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The Overheard trilogy comes to an epic conclusion with Overheard 3. Once again written and directed by Alan Mak and Felix Chong (Infernal Affairs), the third film in the hit series (again an independent story) is a sweeping saga about Hong Kong's New Territory region, where land is the all-important currency that people live and die for. Superstars Lau Ching Wan, Louis Koo and Daniel Wu are back as three key characters who play pivotal roles in this dangerous battle of wits. Billing the film as the swan song of the series, the filmmakers and producer Derek Yee have also rounded up cast members from the first two films – including Alex Fong, Michelle Ye, Crystal Huang and Kenneth Tsang – as well as new members Zhou Xun (The Great Magician), Gordon Lam (Cold War) and Ng Man Tat to bid farewell to the immensely successful trilogy. Thanks to the star power and its timely topic, Overheard 3 is one of the highest-grossing Hong Kong films of 2014.

In the 1970s, the Hong Kong government enacted a policy that granted each male heir of New Territories villagers the privilege to build a house without paying any dues to the government. Since then, those grants have become a commodity that village leaders can profit from. Luk (Kenneth Tsang) is one of those leaders. However, the Luk family's NT Land Group shocks the village when it decides to go public thanks to an ambitious residential high-rise project made possible with the grants it bought up and the help of a businessman from Mainland China (Huang Lei). Bitter over not receiving a share of the new company, the Luk Brothers (Lau Ching Wan, Gordon Lam, Alex Fong, Lam Ka Wah) set a plan in motion to grab the company shares they should've gotten. Meanwhile, Jau (Louis Koo), one of the Luk Brothers, has been released from prison after serving five years for committing a murder that paved the way for the high-rise project. On the surface, he appears to be rejoining the Luk Brothers, but he's secretly working with technology expert Joe (Daniel Wu) to spy on the four men for someone from his past.

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Product Title: Overheard 3 (DVD) (Japan Version) Overheard 3 (DVD) (Japan Version) Overheard 3 (DVD) (Japan Version) インターセプション −盗聴戦− Overheard 3 (DVD) (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Lau Ching Wan | Daniel Wu | Louis Koo 劉 青雲 | 吳彥祖 | 古天樂 刘 青云 | 吴彦祖 | 古天乐 劉青雲(ラウ・チンワン) | 呉彦祖 (ダニエル・ウー)  | 古天樂 (ルイス・クー) Lau Ching Wan | Daniel Wu | 고천락
Director: Alan Mak | Felix Chong 麥 兆輝 | 莊 文強 麦兆辉 | 庄 文强 麥兆輝(アラン・マック) | 莊文強(フェリックス・チョン) Alan Mak | Felix Chong
Release Date: 2016-01-06
Publisher Product Code: TWDD-80711
Subtitles: Japanese
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Publisher: Twin
Other Information: DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1046231308

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
ラウ・チンワン / ルイス・クー / ダニエル・ウー / アラン・マック (監督、脚本) / フェリックス・チョン[莊文強] (監督、脚本)


製作国 : 香港 (Hong Kong)
公開年 : 2015


『インファナル・アフェア』の監督×脚本コンビが放つ傑作クライム・サスペンス!—仕掛けられた盗聴器— 金と権力と欲にまみれた男たちの闘いに勝利するのは誰か—…?

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Professional Review of "Overheard 3 (DVD) (Japan Version)"

November 26, 2014

This professional review refers to Overheard 3 (2014) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
The popular Overheard series comes to an apparent close with its third instalment, again written and directed by Alan Mak and Felix Chong of Infernal Affairs fame and produced by Derek Yee. Another standalone tale, the film is this time set in Hong Kong's New Territories region and revolves around shady property development dealings, with lead stars Lau Ching Wan, Louis Koo and Daniel Wu all returning in different roles. Alex Fong, Michelle Ye, Crystal Huang and Kenneth Tsang also return, and are joined by top actress Zhou Xun (The Great Magician), plus Gordon Lam (Cold War) and veteran character actor Ng Man Tat (God of Gamblers). No doubt boosted considerably by its massive star power, the film repeated the box office success of its predecessors, emerging as one of the biggest Hong Kong hits of 2014 to date.

The film revolves around the Ding House Policy, a 1970s act by the then British-controlled Hong Kong government which allowed each male heir of families living in villages in the New Territories the right to build a house without paying dues. In the present day this has resulted in the Ding grants being extremely valuable to property developers and village leaders, the film following the fortunes of the Luk family, whose land group makes an ambitious bid to go public and to build a luxury high rise residential housing estate. When the Luk brothers (Lau Ching Wan, Gordon Lam, Alex Fong and Lam Ka Wah) find themselves losing out on the deal thanks to the schemes of a Mainland developer, they decide to enact their own plan to rise to the top and take over the company. Meanwhile, their half-brother Jau (Louis Koo) is released from jail after serving five years for eliminating a Luk rival, and joins with a surveillance expert called Joe (Daniel Wu) to spy on the rest of the clan for his own mysterious ends.

Overheard 3 is a somewhat different to the other films in the franchise, as though there's still plenty of wiretapping, hidden cameras and earphones, the focus here is very much on the Luk family and its various struggles, Alan Mak and Felix Chong clearly aiming for a crime family epic. There's certainly something to be said for this, and it does help to make the subject of property development far more entertaining than it might otherwise have been, with a complex (and occasionally convoluted) plot that packs in plenty of generational tensions, back-stabbings, betrayals and illicit relationships. It's all very mock-grandiose, and though undeniably bloated is fun and often hysterical in a soap opera style fashion, its many twists and turns holding the interest despite a lack of any likeable or sympathetic characters and a very simplistic greed is bad philosophy.

This black and white moralising is rather a shame, as in taking on the subject of NT property development, Mak and Chong have a potentially fascinating piece of social criticism on their hands, and the film does indeed start off as if to head down a more challenging route. Perhaps unsurprisingly given its blockbuster leanings, this is quickly jettisoned in favour of broad strokes, action scenes and shouting ?not necessarily a bad thing, as the set pieces are decently handled, and though amusingly gratuitous, do inject a welcome bit of pace now and then. Mak and Chong are old hands at big budget popcorn cinema and generally press all the right buttons in these terms, striking a balance between the film's more serious elements and more mass audience friendly elements, even managing to make sitting in front of a computer screen look vaguely glamourous.

The powerhouse cast are obviously the main selling point here, and the leads all prove solid value for money. Of the three, Lau Ching Wan comes off best, mainly due to having the most interesting character of the Luk brothers, though Louis Koo is fine, glowering effectively throughout, and Daniel Wu plays somewhat against type as a tech-geek. The supporting cast all do their bit, and it's enjoyable to see familiar faces jostling for position and adding further star power, and while Zhou Xun is a bit wasted in a needless possible romantic role, Kenneth Tsang, Ng Man Tat and others all throw in some worthy scenery chewing.

Overheard 3 is a fitting end to the series and on par with the first two films, insofar as it delivers slick drama and thrills, flirts with serious social issues and delivers a reasonably intelligent and complicated script. Though none of this is enough to make it remarkable or truly memorable, and the franchise is unlikely to ever be viewed in the same light as Infernal Affairs, it's definitely above average when compared with many other Chinese blockbusters screened during its run, and was marked by at least making an effort to tackle topical subjects.

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