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12-09-2004, 12:46 PM
Anyone see Explosive City yet? It's got Chiba in it. DDD House shows it as coming out today.
12-09-2004, 07:31 PM
The trailer for the film is here:
And here's the cover art from the HK DVD, as well as a brief synopsis I found here (http://www.hkentreview.com/pages/2004movies.html):
Director: Sam Leong (Leung Tak-Sam)
Cast: Simon Yam Tat-Wah, Alex Fong Chung-Shun, Hisako Shirata, Sonny Chiba, Samuel Pang King-Chi, Edwin Siu Jing-Nam
Synopsis: (Official synopsis) 1984, Japan: Jade was only 4 years old and was trained to become a professional killer. 2003, Saudi Arabia: Having once shaking heaven and earth, former President Buruda Mad Man Amuh was so sick that his life was approaching its end. Before he died, he used thirty million US Dollars to entrust Otosan to finish his will. Three months later in Hong Kong, when Officer Mr Yung came to attend an international conference, he was ambushed and hurt. The assassin was the Japanese girl who went missing 20 years ago - Jade! Having failed her mission, Jade fled but was accidentally hurt and fainted. Chief Inspector Cheung Chi Shing, responsible for Security at the conference, appointed his subordinate Ming to take over and investigate the assassination. Somehow, Ming got dragged into a mess, his wife Monica was killed and his son Joe was taken hostage. In order to save his son, Ming took the name of an imprisoned robber and fled with Jade in the dark. Though hostile in the beginning, the pair soon relied on each other on the run.
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12-09-2004, 07:45 PM
Is it just me or is the plot synopsis fuckign badly written? The film seems good though :)
12-09-2004, 07:50 PM
I'm guessing it was translated from a different language, but yeah, it reads weird.
12-09-2004, 08:18 PM
Considering the film opened theatrically in Hong Kong on November 4th, that should probably be a benchmark indicator of the film's B movie origins. But Sam Leung makes interestingly quirky films...though not overly well known, his MANIACAL NIGHT, COLOR OF PAIN and THE STEWARDESS were all entertaining diversions. He seems to have an interest in mixing Chinese and Japanese culture regularly in his films, or depositing a displaced Japanese individual in the thick of a uniquely Hong Kong story.
If I weren't off to Malaysia in 14 day, I'd probably buy this one blind. If anyone ends up getting it, let us know how it is! I should be back by around mid-January to read the news... :p
12-14-2004, 08:04 AM
Found you a fresh review from a site I trust immeasurably...
EXPLOSIVE CITY review at the best HK movie site on the 'net (http://brns.com/pages4/crime104.html)
Brian knows his stuff...;)
PS: If my copy makes it here before I fly out to Borneo next week, I'll post you a capsule review ;)
01-08-2005, 03:19 AM
Had nothing else to do this afternoon, so watched the movie...
Chiba's in the film for maybe five minutes total, playing (as is to be expected these days) the elder Japanese overseer/mastermind behind an assassination plot being executed in Macau. Largely the film is a simple game of cat and mouse between Alex Fong's character, Yiu, a cop framed as a central figure in the intended hit on Macau political figure Yeung (Joe Cheung), and Security officer Cheung (Simon Yam). As noted in Brian's review, Hisako Shirata, factors in as the assassin suffering temporary memory loss...;)
It's not a bad film, but moderately leisurely paced and obviously produced on a low budget (even though it sports A-list actors). There are a handful of gunfights, and some interesting cinematography and editing employed; however if you're looking for a Chiba fix then this film will hardly suffice. It was nice to see a Hong Kong/Japanese co-production though that set its primary action in Macau, instead of the usual vistas of HK itself...
I didn't mind it, but rewatch value is limited. Definitely a moderately successful attempt to produce an art/action drama...kind of noirish too...not bad, but measuredly, and maybe even lethargically paced.
01-08-2005, 01:30 PM
Thanks for the follow up, Mike. The Chiba completist in me still wants this, but I'm going to wait until I can grab it cheap.
01-08-2005, 08:21 PM
I assume you've also seen THE STORM RIDERS (from HK; Chiba has the third largest role in this 130m fantasy epic), Kinji Fukasaku's THE TRIPLE CROSS (another fun near-cameo turn for Chiba) and the wrap-up to Hong Kong's YOUNG AND DANGEROUS series, BORN TO BE KING (where Chiba has another extended cameo/significant role...and even gets to show off the fact that he's lost none of his abilities in a brief weapons show match)? ;)
Give EXPLOSIVE CITY a couple of months and I am sure online HK retailers like DDDHouse will have dropped the retail price to something akin to $40HK (which is really pocket change); it's honestly not a bad flick, but then I have followed closely the output of Sam Leung (the writer/director), and it is nice to see Chiba in an international production...no matter how small scale. :)
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