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Anthony Wong (Actor) | Francis Ng (Actor) | Michael Tse (Actor) | Herman Yau (Director)
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When Michael Tse's popular undercover cop character Laughing Gor was killed off in the 2009 TVB police drama E.U., fans mourned his death with online memorial services and a creative outpouring of grief. This unprecedented show of support led TVB to resurrect Laughing Gor on the big screen for the blockbuster spin-off prequel Turning Point. The first film to bear the Shaw Brothers logo since 2002's Drunken Monkey, the TVB-Shaw Brothers co-production is devoted to Laughing Gor's backstory, building the legend behind the struggling small-timer who would eventually become the swaggering, scenery-chewing undercover cop that Hong Kong audiences fell in love with. Though the leading character originates from the small screen, Turning Point's story is largely independent of the TV drama and requires no previous knowledge.

Previously best known on the big screen as Ekin Cheng's sidekick in Young and Dangerous, Michael Tse makes an appealing lead as the twice-undercover caught between the police and the underworld, but what makes Turning Point especially exciting are all the other names attached. Jack-of-all-trades director Herman Yau (True Women for Sale) helms the crime actioner, while acclaimed actors Anthony Wong and Francis Ng make charismatic turns as rival triad leaders. Also making supporting appearances are action star Yuen Biao, Eric Tsang, Felix Wong, Wayne Lai, and TVB starlet Fala Chen in her film debut. For the TV drama fans, there are also crossover cameos from E.U. stars Ron Ng and Sammul Chan.

Undercover cop-turned-triad leader One (Anthony Wong) sends his underling Laughing (Michael Tse) undercover into the police force. But the police send him back into the triads to be an undercover under One! Laughing walks the line passing intel between the two sides, but he's running for his life from both sides of the law after a botched drug bust leaves his handler (Yuen Biao) comatose, and underworld bosses Zatoi (Francis Ng) and Fook (Eric Tsang) out for his head.

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Product Title: Turning Point (DVD) (US Version) Laughing Gor之變節 (DVD) (美國版) Laughing Gor之变节 (DVD) (美国版) Laughing Gor之變節 (US版) Turning Point (DVD) (US Version)
Also known as: Laughing Gor Laughing Gor Laughing Gor Laughing Gor Laughing Gor
Artist Name(s): Anthony Wong (Actor) | Francis Ng (Actor) | Michael Tse (Actor) | Yuen Biao (Actor) | Felix Wong (Actor) | Fala Chen (Actor) | Eric Tsang | Wayne Lai | Johnson Lee | Kenny Wong Tak Bun | Sammul Chan | Edwin Siu | Ron Ng | Anna Yau | Tracy Yip 黃 秋生 (Actor) | 吳鎮宇 (Actor) | 謝天華 (Actor) | 元彪 (Actor) | 黃日華 (Actor) | 陳 法拉 (Actor) | 曾志偉 | 黎耀祥 | 李思捷 | 黃德斌 | 陳鍵鋒 | 蕭正楠 | 吳卓羲 | 丘凱敏 | 葉翠翠 黄 秋生 (Actor) | 吴镇宇 (Actor) | 谢天华 (Actor) | 元彪 (Actor) | 黄日华 (Actor) | 陈 法拉 (Actor) | 曾志伟 | 黎耀祥 | 李思捷 | 黄德斌 | 陈键锋 | 萧正楠 | 吴卓羲 | 丘凯敏 | 叶翠翠 黄秋生 (アンソニー・ウォン) (Actor) | 呉鎮宇 (フランシス・ン) (Actor) | 謝天華(マイケル・ツェ) (Actor) | 元彪(ユン・ピョウ) (Actor) | 黄日華(フェリックス・ウォン) (Actor) | 陳法拉(ファラ・チェン) (Actor) | 曾志偉 (エリック・ツァン) | ライ・ユーチョン | 李思捷(ジョンソン・リー) | 黄徳斌(ケニー・ウォン) | サミュル・チャン | 蕭正楠(エドウィン・シウ) | 呉卓羲(ロン・ン) | Anna Yau | Tracy Yip Anthony Wong (Actor) | Francis Ng (Actor) | Michael Tse (Actor) | 원표 (Actor) | Felix Wong (Actor) | Fala Chen (Actor) | Eric Tsang | Wayne Lai | Johnson Lee | Kenny Wong Tak Bun | Sammul Chan | Edwin Siu | Ron Ng | Anna Yau | Tracy Yip
Director: Herman Yau 邱禮濤 邱礼涛 邱禮濤(ハーマン・ヤウ) Yau Lai To
Release Date: 2009-10-08
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Closed Captioning: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD-5, DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Duration: 89 (mins)
Publisher: Tai Seng Video (US)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1021222460

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Director: Herman Yau

Laughing (MICHAEL TSE) is formally a police undercover. However due to a drug trafficking case, Inspector Pan (FELIX WONG) is hot on his trails.

Before Laughing becomes a police undercover, he works under triad leader Yi (ANTHONY WONG). Yi treats Laughing as his own brother, however to protect his territory and illegal businesses, Yi instructed Laughing to join the police force and act as his undercover.

Laughing is a high-flyer in the police academy. However he never got a chance to join the force because he is specially picked by Inspector Xian (YUEN BIAO) to be an undercover in the underworld syndicate. Hence Laughing becomes a “double-undercover”.

Yi is happy that Laughing is allocated to the triad of his rival (FRANCIS NG). To make his situation worse, Laughing falls in love with the triad leader’s sister, Karen.

Justice, brotherhood and love, what will Laughing decide on? His decision will be a turning point in his life.
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Professional Review of "Turning Point (DVD) (US Version)"

September 22, 2009

Before the Hong Kong TV series E.U. premiered back in February 2009 on local TV station TVB, the buzz was all about it being the third drama in the Academy series (a.k.a. TVB's attempt at a contemporary version of the 80s Police Cadet series) and the glorious return of Kathy Chow Hoi-Mei to TVB after a ten-year absence. However, no one expected that a supporting character named Laughing Gor (played by Young and Dangerous veteran Michael Tse) would end up overshadowing stars Ron Ng, Sammul Chan and even Kathy Chow. When the wisecracking triad boss/undercover cop Laughing Gor died, the "Laughing Gor" group on Facebook skyrocketed to 150,000-plus members, making him one of the most popular characters on Hong Kong TV in years.

With "Laughing Gor fever" slowly fading in the minds of HK audiences, TVB decided to make the first film under their new co-production deal with Shaw Brothers (their first film since 2002's Drunken Monkey) a prequel to E.U. that’s completely devoted to the legend of Laughing Gor. To help cash in on the Laughing Gor phenomenon (i.e., within five months of the television drama), TVB made the smart call of bringing on director Herman Yau, who is known for being able to deliver quick, quality product on the cheap. And to elevate Laughing Gor into quality cinema material, TVB brought in Francis Ng and Anthony Wong, two of the best actors in Hong Kong, both of whom are certainly no strangers to triad films. All of that results in Turning Point, an action thriller that once and for all should answer how a convenience store clerk named Leung Siu-Tong becomes the legendary Laughing Gor.

Fortunately, one needs little knowledge of E.U. to understand Turning Point; the story is almost completely independent of the TV show (except for a throwaway reference at the very end), and not even the original producer or writers on E.U. were involved in the film. In fact, the film doesn’t really explain what makes Laughing Gor the character he becomes in E.U., instead turning the character into the latest in a long tradition of tortured undercover cops that started with 1981's Man on the Brink and had its last true creative peak with Infernal Affairs. Turning Point doesn't bring the undercover genre to a creative peak, and actually presents so many double agent twists that it threatens to become a parody of itself. However, the film is a great example of economic storytelling, cramming a packed story that's enough for two films into an 89-minute running time, as the producers try their hardest to squeeze the Laughing Gor legend into something that they can show in theaters every two hours.

The story goes like this: once upon a time, Laughing was an undercover cop under Inspector Xian (Yuen Biao), the only man on the police force who knows his true identity. Laughing is deep undercover under triad boss One (Anthony Wong, glam-rocking his way through the movie), who was himself an undercover cop who ultimately became a triad after finding himself unable to return to police life. Unfortunately, Xian gets into a car accident and falls into a coma, leaving Laughing with no one who can vouch for him. Soon, Laughing finds himself on the run from both the police (led by Poon, played by Felix Wong) and triad bosses Zatoi (Francis Ng) and Big Brother Fook (Eric Tsang, constantly eating in his short cameo). Occasionally, the film flashes back to Laughing's past, revealing that he was originally a mole sent into the police force by One. It's also revealed that Laughing is dating Zatoi's sister Karen (TVB starlet Fala Chen), which gives Zatoi all the more motivation to catch the "under-undercover" agent, thereby keeping him away from his sister permanently.

Ironically, with actors like Anthony Wong and Francis Ng dominating the screen, Laughing Gor doesn’t even feel like the lead in his own movie. The script by Poon Man-Hung, Wong Yeung-Tat, and Milkyway regular Yip Tin-Shing simply swipes from the playbook of Hong Kong undercover films, figuring out ways to expand the Laughing Gor story into a sprawling epic barely deserving of its ensemble cast. The result is a story with so many characters that the film loses its focus of the one character the film was designed for: Laughing Gor Whenever the film shifts to One's story or Zatoi's story, Wong and Ng immediately steal the film with their performances, leaving Laughing little more than an afterthought.

However, with his progressively silly wardrobe changes, Anthony Wong appears to be slumming, and his character's abrupt change in the third act doesn't help matters either. Instead, it's Francis Ng who ends up giving the best performance. Ng's Zatoi will probably end up being a more memorable character than Laughing himself thanks to a well-written twist and a consistently solid performance throughout. On the other hand, without the charm he showed on television, Michael Tse simply spends the film running and acting tough, which doesn't make for a very interesting character. Since Laughing's fate is known from minute one, his development should be the reason for audiences to see watch film. Instead, his development is left to a monologue at the end that amounts to a requisite dramatic moment as opposed to an important, revelatory one.

Turning Point is packed with so many people running and jumping off of buildings that it's clearly more interested in being an action-thriller than a psychological exploration of its titular character. Thanks to Yau's direction, Turning Point does succeed on the action part with chases - both in cars and on foot - that are nicely shot. As mentioned before, Yau can deliver quality product on the cheap, and he succeeds thoroughly here. Despite the moderate-to-low budget, quick shooting schedule, and perfunctory art direction (empty warehouse is a visual motif here), Yau's ability to churn everything into a seemingly quality motion picture is deserving of recognition. Thanks to Yau's effective direction, some solid performances, efficient storytelling, and some mildly extreme content that would never make it on a freely broadcast station like TVB, Turning Point turns out to be fine crime pulp. The film definitely delivers on the entertainment end of the deal, if not necessarily the quality end. "Better than TVB" may not be much of a compliment to some, but I guarantee that it's a very good one here.

by Kevin Ma - LoveHKFilm.com

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Customer Review of "Turning Point (DVD) (US Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10 (2)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5 out of 10 (4)

jasmine
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January 3, 2011

This customer review refers to Turning Point (2009) (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Not a laughing matter Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
My first exposure to Michael Tse was this movie and he came across as a promising lad capable of many varied roles in the future. I know he's good in comedy and drama (he CAN sing and dance cause I've witnessed it at a charity event in HKG) and I was pleasantly surprised to find his Laughing Gor character while watching TVB's The Academy (they shouldn't have killed off his character).

As mentioned by all other movie enthusiasts, this could have developed further if not hampered by the once-too-often flashback of 'then & now' scenario . Car chases, crashes, showdown and gangland disputes (lots of chopping) kept the audience on track. Hats off to Francis Ng &Anthony Wong for willing to wear the makeup & hairdos as they did. Anthony tries to keep his cool image with expressionless dialogue while Francis got stuck with foul, crude and sarcastic stuff and I occasionally wonder how the actors themselves feel about having to speak in this manner. Fala Chan made an effortless debut and a couple of familiar faces from TVB were noted, eg Eric as the godfather (constantly stuffing his face), my hero Yuen Biao, Wayne Lai, the strong-but-silent chap (uc shot by Wayne) and, is it Johnson Lee or Louis Yuen (one of the trio in Liza & Gods variety show).
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Lam
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March 29, 2010

This customer review refers to Turning Point (2009) (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Not really a prequel. Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
Basing a film on a certain established character should actually follow that characters exploit and at least acknowledge the source material but for Turning point (based on the character Laughing Gor from TVB series E.U) it writes it own origins for the character and does not follow any of the established ground work of the character in E.U.

Personally i did not see anything special about the character from the series but clearly there was an audience for it but unfortunately fans will be dissappointed, here Laughing Gor shows none of his characteristic that we all know.

Motivation is questionable at times and the director seems to breeze through pivotal moments in which characters change, this is a major downfall for we do not really understand why someone acts the way they do.

Worst thing about this film though is Anthony Wong - he seems to be bored during the whole film and seems to be reciting his lines, lacking any expressions. The make up (eye liner and lipstick????) also makes him laughable.

Having seen so many undercover cop films originality is sorely lacking but Turning point does have hints of creativity like the idea of a triad going undercover in the police to be sent back to be an undercover in the triads but this is not explored much.

Enjoyment can be had with the film if you ignore the E.U series and it does have moments of tension and nice bits of action.
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Kiki
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January 22, 2010

It turned out to be a different movie Customer Review Rated Bad 2 - 2 out of 10
i think the titel said enough. they tried to make it good But they HAVE FAILED with the original story line

For those who watched the serie emergency unit knows what i mean.

there a lot of thing that dont match what happened in the Serie.


* Laughing was shown to join the police academy for his idealism for justice and honor. His motivations also convinced his girlfriend, Wendy, to also join the academy to become good peacekeepers; the movie replaces his original undercover recruiter, officer Kwok Pui, with officer Sin. Wendy's involvement in E.U. was ignored in the movie.
* Laughing's diary clearly mentions his 10-year stint undercover was largely involved in Yik-Tin's triad to expose their activities; the movie mentions his involvement with another triad that greatly conflicts with the time-line within his diary.
* The movie revolves more of Laughing's life as an underling rather than a gang boss.
* The 5 dollar HK coin Laughing has was given to him by Brother One, but in E.U. it was just an ordinary coin Laughing was going to give Wendy just to by a drink.
* In E.U. it was said that Laughing had never killed anyone but in Turning Point he killed his boss Brother One.
* In E.U. when Laughing met Hao he was bald but in Turning Point he wasn't

this comes from wiki. (didnt want to type al those mistakes)
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Kevin Kennedy
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November 30, 2009

Structural problems beset actioner Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
"Turning Point" is a film with exciting scenes, solid performers, gunplay galore, and lots of crashing cars. Yet the whole turns out to be less than the sum of its parts. The film tells the story of Laughing Gor (Michael Tse), a convenience store cashier turned gangster, who is sent by his gang boss (Anthony Wong) to go undercover as a cop (echoing Andy Lau's role in "Infernal Affairs"), only then to be sent by the police to go undercover as a gangster. Back in the underworld, Gor falls in love with the sister of his bitter gangland rival (Francis Ng). All the elements are in place for a gripping tale of Gor's conflicting loyalties. Unfortunately, the film's structure, endlessly shifting back and forth between past and present, undermines the ability of the story to generate any forward momentum and sabotages the story's inherent tensions.

"Turning Point" sets a star-making stage for Michael Tse and he delivers. Anthony Wong is effectively creepy as Gor's gangster boss. The film has many terrific scenes. If the filmmakers simply had set the scenes in chronological order -- insteading of doing all that back and forth in time -- I believe that this could have been a superb, action-packed drama.
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