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The Bullet Vanishes (2012) (Blu-ray) (Taiwan Version) Blu-ray Region A

Nicholas Tse (Actor) | Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Liu Kai Chi (Actor) | Yumiko Cheng (Actor)
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Lau Ching Wan (Overheard) and Nicholas Tse (The Viral Factor) make an exciting detective duo in The Bullet Vanishes, the latest hit from Double Tap director Lo Chi Leung. Produced by renowned filmmaker Derek Yee (The Great Magician), the stylish period crime thriller set in the turbulent times of 1930s China boasts a striking blend of suspense, action, and twisting plots wrapped in slick production values worthy of Hollywood blockbusters. Credited in no small part to the two charismatic leads as well as their co-stars Mini Yang, Liu Kai Chi, Jing Boran, Jiang Yiyan, Yumiko Cheng, and Wu Gang, the film's success at the box office is expected to trigger the birth of a strong new film franchise.

One rainy night in an arms factory near Shanghai, a young female worker accused of stealing a box of bullets from the ruthless Boss Ding (Liu Kai Chi) is violently killed in a game of Russian roulette. Half a month later, a series of inexplicable deaths takes place in the factory, where the victims are shot but no bullets are found. Rumors of a deadly curse begin to spread in the factory, terrorizing the workers there. So, eccentric police inspector Song Donglu (Lau Ching Wan) and his hot-blooded, gunslinging partner Guo Zhui (Nicholas Tse) are sent in to investigate the mystery of the phantom bullets...

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Product Title: The Bullet Vanishes (2012) (Blu-ray) (Taiwan Version) 消失的子彈 (2012) (Blu-ray) (台灣版) 消失的子弹 (2012) (Blu-ray) (台湾版) 消失的子彈 (2012) (Blu-ray) (台湾版) The Bullet Vanishes (2012) (Blu-ray) (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): Nicholas Tse (Actor) | Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Liu Kai Chi (Actor) | Yumiko Cheng (Actor) | Mini Yang (Actor) | Chin Ka Lok (Actor) | Ng Kong (Actor) | Gao Hu (Actor) | Jiang Yi Yan (Actor) | Jing Bo Ran (Actor) | Wang Zi Yi (Actor) | Li Guang Bin (Actor) 謝 霆鋒 (Actor) | 劉 青雲 (Actor) | 廖啟智 (Actor) | 鄭 希怡 (Actor) | 楊 冪 (Actor) | 錢嘉樂 (Actor) | 吳剛 (Actor) | 高虎 (Actor) | 江一燕 (Actor) | 井柏然 (Actor) | 王紫逸 (Actor) | 李 廣斌 (Actor) 谢 霆锋 (Actor) | 刘 青云 (Actor) | 廖启智 (Actor) | 郑 希怡 (Actor) | 杨 幂 (Actor) | 钱嘉乐 (Actor) | 吴刚 (Actor) | 高虎 (Actor) | Jiang Yi Yan (Actor) | 井柏然 (Actor) | 王紫逸 (Actor) | 李 广斌 (Actor) 謝霆鋒(ニコラス・ツェー)  (Actor) | 劉青雲(ラウ・チンワン) (Actor) | 廖啓智(リウ・カイチー) (Actor) | 鄭希怡(ユミコ・チェン) (Actor) | 楊冪(ヤン・ミー) (Actor) | 錢嘉樂(チン・ガーロッ) (Actor) | Ng Kong (Actor) | Kao Fu (Actor) | 江一燕(ジャン・イーイェン) (Actor) | 井柏然(ジン・ボーラン) (Actor) | Wang Zi Yi (Actor) | Li Guang Bin (Actor) 사 정봉 (Actor) | Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | 요 계지 (Actor) | Yumiko Cheng (Actor) | Mini Yang (Actor) | Chin Ka Lok (Actor) | Ng Kong (Actor) | Kao Fu (Actor) | Jiang Yi Yan (Actor) | Jing Bo Ran (Actor) | Wang Zi Yi (Actor) | Li Guang Bin (Actor)
Director: Law Chi Leung 羅志良 罗志良 羅志良(ロー・チーリョン) Law Chi Leung
Action Director: Li Chung Chi 李忠志 李忠志 Li Chung Chi Li Chung Chi
Producer: Derek Yee 爾 冬陞 尔 冬升 爾冬陞(イー・トンシン) Derek Yee
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: 2013-01-31
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, 7.1, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Rating: IIB
Duration: 107 (mins)
Publisher: Welcome International Co., LTD (TW)
Package Weight: 90 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1032351471

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導 演:羅志良

  鎗殺現場 子彈消失 逆轉天意 拼死緝兇
  幽靈子彈出現 所有人都要死






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Professional Review of "The Bullet Vanishes (2012) (Blu-ray) (Taiwan Version)"

November 6, 2012

This professional review refers to The Bullet Vanishes (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Nicholas Tse and Lau Ching-Wan team for director Law Chi-Leung's The Bullet Vanishes, and what a great idea that was. The award-winning actors play detectives in 1930s China who team up to solve murders involving "phantom bullets" that elude forensic analysis. Deaths at a munitions factory are blamed on a spectral curse even though factory owner Ding (a sneering Liu Kai-Chi) and corrupt police chief Jin (Wu Gang) are obviously up to no good. Enter local cop Guo Zhui (Tse) and transplanted investigator Song Donglu (Lau), who aren't buying superstition as the cause of multiple homicides. Along with junior cop Xiaowu (Jing Boran), the intrepid duo tackles the mystery with dedication and playful gamesmanship. Given the period setting, the costumes, the self-amused score and Donglu's penchant for trying out murder methods on himself, doesn't this sound a tad like Guy Ritchie and Robert Downey Jr.'s Sherlock Holmes?

Superficially yes, but that's nearly where the similarities end. For one thing, Lau Ching-Wan has been doing the quirky, oddball detective thing since the nineties (see Running Out of Time and Mad Detective, not to mention Thou Shalt Not Swear and its sequel). Also, Nic Tse's Guo Zhui is a pretty good detective on his own, plus there isn't nearly as much wink-wink bromance between Tse and Lau as there was between Downey Jr. and Jude Law in Ritchie's Holmes. Unfortunately, one sequence is a direct stylistic lift from Sherlock Holmes, i.e., the part where something's about to explode and one guy gestures towards the other and then everything blows up in super slow-motion, plus the explosion goes on forever. The moment is a total Sherlock Holmes rip-off and such an obvious one that it should be asked: was director Law Chi-Leung that hard up for ideas on how to stage an explosion with two guys in a corridor-like space?

Putting Law's swipe aside, Bullet Vanishes succeeds as an exceptionally solid and entertaining commercial film. Key to its success is the two leads, who play off each another beautifully. Tse is more intense than the relaxed Lau, and gives his justice-seeking cop a strong yet shaded integrity. Lau may be better, however, delivering an affecting and charismatic performance despite being called upon to supply occasional comic relief. Both actors defer to each other when required, and each takes command with equal convince. Distaff support is varied. Mini Yang (as informant Little Lark) is barely more than ornamental, but Yumiko Cheng (as the local precinct's coroner) and most especially Jiang Yiyan (as an imprisoned love interest for Donglu) turn in good support. Liu Kai-Chi overacts like a comic book villain (complete with pasty white makeup) while Jing Boran brings a likeable and righteous youth to his role as the inexperienced Xiaowu.

Bullet Vanishes also features a cleverly crafted and smartly paced storyline. The film sets up each mystery with relevant clues, with the exposition neatly handled via the characters' ongoing investigation, not to mention the requisite flashbacks illustrating what they've deduced. The phantom bullets can't be supernatural (usually a SARFT no-no) and yet the filmmakers find a believable way to justify their premise. Potent details, like the film's multiple games of Russian Roulette, are interspersed throughout, and even when plot holes and story omissions threaten to crop up, the confident pacing and strong performances smooth things over. The script from Law Chi-Leung and Yeung Sin-Ling is fast and smart but occasionally awkward. Jiang Yiyan's character is an example; despite Jiang's strong performance, the character exists largely to fill an expository need. The climax, a winner-takes-all face-off between two characters, also gets too explanatory and stagey. However, the acting and Law's deliberate tension more than compensate.

Li Chung-Chi's action is expertly staged, with set pieces never dragging on or getting too over-the-top. At the same time, the action is entertainingly hyper-realistic (e.g., Guo Zhui's impeccable marksmanship or the occasional slow motion sequence) and the elements match well with the film's pronounced visual style and coy self-awareness. Add the top-notch production and excellent visual effects, and you get one of the year's most solid commercial films and also Law Chi-Leung's best since 2004's Koma. Bullet Vanishes marks Law's return to good movies, and hits on all cylinders satisfyingly and also a little surprisingly. The biggest downside may be the multiple climaxes, which toy with audience expectations by moving in a direction they probably won't like. And yet the film's final, uncompromising twists propel it beyond also-ran filmmaking, where pandering to an audience is the first priority. The Bullet Vanishes exceeds its expectations, which in my book makes it exemplary.

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