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Port of Call (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Aaron Kwok (Actor) | Jessie Li (Chun Xia) (Actor) | Michael Ning (Actor) | Patrick Tam Yiu Man (Actor)
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Based on a notorious real-life murder case, Port of Call swept seven awards at the 35th Hong Kong Film Awards including Best Screenplay and all the acting prizes. Helmed by Philip Yung, who previously directed May We Chat and served as a writer on Rigor Mortis and As the Light Goes Out, the acclaimed film explores the circumstances around the grisly murder of a teen prostitute. As much a piercing human drama as it is a gory crime mystery, Port of Call delves into the alienated lives of both the victim and the killer leading up to their fatal encounter. Aaron Kwok won Best Actor at the Hong Kong Film Awards for his turn as the weather-beaten detective trying to get to the bottom of the case, while Mainland Chinese actress Jessie Li makes her Best Actress-winning film debut as the tragic young woman at the center of the story. Hong Kong stage actor/musician Michael Ning won Best Supporting Actor at both the Hong Kong Film Awards and the Golden Horse Film Awards for his debut role as the murderer in question.

Veteran detective Chong (Aaron Kwok) is leading the investigation into a murder case in which the victim's body has been dismembered and disposed of in grisly manner. All signs point to the victim being 16-year-old prostitute Wang Jiamei (Jessie Li) and the perpetrator being deliveryman Ting (Michael Ning), the tenant of the dingy apartment in which the murder occurred. The two had met on the day of her death and there was no apparent motive. Ting soon calmly turns himself in and relays how he killed and dismembered Jiamei. Chong, however, keeps looking for more answers. How did Jiamei, who moved to Hong Kong from China to start a new life just over a year ago, become a high school dropout and a prostitute? And what led the gruff and disaffected but otherwise seemingly reasonable Ting to kill her on their first meeting?

This edition comes with the 98-minute Theatrical Cut of the film.

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Product Title: Port of Call (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 踏血尋梅 (2015) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 踏血寻梅 (2015) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 踏血尋梅 (2015) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Port of Call (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Aaron Kwok (Actor) | Jessie Li (Chun Xia) (Actor) | Michael Ning (Actor) | Patrick Tam Yiu Man (Actor) | Noel Leung (Actor) | Elaine Jin (Actor) | Tam Bing Man (Actor) | Maggie Shiu (Actor) | Che Po Law (Actor) | Don Li (Actor) | Harriet yeung (Actor) | Jacky Cai (Actor) 郭富城 (Actor) | 春夏 (Actor) | 凌智豪 白只 (Actor) | 譚耀文 (Actor) | 梁小冰 (Actor) | 金燕玲 (Actor) | 譚炳文 (Actor) | 邵美琪 (Actor) | 車保羅 (Actor) | 李逸朗 (Actor) | 蝦頭 楊詩敏 (Actor) | 蔡潔 (Actor) 郭富城 (Actor) | 春夏 (Actor) | 凌智豪 白只 (Actor) | 谭耀文 (Actor) | 梁小冰 (Actor) | 金燕玲 (Actor) | 谭炳文 (Actor) | 邵美琪 (Actor) | 车保罗 (Actor) | 李逸朗 (Actor) | 虾头 杨诗敏 (Actor) | 蔡洁 (Actor) 郭富城 (アーロン・コック) (Actor) | Jessie Li (Chun Xia) (Actor) | Michael Ning (Actor) | 譚耀文(パトリック・タム) (Actor) | 梁小冰(ノエル・リョン) (Actor) | 金燕玲(イレイン・カム) (Actor) | 譚[火丙]文(タム・ビンマン) (Actor) | 邵美琪 (マギー・シウ) (Actor) | Che Po Law (Actor) | 李逸朗(ドン・リー) (Actor) | Harriet yeung (Actor) | Jacky Cai (Actor) 곽부성 (Actor) | Jessie Li (Chun Xia) (Actor) | Michael Ning (Actor) | 담 요문 (Actor) | 양소빙 (Actor) | Elaine Jin (Actor) | Tam Bing Man (Actor) | Maggie Shiu (Actor) | Che Po Law (Actor) | Don Li (Actor) | Harriet yeung (Actor) | Jacky Cai (Actor)
Director: Philip Yung 翁 子光 翁 子光 Philip Yung Philip Yung
Writer: Philip Yung 翁 子光 翁 子光 Philip Yung Philip Yung
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: 2016-04-21
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC, [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, 1.85 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: 7.1, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray, 25 GB - Single Layer
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Video Codecs: AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10)
Rating: III
Duration: 98 (mins)
Publisher: CN Entertainment Ltd.
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1049514323

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Thins is a story about three people, based on a true event – a murder and dismemberment that happened in Hong Kong.

Chong Sir (Aaron Kwok) is a department veteran who’s seen the worst the people of Hong Kong have to offer, but his most recent case just may be the one that sends him into a spiral he won’s return from. He’s called to a bloody crime scene only to discover that there’s no body – the amount of blood and gore confirms a murder has occurred, but it’s not until their sole suspect confesses that they discover where the remains have gone. Chi-chung Ting (michael Nigh) reveals that he dismembered a teenage girl, flushed the pieces into the sewer and tossed her head into the sea. As for why he did it, he claims the girl simply wanted to die, but that’s a reason Chong just can’t comprehend.
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Professional Review of "Port of Call (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

July 6, 2016

This professional review refers to Port of Call (2015) (Blu-ray + DVD) (Director's Cut) (2-Disc Special Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
May We Chat writer-director Philip Yung again blends social concerns with dark genre tropes in his new film Port of Call, though the results are too unwieldy to be called completely successful. Based on the real-life murder of a young woman in Hong Kong, the film begins with an introduction to Wang Jiamei (Jessie Li), who also goes by the name Kama, a China-to-Hong Kong transplant whose growing disillusionment with life in the city is cause for concern. Flash forward some time and Inspector Chong (Aaron Kwok with unflattering graying hair, rumpled clothes and ill-fitting glasses) is investigating a grisly murder. The headless and dismembered body of a young girl has been found, and yep, it's Wang Jiamei. While Chong looks into Jiamei's life and family, the film introduces us to Ting Tsz-Chung (stage actor Michael Ning), also known as Fat Ting, a deliveryman who shows signs of disaffection coupled with a simmering and potentially frightening anger. Ding ding! It looks like we've got our killer.

Without much fanfare, Ting turns himself in for the murder and the film morphs from an investigative thriller into a dark drama exploring damaged characters and their motivations. Through flashbacks and tangential details, the characters of Jiamei, Ting and Chong are elucidated, though one could legitimately question why Aaron Kwok's Chong is given the same focus as the other two. The film certainly tries to make Chong a vital character; Chong is shown to have experiences that draw him to the investigation, like one flashback that details his first police encounter with human-inflicted horrors. But in the end, he's mostly an audience insert – a neutral onscreen tour guide who lacks a compelling personal story. To his credit, Aaron Kwok sells his character's decency well despite his makeup and costuming not being convincing. Even with scruffy hair and unflattering clothes, Kwok still has an unmistakably well-kept face. You'd think a detective who uses this much Biotherm wouldn't dress like a fisherman.

Port of Call comes with a well-earned Category III rating for nudity and gore, most of it telegraphed in the script. It's explained early on that Jiamei was dismembered and her organs flushed down the toilet – accurate to the crime that inspired the film – and later the audience gets to witness her dead body being butchered in a grisly flashback. However, these glimpses into human darkness don't feel fully justified. The story deals primarily with urban alienation and unrealistic dreams, and a gap exists between these themes and the film's graphic excess. As a social commentary on contemporary Hong Kong, Port of Call announces its intentions plainly but piles on extra characters and details instead of digging further beneath the surface. Besides the edgy content, the film also offers moments of minor satire, such as an inspector (Maggie Siu) who argues with her domestic helper over the phone in broken English, or the inappropriate commentary from Chong's partner (Patrick Tam), but these diversions don’t fit the film’s largely somber tone.

The film is less successful as a whole than in parts. Some scenes possess a profound gravity, and Jiamei's killing undeniably provokes with its gory, disturbing detail. The script is too sprawling, however, and while the climax is anticipated, it's also somewhat redundant. The film builds to an eventual depiction of the moment of murder (not the dismemberment and disposal of Jiamei's body – that's shown separately), but the scene doesn't really reveal anything that we weren't already told in dialogue. Ultimately, Port of Call gets stuck trying to do too much. Stronger editing and sharper direction would aid the screenplay, which trends towards self-indulgence with its copious detail and themes. Philip Yung should be commended for tackling complex ideas and subject matter but he seems more concerned with reaching for meaning than telling an effective story. The film diffuses its potential for greater impact with its lackadaisical pace and surfeit of character detail, some of which doesn't really go anywhere. Less can sometimes be more.

Port of Call does possess remarkable atmosphere; besides the slowly simmering characters, the spaces are appropriately claustrophobic, and cinematographer Christopher Doyle refrains from his famous use of color in favor of a grittier look at Hong Kong that's still eerily beautiful. Also, the young leads are genuinely surprising. Jessie Li conveys Jiamei's disaffection with a silent and affecting subtlety, and perfectly fits her role as a millennial with unrealistic hopes and dreams. The greater revelation is Michael Ning, a stage actor who’s making his first film appearance. Ning adds remarkable weight and inner emotion to Ting Tsz-Chung, bringing a largely untapped edge to the character that unnerves. While the film itself may not be as good as its actors, Port of Call is undeniably interesting and worthy of discussion for its content and its craft. With time and further development, Philip Yung will hopefully rise to direct films that match his provocative and ambitious ideas.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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