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The Duel (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Ekin Cheng (Actor) | Andy Lau (Actor) | Nick Cheung (Actor) | Vicki Zhao (Actor)
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All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.1 out of 10 (49)

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Andy Lau, Ekin Cheng, Nick Cheung, and Vicki Zhao cross swords in the wuxia epic from Hong Kong blockbuster director Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs and The Storm Riders)! Featuring stunning swordplay action choreographed by renowned martial arts director Ching Siu Tung (Hero), the film based on Gu Long's classic Lu Xiaofeng novels is a must-watch for any fans of Hong Kong action cinema. The "Saint of Sword" Ye Gucheng (Andy Lau) asks imperial agent Dragon Nine (Nick Cheung) to arrange for him a duel against Nine's friend, the "God of Sword" Ximen Chuixue (Ekin Cheng), atop the Forbidden Palace to see who is the No.1 swordsman in the world. Hearing the news, the Ming Emperor sends his sister Princess Phoenix (Vicki Zhao), who is enamored with Ye, to stop the duel from taking place. Nine finds out in his investigation that the duel is actually just a cover for a conspiracy to assassinate the Emperor...
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Product Title: The Duel (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 決戰紫禁之巔 (Blu-ray) (香港版) 决战紫禁之巅 (Blu-ray) (香港版) 決戦・紫禁城(決戰紫禁之巓) (Blu-ray) (香港版) The Duel (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Ekin Cheng (Actor) | Andy Lau (Actor) | Nick Cheung (Actor) | Vicki Zhao (Actor) | Kristy Yang (Actor) | Patrick Tam Yiu Man (Actor) | Tien Hsin (Actor) | Elvis Tsui (Actor) | Jerry Lamb (Actor) | Norman Tsui (Actor) | Wong Yat Fei (Actor) | Man Chuen | Wong Jing 鄭伊健 (Actor) | 劉 德華 (Actor) | 張 家輝 (Actor) | 趙薇 (Actor) | 楊恭如 (Actor) | 譚耀文 (Actor) | 天心 (Actor) | 徐錦江 (Actor) | 林曉峰 (Actor) | 徐少強 (Actor) | 黃一飛 (Actor) | 文雋 | 王晶 郑伊健 (Actor) | 刘 德华 (Actor) | 张 家辉 (Actor) | 赵薇 (Actor) | 杨恭如 (Actor) | 谭耀文 (Actor) | 天心 (Actor) | 徐锦江 (Actor) | 林晓峰 (Actor) | 徐少强 (Actor) | 黄一飞 (Actor) | 文隽 | 王晶 鄭伊健(イーキン・チェン) (Actor) | 劉徳華 (アンディ・ラウ) (Actor) | 張家輝 (ニック・チョン) (Actor) | 趙薇 (ヴィッキー・チャオ) (Actor) | 楊恭如 (クリスティン・ヤン) (Actor) | 譚耀文(パトリック・タム) (Actor) | 天心(ティエンシン) (Actor) | 徐錦江(チョイ・ガムゴン) (Actor) | 林曉峰(ジェリー・ラム) (Actor) | 徐少強(チョイ・シウキョン) (Actor) | 黄一飛(ウォン・ヤッフェイ) (Actor) | 文雋(マンフレッド・ウォン) | 王晶 (バリー・ウォン) Ekin Cheng (Actor) | 유덕화 (Actor) | Nick Cheung (Actor) | Vicki Zhao (Actor) | Kristy Yang (Actor) | 담 요문 (Actor) | Tien Hsin (Actor) | Elvis Tsui (Actor) | Jerry Lamb (Actor) | Norman Tsui (Actor) | Wong Yat Fei (Actor) | Man Chuen | Wong Jing
Director: Andrew Lau 劉偉強 刘伟强 劉偉強(アンドリュー・ラウ) Andrew Lau
Action Director: Ching Siu Tung 程小東 程小东 程小東 (チン・シウトン) 정소동
Producer: Wong Jing 王晶 王晶 王晶 (バリー・ウォン) Wong Jing
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: 2011-11-04
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, Widescreen
Sound Information: 7.1, Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM), 6.1, Dolby TrueHD
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: 106 (mins)
Publisher: Kam & Ronson Enterprises Co Ltd
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1025617584

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Director: Lau Wai Keung

The story is set in the Ming dynasty "Holy Sword" requests a fight with secret agent 009's friend "God of Sword" to decide the world's best swordsman. During the contest on the roof of the Forbidden City. 009 realises that "Holy Sword" has sent a double to fight in his place. while he plans to assassinate the emperor. "Holy Sword" finds himself surrounded by thousands of palace guards but is rescred by "God of Sword", who wants to complete their championship....
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Professional Review of "The Duel (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

February 28, 2006

This professional review refers to The Duel (Eng Dubbed) (US Version)
The wu xia pian (swordplay film) at its most rarefied, local and complicated, this is the New Year's 2000 offering from BoB, the folks who brought you The Storm Riders and A Man Called Hero. Simon the Snow Blower (Ekin Cheng) and Cool Son Yeh (Andy Lau) are two master swordsmen all set for a duel on the rooftop of the Forbidden City. It's bound to be fun, or at least educational, and the Emperor's agent, 009 (Nick Cheung), is given the task of distributing eight tickets to the event.

This being a wu xia pian, everything has to be complicated, and there are wheels-within-wheels machinations behind the scenes, a couple of nifty fight scenes, three love stories, and a murder mystery all thrown in the blender and set on "Hyper". Nick Cheung is the star of the show, and his comic high jinx sit uncomfortably with the serious, almost dour, performances of Andy and Ekin.

Andy's finally in a situation where he can act circles around his co-stars, and he thoroughly patronizes everyone else in the cast. He's become so emaciated that his features resemble less and less those of a human being, and more and more those of the Roswell Alien. Nick Cheung grows on you, Elvis Tsui is always a lot of bald-headed fun, but Ekin seems to be set on "Mute" and Kristy Yang is lost in a role that requires lots of simpering (she's good at it, but there's so much of it). Andy is what's for sale in this flick, his Cool Son offers up a much more human swordsman than Ekin's mono-expressioned human Cuisinart.

Based on a classic TV series from the 1970s, Luk Siu Fung, in particular an episode called The Duel, many local critics carped that this new version is old wine in a new bottle. Others pointed out that this is a reactionary version of the classic story, a remake that clearly takes the side of centralized, autocratic government against a disenfranchised minority. They're right, but if you think that's what Andrew Lau has on his mind, you've got to be kidding.

The flick is beautiful, with giant, winter sets and all the rocky and remote outdoor locations that China has to offer. The action choreography, although CGI-enhanced beyond recognition, is by Ching Siu-tung. It's his first movie work in several years, and it's as lovely as ever. In fact, every shot in this movie, action directed by the truly surreal Ching Siu-tung, enhanced by CGI, and shot by eager-to-please Andrew Lau, is truly beautiful. It's as if Ang Lee got konked on the head while shooting Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and had a very, very odd dream.

by Grady Hendrix

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.1 out of 10 (49)

Karling
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November 2, 2009

This customer review refers to The Duel (DVD) (US Version)
Better than I expected. Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
If you like fantasy kung fu film, with lots of good looking actors and pretty actresses, reasonable plot , then this movie is a good choice. Quite a few funny scenes and the actresses did surprise me with their performances, not bad. Don't expect real fighting scenes, these movie stars are actors, not fighters.
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Phoenix Lin
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March 20, 2007

This customer review refers to The Duel (DVD) (US Version)
New age disappointment Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10
This is one of those fancy, special effect, swordplay movies that have been coming out on the band wagon since Stormriders. The swordplay is flowered up by special effects & posturing with nothing to raise an eyebrow to. The faces, language & styles are more modern than I care for & prefer a classic swordplay movie over this one anyday. The title is misleading because one never really happens, but perhaps that all plays into the plot! (oooo...ahaha.)
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Da Boy
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October 22, 2005

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Looked good. Can't say much else about the film th Customer Review Rated Bad 2 - 2 out of 10
Oh boy, another “don’t judge a book by its cover” type of film. An all star cast with a DVD cover and preview that looked terrific. Unfortunately, films completely the opposite. On the bright side, it does have its funny moments and tries to construct a relatively decent plot. The acting from most of the characters, well maybe apart from Ekin – I don’t think he even tried to act the role. It seemed like he was just blurting out the lines – is also ok but the film just didn’t cut it. Visual effects didn’t help either. I kind of expected more action from the ending as well (they did call it “The Duel” didn’t they?) but what we get is a short mish mash, mumbo jumbo choreographed fight sequence with some matrixy rip off visual effects added in. Purchase only if you have a lot of cash lying around and have nothing left to purchase. Even then, that cash might be better spent somewhere else.
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Anonymous

July 6, 2005

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WhaT are u TALKING ABOUT? Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
ThiS movie is one of the BesT i've seen. ..it'z nto boring..what are u talkIng about..it'z actually pack with action and reaLLy funny. I was a little disappointed with the endings but beside that..this movies is a MUST SEE!!! O__O
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Anonymous

June 28, 2005

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>.< Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
"The Dual" is a great movie if you like some swordfighting action mixed with a little romance, and one's dedication to be the best of the best. Fans of both Ekin Cheng and Andy Lau should enjoy this movie as it brings out their inner character.. ENJOY
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