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Connected (2008)

Nick Cheung , Louis Koo , Benny Chan  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nick Cheung, Louis Koo, Liu Ye, Barbie Hsu, Flora Chan
  • Directors: Benny Chan
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tai Seng
  • DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001WAVUZQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #494,411 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun Blu that no one will see... July 21, 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is a challenging BD, but by the time I managed to get through the entire package I was surprised with the quality and happy with having spent the money.

This is almost a carbon copy of Cellular, and in this case we actually have a Hong Kong film being based on a prior American release (I can think of a couple hundred in my store that go in the opposite direction of HK/Asia to US). I have to say though this film managed to have its own unique feel, competent direction, excellent Blu quality and is wholeheartedly better that that Basinger mess.

Content wise, this managed to get in the obligatory over the top car chase scenes, slightly corny acting, a couple solid supporting performances, nice HK skylines, and some pretty cool cell phones. This one runs in at 110 minutes of some excellent Blu clarity, both indoors and out, coupled with a unique choice of language/sound options. I chose to go with the LPCM 5.1 over the Original Dolby 5.1 or Mandarin 5.1. The sounds can be hit and miss in this option, but I preferred what I was hearing with my setup over the others. The subtitle options are almost endless with multiple Chinese, English, Korean and Bahasa formats. This was one of only two faults I found with the product as the English sub translations were grammatically atrocious at times. I am going to ask one of my Chinese speaking customers to watch this and let me know how the actual translation was.

The special features are great (all on disc 2). They include a solid 38 minute behind the scenes that covers each action scene I had question about; But what made this favorable was there was no narration, no interviews, nothing - just the logistics (Soultanakis-like).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Action Packed Thriller April 4, 2012
By J Tate
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This was a very good movie with two of my favorite Asian actors Louis Koo and Nick Cheung in it. Both did a very good job in this movie. It's non stop action from beginning to end, with very exciting car chases, gun play, kidnapping and of course cell phones involved. There are lots of great Hong Kong views during the movie too. I have seen the US movie Cellular on which this movie was based and I agree with the other previous reviewers who compared the two movies that this is the better of the two movies which comes as no surprise to me since I generally feel Asian movies tend to surpass the usual Hollywood fare films. Considering that the budget for this film was only 5.8 million US $$ they did a great job with the stunts and cinematography. I read that Louis Koo did all of his own stunts in this movie which I find amazing. While the general plot is definitely rather implausible it's still a thrilling ride. I'll definitely watch this one again and highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GRIPPING REMAKE ON DVD May 8, 2010
By sabu
Format:DVD
THIS SUSPENSEFUL ASIAN VERSION OF THE KIM BASSINGER MOVIE "CELLULAR" IS BY FAR THE BETTER OF THE TWO. EVEN IF YOU SAW HER VERSION THIS WILL NOT DISAPPOINT. THIS IS A REGULAR DVD VERSION AND PLAYS JUST FINE
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Hong-Kong action thriller "Connected" ("Bo chi tung wah") is a remake of the 2004 film "Cellular" directed by David R. Ellis. The 2008 Hong-Kong version is directed by Benny Chan, whose CV includes such action films as "Who Am I?" and "New Police Story" both starring Jackie Chan. Director Benny Chan has a tendency to overreach trying to enhance the tension (pointing a gun at a child is not a very good way), but the film is entertaining with some slick action set-pieces.

A timid accountant Bob (Louis Koo) receives a phone call from a stranger named Grace (Barbie Hsu), who claims she is kidnapped by a gang of criminals. Bob thinks it's a prank call - and he must hurry to the airport - when something happens on the other end of the phone and Bob is convinced that he is the only hope left for Grace in distress. The leader of the kidnappers is played by Ye Liu ("Postmen in the Mountains" "Dark Matter")

While the basic premise largely remains the same, some changes are given to the story originally conceived by Larry Cohen and written by Chris Morgan. For example, Bob, an ordinary man turned hero by extraordinary circumstances (equivalent of Chris Evans' character in the original), is also a father of a son who is about to leave the city to study abroad. The abducted mother Grace (counterpart of Kim Basinger's character) is not math teacher, but a robot designer. Still, the basic part remains the same with a comic interlude involving the desperate hero trying to "buy" a battery.

The remake has a longer running time (about 110 minutes) than the original (94 minutes), which means more subplots and action scenes. Compared with the original, actions are bigger and more intense with some impressive stunts.
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