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Two Thumbs Up (2015) (DVD) (Malaysia Version) DVD Region 3

Simon Yam (Actor) | Francis Ng (Actor) | Leo Ku (Actor) | Patrick Tam Yiu Man (Actor)
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Prolific screenwriter Lau Ho Leung (The Great Magician) makes his directorial debut with cops-and-robbers action comedy Two Thumbs Up, which stars Francis Ng (Triumph In The Skies) as low-level gangster Big F, who's just gotten out of prison. He wastes no time in tracking down his old comrades, picking up bowling alley employee Crazy B (Simon Yam, Election), back-alley hairstylist Johnny T (Patrick Tam, As The Light Goes Out) and mechanic East L (Mark Cheng, A True Mob Story) in quick succession. As it turns out, Big F has a nice payday planned for the gang. He wants to rob a truck transporting dirty money across the Mainland-Hong Kong border, and to do that, the gang's got to pose as police officers. On the day of the heist, the men set off in their minibus-turned-police-vehicle dressed as cops and armed with BB guns. What they don't know is that another group of criminals also has its sights set on the truck – and those people have AK-47s.
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Product Title: Two Thumbs Up (2015) (DVD) (Malaysia Version) 衝鋒車 (2015) (DVD) (馬來西亞版) 冲锋车 (2015) (DVD) (马来西亚版) 衝鋒車 (2015) (DVD) (マレーシア版) Two Thumbs Up (2015) (DVD) (Malaysia Version)
Artist Name(s): Simon Yam (Actor) | Francis Ng (Actor) | Leo Ku (Actor) | Patrick Tam Yiu Man (Actor) | Dayo Wong (Actor) | Mark Cheng (Actor) | Jack Kao (Actor) | Philip Keung (Actor) | Siu Yam Yam (Actor) | Christie Chen Si Xuan (Actor) 任達華 (Actor) | 吳鎮宇 (Actor) | 古巨基 (Actor) | 譚耀文 (Actor) | 黃子華 (Actor) | 鄭浩南 (Actor) | 高捷 (Actor) | 姜浩文 (Actor) | 邵音音 (Actor) | 思漩 (Actor) 任达华 (Actor) | 吴镇宇 (Actor) | 古巨基 (Actor) | 谭耀文 (Actor) | 黄子华 (Actor) | 郑浩南 (Actor) | 高捷 (Actor) | 姜浩文 (Actor) | 邵音音 (Actor) | 思漩 (Actor) 任達華 (サイモン・ヤム) (Actor) | 呉鎮宇 (フランシス・ン) (Actor) | 古巨基(レオ・クー) (Actor) | 譚耀文(パトリック・タム) (Actor) | 黄子華(ウォン・ジーワー) (Actor) | 鄭浩南(マーク・チェン) (Actor) | 高捷(ジャック・カオ) (Actor) | 姜皓文(キョン・ヒウマン) (Actor) | 邵音音(シウ・ヤムヤム) (Actor) | Christie Chen Si Xuan (Actor) 임 달화 (Actor) | Francis Ng (Actor) | Leo Ku (Actor) | 담 요문 (Actor) | Dayo Wong (Actor) | Mark Cheng (Actor) | Jack Kao (Actor) | Philip Keung (Actor) | Siu Yam Yam (Actor) | Christie Chen Si Xuan (Actor)
Director: Lau Ho Leung 劉浩良 刘浩良 Lau Ho Leung Lau Ho Leung
Producer: Soi Cheang 鄭保瑞 郑保瑞 鄭保瑞 (ソイ・チェン) 소이 청
Release Date: 2015-06-23
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Malay
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: PAL What is it?
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 103 (mins)
Publisher: Multimedia Entertainment SDN. BHD.
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1044211588

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Professional Review of "Two Thumbs Up (2015) (DVD) (Malaysia Version)"

July 31, 2015

This professional review refers to Two Thumbs Up (2015) (Blu-ray) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Two Thumbs Up marks the directorial debut of Lau Ho Leung, an experienced screenwriter with a solid and varied body of work behind him, recently including the likes of The Great Magician, Triple Tap and 14 Blades. The crime comedy is a wild, anarchic affair, headlined by a top quartet of veteran leading men in the form of Francis Ng (Triumph in The Skies), Simon Yam (Election), Patrick Tam (As the Light Goes Out) and Mark Cheng (A True Mob Story) as a gang of semi-competent crooks who come up with a genius-ludicrous scheme for their next robbery.

The film kicks off with aging low level gangster Big F (Francis Ng) being released from a Malaysian prison and promptly rounding up his former brothers for a scheme some years in the making. Though they take a little persuading, bowling alley worker Crazy B (Simon Yam), hairdresser Johnny T (Patrick Tam) and mechanic East L (Mark Cheng) agree to join him, the plan revolving around posing as police officers to hijack a truck smuggling money to the Mainland in corpses. Disguising a minibus as a police van and armed with toy guns, they soon find themselves up against a gang of considerably more violent, AK-47 carrying desperadoes, who just happen to have had the same idea.

Two Thumbs Up very much has the air of being directed by a screenwriter, as there's a huge amount going on, the above synopsis only providing the bare bones of the film;s increasingly chaotic plot. Aside from the central robbery, Lau Ho Leung goes off on a variety of tangents, with subplots involving a diligent young cop trying to track down the gang (Leo Ku), an ice-cream selling girl, a wandering old woman (Susan Shaw), and more. While the film is muddled in places as a result, and suffers from a touch of Tarantino syndrome during some long stretches of non-realistic dialogue, it's generally engaging, and Lau wins points for effort. A lot of work obviously went into the script, which in these days of lazy screenwriting counts for quite a bit, and the film has more than its share of amusing moments as well as some surprisingly effective emotional beats. Though the ending could have been better handled, hinting of a meaningfulness that simply isn't there, it's on the whole satisfying and rattles along at a fast pace, never in any danger of becoming dull.

Pretty much everything about the film is loud, brash, colourful and stylish, most notably when it comes to the four main characters themselves and their costumes and odd hairdos. All four of the leads seems to have been having a great time making the film, going fully over the top with their performances, Francis Ng and Simon Yam having a number of great shouting contests, and this adds to the overall air of cheerful fun. Visually the film is equally dynamic, Lau throwing in all manner of editing tricks and techniques, and though some of these don't quite work, in particular some shoddy use of computer effects, the film has a definite spark and energy. There's a fair amount of action mixed in with the comedy, most of which is well-handled and often unexpectedly violent, and Lau pulls off the balancing act better than most, helping to cover up what was likely not the highest of budgets.

Though flawed and suffering very much from the over indulgence of first film syndrome, Two Thumbs Up is nevertheless an easy film to like, especially for fans of old school Hong Kong cinema. Films like this haven't been too common of late, and it marks a solidly entertaining and creative debut for Lau Ho Leung.

by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com

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