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Running Out Of Time 2 (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Ekin Cheng (Actor) | Kelly Lin | Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Johnnie To (Director)
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All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.6 out of 10 (54)

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One of the most popular hits in Johnnie To's extraordinary filmography, Running Out of Time (1999) undoubtedly set the benchmark in Hong Kong crime capers. It was followed two years later by an even more slickly produced sequel co-directed by To and his disciple Law Wing Cheong, who would go on to become a brilliant director in his own right. Lau Ching Wan reprises his role as a persistent policeman to face off against another righteous robber, this time played by Ekin Cheng. Co-starring Kelly Lin, Hui Siu Hung, Lam Suet, and Ruby Wong, the tight-paced action thriller sequel won Best Film Editing and Best Action Choreography at the 39th Golden Horse Awards.

In Running Out of Time 2, police senior inspector Ho Sheung Sang (Lau Ching Wan) is challenged to a game of cat-and-mouse by a mysterious thief (Ekin Cheng), who has hatched an elaborate plan to extort a king's ransom out of insurance company executive Teresa (Kelly Lin). The elusive thief always manages to stay one step ahead thanks to his bottomless bag of magic tricks, and in order to catch him, Ho must figure out his next move - and the motive behind his game.

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Product Title: Running Out Of Time 2 (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 暗戰 2 (Blu-ray) (香港版) 暗战 2 (Blu-ray) (香港版) 暗戰 2 (Blu-ray) (香港版) Running Out Of Time 2 (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Ekin Cheng (Actor) | Kelly Lin | Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Johnnie To | Hui Siu Hung | Lam Suet | Ruby Wong 鄭伊健 (Actor) | 林熙蕾 | 劉 青雲 (Actor) | 杜琪峯 | 許紹雄 | 林雪 | 黃卓玲 郑伊健 (Actor) | 林熙蕾 | 刘 青云 (Actor) | 杜琪峯 | 许绍雄 | 林雪 | 黄卓玲 鄭伊健(イーキン・チェン) (Actor) | 林熙蕾(ケリー・リン) | 劉青雲(ラウ・チンワン) (Actor) | 杜琪峰 (ジョニー・トー)  | 許紹雄(ホイ・シウホン) | 林雪 (ラム・シュー) | 黄卓玲(ルビー・ウォン) Ekin Cheng (Actor) | Kelly Lin | Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Johnnie To | Hui Siu Hung | Lam Suet | Ruby Wong
Director: Johnnie To | Law Wing Cheong 杜琪峯 | 羅永昌 杜琪峯 | 罗永昌 杜琪峰 (ジョニー・トー)  | 羅永昌(ロー・ウィンチョン) Johnnie To | Law Wing Cheong
Action Director: Meng Long 孟龍 Meng Long Meng Long Meng Long
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: 2011-06-10
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: 7.1, 6.1, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital
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: IIA
Duration: 96 (mins)
Publisher: Kam & Ronson Enterprises Co Ltd
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1024487811

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Director: Johnny To/ Law Wing Chong

  The mysterious figure KEN [Ekin Cheng] confronts Sang [Lau Ching Wan] in a hostage situation and challenges him into a game of ransom. Sang is intrigued. Further investigation by Sang reveals that the crimes are all targeted at a multi-national insurance company. The company's senior executive TERESA [Kelly Lin] receives a phone call from Ken ordering her to deliver a 10 million dollar ransom or more crimes will be committed. When everything seems running out of the track. they are still competing for wisdom and strength...
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Professional Review of "Running Out Of Time 2 (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

September 29, 2006

This professional review refers to Running Out Of Time 2 (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)

Johnnie To and Ka-fai Wai have reestablished the definition of Hong Kong detective thriller genre with Running Out of Time in 1999. This time, they are coming back with the highly anticipated sequel to the series. Is it able to bring us any surprise again?

The story pretty much follows the convention of Running Out Of Time, despite a terrible flaw which I will cover in the latter portion of this review. Detective Sang (Lau Ching-wan) is challenged by a mysterious figure called Ken (Ekin Cheng). At first, Sang does not know what Ken wants. When the senior executive of a multi-national insurance company Teresa (Kelly Lin) receives a call from Ken ordering her to prepare a 10 million dollars ransom, Sang finally gets to know Ken's target. The case soon turns into a competition for wisdom and strength between Sang and Ken...

Johnnie To's fans should be delighted. To retains all the successful elements of Running Out Of Time and even intensifies certain aspects like the affluent use of background music. The visual design of the film is nicely crafted and devised, that it is hard to discover any flaws ostensibly.

The two protagonists are the focus of this film. Both Lau Ching-wan and Ekin Cheng are doing a good and persuasive job in this regard. However, in terms of the character development, I think Sang is way more attractive and solid than Ken. No doubt Ken looks glamorous in the film, he is brilliant and sympathetic. He robs for the sake of the refugees in Africa. He is never tired and never runs out of ideas. In short, he is almost perfect. But that is where the problem comes, he is too good to be true. A character who is omnipotent and invincible is in fact a big taboo for script writing. A filmmaker should avoid making such character. If you refer back to Running Out Of Time, you will notice that what makes Andy Lau's character appealing and the story intense are the dilemma and misfortune he is facing. Although Lau is also a genius in that film, he is not omnipotent. He is suffering from cancer. It is this conflict that creates dramatic tension and dynamism. Returning to this film, Ekin Cheng's Ken is just too perfect. Sang is actually no match against him at all. We keep seeing Sang being humiliated by Ken. It is not really a competition for wisdom and strength, the whole thing is just Ken's showtime indeed. Compared to Ken, Sang's character is much more authentic and concrete. He has bad tempers, he will go eat noodles when he is tired of chasing Ken... His genuine behaviors are crucial to the dynamic of the character, and it is what makes Sang captivating. This character can actually touch our heart as opposed to the distant god-like Ken.

The illogical concepts of the story are another big drawback. Most of the scenes in this film are cool, but they simply don't make sense. Imagine how can one disappear in the taxi without any possible explanation? How can one tails a flying eagle in the built-up areas of a city? Perhaps some people may find it exciting, but for me, the illogical plot is very distracting, it just hinders me from enjoying it seriously.

Running Out Of Time 2 merely retains the superficial narrative structure of the prequel, while it completely fails to capture its spirit. I did not intend to criticize this film harshly, but as a Johnnie To's fan, I guess I just couldn't tolerate the deterioration of his works.

DVD (HK version) - The DVD is anamorphic widescreen and the DTS soundtrack is pretty nice. Subtitles are legible. Overall speaking, it is a pretty well done DVD. For Johnnie To's fan, despite all its flaws, it is still a must have.

Cool guy(s) - Lau Chin-Wan, Ekin Cheng

Reviewed by: Kantorates - Cinespot.com

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Customer Review of "Running Out Of Time 2 (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.6 out of 10 (54)

Wendy
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March 22, 2004

This customer review refers to Running Out Of Time 2 (VCD) (US Version)
I Liked It! Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
This was a funny and clever film. I love Lau Ching-Wan, and am surprisingly fond of Ekin Cheng. The first is a wonderful and versatile actor who is sadly underrated and the second a predictably untalented actor (though cute as a button) who seems to be a truly likeable person in real life.

I have seldom seen Lau Ching-Wan give a poor performance nor Ekin Cheng a good one, but this film proves Ekin can deliver and Lau Ching-Wan is always terrific no matter how silly the film.

The premise is Lau is a policeman with a sense of humor and a surprisingly good nature and Cheng is a magician/thief who can charm the socks off of you. They play a cat and mouse game of chase that never makes sense and is funny anyway.

Given that both have sly infectious smiles and a fine sense of fun, one would have a hard time not enjoying this film. Ekin Cheng’s character is playful, unthreatening, and well done and Lau’s officer is game for anything. The “chase?scene is hysterical, and it's worth viewing the entire film just to see that. I think it proves that Ekin Cheng CAN act given a decent part. While not a heavy duty role nor a deep one, he is wonderful to watch and gives the impression that there is potential there. Lau is always a joy and the film is a lovely throwaway worth the time.
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Anonymous

February 21, 2004

This customer review refers to Running Out Of Time 2 (VCD) (US Version)
Good Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I love the music of this movie, keep your ears open during the bike race if you decide to buy this. Also the ending and plot is not hard to firgure out, it all comes together at the end on a news paper.
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Anonymous

December 30, 2003

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Absolutely BRILLIANT Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Thanks to you Ekin Cheng, he plays super well and I am always impatient to see these next films. This film changes the ordiniaire and the history is really very well, I recommend you to see this film
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October 16, 2003

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The sequel that was downright goofy... Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5 out of 10
First Running Out of Time was great. It had purpose. This sequel... What the heck? Ekin Cheng the goofy magician. It was just downright awkward. At least Kelly Lin was in it... Woo Hoo... Otherwise I would have rated this film lower.
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February 15, 2003

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daaaaaaamn!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
part 1 has its good parts and so does part 2 but in part 2 it gets me into it more,get this if you like part 1
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