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Andy Lau (Actor) | Carina Lau (Actor) | Alex Man (Actor) | Ku Feng (Actor)
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Fearless director Ronny Yu's 1989 gangster action film The China White features an international cast headlined by Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau and co-starring Russell Wong, Alex Man, Carina Lau, and Ku Feng. The film was shot in Holland, France and Thailand by cinematographer Andrew Lau, who would become the famous director of gangster films like Infernal Affairs and Young and Dangerous.

A bloody gang war is raging on in the Chinatown of Amsterdam. The new Mafia boss aims to extend his influence there, so he allies with the Turkish drug rings and the Vietnamese gangs to launch an attack on the Chinese turf. Uncle Chi, the leader of the Chinese triad, is assassinated in the ambush, while his assistants Bobby and Danny Chow barely manage to escape. The furious brothers plot a violent revenge to fight back into the Chinatown...

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Product Title: The China White (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 轟天龍虎會 (DVD) (香港版) 轰天龙虎会 (DVD) (香港版) チャイナ・ホワイト (轟天龍虎會) (香港版) The China White (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Andy Lau (Actor) | Carina Lau (Actor) | Alex Man (Actor) | Ku Feng (Actor) | Russell Wong (Actor) 劉 德華 (Actor) | 劉嘉玲 (Actor) | 萬梓良 (Actor) | 谷峰 (Actor) | 羅素 (Actor) 刘 德华 (Actor) | 刘嘉玲 (Actor) | 万梓良 (Actor) | 谷峰 (Actor) | 罗素 (Actor) 劉徳華 (アンディ・ラウ) (Actor) | 劉嘉玲 (カリーナ・ラウ)  (Actor) | 萬梓良(アレックス・マン) (Actor) | 谷峯(クー・ホン) (Actor) | Russell Wong (Actor) 유덕화 (Actor) | Carina Lau (Actor) | Alex Man (Actor) | Ku Feng (Actor) | Russell Wong (Actor)
Director: Ronny Yu 于仁泰 于仁泰 于仁泰(ロニー・ユー) Ronny Yu
Release Date: 2009-04-08
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Sound Information: Dolby Digital
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Duration: 99 (mins)
Publisher: Kam & Ronson Enterprises Co Ltd
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1017199665

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Director: Yu Ren Tai

In the Chinatown of Amsterdam, Holland, once upon a time, never-ending gunfights, pillages, and conflicts of interest between triads took place every so often. Chung Chi was the biggest triad of that time. Danny and Bobby, two hot-blooded young men become the best assistants to Chung chi.

Scalia, the boss of a new mafia has been coveting chinatown for a long time. He gangs up with Turkish druggy and Vietnamese gangsters to ambuscade Uncle Chi, resulting in Chi's death. But, Bobby and Danny get away from it luckily.

Bobby and Danny won't take it lying dwon by any means. They fight back into Chinatown. The fire of vengeance is ignited...
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Professional Review of "The China White (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

May 12, 2009

The China White was originally released back in 1989 and was the first international film from Hong Kong director Ronny Yu, who has since gone on to helm the likes of Jet Li's Fearless and the forthcoming anime adaptation Blood: The Last Vampire. Having been surrounded by controversy for some time due to its supposed Triad involvement and funding and existing in a variety of different forms, the film is now finally available in its original, longer Hong Kong version, featuring added violence and a flashback scene starring Andy Lau and Carina Lau.

The film is set in Amsterdam's Chinatown, and begins as current boss and "nice" Triad Uncle Liu is gunned down in an ambush by rival Mafia and Turkish gangs. Stepping into his shoes are Bobby and Danny Chow (Russell Wong and Steven Vincent Leigh), who quickly set about protecting their turf and avenging his death. While trying to expand the business by hooking up with a drug supplying general in Thailand, Bobby becomes involved with Anne (Lisa Schrage), a girl who works at one of his casinos, and who unbeknownst to him happens to be an undercover cop. Meanwhile, a particularly vicious thug called Scalia (Billy Drago) plots against the brothers, hoping to knock them out of the game and to claim Chinatown for the Mafia.

Whatever the truth may be behind its funding, The China White is certainly a lavish production by Hong Kong standards. The Amsterdam setting makes a big difference, giving the proceedings a fresh look and feel, and with the green trees and picturesque canals contrasting with the usual neon lit alleyways so common in the Hong Kong gangster genre. The scenes in Paris and Thailand add a further international element which similarly ensures that the film sits out. Director Yu makes the most of the scenery without being too touristy, though he does pack in plenty of shots of famous landmarks and local colour, including some nice scenes involving elephants. The cinematography, by future Infernal Affairs director Andrew Lau is similarly impressive and gives the film a professional, though suitably gritty look. The fact that the film also actually features proper professional Western actors certainly helps, with Billy Drago his usual sinister self and Lisa Schrage adding a little emotional depth to her role as the conflicted Anne. Of course, they do stand out somewhat from the rest of the Western cast, which primarily seems to be made up from the usual amateurish non-actors likely dragged in off the street.

As a result, the film has the feel of an international rather than specifically Hong Kong film, and comes off more like a Godfather style rise to power tale than a traditional tale of triad troubles. This helps to distract from the fairly basic plot, though Yu does at least strive to avoid too much in the way of melodrama or faux-brotherhood shenanigans. The film is pretty amoral throughout, and never shies away from the more seedy side of the brothers - criminal activities, and or pretends that they are anything other than drug dealing crooks. While there are plenty of righteous declarations of revenge and such, the film benefits from this even handed approach, and comes across as being a more convincing and indeed compelling portrait of gang life as a result.

The film's reputation for bloody violence is certainly well deserved, with lots of brutal gunplay painting the screen red and some vicious martial arts brawls. Most of the action has a definite hard edge and is surprisingly nasty in places, with the female characters in particular not coming off too well. Yu in his prime was arguably one of Hong Kong's best action directors, and he was on fine form here, throwing in some great stunt work and wildly energetic scenes without too much in the way of slow motion. The film moves along at a good pace, building effectively towards its explosive though fittingly downbeat conclusion.

This, combined with the usual setting helps to make The China White more memorable viewing than the average Hong Kong gang thriller. An effective mixture of Western and Eastern scenery, stars and styles that focuses on action rather than trite melodrama, it should certainly be enjoyed by fans of tough, visceral crime drama, and it's good to see this extended version finally being made available on DVD.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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