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Robbery (2016) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Derek Tsang (Actor) | Philip Keung (Actor) | Stanley Fung (Actor) | Eric Kwok (Actor)
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A convenience store holdup spirals rapidly into an unpredictable roller coaster of violence and vulgarity in Fire Lee's wild and eclectic crime thriller Robbery. Featuring an ensemble cast that includes Derek Tsang, J.Arie, Lam Suet, Stanley Fung, Philip Keung. Eric Kwok, Ken Lo, Edward Ma and Anita Chui, the film applies dark humor, colorful visuals and sly social commentary to a shockingly absurd night of crimes and confrontations that holds more meaning than meets the eye.

Over thirty years old and with nothing to show for it, Ping (Derek Tsang) shares a microscopic apartment with his loud family and simply can't catch a break. On a whim, he begins working at a convenience store run by an unpleasant manager (Lam Suet) and forges a quick bond with co-worker Mabel (J. Arie). In the wee hours, an old man (Stanley Fung) walks into the store to buy bread, but he is treated rudely by the manager. In response, the old man stabs the manager in the neck with a pair of scissors and takes everyone in the store hostage, including a bathroom-seeking fugitive (Philip Keung) who soon turns out to be even more dangerous and unhinged. The night only gets longer with the arrival of more unexpected visitors, from a group of police officers to a young boy redeeming a toy to a suicide bomber. With guns blazing and blood shedding left and right, will anyone be able to walk out of the store alive the next morning?

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Product Title: Robbery (2016) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 老笠 (2016) (DVD) (香港版) 老笠 (2016) (DVD) (香港版) 老笠 (2016) (DVD) (香港版) Robbery (2016) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Derek Tsang (Actor) | Philip Keung (Actor) | Stanley Fung (Actor) | Eric Kwok (Actor) | Lam Suet (Actor) | Ken Lo (Actor) | Anita Chui (Actor) | Aaron Chow (Actor) | J.Arie (Actor) | Edward Ma (Actor) 曾國祥 (Actor) | 姜 皓文 (Actor) | 馮淬帆 (Actor) | 郭偉亮 (Eric Kwok) (Actor) | 林雪 (Actor) | 盧惠光 (Actor) | 崔 碧珈 (Actor) | 周 祉君 (Actor) | 雷深如 雷 (Actor) | 馬 志威 (Actor) 曾国祥 (Actor) | 姜 皓文 (Actor) | 冯淬帆 (Actor) | 郭伟亮 (Eric Kwok) (Actor) | 林雪 (Actor) | 卢惠光 (Actor) | 崔 碧珈 (Actor) | 周 祉君 (Actor) | 雷 琛瑜 (Actor) | 马 志威 (Actor) 曾國祥(デレク・ツァン) (Actor) | 姜皓文(キョン・ヒウマン) (Actor) | 馮淬帆(スタンリー・フォン) (Actor) | 郭偉亮 (エリック・クォック) (Actor) | 林雪 (ラム・シュー) (Actor) | 慮恵光(ロー・ワイコン) (Actor) | Anita Chui (Actor) | Aaron Chow (Actor) | J.Arie (Actor) | Edward Ma (Actor) Derek Tsang (Actor) | Philip Keung (Actor) | Stanley Fung (Actor) | Eric Kwok (Actor) | Lam Suet (Actor) | Ken Lo (Actor) | Anita Chui (Actor) | Aaron Chow (Actor) | J.Arie (Actor) | Edward Ma (Actor)
Director: Fire Lee 火火 火火 Fire Lee Fire Lee
Release Date: 2016-06-08
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: III
Duration: 93 (mins)
Publisher: Deltamac (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1050265808

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* Special Feature :
- Trailer
- MV Trailer
- The Main Characters
- The Story
- The Special Effects and Makeup
- The Supporting Characters
- The Making of Robbery

Director: Fire Lee

- The 14th New York Asian Film Festival - World Premiere
- The 19th Fantasia International Film Festival - Bronze prize audience awards of Best Asian Feature
- The 35th Hawaii International Film Festival Nomination for Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Narrative Feature
- Abertoir Wales' International Horror Festival - 3rd in the Best Feature (New) section
- The 11th Osaka Asian Film Festival "Special Focus on Hong Kong 2016"
- The 40th Hong Kong International Film Festival

At midnight, Grandpa goes into the store to buy bargain priced breads.
Annoyed and offended by the store manager Fat Boss' sarcasm and contempt, Grandpa stabs a pair of scissors into Fat Boss' neck. All the people in the store -Yan who is just a passerby borrowing the toilet, Anita who is buying some condoms, Fat Boss, Ping and his co-worker Mabel-are suddenly taken hostage by Grandpa in this bizarre incident..
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Professional Review of "Robbery (2016) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

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October 31, 2016

The long-delayed black comedy Robbery goes to dark and frequently violent places but ultimately manages decent affect. Director Fire Lee improves upon his earlier films (Give Love, Love in Time) by pushing black humor and timely satire over existential romance and drama, though he does serve up those things, too. Robbery opens with an inspired introduction to slacker Lau Kin-Ping (Derek Tsang), who openly admits to his loser status. After witnessing an unfortunate double suicide, Ping applies to work at Exceed, a convenience store run by a jerkoff owner (Lam Suet), where he continues to slack and screw around in funny and frequently off-color ways. Ping's admission to the work force isn't handled in a realistic or logical fashion but that's okay – Robbery is clearly exaggerated and satirical in its characters, storytelling and situations, and it only gets more out there as it chugs through an increasingly preposterous series of events.

The titular robbery occurs when an elderly customer (Stanley Fung) tries to make a purchase and, after some frustrating and funny interplay with the store owner, decides to rob the place with a pair of scissors. With the owner sidelined by a neck injury, the robber ends up taking the occupants of the store hostage. This includes Ping, his co-worker Mabel (J. Arie,) and a customer (Keung Ho-Man) who has to use the toilet every few minutes due to a bad case of diarrhea. As the evening progresses, more colorful characters enter, including a buxom hottie (Anita Tsui) in a cheerleader outfit and a skeevy suit-wearing lothario (Eric Kwok). Eventually a gun is produced, more people – some of them cops – show up, and then the gun begins changing hands, leading to the situation escalating with every new person who touches it. Naturally, people die. Scratch that – there's nothing in this movie that's natural at all.

Though sometimes uneven, Robbery is successful as an off-color and wickedly funny ride. Fire Lee's gallows humor is on point and the performances are effective. Lam Suet, Stanley Fung and Keung Ho-Man ably shore up the supporting roles, while J. Arie is winsome if not a tad too cartoonish as the love interest. Derek Tsang is perfectly cast as a cynical slacker, though he suffers a bit when asked to emote seriously. Robbery is quite stagey – the actors are given lots of room to work, events take place in mostly one location, and the convenience store set is bigger than it reasonably should be to accommodate the action. Moreover, some parts are ridiculous – like how the characters can hide or even take cover from gunfire using the store shelves. Robbery would need to take place in a supermarket to allow that to happen. Granted, Robbery never positions itself as reality, but these details do hurt suspension of disbelief.

Despite piling on the violence, the film never loses track of its black comic heart. That is, until the ending when it gets all metaphysical on the audience, with references to the afterlife and fate. There's some creativity at play here but also the same self-serious importance that plagues too many Hong Kong films of the past decade. When the dark humor and wild situations settle down, it's questionable how much we'll care about this slacker and the relationships he had or may yet have. What Robbery absolutely nails, however, is the desperation and hopelessness that comes with being a "small potato" in modern Hong Kong. Given the realities that Hong Kongers face – from skyrocketing rents to shrinking personal space to the ever-encroaching hand of China – becoming a broken misanthrope is something that actually becomes relatable. Flawed but genuinely inspired, Robbery is a pessimistic, blackly funny product of the times.

by Kozo -

July 26, 2016

This professional review refers to Robbery (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Hong Kong writer director Fire Lee (Love in Time) serves up an outlandish slice of mayhem in Robbery, following the bizarre and increasingly violent events that take place during the course of a night in a small convenience store. Featuring an ensemble cast of veterans and recognisable faces, the film is a local production through and through, something which is becoming increasingly rare in these days of the Mainland-dominated market.

The film opens with a down on his luck young(ish) man called Ping (Derek Tsang, House of Wolves) randomly deciding to take a job in a convenience store one night, where he immediately bonds with perky co-worker Mabel (J. Arie, Get Outta Here). Everything seems normal enough, until an old man (Stanley Fung, Buddy Cops) takes offence at the rudeness of the boss (Lam Suet, Trivisa), and promptly stabs him in the neck with a pair of scissors then takes the rest of the store hostage. Added to the mix are a possibly crazed fugitive (Philip Keung, The Mobfathers) and a young woman in a cheerleader's outfit trying to buy condoms (Anita Chui, Imprisoned: Survival Guide for Rich and Prodigal), and things quickly spiral out of control and into bloody carnage.

It doesn't take long for Robbery to set out its stall, Fire Lee quite quickly heading into the territory of the savage and the surreal, the scissors-stabbing incident setting off a chain of wild and hysterical events. A comedy of errors with a plot that leaps around between odd set pieces, driven by unpredictable revelations, the film is likely to be a challenging watch for viewers expecting a traditional narrative or common sense, though Lee just about manages to keep things hanging together, even if some of the twists push credulity a little too far. Fast paced and chaotic, it's a film of questionable taste, its humour frequently grotesque and dark and the gore coming thick and fast, and with a definite ghoulish sense of glee. The film certainly earns its category III rating, something which should make it a must-see for fans of the type, and for those with the right sense of humour is very funny and sharp – there's satire and social commentary here for anyone looking for it, lurking beneath the bodies and blood – though the misogyny is at times rather uncomfortable.

Fire Lee directs with confidence and style, making great use of the single location setup, and though the store never really convinces, it nevertheless provides a fun backdrop for the unfolding madness, without feeling too theatrical or low budget. Lee gives the film a pleasingly old school look that harks back to the golden age of Hong Kong genre cinema, with lots of lurid colours and off-kilter camera angles, and the splatter scenes are all well-handled and hit the target. The film also benefits from a game cast who all work well together despite the weird and often undignified situations they find themselves in, and while the viewer never really cares too much about any of them, there's a great time to be had watching their numbers being whittled down.

There really aren't many films like Robbery coming from Hong Kong these days, and Fire Lee definitely deserves praise for recapturing the mad, bad spirit of the territory's cinema at its most unfettered. While rough around the edges and in dubious taste, the film offers a wild hour and a half of enjoyably unhinged entertainment, at least for those tuned into its brand of helter-skelter anarchy.

by James Mudge -

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