Cheung (Actor) | Michael Wong (Actor) | Kay Tse (Actor)
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Murderer director Roy Chow and screenwriter Christine To team up once more for the intense, uncompromising crime thriller Nightfall. Audiences have come to expect shocking plot twists and violent action from the duo, and their latest detective mystery impresses with its suspenseful storytelling, stylish cinematography, and haunting performances from the lead stars. Nick Cheung (The Beast Stalker) followed a strict regime to be physically and mentally in shape for his role of a mute ex-convict out for revenge, who must outwit the veteran cop pursuing him played by charismatic actor Simon Yam (PTU, SPL). Janice Man, Kay Tse, Michael Wong, Candice Yu, and Shawn Dou round out the exceptional supporting cast.

Twenty years ago, Wong Yuen Yeung (Nick Cheung) was sentenced to jail for the murder of teenage girl Yi Wan. Soon after he is discharged on parole, he meets Tsui Suet (Janice Man), a girl who resembles Yi Wan, so much so that he can't help but begin stalking and spying on her. Meanwhile, a mutilated body is found on the seaside, and the victim is none other than Tsui Suet's father Tsui Hon Lam (Michael Wong), a renowned classical music conductor. All clues point to Wong Yuen Yeung as the prime suspect, and police inspector Lam Ching Chung (Simon Yam), adamant to uncover the truth behind the two murders separated by two decades, struggles to close the net on the dangerous killer...

Hong Kong Version Blu-ray comes with special features including making-of, teaser, trailer, and photo gallery.

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Product Title: Nightfall (2012) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 大追捕 (2012) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 大追捕 (2012) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 大追捕 (2012) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Nightfall (2012) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
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Artist Name(s): Simon Yam (Actor) | Nick Cheung (Actor) | Michael Wong (Actor) | Kay Tse (Actor) | Janice Man (Actor) | Cheung Kwok Keung (KK) | Gordon Liu (Actor) | Candice Yu (Actor) | Lu Hao Ming (Actor) | Hinson Chou (Actor) | Shawn Dou (Actor) | Jun Kung (Actor) | Ken Lo (Actor) | Felix Lok (Actor) | Cyrus Chow (Actor) | Ken Hung (Actor) | Juno Leung (Actor) | Clifton Kwan (Actor) | Tian Zhuang Zhuang (Actor) 任達華 (Actor) | 張 家輝 (Actor) | 王敏德 (Actor) | 謝安琪 (Actor) | 文詠珊 (Actor) | 張國強 (KK) | 劉家輝 (Actor) | 余安安 (Actor) | 陸浩明 (Actor) | 周子揚 (Actor) | 竇 驍 (Actor) | 恭 碩良 (Actor) | 盧惠光 (Actor) | 駱應鈞 (Actor) | 周子駒 (Actor) | 洪卓立 (Actor) | 梁 進龍 (Actor) | 關逸揚 (Actor) | 田壯壯 (Actor) 任达华 (Actor) | 张 家辉 (Actor) | 王敏德 (Actor) | 谢安琪 (Actor) | 文咏珊 (Actor) | 张 国强 | 刘家辉 (Actor) | 余安安 (Actor) | 陆浩明 (Actor) | 周子扬 (Actor) | 窦 骁 (Actor) | 恭 硕良 (Actor) | 卢惠光 (Actor) | 骆应钧 (Actor) | 周子驹 (Actor) | 洪卓立 (Actor) | 梁 进龙 (Actor) | Clifton Kwan (Actor) | 田壮壮 (Actor) 任達華 (サイモン・ヤム) (Actor) | 張家輝 (ニック・チョン) (Actor) | 王敏徳 (マイケル・ウォン) (Actor) | 謝安琪 (ケイ・ツェ) (Actor) | 文詠珊 (ジャニス・マン) (Actor) | 張國強(チョン・クォックキョン) | 劉家輝(リュー・チャーフィー) (Actor) | 余安安(キャンディス・ユー) (Actor) | Lu Hao Ming (Actor) | 周子揚 (ヒンソン・チャウ) (Actor) | 竇驍 (ショーン・ドウ) (Actor) | 恭碩良(ジュン・コン) (Actor) | 慮恵光(ロー・ワイコン) (Actor) | Felix Lok (Actor) | Cyrus Chow (Actor) | 洪卓立(ケン・ホン) (Actor) | Juno Leung (Actor) | Clifton Kwan (Actor) | 田壮壮(ティエン・チュアンチュアン) (Actor) 임 달화 (Actor) | Nick Cheung (Actor) | Michael Wong (Actor) | Kay Tse (Actor) | Janice Man (Actor) | Cheung Kwok Keung (KK) | Gordon Liu (Actor) | Candice Yu (Actor) | Lu Hao Ming (Actor) | Hinson Chou (Actor) | Shawn Dou (Actor) | Jun Kung (Actor) | Ken Lo (Actor) | Felix Lok (Actor) | Cyrus Chow (Actor) | Ken Hung (Actor) | Juno Leung (Actor) | Clifton Kwan (Actor) | Tian Zhuang Zhuang (Actor)
Director: Roy Chow 周 顯揚 周 显扬 ロイ・チョウ Roy Chow
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: 2012-07-03
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen, 2.35 : 1
Sound Information: 7.1, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Video Codecs: AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10)
Rating: IIB
Duration: 107 (mins)
Publisher: Edko Films Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1031069314

Product Information

* Special Features:
- Making of
- Trailer
- Photo Gallery

Director: Roy Chow Hin-Yeung

When a Hong Kong celebrity is found brutally murdered, his body floating in the middle of the ocean, hardheaded detective Lam is called in to take charge of the investigation. As Lam zeroes in on a killer from the past, the murder appears to be a straight forward case of revenge. But the more that Lam pursues his suspect, the deeper he falls into a web of lies. To find the truth, Lam must dig into a 20 year-old case for answers, the one link tying the suspect to the celebrity. But in doing so, Lam will uncover a dark secret so shocking, it will turn the investigation upside down. Who is the victim and who is the killer? Just as Lam believes he has everything figured out, he will discover that there’s a fine line between love and hate.
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Professional Review of "Nightfall (2012) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

July 16, 2012

This professional review refers to Nightfall (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Fans of last year's good/bad/insane Aaron Kwok starring psycho mystery Murderer can rejoice, as director Roy Chow and writer Christine To return with more madness in the form of Nightfall. Another labyrinth, over the top tale of homicidal intrigue, the Hong Kong film sees the duo maintaining their reputation for hysterical twists and revelations, and features an impressive cast headlined by acclaimed actor and one of the current kings of gritty thrillers, Nick Cheung (recently in Dante Lam's superb The Beast Stalker and The Stool Pigeon, with support from veteran Simon Yam (Election), Janice Man and the inimitable Michael Wong (Overheard).

Cheung plays Wong Yuen Yeung, a man released from jail after a 20 year stretch for the rape and murder of a teenage girl called Yi Wan who he was accused of stalking. He immediately starts following around Tsui Suet (Janice Man), a young pianist with an uncanny resemblance to Yi Wan, who also happens to have the same father, wealthy orchestra conductor Tsui Hon Lam (Michael Wong). After Tsui Hon Lam turns up dead, Wong Yuen Yeung naturally becomes the prime suspect, though police investigator Lam Ching Chung (Simon Yam) soon realises that there may be something more sinister linking the two murders.

With Nightfall, misdirection is very much the order of the day, the film doing its best to pack in the red herrings and narrative trickery, and though not as far out and crazed as Murderer it's an amusingly hysterical affair with plenty of daft twists and turns along the way. Although the film is let down slightly by an occasionally pedestrian and patronising script by Christine To (who perhaps decided to spoon-feed the viewer after Murderer having been derided for its wild nonsense), it still holds the interest through an entertainingly, at time near soap opera style stream of flashbacks and overwrought exposition scenes. The central mystery is actually quite strong, and though the films big reveal is likely to be fairly obvious to most viewers, it's still a fun and reasonably coherent ride as it builds to its satisfying climax.

It also helps that the film includes a decent amount of carnage, starting off in fine and shockingly violent fashion, with a long, drawn out prison shower room brawl between Nick Cheung and several assailants, which results in them being viciously and spectacularly beaten to a pulp. Though from here it quickly settles down into crime procedural and long stretches of dialogue, it's certainly a brutal film, with a number of bloody sequences throughout, enough so to give it a tough and visceral feel. Chow handles most of action pretty well, and though a bit less slow motion might have helped, the film is generally well made, and has a better and more stable pace than the rather random Murderer. Also adding to the viewer's likely enjoyment is the fact that Chow directs with a real air of self-importance, throwing in plenty of moody visuals and portentous symbology, none of which ever manages to convince that the film is anything other than amiably exploitative trash.

Of the cast, Cheung unsurprisingly comes off best, having been gifted the film's most interesting character in the conflicted Wong Yuen Yeung. Whilst his supposedly startling character arc is clearly mapped out by the script, he manages to convince as a very violent man indeed, at the same time adding enough humanity to make him an ambiguous anti-protagonist type of figure. Yam is fine and on his usual likeable form without having much to work with, though really, the film belongs to the one and only Michael Wong, who despite not having half as much screen time as he deserves, really steals the show with some hilariously bizarre overacting and ranting.

All of this adds up to make Nightfall a very entertaining watch, and though not as jaw-droppingly ludicrous as Murderer it benefits from being better made, better acted and more stable. Though Roy Chow and Christine To probably still have some way to go to prove that they are capable of making a truly substantial or respectable film, there's definitely something to be said for their wacky brand of old fashioned, lurid genre cinema.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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