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Triad Underworld (DVD) (US Version) DVD Region 1

Jacky Cheung (Actor) | Andy Lau (Actor) | Eric Tsang (Actor) | Edison Chen (Actor)
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All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5.9 out of 10 (51)

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Having teamed up in Wong Kar-wai's As Tears Go By years ago, Andy Lau and Jacky Cheung co-star in Jiang hu, a Mafia movie produced by Eric Tsang.

The story revolves around a gang boss who longs to retire from the triads. But he conceives of triads as a place where retirement is no difference from death, and the birth of his son would merely imply a new threat to his life. A rumor that the gang boss is to be murdered within 12 hours is going around. Calm and discerning, the veteran gang boss simply waits and sees while his impulsive good brother vows to dig out the real culprit. Elsewhere, a young gangster who has been seeking his way to earn fame determines to be the killer with the assistance of his buddy. But when everyone gets set to act, things come up out of anticipation ...

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Product Title: Triad Underworld (DVD) (US Version) 江湖 (DVD) (美國版) 江湖 (DVD) (美国版) Triad Underworld (DVD) (US Version) Triad Underworld (DVD) (US Version)
Also known as: Jiang Hu Jiang Hu Jiang Hu Jiang Hu Jiang Hu
Artist Name(s): Jacky Cheung (Actor) | Andy Lau (Actor) | Eric Tsang (Actor) | Edison Chen (Actor) | Shawn Yue (Actor) | Norman Tsui (Actor) | Gordon Lam (Actor) | LIN QING (Actor) | Gia Lin (Actor) 張 學友 (Actor) | 劉 德華 (Actor) | 曾志偉 (Actor) | 陳冠希 (Actor) | 余文樂 (Actor) | 徐少強 (Actor) | 林家棟 (Actor) | 林青 (Actor) | 林苑 (Actor) 张 学友 (Actor) | 刘 德华 (Actor) | 曾志伟 (Actor) | 陈冠希 (Actor) | 余文乐 (Actor) | 徐少强 (Actor) | 林家栋 (Actor) | 林青 (Actor) | 林苑 (Actor) 張學友(ジャッキー・チョン) (Actor) | 劉徳華 (アンディ・ラウ) (Actor) | 曾志偉 (エリック・ツァン) (Actor) | 陳冠希(エディソン・チャン) (Actor) | 余文樂(ショーン・ユー) (Actor) | 徐少強(チョイ・シウキョン) (Actor) | 林家棟(ラム・カートン) (Actor) | LIN QING (Actor) | 林苑 (ジア・リン) (Actor) 장 학우 (Actor) | 유덕화 (Actor) | Eric Tsang (Actor) | Edison Chen (Actor) | 여 문락 (Actor) | Norman Tsui (Actor) | Gordon Lam (Actor) | LIN QING (Actor) | Gia Lin (Actor)
Director: Wong Ching Po 黃精甫 黄精甫 黄精甫(ウォン・ジンポー) Wong Ching Po
Release Date: 2011-09-06
UPC Code: 842498000151
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: English
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 1 - USA, Canada, U.S. Territories What is it?
Duration: 83 (mins)
Publisher: E1 Entertainment Distribution
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1023427140

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Professional Review of "Triad Underworld (DVD) (US Version)"

March 3, 2010

This professional review refers to Jiang Hu (2004) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
"Jiang Hu"- A 2004 Crossover mixing Chivalry and Gangsters

"Jiang Hu" is the shining star of the Hong Kong movie industry in 2004 with its A-listed cast. After "As Tears Go By" and "A Moment of Romance", Andy Lau teams up in the gangster world again with Jacky Cheung and Jacklyn Wu. "Jiang Hu" introduces a brand new production crew including independent movie director Wong Ching-po and Creative Media undergraduate To Chi-long.

The first impression "Jiang Hu" brings to the reviewer is whether it is simply another follower of "Jiang Hu-The Triad Zone" (2000). While the Lam Chiu-yan production turned a new page of triad movies by making a fool out of the typical gangsters, "Jiang Hu" has no intention to follow in Lam's footsteps but rather retraces the traditional mafia world. It is a triad movie that highlights and glorifies the value of brotherhood and comradeship in the underworld.

In the old made-in-Hong-Kong combat movies Chinese chivalry and knighthood was nobly honored just as the fictions written by Jin Yong and Gu Long can look back on a long history with similar themes. In these stories the world is anarchical, factions are constantly fighting and the Chinese knights tend to have a fuzzy foe-or-friend relationship. This kind of movie once enjoyed a huge overseas market, which unfortunately led to rash productions and even to a dead-end situation in its latter era. Gangster movies, which have spread their influence since the 1980's, went on to input new concepts in the old chivalry framework. While sword fighting among knights was replaced by gunfire exchanges among gangsters, fatalism, brotherhood and other themes popular in the traditional chivalry movies can still be located in the revamped gangster films. Examples include John Wu's "A Better Tomorrow" and "Hard-Boiled", the "Young and Dangerous" series, Johnny To Kei-fung's "Milkyway Image" movies featuring contests of wits in the underworld and the award-winning movie "Internal Affairs".

While "Jiang Hu-The Triad Zone" gives a sarcastic reflection on the triad world, "Jiang Hu" re-establishes the deep-rooted law and order common in the old chivalry and knighthood movies. While Turbo's (Edison Chan) loyalty to his best buddy is contrasted with Wing's (Shawn Yue) determination to steal the throne, Lefthander's (Jacky Cheung) ruthlessness is contrasted with Brother Jiu's calm wisdom. The scene where Lefthander and Brother Jiu are caught in a vendetta in a diner can also be considered as a tribute paid to the Hollywood production "The Godfather" and the idea of anarchism in the old Chinese chivalry movies. The role of women has not changed much either in "Jiang Hu". Emily and Yoyo the prostitute still share a similarity with other women in the traditional chivalry world bringing nothing but chaos to the androcentric domain.

"Jiang Hu" and "Internal Affairs" almost feature the same actors with a few differences in so far that Tony Leung was replaced by Jacky Cheung and Anthony Wong by Miu Kiu-wai and Norman Tsui Siu-keung. "Jiang Hu", however, should not be treated as another series of "Internal Affairs" or a look-alike of "Jiang Hu-the Triad Zone". When "Jiang Hu" first hit the local market, what stole most of the limelight was not its underlying message but the scene where Turbo, played by Edison the teen idol, was punished to have sex with a dog. Other common criticisms include the too-fancy post-modern filming techniques and the confusing storylines. Putting all controversies aside, "Jiang Hu" can be seen as a modern chivalry movie featuring an underworld where the concept of black and white is not as clear-cut as that in the past anymore.

Source: City Entertainment (reviewed by Wei Lan)

Translated by Holly (Hong Kong)

March 11, 2008

This professional review refers to Jiang Hu (DTS Version) (Special Edition)
Jiang Hu is the shining star of the Hong Kong movie industry in 2004 with its A-listed cast. After As Tears Go By and A Moment of Romance, Andy Lau teams up in the gangster world again with Jacky Cheung and Jacklyn Wu. Jiang Hu introduces a brand new production crew including independent movie director Wong Ching-po and Creative Media undergraduate To Chi-long.

The first impression Jiang Hu brings to the reviewer is whether it is simply another follower of Jiang Hu - The Triad Zone (2000). While the Lam Chiu-yan production turned a new page of triad movies by making a fool out of the typical gangsters, Jiang Hu has no intention to follow in Lam's footsteps but rather retraces the traditional mafia world. It is a triad movie that highlights and glorifies the value of brotherhood and comradeship in the underworld.

In the old made-in-Hong-Kong combat movies Chinese chivalry and knighthood was nobly honored just as the fictions written by Jin Yong and Gu Long can look back on a long history with similar themes. In these stories the world is anarchical, factions are constantly fighting and the Chinese knights tend to have a fuzzy foe-or-friend relationship. This kind of movie once enjoyed a huge overseas market, which unfortunately led to rash productions and even to a dead-end situation in its latter era. Gangster movies, which have spread their influence since the 1980's, went on to input new concepts in the old chivalry framework. While sword fighting among knights was replaced by gunfire exchanges among gangsters, fatalism, brotherhood and other themes popular in the traditional chivalry movies can still be located in the revamped gangster films. Examples include John Woo's A Better Tomorrow and Hard-Boiled, the Young and Dangerous series, Johnnie To's Milkyway Image movies featuring contests of wits in the underworld and the award-winning Infernal Affairs.

While Jiang Hu - The Triad Zone gives a sarcastic reflection on the triad world, Jiang Hu re-establishes the deep-rooted law and order common in the old chivalry and knighthood movies. While Turbo's (Edison Chan) loyalty to his best buddy is contrasted with Wing's (Shawn Yue) determination to steal the throne, Lefthander's (Jacky Cheung) ruthlessness is contrasted with Brother Jiu's calm wisdom. The scene where Lefthander and Brother Jiu are caught in a vendetta in a diner can also be considered as a tribute paid to the Hollywood production The Godfather and the idea of anarchism in the old Chinese chivalry movies. The role of women has not changed much either in Jiang Hu. Emily and Yoyo the prostitute still share a similarity with other women in the traditional chivalry world bringing nothing but chaos to the androcentric domain.

Jiang Hu and Infernal Affairs almost feature the same actors with a few differences in so far that Tony Leung was replaced by Jacky Cheung and Anthony Wong by Miu Kiu-wai and Norman Tsui Siu-keung. Jiang Hu, however, should not be treated as another series of Infernal Affairs or a look-alike of Jiang Hu - the Triad Zone. When Jiang Hu first hit the local market, what stole most of the limelight was not its underlying message but the scene where Turbo, played by Edison the teen idol, was punished to have sex with a dog. Other common criticisms include the too-fancy post-modern filming techniques and the confusing storylines. Putting all controversies aside, Jiang Hu can be seen as a modern chivalry movie featuring an underworld where the concept of black and white is not as clear-cut as that in the past anymore.

Source: City Entertainment (reviewed by Wei Lan)

Translated by Holly (Hong Kong)

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Customer Review of "Triad Underworld (DVD) (US Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5.9 out of 10 (51)

Anonymous

February 9, 2005

This customer review refers to Jiang Hu
Big Name.... Big Disappointment.... Customer Review Rated Bad 2 - 2 out of 10
Yup, another one of those films with great expectations, and then to be let down... the only great thing about it was that it was well packaged!
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Anonymous

December 10, 2004

This customer review refers to Jiang Hu (2004) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
It's good... Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
that's about it. I thought this film was going to be the typical slash and run type of triad movie. I was amazed that it didn't turn out that way. It had it's fair treatment on Lust, betrayal, and murders... but the movie emphasized more on Triad boss Hung(Andy Lau), Left hand(Jacky Cheung) and two hopefuls, Yik(Shawn Yue) and Turbo(Edison Chen), who plan on being top dogs as well. I'll won't spoil much but elaborate that the movie serves jelly filled material most of the time so once again this isn't your typical "you chop me so I'll chop you" type of movie. The ending I thought wasn't weak like most people said, but rather a pleasant one. The extras are great but I'm not that fluent in Chinese so English Subtitles would be greatly appreciated next time. The music video was disappointing because it didn't have Lin Yuan's theme song or Chapman To's "Brothers" song, which both are featured at the end of the movie or on "Jiang Hu's" official website. Overall, decent flick with an assortment of "Infernal Affairs" actors(another reason that makes you want to watch this film). For starters, I say rent first at your nearest Chinese tape shop.
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Anonymous

December 1, 2004

This customer review refers to Jiang Hu (2004) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Nice... Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
It's a pretty good movie to watch on DVD...
Not too many actions... I wish that they can have more hack and slash action in a cool music background.

I love some of their soundtrack... hope they can have the soundtrack soon for it...
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Anonymous

November 10, 2004

This customer review refers to Jiang Hu (2004) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
So so Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5 out of 10
The movie is somewhat predictable, and the pace is slow. Overall, not a bad movie, but it could have been much better. Good acting saves a redundant storyline.
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Anonymous

October 31, 2004

This customer review refers to Jiang Hu
Could have been better Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
This is a triad movie about friendship and blood brothers. The story parallels that of two best friends trying to become famous in the triad world by eliminating a big boss, while a certain big boss attempts to find out who's trying to kill him. If you liked "Infernal Affair", you may like this movie after all. While many may compare this to "Infernal Affairs" with regards to the young and old characters of the movies, the plot to "Infernal Affair" is much better with more suspense. Nevertheless, it's nice to see Jacky Cheung on the screen again.
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