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Hard Boiled director John Woo shows off his lighter side in Once a Thief, an action comedy caper starring the Better Tomorrow team of Chow Yun Fat and Leslie Cheung! The two screen superstars play a pair of high-stakes art thieves who terrorize the French Riviera along with their glamorous partner Cherie Chung. Raised together since their days in the orphanage, the trio has been through thick and thin together, and in Chow and Cherie's case, romance has blossomed. But the trio gets double-crossed on their final job, and Chow is presumed dead. Leslie and Cherie are left to pick up the pieces, and even ignite their own romance, but when the criminal life comes knocking again, will they answer the call? And is Chow really dead, or will he return in classic cinema hero style to seek revenge?

Once a Thief blends action, comedy, and delirious cinema style into one fabulous, entertaining package. The stunning locations, the stars' peerless charisma, and John Woo's expert direction brings the world of these suave, devil-may-care art thieves to brilliant celluloid life! A major hit in Hong Kong, Once a Thief wonderfully demonstrates the charm, inventiveness, and sublime entertainment value that Hong Kong Cinema is known for!

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Product Title: Once A Thief (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) 縱橫四海 (Blu-ray) (普通版) (韓國版) 纵横四海 (Blu-ray) (普通版) (韩国版) Once A Thief (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) 종횡사해 (블루레이) (일반판) (한국판)
Artist Name(s): Leslie Cheung (Actor) | Chow Yun Fat (Actor) | Kenneth Tsang | Bowie Wu | Cherie Chung (Actor) | Paul Chu | David Wu | John Tang | Tong Ka Fai 張 國榮 (Actor) | 周潤發 (Actor) | 曾 江 | 胡楓 | 鍾楚紅 (Actor) | 朱剛 | 胡大為 | 鄧一君 | 唐家輝 张 国荣 (Actor) | 周润发 (Actor) | 曾 江 | 胡枫 | 锺楚红 (Actor) | 朱刚 | 胡大为 | 邓一君 | 唐家辉 張國榮 (レスリー・チャン) (Actor) | 周潤發 (チョウ・ユンファ) (Actor) | 曾江(ケネス・ツァン) | 胡楓(ウー・フォン) | 鍾楚紅(チェリー・チョン) (Actor) | 朱剛(チュー・コン ) | 呉大衛(デビッド・ウー) | 鄧一君(タン・ヤックワン) | Tong Ka Fai 장국영 (Actor) | 주윤발 (Actor) | Kenneth Tsang | Bowie Wu | Cherie Chung (Actor) | Paul Chu | David Wu | John Tang | Tong Ka Fai
Director: John Woo 吳宇森 吴宇森 呉宇森(ジョン・ウー) 오우삼
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2017-11-24
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Korean
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition, NTSC What is it?
Sound Information: DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Publisher: Nova Media
Other Information: 1-Disc
Package Weight: 130 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1063066616

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종횡사해 (블루레이) (일반판) (한국판)

*Screen Format: BD : 1080P High Definition 1.85::1
*Sound Mix: Cantonese DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
Mandarin Dolby Digital EX 5.1

*Director:오우삼

명화와 골동품만 전문으로 훔치는 아해와 홍두 그리고 제임스. 사부의 지휘 아래 환상의 호흡을 자랑하는 이들은 프랑스 파리의 박물관에서 리스로 옮겨지는 그림을 빼앗는 데 성공한다. 국제경찰의 추적을 피하던 이들은 도난당한 명화 ‘할렘의 여시종’을 다시 훔쳐 달라는 프랑스 갱단의 주문을 받고 작업을 하던 중 괴한의 습격을 받게된다. 격투 끝에 아해가 몰던 자동차가 모터보트와 충돌하며 폭발해 죽고만다. 이후 제임스는 홍두와 결혼을 약속하고 사부에게 충성하며 살아가던 중, 아해를 죽인 것이 바로 사부와 프랑스 갱단 두목의 계약이라는 것을 알게 된다.
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Professional Review of "Once A Thief (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version)"

October 26, 2007

This professional review refers to Once A Thief (DVD) (Digitally Remastered) (Hong Kong Version)
For die-hard fans of The Killer and Hard Boiled, this action-comedy can be baffling. John Woo eschews his trademark blood-soaked brotherhood for sunny locations, oddball comedy and (gasp!) a love triangle.

Chow Yun-Fat, Cherie Chung and Leslie Cheung play three orphans who grew up together under the auspices of adopted father Kenneth Tsang Kong. Tsang also taught them how to be thieves, and despite falling in with kindly cop Paul Chu Kong, the three grew up to be high-tech, high-stakes art thieves who terrorize the French Riveria and, presumably, museum curators everywhere. Chow eventually wants to leave the life, but their final score goes awry when a double-cross occurs. Chow appears to perish in a car accident, and Cherie is heartbroken at losing her lover.

Still, Leslie and Cherie must go on without Chow, and eventually begin their own romantic liaison. Big surprise: Chow survived, though he's now confined to wheelchair. Despite that setback, and the newly-complicated romantic tension, the trio go about planning a new heist, though things aren't what they appear to be.

Since this is a John Woo film, there is some gunplay, but it's remarkably bloodless and kid-friendly. There are some nice acrobatics and slow-motion, but the usual shots of bullets ripping through bodies are gone. Instead, we get shots of Leslie Cheung's hair flowing in slow-motion, or Chow Yun-Fat making fart jokes. Yep, there's comedy aplenty in this John Woo flick, and a lot of it simply makes no sense at all. During a heist, Chow and Leslie do a limbo underneath a laser security beam. Why? No reason at all. Stephen Chow would be proud.

With the abundance of strange comedy, this film can be as alienating as they come. However, Woo makes sure to provide his usual melodrama and well-choreographed set pieces (the heist scenes are actually not bad), and his suggestive homoeroticism doesn't get ignored, either. Woo throws in something for everyone, but the result is uneven and filled with ill-fitting variety. It's like your typical Lunar New Year comedy. Or a salad.

Given all that, the film can only be described with one phrase: mixed bag. Once a Thief is a movie of many different parts, and none of them really belong in the same film. The gorgeous foreign locations and attractive cinematography recall Alfred Hitchock/Cary Grant collaborations. The three stars of Once a Thief are right at home in that setting (with Cherie Chung winning the glamour award), but sophomoric humor and just plain weirdness recalls Wong Jing/Stephen Chow mo lei tau. There is a great deal of fun to be had here, and the utter bizarreness can be fascinating, but is this really a good film? For comparison's sake, consider this: did Bruce Willis' Hudson Hawk give you the uncontrollable giggles? If so, then Once a Thief will prove worthy of your time.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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Customer Review of "Once A Thief (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.5 out of 10 (8)

Kevin Kennedy
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March 14, 2011

This customer review refers to Once A Thief (DVD) (Digitally Remastered) (Hong Kong Version)
Jerrybuilt comedic actioner Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
A lot about "Once a Thief" is explained by the circumstances in which it was made: It was hurriedly filmed and edited with a script that was being written on the fly in order debut in time for the Chinese New Year. Its star-studded cast, exotic foreign locales, and wild mixture of action, romance, and comedy proved to be catnip for Hong Kong movie-goers. They turned out in droves. But there's no escaping the fact that "Once a Thief" is a slapdash effort.

Jim (Leslie Cheung), Joe (Chow Yun Fat), and Cherie (Cherie Chung) grew up together as orphaned urchins on the mean streets of Hong Kong. One surrogate father, a kind of latter-day Fagin, teaches the kids to pick pockets. Another surrogate father, a police officer, tries to keep them on the straight and narrow. Now all grown up, Jim, Joe, and Cherie are international art thieves, skilled at foiling even the most elaborate theft prevention systems. Cherie yearns to settle down and give up their life of crime, but Jim and Joe yearn for one more big score -- but have they finally bitten off more than they can chew?

The film lurches unsteadily from action to slapstick comedy to romance, never slowing to ponder the implications of its events. For example, wouldn't the love triangle among Jim, Joe, and Cherie place strains upon their relationship? Wouldn't the spectacular heists these thieves pull off require some kind of advance planning? And are there no moral implications to all the corpses left in the wake of this trio's thievery? Perhaps it's best not to let logic get in the way. Turn off your brain and enjoy Leslie, Cherie, and Chow looking glamorous and acting silly and director John Woo's inevitable bullet ballets. "Once a Thief" provides glossy entertainment.
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Phoenix Lin
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March 25, 2007

This customer review refers to Once A Thief (1991) (DVD) (Taiwan version)
Great Fun & Action Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
Now this is what I call Hong Kong cinema. It's fun, it's clever, there's action, there's tension. Plus there is a believable relationship between the characters that make the audience love them even more. There's even classic Hong Kong gun play that is this art form at it's best. Forget the American re-make; this is the original and it should have stayed this way.
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Anonymous

September 12, 2003

This customer review refers to Once A Thief (1991) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Worth buying Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
A movie full of fun, action and romance. Beautiful people, beautiful sceneries, beautifully done.

Leslie's Tango, Oh my God, out of this world. :)
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Anonymous

May 20, 2003

This customer review refers to Once A Thief (1991) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Leslie forever Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This is one of my favorite movies. Leslie is so cute. Leslie, I love you!
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Anonymous

April 3, 2003

This customer review refers to Once A Thief (1991) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
one of the best films of Leslie Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I've been looking everywhere for this vcd...still haven't found it....
it's one of the best movies I've seen when i was a kid...so yeah....i was hoping to get the VCD so I can watch it again....
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