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To The Fore (2015) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3, 5, 6

Eddie Peng (Actor) | Choi Si Won (Super Junior) (Actor) | Wang Luo Dan (Actor) | Ou Yang Nana (Actor)
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Dante Lam once again proves himself to be one of the most dynamic action directors working in Hong Kong today with the thrilling sports drama To The Fore. The film reunites Lam with his Unbeatable star Eddie Peng, who's joined by Super Junior's Choi Si Won (Helios), Shawn Dou (Wolf Totem) and Wang Luodan (Rise Of The Legend). Dedicated to the rarely-explored world of professional cycling, To The Fore has been chosen as Hong Kong's submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards.

Composed of Ming (Eddie Peng), Ji Won (Choi Si Won) and Tian (Shawn Dou), Radiant is a Taiwanese cycling team trying to earn a place in the competitive world of professional cycling. Ming and Tian serve as lead-outs on the team, responsible for making way for sprinter Ji Won to romp to the finish line. To reach the team's full potential, the three must work together selflessly and seamlessly, but this increasingly looks to be a difficult task as egos and romantic interests clash amidst a slew of personal problems.

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Product Title: To The Fore (2015) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 破風 (2015) (DVD) (單碟版) (香港版) 破风 (2015) (DVD) (单碟版) (香港版) 破風 (2015) (DVD) (單碟版) (香港版) To The Fore (2015) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Eddie Peng (Actor) | Choi Si Won (Super Junior) (Actor) | Wang Luo Dan (Actor) | Ou Yang Nana (Actor) | Shawn Dou (Actor) | Andrew Lin (Actor) | Samantha Ko (Actor) | Carlos Chan (Actor) 彭于晏 (Actor) | 始源 (Super Junior) (Actor) | 王珞丹 (Actor) | 歐陽 娜娜 (Actor) | 竇 驍 (Actor) | 連凱 (Actor) | 柯淑勤 (Actor) | 陳家樂 (Actor) 彭于晏 (Actor) | 始源 (Super Junior) (Actor) | 王珞丹 (Actor) | 欧阳 娜娜 (Actor) | 窦 骁 (Actor) | 连凯 (Actor) | 柯淑勤 (Actor) | 陈家乐 (Actor) 彭于晏(エディ・ポン) (Actor) | チェ・シウォン (Actor) | 王珞丹 (ワン・ルオダン) (Actor) | Nana (チェロ) (Actor) | 竇驍 (ショーン・ドウ) (Actor) | 連凱(アンドリュー・リェン) (Actor) | Samantha Ko (Actor) | Carlos Chan (Actor) 펑위옌 (Actor) | 최시원 (Actor) | Wang Luo Dan (Actor) | Ou Yang Nana (Actor) | Shawn Dou (Actor) | Andrew Lin (Actor) | Samantha Ko (Actor) | Carlos Chan (Actor)
Director: Dante Lam 林 超賢 林 超贤 林超賢 (ダンテ・ラム) Dante Lam
Producer: Liang Feng Ying | Daniel Yu 梁鳳英 | 余偉國 梁凤英 | 余伟国 Liang Feng Ying | ダニエル・ユー Liang Feng Ying | Daniel Yu
Release Date: 2015-10-08
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 5 - Eastern Europe (Russia and the former Soviet Union), the Indian subcontinent, Africa and Mongolia, 6 - China, 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIA
Duration: 125 (mins)
Publisher: Vicol Entertainment Ltd. (HK)
Other Information: 2DVDs
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1045468246

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The balletic interplay between team Radiant’s brilliant lead attacker, Jeong Ji-won, and the two windbreakers Ming and Tian has won them countless victories, including the defeat of archrival Phantom. The Team’s success is undermined when competition heats up with in, between the three riders, each aspiring to be number one. As the code of teamwork fall by the wayside, succumbing to individual ego and ambition, who’s going to cross the finish line first?
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Professional Review of "To The Fore (2015) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

November 4, 2015

This professional review refers to To The Fore (2015) (Blu-ray + DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Dante Lam follows up his popular and critically acclaimed 2013 sports drama Unbeatable with more of the same in To the Fore, focusing on the competitive world of professional cycling. Seeing Lam reteaming with Unbeatable star Eddie Peng, the film also features top manly talent in the form of Choi Si Won (of Super Junior fame and recently in Helios) and Shawn Dou (Wolf Totem), playing a trio of riders trying to defeat each other while overcoming obstacles in their lives, with Wang Luodan (Rise Of The Legend) as the token love interest. Another hit for the director, the film performed well at the Chinese box office as well as being chosen as Hong Kong's Best Foreign Language Film entry at the 88th Academy Awards.

The film follows Ming (Eddie Peng), Tian (Shawn Dou) and leading sprinter Ji Won (Choi Si Won), a trio of cyclists on Team Radiant in Taiwan, trying to climb their way up through the ranks and onto the international scene. The three work well together and generally manage to put aside their personal differences and rivalries, except when it comes to trying to win the hand of female competitor Huang Shiyao (Wang Luodan). After their team loses its sponsors, their coach (Andrew Lin, Dream Home) splits them up, though while Ming and Ji Won go on to bigger things, Tian's career fails to take off, held back by a heart defect. Life on the cycle circuit slowly but surely starts to take its toll, and the three have to dig deep and find the strength to keep themselves on track.

To the Fore is unsurprisingly very similar to Unbeatable, though cranked up to eleven and with distinct shades of Top Gun. Packing in sports drama, brotherhood, romance, a drugs subplot and more, there's a great deal going on, and Dante Lam if anything overstuffs it in the name of covering all bases. Clocking in at just over two hours, it's a busy, almost exhausting affair, with an at times uncertain tone that mixes comedy with sudden stabs at seriousness, and a script which suffers from a relentless sense of predictability and an overreliance on cliche. Despite this, Lam pulls things together with energy and enthusiasm, and thanks to some very likeable (if oddball) performances from the three leads the film manages to entertain and hold the interest in a pleasingly unpretentious manner. Though there's not much in the way of emotional payoff, the central love triangle and some borderline camp homoeroticism are amusing enough, and the irony-free delivery of the film makes for a few welcome moments of unintentional humour.

Lam's direction really gives the material a lift, and he here again proves why he continues to rank as one of China and Hong Kong's best action helmers, showing a kinetic flair throughout. The many cycling set pieces are exciting and tightly choreographed, benefitting from a decent stab at getting into the technical side of the sport that helps to ground some of the more unlikely set pieces. Some swooping camera shots and a grandiose, over the top soundtrack add a touch of the epic, and Lam makes great use of what was clearly a sizeable budget, working in some international locations and spectacular desert and mountain scenery. The film certainly has the look and feel of a muscular blockbuster, and what it might lack in substance or originality, it arguably makes up for in popcorn thrills and enjoyably slick foolishness.

To the Fore is a solid offering from Dante Lam, though one that's a bit too familiar and pedestrian to count as one of his best. This having been said, as a piece of commercial studio summer film making it's considerably above average, and it's a bright, breezy couple of hours of harmless, testosterone-charged fun.

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