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SPL : Sha Po Lang (HK 2005)

Director : Wilson Yip Wai Shun
Produced by : Carl Chang
Action Director : Donnie Yen
Screenplay : Szeto Kam Yuen, Ng Wai Lun
Cast : Donnie Yen (Inspector Ma Kwan), Simon Yam (Chan Kwok Chung). Sammo Hung (Wong Po)
Co-Starring : Liu Kai Chi, Danny Summer, Ken Chang, Austin Wai, Timmy Hung, Kenji Tangki
Special Introduction : Wu Jing (Jack)

Synopsis
A powerful crime lord who constantly eludes the law…a senior detective at the end of his career who will go to any lengths to catch him…and a deadly martial arts expert who is about to take the reins of the serious crime unit. Over the course of one special day – a time when family bonds are supposed to take precedence – a bloody confrontation will take place between the underworld and the police.

Review
by Gary Cheah

WARNING : Might contain some spoilers

It seems that all the hype about this crime-thriller flick was true. SPL is definitely one of the most anticipated film to come out from the ever great Hong Kong movie industry in recent years. This is the movie that will be remembered as the one that recapture the glory of HK’s action movies. So, what is this SPL? It stands for Sha, Po and Lang which derived from the names of three renegade stars in Chinese astrology which symbolize the three main characters (destruction, conflict or avarice).

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Dragon Tiger Gate (2 Disc DTS Regular Edition)

DVD Information
Distributor : Deltamac HK
Audio : DTS-ES 6.1, DD-EX 5.1, Dolby 2.0
Discs : 2 (DVD9)
Languages : Cantonese, Mandarin
Format : NTSC
Subtitles : Chinese, English
Running Time : 94 mins (movie) / 140 mins (bonus)
Contents : 2 DVD, 6 colored bookmark
Screen Ratio : 2.35:1 (movie) / 4:3 (bonus)
Classification : IIB
Region : 0 / ALL
Others : -

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Rob-B-Hood Press Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

by Chia-Li

Event : Press Conference of “Rob-B-Hood”
Date : 16 September 2006
Venue : Carlton Conference Centre, Kuala Lumpur

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Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (KOREA 2002)

Director : Park Chanwook
Cast : Kang-ho Song, Ha-kyun Shin, Du-na Bae, Ji-Eun Lim, Bo-bae Han and Se-dong Kim

Synopsis
This is the story of Ryu, a deaf man, and his sister, who requires a kidney transplant. Ryu’s boss, Park, has just laid him off, and in order to afford the transplant, Ryu and his girlfriend develop a plan to kidnap Park’s daughter. Things go horribly wrong, and the situation spirals rapidly into a cycle of violence and revenge.

Review
by Edward Tang

Park Chanwook is awesome. Not only did he produce the ever popular Oldboy (Excellent movie) but he also put his name on JSA: Joint Security Area, a masterpiece in it’s own right. His third film in the Vengeance Saga (Sympathy for Lady Vengeance) picked up the best picture award at the Korean Blue Dragon Awards. Basically, the guy knows how to direct movies that deserve attention and are well worth the price of admission. The same can be said for his first Vengeance-fueled romp in Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance. Okay, so it doesn’t have the BIG surprise at the end or power that Oldboy dishes out but who cares? Sympathy has mucho going for it, including great direction, storytelling and some great performances. I’ve seen three out of the four and I’m currently creaming my pants in anticipation for the third because a guy like this doesn’t come around often when he can make three involving films that basically punch you in the head. And don’t think that you won’t ask for another smack in the face, because this kind of pain is awesome.

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Dog Bite Dog (Double Disc Edition) (Joy Sales)

DVD Information
Distributor : Joy Sales
Audio : DTS 5.1, DD 5.1, Dolby 2.0
Discs : 2 (DVD9 and DVD5)
Languages : Cantonese, Mandarin
Format : NTSC
Subtitles : Chinese, English
Running Time : 108 minutes (movie)
Contents : 2 DVD, 2 postcards
Screen Ratio : 2.35:1 (movie) / 4:3 (bonus)
Classification : III
Region : 0 / ALL
Others : -

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