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Special ID (2013) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Donnie Yen (Actor) | Jing Tian (Actor) | Andy On (Actor) | Zhang Han Yu (Actor)
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Donnie Yen returns to the genre that he knows best in the action thriller Special ID. Reminding of his 2008 crime blockbuster SPL, the box office hit is packed with intense action and martial arts sequences, including gang brawls, gunfights and high-speed chases featuring Andy On (Unbeatable), Zhang Hanyu (White Vengeance) and actress Jing Tian (The Warring States). Scrapping her girl-next-door image, Jing Tian (The Warring States) defies expectations to play a heroic officer who breaks into undercover Donnie's dangerous world in director Clarence Fok's latest work.

Undercover cop Chan Tze Lung (Donnie Yen) has spent years in the underworld collecting evidence against gang boss Bear (Collin Chou). After suffering major losses in business, Bear starts to suspect his followers of betrayal, putting Chan's safety at risk. Hoping to go back to a normal life, Chan pledges to his supervisor Cheung (Ronald Cheng) that he'll bust the whole operation in one fell swoop and return to his police identity. On the orders of Bear and the police, Chan heads to Hainan to meet his former buddy, triad upstart Sunny (Andy On), whom Bear suspects to be the traitor. Chased by a mysterious assassin once he sets foot in China, Chan realizes not only can he not conceal his identity, his life is also on the line.

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Product Title: Special ID (2013) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 特殊身份 (2013) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 特殊身份 (2013) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Special ID (2013) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Special ID (2013) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Donnie Yen (Actor) | Jing Tian (Actor) | Andy On (Actor) | Zhang Han Yu (Actor) | Ronald Cheng (Actor) | Evergreen Mak (Actor) | Collin Chou (Actor) 甄 子丹 (Actor) | 景 甜 (Actor) | 安 志杰 (Actor) | 張涵予 (Actor) | 鄭中基 (Actor) | 麥長青 (Actor) | 鄒 兆龍 (Actor) 甄 子丹 (Actor) | 景 甜 (Actor) | 安 志杰 (Actor) | 张涵予 (Actor) | 郑中基 (Actor) | 麦长青 (Actor) | 邹 兆龙 (Actor) 甄子丹(ドニー・イェン) (Actor) | 景甜(ジン・ティエン) (Actor) | 安志杰(アンディ・オン) (Actor) | 張涵予 (チャン・ハンユー) (Actor) | 鄭中基(ロナルド・チェン) (Actor) | 麥長青(マック・チョンツィン) (Actor) | 鄒兆龍(コリン・チョウ) (Actor) 견자단 (Actor) | Jing Tian (Actor) | Andy On (Actor) | Zhang Han Yu (Actor) | Ronald Cheng (Actor) | Evergreen Mak (Actor) | Collin Chou (Actor)
Director: Clarence Fok 霍耀良 霍耀良 霍耀良(クラレンス・フォク) Clarence Fok
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: 2013-12-20
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong, China
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition, NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, 2.40 : 1, 2.35 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio
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: IIB
Duration: 100 (mins)
Publisher: Kam & Ronson Enterprises Co Ltd
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1034809346

Product Information

Chen Zilong (Donnie Yen) has been an undercover cop in Xiong's (Colin Chou) underworld gang for several years. Xiong is trying to wipe out every undercover in his underworld gang. The more undercover cops were killed, the more Zilong is worried about his identity to be exposed. Finally, he went to his supervisor Sir Zhang (Ronald Cheng) asking for a time-out for his and his family's life's sake. But, Sir Zhang was asked Zilong go to Mainland to work with Xiong's best protege--Sunny (Andy On)... To exchange that if Zilong can break Sunny's illegal business connection, Sir Zhang has made an offer to reinstate Zilong's Police Officer identity. But, when Zilong was performing this risky task, he had trapped in extremely dangerous... Sunny's network for Zilong's security, however, when they reached Sunny, he was long gone, and Zilong's identity is exposed…
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Professional Review of "Special ID (2013) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

January 29, 2014

Has it really been six years since Donnie Yen starred in a modern cop actioner like Flash Point? That question was rhetorical, since you likely know that Yen spent his post-Flash Point years earning bank with costume films like Painted Skin while upping his prestige cred with the Ip Man films and branching out with wacky fluff like the All's Well, Ends Well movies. The years and mileage haven't stymied Yen's action abilities, but in that time, it seems that he's also developed – strangely enough – a sense of humor. Special ID has the action and exaggerated badass cool that one expects from DONNNNIEEE but it also possesses hilarious if not always intentional goofiness thanks to a knowingly generic script, entertaining overacting and super-happy sentiments that border on nauseating. Maybe you're here for another SPL, but Donnie Yen isn't down with that. He delivers the obligatory and genuinely entertaining action, but the rest seems to come straight from actor-producer Yen's heart. For better or worse.

Yen stars as Chen Zilong, a Hong Kong police officer so deep undercover in the triads that he's actually become a triad boss. Zilong (sometimes called Arlong in the subtitles) wishes to end his undercover days, but first receives a mission to assist the mainland cops. Zilong is given a "Special Identity" and sent packing to the north, where he meets policewoman Fang Jing (Jing Tian), a decorated sharpshooter who kicks major ass despite looking like she weighs eighty pounds. Their quarry is Sunny (Andy On), who betrayed boss Brother Kun (Evergreen Mak) and is generally behaving like a cocky bastard. Coincidentally, Zilong's triad boss Brother Xiong (Collin Chou) has a soft spot for Brother Kun and also wants Zilong to look into Sunny. Once upon a time, Zilong was Sunny's mentor, but that was before Sunny's three-year sojourn to the US. Now back in Asia, Sunny speaks flawless English and is a total badass, to boot. But is he now tougher than Chen Zilong?

Special ID has a story that could have been written by that guy who sat two rows in front of you at the Jean-Claude Van Damme movie marathon. This is the story of a rough undercover cop who's also an incredibly nice guy. He'll flirt dangerously with Fang Jing by rear-ending her car, but will comfort her wholeheartedly after she's offed her first criminal, using empowering slogans like, "Life is meant to be experienced!" He's a scruffy badass who disobeys his superior officer (an excellent Ronald Cheng), but he does it because he's always right – or at least, he's always righteous. Zilong is also so childlike that he'll spar with his colleagues petulantly, though acting like overgrown children is a problem most of the characters have. Hilariously, one mainland cop writes off Fang Jing and Zilong's immature spats as “cultural differences.” This is basically the filmmakers' idea of comedy: snarky cops who kick ass but bicker like adolescents. Special ID wasn't made in the 90s, but it probably should have been.

Donnie Yen and co. don't take themselves that seriously in Special ID. You can tell this is supposed to be a fun and positive film, from the warm exchanges between Zilong and his mother (Bau Hei-Jing) to Zilong's goofy grins to Fang Jing's omnipresent Hello Kitty coffee mug. The action, banter and borderline silly character moments take priority over a consistent script. People sometimes talk in an oblique manner, with metaphors and odd exchanges that quicken the film but make no sense in retrospect. English subtitles are also a problem; character names are not consistent, and wonky, mistranslated dialogue abounds. Plot turns can be glaringly bad, like one scene where Zilong appears to remember that his mom is in danger a whole week after he should have. These elements reduce tension and drama, but up the unintentional comedy. One amusing line of dialogue that's hard to identify as intentional or not: an exchange between Fang Jing and Zilong which could be interpreted as a China-fluffing reference to the Handover.

Some audiences – particularly Donnie Yen's international fanbase – may wish to fast-forward to the action. Besides Bruce Law's excellent car chase sequences, Yen choreographs a number of strong, lengthy set pieces, including a mahjongg parlor-set throwdown versus Ken Lo, a one-versus-dozens brawl set in a hot pot restaurant, and the final MMA-flavored showdown with Andy On. There's plenty of impact, power and full-body action on display, and even though the mixed martial arts can get repetitive (fluid choreography trumps manly grappling in my estimation) you'll get what you likely paid for. Donnie Yen gratefully shares the spotlight; in one scene, he allows himself to be saved by Jing Tian, plus his final fight versus Andy On isn't the one-sided clobbering that his Flash Point duel with Collin Chou was. Unfortunately, Chou doesn't fight in Special ID, though he does punch Jing Tian in a men's bathroom, plus give Bau Hei-Jing a haircut while glowering menacingly. Hey, those are some sharp scissors.

Collin Chou threatening an old woman with hair styling is not orthodox action filmmaking, but Chou seems to be having fun. Likewise, Zhang Hanyu's brief appearance as a silent hitman seems to exist only so Zhang can tell his kids, "Hey, I was in a Donnie Yen movie!" Jing Tian is fetching and ferocious as the film's eighty-pound warrior, and Andy On entertains by being a vicious bad guy who seems genuinely hurt that people betray him. Director Clarence Fok and company look to be channeling the 90s here – not with the production or art direction, but using pace, acting, the lounge music saxophone score and an odd mix of tones. If you're looking for the edgy, super badass Donnie Yen – sorry, you won't get that here. But if you like the happier, goofier Donnie Yen – basically the guy who was in Mismatched Couples plus a few years and scars – and want to see him as an Infernal Affairs-like undercover cop who jumps for joy about his mother's love, then Special ID is for you. It may not be "good", but it's good times.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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Customer Review of "Special ID (2013) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 2 - 2 out of 10 (1)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 3 - 3 out of 10 (2)

Yasar
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May 16, 2014

This customer review refers to Special ID (2013) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
1 people found this review helpful

Not that special Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10
Im a huge fan of Donnie Yen and after watching the trailer of Special id I thought this another was gonna be another S.P.L,but unfortunatly it wasn't.

My main problem with Special ID was Donnie Yen's character.It is repeatedly reiterated that Yen's character is stupid but can fight.We'er no longer in the 80's where an action hero can get by just on brawn.No one wants to root for a stupid character(unless it is done right) but that's how Yen's character was written.And to me this is a far cry from Yen's character in S.P.L.His character in this is just a silly caricature like something out of a kid's movie.Also worthy of note is the criminal underuse of Colin Chou-and nope no Donnie Yen vs Colin Chou.

The action/fight scenes are o.k but not as good as S.P.L and Flash Point.Andy On and Jing Tian were good though.

5.5/10.
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February 5, 2014

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Special ID Customer Review Rated Bad 2 - 2 out of 10
my review is not about the Movie, as i like Donnie Yen, but i am a little bit shocked that there is no cover in the blu-ray case, and i have been searching all over the internet, and saw other people experiencing the same issue. so be warned when purchasing this movie, there is no cover, just the disc and slip

the movie isn't one of Donnie Yen's best, its medicore
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