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Rise Of The Legend (2014) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Sammo Hung (Actor) | Eddie Peng (Actor) | Tony Leung Ka Fai (Actor) | Wang Luo Dan (Actor)
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Following Kwan Tak Hing and Jet Li, Eddie Peng (Unbeatable, Jump! Ashin) steps into one of the most iconic roles in Chinese culture in Rise of the Legend. Writer Christine To and director Roy Chow (Nightfall) spin a new origin story for the all-knowing martial arts master to inspire a new generation of audiences. Set in the seedy area of Guangzhou's Huangpu port, the film depicts Wong as an idealistic young man in pursuit of a single dream: To pursue justice in the name of righteousness. To achieve Chow's and action director Corey Yuen's vision, Peng, Jing Boran (The Guillotines) and Wang Luodan (Caught in the Web) had to undergo intense martial arts training. The first Chinese film co-produced by Hollywood studio Universal Pictures, Rise of the Legend also co-stars Sammo Hung, Max Zhang (The Grandmaster), Angelababy (Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Seas Dragon) and Tony Leung Ka Fai.

Late Qing Dynasty. Huangpu Port in Guangzhou is over-run by corruption and crime, ruled by rival gangs who exploit the people. One day, a stranger named Fei (Eddie Peng) comes to Huangpu and joins the Black Tiger gang, run with an iron fist by Master Lei (Sammo Hung). After proving himself by taking out Lei's nemesis, Fei becomes one of Lei's most valued disciples. Meanwhile, a band of orphans – led by Fiery (Jing Boran) and Chun (Wang Luodan) – slowly make their presence known in Huangpu by taking down Black Tiger's operations.

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Product Title: Rise Of The Legend (2014) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 黃飛鴻之英雄有夢 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) 黄飞鸿之英雄有梦 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) 黃飛鴻之英雄有夢 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) Rise Of The Legend (2014) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Sammo Hung (Actor) | Eddie Peng (Actor) | Tony Leung Ka Fai (Actor) | Wang Luo Dan (Actor) | Jing Bo Ran (Actor) | Angelababy (Yang Ying) (Actor) | Max Zhang (Actor) | Wong Cho Lam (Actor) | Qin Jun Jie (Actor) | Luo Bei An (Actor) 洪金寶 (Actor) | 彭于晏 (Actor) | 梁 家輝 (Actor) | 王珞丹 (Actor) | 井柏然 (Actor) | 楊 穎 (Actor) | 張晉 (Actor) | 王祖藍 (Actor) | 秦俊傑 (Actor) | 羅北安 (Actor) 洪金宝 (Actor) | 彭于晏 (Actor) | 梁 家辉 (Actor) | 王珞丹 (Actor) | 井柏然 (Actor) | 杨 颖 (Actor) | 张晋 (Actor) | 王祖蓝 (Actor) | 秦俊杰 (Actor) | 罗北安 (Actor) 洪金寶(サモ・ハン・キンポー) (Actor) | 彭于晏(エディ・ポン) (Actor) | 梁家輝 (レオン・カーファイ) (Actor) | 王珞丹 (ワン・ルオダン) (Actor) | 井柏然(ジン・ボーラン) (Actor) | Angelababy (アンジェラベイビー) (Actor) | Max Zhang (Actor) | 王祖藍 (ウォン・ジョーラム) (Actor) | Qin Jun Jie (Actor) | Luo Bei An (Actor) Sammo Hung (Actor) | 펑위옌 (Actor) | Tony Leung Ka Fai (Actor) | Wang Luo Dan (Actor) | Jing Bo Ran (Actor) | 안젤라베이비 (Actor) | Max Zhang (Actor) | Wong Cho Lam (Actor) | Qin Jun Jie (Actor) | Luo Bei An (Actor)
Director: Roy Chow 周 顯揚 周 显扬 ロイ・チョウ Roy Chow
Release Date: 2015-02-16
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong, China
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: 6.1, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS Digital Surround
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 131 (mins)
Publisher: Edko Films Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1038114920

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* Special Features:
- Theatrical Trailer
- Teaser Trailer 1
- Teaser Trailer 2
- Making Of 1
- Making Of 2
- Making Of 3
- Making Of 4
- Making Of 5
- Making Of 6
- Making Of 7
- Making Of 8
- Photo Gallery

In 1868 during the late Qing Dynasty, rampant corruption on the Imperial Court inflicts much suffering in people’s lives. For years, the Black Tiger’s fearsome boss Lei Gong has been trying to get rid of the leader of the Northern Sea. One of his latest recruits is Fei, a fearless fighter who takes the northern Sea leader’s head after a fierce fight. Just as Lei Gong believes he has total control of the port, a new gang called the Orphans rises in power. Led by Fei’s childhood friend Huo, the Orphans are out to eliminate all the criminal power from the port…
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Awards

This film has won 1 award(s) and received 11 award nomination(s).
  • Hong Kong Films Awards 2015
    • Best Actor Nomination, Eddie Peng
    • Best Cinematography Nomination
    • Best Film Editing Nomination
    • Best Art Direction Nomination
    • Best Costume & Make Up Design Nomination
    • Best Action Choreography Nomination
    • Best Original Film Score Nomination
    • Best Sound Design Nomination
    • Best Original Film Song Nomination
    • Best Visual Effects Winner
  • Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2015
    • Best Action Choreography Nomination
    • Best Visual Effects Nomination
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Professional Review of "Rise Of The Legend (2014) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

March 27, 2015

This professional review refers to Rise Of The Legend (2014) (Blu-ray) (2D + 3D) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
A legendary folk hero and the subject of various much-loved blockbuster hits, Wong Fei Hung was always a pretty safe bet for returning to the big screen sooner or later. In 2014, some 17 years after Once Upon a Time in China and America, actor Eddie Peng (Unbeatable) takes on the mantle and the unenviable task of having to live up to the likes of Jet Li and Kwan Tak Hing in Rise of the Legend, a reboot of the series which unsurprisingly takes the origin story route. Written by Christine To (Fearless), the film was directed by Roy Chow, who was somewhat of an odd choice to helm the big budget production, given that his last two outings were the trashy thriller Nightfall and the hilariously insane Murderer.

Taking place in 1868 during the late Qing Dynasty period, the film is set in Guangzhou's Huangpu port district, where the Black Tiger and Northern Sea gangs fight for control of the pier and the lucrative foreign trade. A young Wong Fei Hung (Eddie Peng) arrives in town, and immediately joins the Black Tigers, making an impression on the ruthless Master Lei (Sammo Hung) after killing the Northern Sea boss. Rising up the ranks, Wong is soon one of Lei's right hand men, though is in fact pursuing a plan of his own, going undercover as one of a team of childhood orphan friends led by Fiery (Jing Boran, The Guillotines) and Chun (Wang Luodan, Caught in the Web), dedicated to bringing down corruption and rescuing dock workers being kidnapped by the Black Tigers for nefarious ends.

Though comparisons to Tsui Hark's Once Upon a Time in China and other Wong Fei Hung classics are inevitable, it's best to approach Rise of the Legend with as open a mind as possible, since the film does present itself as a full-on reboot, chronicling events before Wong became a hero of the people. Of course, the thought of yet another origin story may well elicit groans from some viewers, though to the credit of director Roy Chow and scripter Christine To, the film doesn't do too badly in this regard, presenting a perfectly acceptable account of Wong's early years, if one perhaps a little over-reliant on childhood flashbacks. The story itself is an interesting one, with lots going on, and the Infernal Affairs style gimmick of Wong as an undercover agent fits well with the overall themes of righteousness and corruption, as well as giving the film a somewhat different feel to other more straightforward period set martial arts dramas. Though a little over-plotted and variably paced in the manner of Chow's previous works, it comes across as at least vaguely old school, with some training montages thrown in and a nod to the famous theme music from Once Upon a Time.

Rise of the Legend is certainly a prestige production, having clearly enjoyed a large budget and being co-produced by Universal Pictures - there's no denying that it looks great throughout, with impressive visuals, sets and special effects. Famed action director Corey Yuen's choreography is solid, if perhaps a little reminiscent of The Grandmaster and other recent genre hits and a touch heavy on the slow-motion, though it does at least have a reasonable level of impact, and never feels too computer-enhanced. There are a few standout brawls and one on one duels scattered throughout, notably the inevitable showdown between Peng and Sammo and a mass battle in a rainy alleyway, and the set pieces are generally well-judged and help to keep the film moving along at a decent pace.

Crucially, Peng does well in the lead role, and though the Wong Fei Hung portrayed here is not quite as charismatic as in other versions, this is more down to Chow and To's approach rather than his performance, which is likeable and suitably earnest. Physically, he proves a good choice, as do most of his co-stars, who all apparently underwent considerable training for their parts, and Sammo makes for a commanding presence as always, adding a welcome touch of gravitas and making Lei a layered figure rather than a simple villain. The big name supporting cast all put in respectable turns, including the likes of Tony Leung Ka Fai, Max Zhang (The Grandmaster), Angelababy (Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon) and others, and though such famous faces are a little bit of a distraction at times, they do help to up the film's star appeal.

This is only to be expected, Rise of the Legend being every inch the big budget Chinese blockbuster, aimed at mass market appeal. With this in mind, though it might disappoint diehards hoping for a truly old-school attempt to recreate the magic of Once Upon a Time in China and other Wong Fei Hung classics, it's an entertaining and fun film in its own right, and superior to many other similar offerings of late.

by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com

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