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|Product Title:||Tournament 7 (2019) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 極鬪7 DX-29 (2019) (DVD) (香港版) 极鬪7 DX-29 (2019) (DVD) (香港版) 極鬪7 DX-29 (2019) (DVD) (香港版) Tournament 7 (2019) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Sam Leong (Actor) | Sophie Ngan (Actor) | Jim Bing Hei (Actor) | He Ying Wei (Actor) | Bei Er (Actor) | Wu Yao Yao (Actor) | Liang Ke Ke (Actor) | Julian Benedikt Gaertner (Actor) Sam哥 (Actor) | 顏仟汶 (Actor) | 詹秉熙 (Actor) | 何英偉 (Actor) | 貝兒 (Actor) | 吳堯堯 (Actor) | 梁可可 (Actor) | 易宇航 (Actor) Sam 哥 成致 (Actor) | 颜仟汶 (Actor) | 詹秉熙 (Actor) | 何英伟 (Actor) | 贝儿 (Actor) | 吴尧尧 (Actor) | 梁可可 (Actor) | 易宇航 (Actor) Sam Leong (Actor) | 顔仟［シ文］（ソフィー・ガン） (Actor) | �秉熙（ジム・ピンヘイ） (Actor) | He Ying Wei (Actor) | Bei Er (Actor) | Wu Yao Yao (Actor) | Liang Ke Ke (Actor) | Julian Benedikt Gaertner (Actor) Sam Leong (Actor) | Sophie Ngan (Actor) | Jim Bing Hei (Actor) | He Ying Wei (Actor) | Bei Er (Actor) | Wu Yao Yao (Actor) | Liang Ke Ke (Actor) | Julian Benedikt Gaertner (Actor)|
|Director:||Sam Leong Sam哥 Sam 哥 成致 Sam Leong Sam Leong|
|Writer:||Sam Leong Sam哥 Sam 哥 成致 Sam Leong Sam Leong|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese|
|Place of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Picture Format:||PAL What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.78 : 1|
|Sound Information:||Dolby Digital|
|Region Code:||All Region What is it?|
|Publisher:||Kam & Ronson Enterprises Co Ltd|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1096962529|
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Editor's Pick of "Tournament 7 (2019) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"
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November 28, 2020
Do you want to see a movie that opens with a biblical quote, followed by a scene of a mutated cabbage bloodily attacking someone? Tournament 7 is for you!
Independent Hong Kong filmmaker Sam Leong's Tournament series has been one of my cinematic guilty pleasures of the last few years. In this day and age of Hong Kong cinema, there's just something wonderful about a self-produced, low-budget film series regularly churning out new installments, and also putting them on DVD. The low-rent action films run the gamut of genres from one installment to another – underground boxing, triad drama, family melodrama, revenge drama, social drama and now sci-fi gore, all with varying degrees of Christian film undertones. The Tournament films are all written, produced and directed by Sam "Sam Gor" Leong, who also stars. Owing to his background as a Muay Thai teacher, action in Tournament films is usually solid and straightforward, if not particularly spectacular.
Tournament 7 is my favorite of the series so far, because it goes into flat-out over-the-top territory. A sketchy scientist creates a DX-29 vaccine using animal genes with the professed goal of improving the defensive mechanism of plants and thus eliminating famine. However, it turns out that organisms injected with DX-29 mutate and attack. People start getting mauled to death and Inspector Leong is put on the case. After playing competing dual roles in Tournament 3, Leong takes on a whole bunch of characters in Tournament 7, including the evil scientist, the righteous cop and various victims and monsters. It's Sam Gor vs. Sam Gor vs. Sam Gor. This is how you save money!
The film starts out with a sci-fi investigative suspense tone, and soon veers into good old blood-spurting gore and grossness. Leong did zombies before with SARS Zombies and Lady Z, but Tournament 7 revels more in a campy, gruesome excess that vaguely reminds of old Shaw Brothers shockers. The film has a few surprisingly stomach-churning moments that lend genre cred.
Sam Leong's films exist outside of both commercial and artistic sensibilities. There are no name actors and no apparent mainstream industry involvement. They're not artistic efforts – none of them are remotely good or pretentious enough to play a fest – but they're also seriously made with an old-school tone. The stilted dialogue, cliched stories, sappy ballads, amateur acting and occasional proselytizing may generate unintentional laughs or groans but, at least for an over-the-top film like Tournament 7, Sam Gor is clearly in on the joke and camp. I'm really not sure who watches Sam Gor films besides me, but please keep them coming.