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Wu Xia (2011) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Donnie Yen (Actor) | Kaneshiro Takeshi (Actor) | Tang Wei (Actor) | Kara Hui (Actor)
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In Chinese culture, wu xia is a literary genre about the world of martial artists. These works usually depict feuds between martial art clans that span multiple generations, as well as warriors who are instantly recognizable by their respective signature martial arts move. After producing the 2009 action epic Bodyguards and Assassins, Peter Chan (Perhaps Love, Comrades, Almost a Love Story) returns to the director's chair with Wu Xia. Giving a new twist on the wuxia genre, Chan combines a traditional wuxia story with a CSI-style crime procedural that infuses medical science into martial arts forms. Unlike The Warlords, in which Chan emphasized spectacle over action, the fight scenes choreographed by action superstar Donnie Yen are designed with swift, brutal moves intended to give opponents the most damaging effect possible. With the help of computer graphics, Chan dissects the effect of each hit on the victim's body, from the organs to even the nerves.

In addition to choreographing the action, Donnie also stars in Wu Xia as a paper maker who may be a long-dormant killer for a clan of martial artists. Facing off against Donnie is Kaneshiro Takeshi (in his third film with Peter Chan) as an eccentric, Sichuanese-speaking detective who believes that the paper maker is more than what he seems. In a homage to the wuxia film genre, Chan also casts Shaw Brothers legends Jimmy Wang Yu (The One-Armed Swordsman) and Kara Hui (My Young Auntie) in pivotal roles that require them to show off their fighting abilities once more. Wu Xia was the only Chinese-language film in the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where it screened outside of the competition.

Paper maker Liu Jinxi (Donnie Yen) lives in a quiet Yunnan village with his wife Yu (Tang Wei) and two sons. One day, Liu runs into a robbery in the local general store and manages to kill the two criminals by sheer luck. However, detective Xu Baijiu (Kaneshiro Takeshi) thoroughly analyzes the crime scene and comes up with a different conclusion: Jinxi is actually a brutal killer who was once the second-in-command of the powerful 72 Demons Gang. Soon, word of Jinxi's heroics reaches the gang's leader (Jimmy Wang Yu) and his wife (Kara Hui), who set out to reclaim their own by any means necessary. But is Jinxi really the legendary killer the detective believes he is?

This edition includes making of and trailers.

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Product Title: Wu Xia (2011) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 武俠 (2011) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 武侠 (2011) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 武俠 (2011) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Wu Xia (2011) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: Dragon Dragon Dragon Dragon Dragon
Artist Name(s): Donnie Yen (Actor) | Kaneshiro Takeshi (Actor) | Tang Wei (Actor) | Kara Hui (Actor) | Jimmy Wang (Actor) | Jiang Wu (Actor) | Li Xiao Ran (Actor) 甄 子丹 (Actor) | 金城 武 (Actor) | 湯唯 (Actor) | 惠 英紅 (Actor) | 王羽 (Actor) | 姜武 (Actor) | 李小冉 (Actor) 甄 子丹 (Actor) | 金城 武 (Actor) | 汤唯 (Actor) | 惠 英红 (Actor) | 王羽 (Actor) | 姜武 (Actor) | 李小冉 (Actor) 甄子丹(ドニー・イェン) (Actor) | 金城武 (Actor) | 湯唯 (タン・ウェイ) (Actor) | 恵英紅(クララ・ワイ) (Actor) | 王羽(ジミー・ウォング) (Actor) | 姜武(ジァン・ウー) (Actor) | 李小冉(リー・シャオラン) (Actor) 견자단 (Actor) | 금성무 (Actor) | 탕웨이 (Actor) | Kara Hui (Actor) | Jimmy Wang (Actor) | Jiang Wu (Actor) | Li Xiao Ran (Actor)
Director: Peter Chan 陳可辛 陈可辛 陳可辛 (ピーター・チャン) Peter Chan
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: 2011-09-23
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, 2.35 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, 7.1, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): 50 GB - Double Layer, Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Video Codecs: AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10)
Rating: IIB
Duration: 115 (mins)
Publisher: Media Asia (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1024961836

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* Special Features:
- Trailer
- Making Of

Director: Chan Ho Sun

The first martial arts film by international claimed filmmaker Peter Ho-sun Chan (The Warlords). Wu Xia is the only Chinese language film to be invited as an official selection to the 64th Connes Film Festival. Popermaker Uu Jin-xi ((Donnie Yen) lives a seemingly normal life with his wife Ayu (Tang Wei) and two sons in a remole village. One day, Uu is caught up in the death of two notorious criminals and the court sends the eccentric detective Xu Bai-jiu (Takeshi Kaneshiro) to investigate the case. Being a martial arts fanatic Xu is convinced that there's no pure accident. How could an unarmed papermaker defeat two trained killers? Curiosity and determination eventually lead him to discover the true identity of Liu - the evil clon 72 Demons' second-in-command Tang Long. Knowing his whereabouts, the Master of the 72 Demons threatens to wipe out Tang's family and the whole village.
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Professional Review of "Wu Xia (2011) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

September 27, 2011

This professional review refers to Wu Xia (2011) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
In the six years since he shifted his aim to China, Peter Chan has directed only three films: Perhaps Love, The Warlords and Wu Xia. Both a filmmaker and a businessman, Chan brought to his first two China films big screen spectacle like epic-scale battle sequences, heavy-handed melodrama and even flashy musical numbers to ensure appeal for a broad audience. Four years after the reportedly soul-sucking production of The Warlords, Chan reins in his ambition slightly with Wu Xia, a smaller but still gripping action drama that offers a much-needed twist to an old genre.

Donnie Yen serves as both star and action director and gives one of his best performances to date. Yen plays Liu Jinxi, a paper maker living a quiet life with his wife Yu (Tang Wei) and their two children in a small Yunnan village. That tranquility is shattered one day when two dangerous criminals arrive in town and attempt to rob a local store. In a messy, chaotic brawl, Jinxi manages to kill the two baddies thanks to what seems like dumb luck, turning him into an accidental local hero.

Detective Xu Baijiu (an amusingly eccentric Takeshi Kaneshiro) suspects that there's more than meets the eye to this seemingly open-and-shut case. Obsessed with science and the human anatomy, Baijiu replays the entire fight in his mind with forensics work, using evidence from the scene to guess each carefully calculated move Jinxi used to take down the two men. Despite Jinxi's insistence that he's just an ordinary man, Baijiu is sure that his suspect is much more than that. Is Jinxi actually a martial arts master in disguise, or has Baijiu been blinded by his obsessive pursuit of justice?

Of course, with Yen playing the paper maker, it's guaranteed that Jinxi's ass kicking abilities are based on much more than luck. Some action fans may be disappointed to find that Wu Xia is more a thriller with action elements than a typical martial arts film with wall-to-wall action. The film's story is made up of two halves - one a CSI-style crime procedural, and the other a drama about a man's dark past catching up with him. Aubrey Lam and Joyce Chan's script takes its time to build anticipation for Jinxi to show off his true power, using the first half to build tension between the inquisitive detective and the reluctant hero. However, that growing anticipation also makes the fight that reveals Jinxi's power all the more satisfying.

Wu Xia works better on a dramatic level rather than a visceral one because of how well the filmmakers tell the story. There are only three major action set pieces in Wu Xia, but each of them represents a major turning point in the story. The action in Wu Xia may be sparse in comparison to recent martial arts films, but the fight scenes are far more accomplished because Chan makes the action serve the story rather than the other way around.

However, Wu Xia's story has already been told many times in different genres. As Chan admits in interviews, his film is a stylistic exercise that stresses form over content. Jake Pollock and Lai Yiu-Fai's cinematography beautifully captures the serenity of the Yunnan landscape and the intensity of the action, Derek Hui's tight editing helps build tension even during the dramatic portions, and the sound mix is surprisingly aggressive in places. While his last two films were about creating spectacle, Chan really seems to attempt filmmaking with Wu Xia. The film's strength is not in the story it tells, but rather how the story is told.

Specifically, Wu Xia is Chan using new ways to reinvigorate the classic wuxia genre. The most original idea is integrating western science into the martial arts world. Chan visually details the way fighting moves affect the human body by literally diving through nerves and organs so we can see the internal effects up close. These computer-generated sequences do offer a fresh perspective on how we view martial arts, but they're such a unique storytelling technique that any future attempts to emulate Chan's ideas will simply be dismissed as copycats. As such, Chan's refreshing stylistic departure from old-school wu xia films will likely not have a lasting effect on the genre.

At the same time, Wu Xia is a love letter to the genre it tries to renew. In addition to traditional wuxia world elements like secret clans and super assassins, Chan also includes subtle references to classic wuxia films like The One-Armed Swordsman. He even casts genre veterans Jimmy Wang Yu and Kara Hui in small but pivotal roles, representing Chan's love and respect for the genre's history. Wu Xia may be the simplest of Chan's three China films, but it's also the most successful because of what Chan is able to achieve working within genre confines. This is particularly true in the film's handling of the three main characters. While Jinxi drives the main story, Chan also leaves room to develop Baijiu and Yu, in particularly the characters' motivations. It’s these little details that elevate Wu Xia from a standard genre film to a great genre film.

Wu Xia isn't going to command as much respect as epic commercial blockbusters like The Warlords or Bodyguards and Assassins because of its relatively low ambitions. However, it's definitely Chan's best film since Going Home (his segment in the horror omnibus Three), and absolutely the Hong Kong film to beat in 2011.

by Kevin Ma - LoveHKFilm.com

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Customer Review of "Wu Xia (2011) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (3)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.7 out of 10 (6)

jasmine
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January 11, 2012

This customer review refers to Wu Xia (2011) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
1 people found this review helpful

Bubble busted * Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10
I was so looking forward to this movie especially when the casting include all-time fave veteran kungfu girl Kara Hui and my one-armed swordsman, Jimmy Wang Yu. My girl still has got what it takes and I sincerely hope she'll be given better supportive roles with full screen time for kungfu action. Having said that her time here was less than 15minutes . My joy was short lived.

The idea of injecting "CSI-style" investigative procedures by Takeshi and those computer graphics to emphasise each deadly blow didnt go well with me. I find his Sichuanese dialogue plus commentary a little annoying and Tang Wei's mono tone dialogue delivery really uninteresting. Thank heavens for chinese subtitles. Action choreography was 7 out of 10. Donnie chopped off his left arm (supposedly a clan rite to 'resign' membership) in a bit to pay homage to the original one-armed swordsman. Too cliche (shouldn't copy Taratino's tribute to Shaw greats).

Really disappointed.
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Yasar
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November 5, 2011

This customer review refers to Wu Xia (2011) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
2 people found this review helpful

Moody mystery action drama Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Wu Xia is an action film but it's more like a action drama.It is not an all-out action that I saw in the trailer.There are three major fight sequences and I are well choreograpghed by Donnie Yen.It has deep characters and a good cast to boost.Donnie Yen is good in the lead role but it is Takeshi Kaneshiro who I thought stole the show.
There were some bits of the plot that I found confusing,may be because it is a brain-tickling noir.And I would of liked to see an fight sequence between Donnie and the 72 Demons.
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Adrian
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October 14, 2011

1 people found this review helpful

classy Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This is a different type of film for donnie yen. He gives a good performance in a film with many twists and turns. Not what i was expecting this film, but enjoyable. Takaeshi kaneshiro was excellent as always. Tang wei was a bit under used. The blu ray has excellent picture quality apart from some rather washed out looking blacks throughout the movies. I played the dts master audio 7.1 which had some punch when needed. Worth buying.
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Andy
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October 5, 2011

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Awesome Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Great mixed of drama/action. Donnie and Takeshi delivered great performances. A little weird at times, but I loved it. Excellent blu-ray. Must buy!
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September 27, 2011

3 people found this review helpful

Best Wu Xia Film in 2011 Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
One of the Best Wu Xia (Martial Arts) films I'd watched. It's action packed and thrilling! I would like to see Donnie fought with all the 72 demons clan leaders... if there is a Part II coming up!
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