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Wild City (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Louis Koo (Actor) | Michael Tse (Actor) | Shawn Yue (Actor) | Tong Li Ya (Actor)
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After an eight-year hiatus, Hong Kong action maestro Ringo Lam once again steps behind the camera in the action-crime drama Wild City. Starring Louis Koo (SPL 2: A Time For Consequences), Shawn Yue (Helios), Tong Liya (The Taking Of Tiger Mountain) and Joseph Chang (Murmur Of The Hearts), the film is described by Lam as the last in his "City Trilogy," which also includes City on Fire and Full Alert. As expected of a Ringo Lam film, Wild City is noted for its heart-pumping action sequences and stark dynamism.

It's safe to say that former police officer and current bar owner T-Man (Louis Koo) got much more than he bargained for when he reluctantly escorts a drunk patron (Tong Liya) home. Not only is the woman, Yun, embroiled in a messy criminal transaction, she is also the target of a manhunt led by triad enforcer Blackie (Joseph Chang) thanks to a luggage of cash she stole. Once T-Man and his rebellious brother Chung (Shawn Yue) learn of Yun's story, they agree to help her, but as the three dive deeper and deeper into the conflict, they start to realize that they're merely pawns in a much larger game.

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Product Title: Wild City (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 迷城 (2015) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 迷城 (2015) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 迷城 (2015/香港,中国) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Wild City (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: 謎城 谜城
Artist Name(s): Louis Koo (Actor) | Michael Tse (Actor) | Shawn Yue (Actor) | Tong Li Ya (Actor) | Simon Yam (Actor) | Sam Lee (Actor) | Jack Kao (Actor) | Philip Keung (Actor) | Tam Bing Man (Actor) | Joseph Chang (Actor) | Yuen Qiu (Actor) | Lin Zi Shan (Actor) | Philip Ng (Actor) 古天樂 (Actor) | 謝天華 (Actor) | 余文樂 (Actor) | 佟 麗婭 (Actor) | 任達華 (Actor) | 李 璨琛 (Actor) | 高捷 (Actor) | 姜 皓文 (Actor) | 譚炳文 (Actor) | 張孝全 (Actor) | 元 秋 (Actor) | 林 子善 (Actor) | 伍 允龍 (Actor) 古天乐 (Actor) | 谢天华 (Actor) | 余文乐 (Actor) | 佟 丽娅 (Actor) | 任达华 (Actor) | 李 璨琛 (Actor) | 高捷 (Actor) | 姜 皓文 (Actor) | 谭炳文 (Actor) | 张孝全 (Actor) | 元 秋 (Actor) | 林 子善 (Actor) | 伍 允龙 (Actor) 古天樂 (ルイス・クー) (Actor) | 謝天華(マイケル・ツェ) (Actor) | 余文樂(ショーン・ユー) (Actor) | 佟麗婭(トン・リーヤー ) (Actor) | 任達華 (サイモン・ヤム) (Actor) | 李燦森(サム・リー) (Actor) | 高捷(ジャック・カオ) (Actor) | 姜皓文(キョン・ヒウマン) (Actor) | 譚[火丙]文(タム・ビンマン) (Actor) | 張孝全(ジョセフ・チャン) (Actor) | ユン・チウ (Actor) | Lin Zi Shan (Actor) | Philip Ng (Actor) Louis Koo (Actor) | Michael Tse (Actor) | 여 문락 (Actor) | Tong Li Ya (Actor) | 임 달화 (Actor) | Sam Lee (Actor) | Jack Kao (Actor) | Philip Keung (Actor) | Tam Bing Man (Actor) | Joseph Chang (Actor) | Yuen Qiu (Actor) | Lin Zi Shan (Actor) | Philip Ng (Actor)
Director: Ringo Lam 林嶺東 林岭东 林嶺東(リンゴ・ラム) Lam Ling Dong
Writer: Ringo Lam 林嶺東 林岭东 林嶺東(リンゴ・ラム) Lam Ling Dong
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2015-10-30
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong, China
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Sound Information: Dolby TrueHD
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Duration: 102 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1046054814

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In the spirit of City on Fire and Full Alert, Lam's latest Canto-noir finds unsuspecting bystanders caught in a tangled web of and greed and betrayal, their growing anxieties punctuated with sudden bursts of violence.

When former cop-turned-bar owner T-man Kwok (Louis KOO) befriends a drunken woman at closing hours (TONG Liya), they soon find themselves targeted both by her former lover-a high-powered Hong Kong attorney-and the thugs (CHANG Hsiao-Chuan) he employs. Once Kwok's underachieving half-brother (Shawn YUE) and a suitcase full of tainted cash enter the picture, the chase turns deadly, with the brothers' tense family history coming to the surface as Kwok finds himself torn between the triads and his former police colleagues.
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Professional Review of "Wild City (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

November 27, 2015

Unbelievably, it's been eight years since the last film from Ringo Lam, the Hong Kong action master responsible for a number of genre classics including City on Fire, Full Alert and others. Fans finally have a reason to celebrate with the release of Wild City, his first outing since Triangle back in 2007, which Lam co-directed with Tsui Hark and Johnnie To, a return to his usual mix of conflicted characters, moral dilemmas, car chases and street battles.

Louis Koo (SPL 2: A Time for Consequences) stars as T-Man, a former cop now running a bar, whose life is thrown into chaos after he one night does the decent thing and takes home a drunken customer called Yun (Tong Liya, The Taking of Tiger Mountain) to let her sleep it off. As it turns out, Yun is caught up with a very bad bunch of people and is on the run with a suitcase filled with cash, being hunted by a gang led by the ruthless Blackie (Joseph Chang, Murmur of the Hearts), who are soon targeting T-Man and his former street racer brother Chung (Shawn Yue, Helios) as well. Agreeing to help Yun, the two men try to keep one step ahead of their pursuers and the law, T-Man's former colleagues being convinced that he has turned to a life of crime.

Wild City certainly has the kind of setup which should be familiar to fans of Ringo Lam's work, and indeed the director has described the film as being the third part in a loose 'City' trilogy, a spiritual follow-up to City on Fire and Full Alert. Greed and the corrupting influence of money are the key themes here, with the suitcase of money causing nothing but trouble for anyone who tries to claim it, and with Lam taking a very dim view of a society obsessed with financial gain and material goods. This works well enough, and the film's plot is engaging, if rather simplistic, holding the interest through to its predictable conclusion, and managing a few moments of macho dramatic tension along the way as T-Man and Chung do what righteous men tend to do in this sort of film. At the same time though the script unfortunately lacks the complexity and layered character development seen in Lam's earlier films, and Wild City has more of a preachy air, packing in a few too many finger-wagging speeches and stabs at obvious symbolism, particularly during the last act. While this doesn't really slow things down, it does suggest that Lam might well have pulled his usual punches to appease the Mainland censors, without attaining the subtle edginess shown by Johnnie To in Drug War, for example.

There's still plenty to enjoy about Wild City, however, and Lam clearly hasn't lost his touch when it comes to action, which of course is why most viewers will be here in the first place. Grounded and gritty, the film has a good few set pieces scattered throughout, all of which are well-choreographed without being overly stylised, and violent without being excessive. The stunts also impress, the main actors all getting involved and having apparently done their own work, and this helps the film to stand out from its more CGI-reliant peers. Car chases are the main focus of the action, and there's a pleasingly old-fashioned feel to the auto carnage that Lam serves up, with lots of spectacular crashes and smashes, helping to keep the film rattling along at a fast and gripping pace.

Although not up to the standard of his signature works, Wild City nevertheless has plenty of thrills to offer, and even when not quite firing on all cylinders Ringo Lam is better than the vast majority of other action directors. It's certainly great to have him back, and hopefully fans won't have to wait another eight years for his next film.

by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com

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