American Dreams in China (2013) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)

American Dreams in China (2013) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
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In the 1980s, China was undergoing rapid economic reform. This meant that many young Chinese had the opportunity to look for a better life through higher education, both at home and abroad. Many of those hardworking students are now some of China’s most successful entrepreneurs. Hong Kong director Peter Chan now pays tribute to those dreamers with American Dreams in China. The hit comedy drama traces the two-decade journey of three friends, from their humble university days to becoming the co-founders of an amazingly successful English school. While the story is based on a real English education institute in China, Chan also integrates some of his own experiences as a foreign student in the United States into the film.

Chan’s first character drama since his award-winning classic Comrades, Almost a Love Story, Dreams may lack the spectacle of Warlords or the visceral action of Wu Xia. However, it compensates for that with a strong cast, comprised of Huang Xiaoming (The Last Tycoon), Tong Dawei (The Flowers of War) and Deng Chao (The Four), as well as the acting debut of supermodel Du Juan. The legendary Christopher Doyle (Chungking Express, Happy Together) also brings his eye for exquisite visuals as the cinematographer of this humorous drama about friendship, ambition and English language education.

Cheng Dongxing (Huang Xiaoming), Meng Xiaojun (Deng Chao) and Wang Yang (Tong Dawei) are three university friends who, like many other young people in 1980s China, dream of going to the United States. However, only Xiaojun is able to get a visa to the United States, leaving his two friends behind. After getting fired from his dead-end English teaching job in the university and a failed relationship with the beautiful Su Mei (Du Juan), Dongxing learns to turn his life’s failures into lesson material. With Wang Yang’s help, Dongxing’s small private English teaching lessons eventually become a small English school in a run-down countryside factory. When Xiaojun returns to China, disillusioned about the so-called “American Dream,” he decides to join Dongxing and Yang’s school. Within just a few years, their school grows into an education empire..
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PTU (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)

PTU (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
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Recognized for Best Original Screenplay at the 40th Golden Horse Awards and Best Director at the 23rd Hong Kong Film Awards, Johnnie To’s brilliant 2003 police drama PTU patrols the dark, sleepless streets of Hong Kong over one very eventful night. With hardboiled anti-heroes and thrilling gunfights aesthetically washed in noir colors, PTU is a quintessential police triad drama from the master of the genre. Donning the signature black beret of the Hong Kong Police Tactical Unit, Simon Yam (Election) gives a perfectly steely and charismatic performance as a PTU officer on a coldly determined mission to find a missing police gun. Johnnie To regulars Lam Suet, Raymond Wong, Maggie Siu, and Ruby Wong play fellow police officers, while veterans Lo Hoi Pang and Eddy Ko face off as triad leaders.

The night starts like any other as PTU sergeant Mike (Simon Yam) and his squad begin their patrol. They come across Officer Lo (Lam Suet) who was beaten up in the streets by triads, and woke up to find his gun is missing. Afraid of disciplinary action, Lo desperately asks Mike for help recovering his gun before daybreak. While Mike and his team sweep the midnight haunts and usual suspects for leads, a gang war slowly breaks out on the streets over the murder of triad leader Bald Head’s (Lo Hoi Pang) son. As the night unfolds, threads cross, events escalate, and the line between cop and crook blurs as all sides draw blood for the same reason: protecting their own..
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We Were There: Part 1 (2013) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)

We Were There: Part 1 (2013) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
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Solanin director Miki Takahiro brings the touching love story of Yano and Nanami to life with the film version of award-winning manga series We Were There (a.k.a. Bokura ga Ita). An epic story that spans over seven years, We Were There is an emotional story about love, loss, and learning how to move on. Miki and scriptwriter Yoshida Tomoko (Closed Note) ambitiously adapts the entire manga into two films, both of which became major box office hits in Japan. In addition to up-and-coming superstars Yoshitaka Yuriko (Robo-G) and Ikuta Toma (Tale of Genji) co-starring as the star-crossed lovers, We Were There also stars Takaoka Sosuke (Thirteen Assassins), Motokariya Yuika (Wild 7), and Komatsu Ayaka (Killer Virgin Road).

Part one of We Were There covers the first half of the series, depicting the high school days of Nanami (Yoshitaka Yuriko) and Yano (Ikuta Toma). Despite some initial misunderstandings, first-year student Nanami falls in with popular Yano. However, Yano is still reeling from the death of his girlfriend Nana and the fallout from it. Things get complicated when Yano’s best friend Masafumi (Takaoka Sosuke) confesses his feelings for Nanami and become Yano’s romantic rival. Who will Nanami choose in the end?.
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Once Upon A Time In China III (1993) (DVD) (Digitally Remastered & Restored) (Hong Kong Version)

Once Upon A Time In China III (1993) (DVD) (Digitally Remastered & Restored) (Hong Kong Version)
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There are hundreds of movies about Wong Fei Hung, but the ones that have gained the highest worldwide reputation have to be Hong Kong auteur Tsui Hark’s Once Upon a Time in China series made in the 1990s. Embodying the charisma, righteousness, and martial arts prowess of the historical Chinese kung fu hero, action superstar Jet Li has arguably owned the role, and his portrayal of the legendary figure has set a new standard against which future Wong Fei Hung actors be measured. The writer-director and star’s golden first film in 1991 was such a great critical and commercial triumph, it spawned the even more successful sequel (1992) and the worthy third installment (1993) to complete a landmark martial arts trilogy that is required viewing for any action film fans.

Co-starring Max Mok, Rosamund Kwan, Lau Shun, and kung fu wonder Xiong Xinxin, Once Upon a Time in China III‘s exhilarating fight scenes unfold against the backdrop of a Lion Dance competition (essentially a martial arts contest) organized by the head minister on the Empress Dowager’s order. Master Wong Fei Hung (Jet Li) is in the capital city visiting his father, and he only reluctantly enters the competition when local gang lord Chiu is causing chaos amidst the rivaling martial arts schools. Chiu sends his kung fu hitman, Clubfoot (Xiong Xinxin), to challenge Master Wong. Meanwhile, Wong has to ward off the advances of the Russian admirer made to his lover Thirteen Aunt (Rosamund Kwan), who inadvertently uncovers a sinister plot to assassinate the head minister during the Lion Dance competition..
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Crime Story (1993) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)

Crime Story (1993) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
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Fan-favorite Hong Kong cinema classic Crime Story now digitally remastered! It now comes with special features such as original and newly edited trailers (the latter in English), never-before released footages, and deleted scenes from the Hong Kong theatrical edition. Director Kirk Wong also talks about the story behind this film the interview included in this remastered edition.

Perpetually happy-go-lucky Jackie Chan gets serious in Crime Story, a riveting police action film directed by Kirk Wong (Organized Crime and Triad Bureau). Inspector Eddie Chan (Jackie Chan) is a brilliant, but emotionally troubled cop assigned to protect a real-estate mogul (Law Kar Ying) who’s been threatened with kidnapping. Unfortunately, despite Eddie’s best efforts, he’s unable to prevent the abduction. His emotions nearing a breaking point, Eddie is paired with fellow cop Hung (Kent Cheng) to track the kidnappers to Taiwan, but circumstances seem to be working against them. The investigation gets impeded at every turn, and there may even be some cops working against Eddie…

Based on an actual kidnapping case, Crime Story represents Jackie Chan’s most serious work to date. Here, Jackie Chan portrays a hard-boiled, serious cop who’s excellent at his job, but cannot take the consequences of his work emotionally. The passion and heartbreak of Eddie Chan are as vital to Crime Story as any of the action sequences, though those happen too. Kirk Wong’s experience with the crime genre brings an authentic edge to the film, but it’s Jackie Chan’s wrenching performance that turns heads. Crime Story earned Jackie Chan a Best Actor Award at the Taiwan Golden Horse Awards, and proves to his fans and non-fans alike that there’s more to Jackie Chan than just action..
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The Midas Touch (2013) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)

The Midas Touch (2013) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
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Chapman To (Diva, Vulgaria) turns into a talent manager again in The Midas Touch along with idol Charlene Choi (My Sassy Hubby) and the movie’s eight young, quirky models. Written and directed by Shaolin Soccer co-writer Fung Chih Chiang, The Midas Touch explores the sacrifices an artist manager and wannabe-stars have to make to rise to the top. Also appearing in the movie are Go Yun Xiang, Gillian Chung, Nicholas Tse and real-life golden manager Mani Fong.

Suen (Charlene Choi) was once a well-known artist manager but her career is going down after her scandalous habit of peeping at stars has been exposed. Betrayed by an action star that she worked for and singled out by the industry, Suen meets Mak (Chapman To), a debt collector who recently took over his debtor’s artist agency. With high hopes to make a good fortune out of the agency, Mak finds the grand plan nowhere in sight with the company’s eight subpar artists but things start to turn around with Suen’s help..
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