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Chow Yun Fat (Actor) | Cherie Chung (Actor) | Roy Cheung (Actor) | Tommy Wong (Actor)
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Following City on Fire and Prison on Fire, director Ringo Lam and Chow Yun Fat collaborate again for 1989's Wild Search. The crime and romance drama also reunites Chow Yun Fat with An Autumn's Tale co-star Cherie Chung. Though Wild Search does feature action scenes and Roy Cheung as the villain, the film is less action-oriented than Ringo Lam's usual, instead focusing more on character drama and the chemistry of the stars.

While conducting a raid of an illegal arms deal, police detective Lau (Chow Yun Fat) discovers the body of a dead woman and a crying girl who witnessed her mother's murder. Believing that the girl may be in danger, Lau seeks out her aunt Cher (Cherie Chung) in order to protect both of them. The three develop a comfortable bond as Lau and Cher gradually fall in love. However, Cher's ex-husband and a vengeful gunrunner (Roy Cheung) soon show up to disrupt their short-lived peace.

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Product Title: Wild Search (1989) (DVD) (Remastered Edition) (Hong Kong Version) 伴我闖天涯 (1989) (DVD) (修復版) (香港版) 伴我闯天涯 (1989) (DVD) (修复版) (香港版) Wild Search (1989) (DVD) (Remastered Edition) (Hong Kong Version) Wild Search (1989) (DVD) (Remastered Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Chow Yun Fat (Actor) | Cherie Chung (Actor) | Roy Cheung (Actor) | Tommy Wong (Actor) | Wan Yeung Ming (Actor) | Paul Chun (Actor) | Elaine Jin (Actor) | Ku Feng (Actor) | Lau Kwong (Actor) | Ng Chi Hung (Actor) | Leung Ming (Actor) | Zhu Ji Sheng (Actor) | Nan Yan (Actor) | Chen Zhuo Xin (Actor) 周潤發 (Actor) | 鍾楚紅 (Actor) | 張耀揚 (Actor) | 黃光亮 (Actor) | 尹揚明 (Actor) | 秦沛 (Actor) | 金燕玲 (Actor) | 谷峰 (Actor) | 劉江 (Actor) | 吳志雄 (Actor) | 良鳴 (Actor) | 朱繼生 (Actor) | 南燕 (Actor) | 陳卓欣 (Actor) 周润发 (Actor) | 锺楚红 (Actor) | 张耀扬 (Actor) | 黄光亮 (Actor) | 尹扬明 (Actor) | 秦沛 (Actor) | 金燕玲 (Actor) | 谷峰 (Actor) | 刘江 (Actor) | 吴志雄 (Actor) | 良鸣 (Actor) | 朱继生 (Actor) | Nan Yan (Actor) | 陈卓欣 (Actor) 周潤發 (チョウ・ユンファ) (Actor) | 鍾楚紅(チェリー・チョン) (Actor) | 張耀揚(ロイ・チョン) (Actor) | 黄光亮(トミー・ウォン) (Actor) | 尹揚明(ビンセント・ワン) (Actor) | 秦沛(チョン・プイ) (Actor) | 金燕玲(イレイン・カム) (Actor) | 谷峯(クー・ホン) (Actor) | Lau Kwong (Actor) | Ng Chi Hung (Actor) | Leung Ming (Actor) | Zhu Ji Sheng (Actor) | Nan Yan (Actor) | Chen Zhuo Xin (Actor) 주윤발 (Actor) | Cherie Chung (Actor) | Roy Cheung (Actor) | Tommy Wong (Actor) | Wan Yeung Ming (Actor) | Paul Chun (Actor) | Elaine Jin (Actor) | Ku Feng (Actor) | Lau Kwong (Actor) | Ng Chi Hung (Actor) | Leung Ming (Actor) | Zhu Ji Sheng (Actor) | Nan Yan (Actor) | Chen Zhuo Xin (Actor)
Director: Ringo Lam 林嶺東 林岭东 林嶺東(リンゴ・ラム) Lam Ling Dong
Producer: Ringo Lam 林嶺東 林岭东 林嶺東(リンゴ・ラム) Lam Ling Dong
Release Date: 2019-04-12
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, 2.35 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-5
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Rating: IIA
Duration: 99 (mins)
Publisher: CN Entertainment Ltd.
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1073273744

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Inspector Lau (Chow Yun Fat) meets Lee (Cherie Chung) in homicide case and falls for her. But love is not easy when Lee's ex-husband stands in the way. When Lau smashes an arms deal he becomes the deadly target of the gang and his love rival.
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Professional Review of "Wild Search (1989) (DVD) (Remastered Edition) (Hong Kong Version)"

November 8, 2006

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If a movie like A Hearty Response is a Hong Kong love spell where the city becomes a kind of magic forest full of coincidences, missed meetings, helpful secondary characters popping up like pixies to sow a little magic dust, romantic karaoke montage, and love blooming between disparate characters kept apart only by frantic scriptwriters desperately battling the stars' magnetic attraction to one another in order to stretch the movie out to its required 90 minutes, then Wild Search is this kind of fairy tale taken back to its Grimm roots. The magic forest isn't enchanted in Ringo Lam's romantic melodrama - it's cursed. His characters are overwhelmed by disappointment, strangled by lives whose boundaries shrink every year as their personalities calcify and wither. The secondary characters are people like Bullet (Roy Cheung) - a psychopathic arms dealer whose hobbies are revenge and torture. He wouldn't make a good pixie.

A shameless remake of Peter Weir's Witness, this is the kind of movie that invites direct comparison between Hong Kong and Hollywood talents: Harrison Ford vs. Chow Yun-fat; Kelly McGillis vs. Cherie Chung; Peter Weir vs. Ringo Lam. For those comfortable with the conventions of the Hong Kong motion picture, the clear winner is Wild Search. Eschewing the massive swathes of blood that festoon most of his movies, Lam goes for tender romance and the results are predictably warped. Chow Yun-fat plays alcoholic cop, Mew Mew, who gets stuck with Ka Ka, a clueless five year old girl whose arms dealing mother (Elaine Jin, who also played a mother in Gorgeous, Tempting Heart and Metade Fumaca) was just wiped out in a business transaction gone high caliber. Ka Ka's aunt, Cher, lives in one of the New Territory villages far from urban Hong Kong. Played by Cherie Chung with an earthy sexuality oozing from her pores, Cher is a country bumpkin, but nobody's fool. She's quick to pin Mew Mew for what he is: a loser. His only protection is to wage siege on her morality and virtue, and when he discovers she's in the middle of a divorce (which her father and most of the villagers regard as a loathsome mistake) he chooses to back down, rather than use this new weapon to destroy her sense of herself as a righteous person.

It's this kindness that changes Mew Mew's life as he and Cher draw closer for warmth in the cold, shattered world they live in. Deftly drawn, and without an ounce of sloppy sentiment, Wild Search also sports a series of jagged, quick action setpieces that serve as omens of the unkillable Bullet's approach. Scored throughout with Teresa Teng's heart-rending ballads, the theme songs of Chinese loss, Wild Search is a remarkable movie that earns its romance honestly.

by Grady Hendrix

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.2 out of 10 (4)

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August 7, 2014

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1 people found this review helpful

My favorite Ringo Lam-directed film Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
"Wild Search" opens with police sergeant Lau (Chow Yun Fat) receiving a tip from an informant about an impending weapons deal. Sergeant Lau's squad then attempts to nab the weapons dealers. When the dealers become aware of the cops' presence, all heck breaks loose, leaving the woman conducting the transaction dead with her young daughter in her arms.

To gain info on the weapons dealers, Lau heads to a remote New Territories village to raid the rustic family home of the dead woman. There he encounters the woman's sister Cher (Cherie Chung) and father (Ku Feng) and begins to uncover the tangled web woven by the coke-sniffing crime boss Mr. Hung (Paul Chun). Hung had carried on a relationship with the dead woman, fathered her daughter, and set her up in two businesses, an antiques shop and a real estate company. Hung then used these businesses as fronts for his illegal operations, importing weapons through the antiques shop and selling them in deals conducted by the dead woman in empty apartments that she purported to show.

In the course of his investigations, Sergeant Lau and Cher begin to bond. Both are nursing deep emotional scars. Lau had lost his wife and son in a robbery, while Cher's husband abandoned her for another woman. Lau and Cher, as they care for the dead woman's daughter Ka Ka, develop family feelings for each other, feelings which become challenged when Cher's ex-husband returns and wants to renew their marriage. Lau gets himself in hot water when he seeks to squeeze the evil Mr. Hung to provide money for Ka Ka's upbringing. The public confrontation with Hung, who has friends in high places, leads to Lau being suspended from the police force and earning the unyielding enmity of Hung's fierce gunsel Bullet (Roy Cheung). Bullet's unquenchable desire for revenge leads to the film's fiery conclusion.

In "Wild Search" director Ringo Lam has created one of the great films from a great era of Hong Kong filmmaking. This is a movie of real depth, emphasizing its very human stories at least as much as its realistic action sequences. Lam draws splendid performances from Chow Yun Fat, Cherie Chung (note the lovely subtleties of her performance), Ku Feng (who demonstrates that even an old horse can learn new tricks), child actress Chan Cheuk-Yan, and Tommy Wong as Sergeant Lau's right hand man. "Wild Search" is a true classic that deserves to be much better known.
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July 2, 2003

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Hong Kong Witness? Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
This is Ringo Lam in a more romantic mainstream mode. He made this for fear of his controversial films being cut up. It's similar to the U.S. witness in the sense it features female character living outside the city in the countryside and villains come to kill them in their village. It's also a thriller with some car chases and shootouts. But it also has a romantic edge, with Chow Yun-fat and Cherie Chung making a nice couple. Roy Cheung is pretty good too as the triad that won't let it go. A must for you Chow Yun-fat library.
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February 16, 2003

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great movie Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10

Great old movie esp if you are fan of Cheri Chung
and Yun Fat.

The video is good, only the black is not as dark.
Audio is ok. The DVD is way above average by
the shabby HK standard.

Two thumbs up.
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July 14, 2002

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Subtle performances, compelling characters Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10

Chow Yun Fat plays Hong Kong Police Sergeant Lau Chun Pong, nicknamed "Mew Mew". Mew Mew is a man on the ragged edge. He is, we learn a widower whose wife and child were killed by a robber, he is a man in a downward spiral. He seems numb to life that swirls around him--when he is first introduced, he's sitting in a car, chain smoking cigarettes and drinking from his flask, watching the drama of street life before him as he awaits the arrival of an informant. His expression is disinterested and weary--he pursues the arms dealers who are his prey with a curious detachment. He is going through the motions of being a policeman, yet one senses, that it is only his work that is keeping him going at all. He still commands the loyalty, respect and affection of his colleagues, including his supervisor. He's a good cop and a good man who has lost his way due to overwhelming grief.

Cherie Chung plays the sister of the murdered arms dealer--whose death sets the plot in motion. Chung's Cher Lee is a woman of quiet strength and dignity. Life has not been kind to her. Her husband betrayed her, leading a secret second life with a woman from the Chinese interior, fathering a son. During their marriage he berated her for being clumsy and stupid. Rather than continuing to suffer the humiliation, Cher has divorced him and lives quietly with her father, working along side him in the village fields, harvesting bamboo.

Her sister's death brings Mew Mew--pursuing the arms case--into her life in a dramatic fashion. Their relationship is at first contentious as he suspects her and her father of complicity in the dead sister's arms dealing. The relationship begins to transform as Mew Mew aids Cher in tracking down the father of her sister's illegitimate 4 year old daughter--who turns out to be the kingpin of the arms smuggling operation that the police are investigating.

Their bond is forged as the arms case heats up--thrown into each others company, facing adversity and danger, these two wounded souls begin to blossom. A tentative, tender relationship grows and is tested time and again through Mew Mew's suspension from the force (a result of threatening the powerful, rich arms kingpin); a domestic drama within Cher's family concerning her young niece and her father: the complication of Cher's ex-husband reentering the picture determined to
win his wife back; and an assassination attempt on Mew Mew's life by one of the kingpin's henchman--the murderer of Cher's sister.

To be sure, these are restrained performances, yet one only has to watch Cherie Chung as Cher as she sits at the bedside of the wounded Mew Mew, not knowing if he will live or die, her worry, longing and love playing over her features, to appreciate her work in this film. Chow's Mew Mew may lack the flash and dazzle of some of his bullet ballet roles, but the transformation from grief stricken widower to a man being brought back to life by love is fascinating to watch. His scenes with the young actress playing the daughter of the murdered woman are especially touching and heartwarming.

Action fans and bullet ballet junkies will be disappointed by this film. But those of us who enjoy character driven drama will find much to enjoy in Wild Search.
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