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The Menu (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Kate Yeung (Actor) | Gregory Wong (Actor) | Catherine Chau (Actor) | Ng Man Tat (Actor)
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The much-talked-about 2015 HKTV series The Menu leaps to the silver screen with a feature film sequel that continues the trials and tribulations of a group of intrepid Hong Kong journalists. Director Ben Fong and stars Gregory Wong, Kate Yeung and Catherine Chau return to the battleground of Smart Post for this tense and timely news thriller about journalistic, judicial and government accountability. Veteran Ng Man Tat joins The Menu to play a grieving father who takes matters into his own hands to seek justice for his daughter.

Following the events of the TV drama, Fong Ying (Catherine Chau) has been promoted to interim chief editor and now has to deal with pressure from above to attract more online views and to beat out an unscrupulous media rival. Meanwhile, at a local TV station, Tam (Ng Man Tat) sets off a bomb, takes the TV crew and talk show guest hostage, and demands a meeting with the Chief Executive. Photographer Mallory (Kate Yeung) and headstrong reporter Fai (Gregory Wong) rush to the scene to jostle for coverage. Fai realizes that Tam is the father of a murder victim whose case fell by the wayside because of media apathy and double jeopardy limitation.

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Product Title: The Menu (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 導火新聞線 (2016) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 导火新闻线 (2016) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 導火新聞線 (2016) (Blu-ray) (香港版) The Menu (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Kate Yeung (Actor) | Gregory Wong (Actor) | Catherine Chau (Actor) | Ng Man Tat (Actor) | Anita Chan (Actor) | Kung Chi Yun (Actor) | Kwok Fung (Actor) | Lee Fung (Actor) | Yeung Tin King (Actor) | Cherry Pau (Actor) | Yu Si Lu (Actor) | Jeana Ho (Actor) | Jiang Wen Jie (Actor) | Deon Cheung (Actor) | Justin Cheung (Actor) | Fong Kin Yee (Actor) 楊淇 (Actor) | 王宗堯 (Actor) | 周 家怡 (Actor) | 吳孟達 (Actor) | 陳穎妍 (Actor) | 龔慈恩 (Actor) | 郭峰 (Actor) | 李楓 (Actor) | 楊天經 (Actor) | 鮑 康兒 (Actor) | 余 思璐 (Actor) | 何珮瑜 (Actor) | 姜 文杰 (Actor) | 張 松枝 (Actor) | 張 建聲 (Actor) | 方 健儀 (Actor) 杨淇 (Actor) | 王宗尧 (Actor) | 周 家怡 (Actor) | 吴孟达 (Actor) | 陈颖妍 (Actor) | 龚慈恩 (Actor) | 郭峰 (Actor) | 李枫 (Actor) | 杨天经 (Actor) | 鲍 康儿 (Actor) | 余 思璐 (Actor) | 何佩瑜 佩瑜 (Actor) | 姜 文杰 (Actor) | 张 松枝 (Actor) | 张 建声 (Actor) | 方 健仪 (Actor) 楊淇(ケイト・ヨン) (Actor) | Gregory Wong (Actor) | Catherine Chau (Actor) | 呉孟達 (ン・マンタ) (Actor) | 陳頴妍(チャン・ウィンイン) (Actor) | 龔慈恩(ミニー・クン) (Actor) | Kwok Fung (Actor) | Lee Fung (Actor) | Yeung Tin King (Actor) | Cherry Pau (Actor) | Yu Si Lu (Actor) | ジョアナ・ホー (Actor) | 姜文杰 (ベンジー・チァン) (Actor) | Deon Cheung (Actor) | Justin Cheung (Actor) | Fong Kin Yee (Actor) Kate Yeung (Actor) | Gregory Wong (Actor) | Catherine Chau (Actor) | 오맹달 (Actor) | Anita Chan (Actor) | Kung Chi Yun (Actor) | Kwok Fung (Actor) | Lee Fung (Actor) | Yeung Tin King (Actor) | Cherry Pau (Actor) | Yu Si Lu (Actor) | Jeana Ho (Actor) | Jiang Wen Jie (Actor) | Deon Cheung (Actor) | Justin Cheung (Actor) | Fong Kin Yee (Actor)
Director: Ben Fong 方 俊華 方 俊华 Ben Fong Ben Fong
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: 2016-12-09
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Rating: IIB
Duration: 90 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1055458179

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* Special Features:
- Making Of
- Trailer

At the office of Smart Post, Fong Ying, Lok Ka-Fai and Mallory Mak are busy on gathering the news. In the meantime, an explosion occurs in the C99’s television studio, people are terrified. The bomb was set by Tam, who demands to meet the Chief Executive.

Tam’s daughter was raped and murdered 7 years ago by Ko King-Yan. However, the jury found Ko not guilty. Based on the current Hong Kong Laws and Rules, Ko will not being charged again, so Tam used such a vicious way in fighting for the truth.
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December 30, 2016

Rewriting the rules of journalism
I haven't watched the HKTV series that spawned the feature film version of The Menu either, so don't let that dissuade from watching the movie. Set after the events of the TV drama, The Menu: The Movie is a sequel, but prior knowledge is not required as the investigative crime drama straightforwardly plops the viewer right into the hustling world of Hong Kong news with Smart Post's small tenacious team of journalists.

We learn immediately that Smart Post's original photographer and chief editor are no longer with the team through flashbacks to the TV series, and that editor Fong Ying (Catherine Chau) is now the interim chief and writer Mallory (Kate Yeung) has switched to the photo journalist position. On Mallory's first day as photographer, two big stories come in quick succession: a serious mini-bus accident and a hostage situation at a TV station. The two incidents turn out to be related as the bus driver is the wife of aggrieved lighting technician Tam (Ng Man Tat) who is holding his co-workers and a TV show guest hostage with explosives. His demand: a meeting with Hong Kong's Chief Executive. Fai (Gregory Wong), Smart Post's rule-flouting veteran reporter, remembers Tam to be the father of a murder-rape victim for whom justice was never served, partly because the double jeopardy clause prevented the culprit from being prosecuted again even after new evidence was uncovered. While racing to investigate and report on the developing story, Fai, Mallory and Fong Ying must also make important journalistic decisions in the face of competing media organizations that resort to underhanded tactics.

The Menu engages discussion about the current mediascape and state of journalism as the rules of the field get constantly rewritten by social media, online click rates and collapsing standards. While the conflicts and themes may be presented in fairly obvious manner, the topic is nonetheless worthwhile and compelling, especially in the oft-sensationalistic context of Hong Kong journalism. The film also points fingers at the judicial system, public apathy and legislative inefficacy as complicit players in the tragic, infuriating developments that drove Tam to desperate measures. The Menu eventually wraps things up neatly for narrative convenience, but not before it has challenged the media, the public and every branch of government.

Unlike TVB's silver-screen spinoffs which tend to go in a different direction with bigger stars, The Menu stays with its core cast, characters and premise under the lead of director Ben Fong and screenwriter Connie Pun. Fans of the TV drama should be pleased with this extension, and those who watch the movie first may be tempted to look up the drama afterwards. Considering its humble budget and scope, The Menu exceeds expectations with its solid pacing and script, and stands as a great example of a locally minded Hong Kong film.

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