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Suen is a depressed and rundown cop still obsessing over his girlfriend’s sudden disappearance 10 years ago. While Suen extradites a witness, his bounty is murdered by an oddly principled assassin who seems to possess information that Suen himself would kill for. The witness’ death is welcome news for a crooked businessman whose assets were frozen by the police, until his only son is kidnapped. Enter To, a lawyer who has always successfully protected his clients, and who coincidentally happens to be married to a woman who looks exactly like Suen’s missing girlfriend. Each of these men will ultimately and painfully be drawn together until a violent and permanent Divergence becomes this film’s only forgone conclusion.


Special Features

  • Commentary by the director
  • "Making of Divergence" featurette
  • Photo gallery
  • Gala premiere
  • Trailers

Product Details

  • Actors: Aaron Kwok, Ekin Cheng, Daniel Wu, Angelica Lee, Jing Ning
  • Directors: Benny Chan
  • Writers: Ivy Ho
  • Producers: Benny Chan, Alvin Lam, Cary Cheng, Chiu Suet Ying, Daniel Lam
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: January 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B000GETXYO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,758 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thor on December 11, 2007
Format: DVD
I was very surprised when looking for other opinions about this film on the internet after seeing it. I found almost nothing more than negative reviews!
I found this hard to believe and just have to say that "Divergence" is a really underrated movie.
"Divergence" is a Hong Kong action thriller with an actually very good emotional edge attached to it, which makes this movie definitely watch able.

The story follows cop Suen (Aaron Kwok) who fails to bring a key-witness safely to court. The witness gets murdered. The killer (played by asian superstar Daniel Wu), keeps a close eye on Suen. Meanwhile, Suen has problems dealing with his own past. His girlfriend has disappeared 10 years ago and has never been found since. When he sees a woman who resembles his girlfriend alot, his past keeps coming back to him, while killers, and unsolved mysteries are closing in on him.

"Divergence" has won 3 Hong Kong Film Awards (the Oscars of Asia), not 4 like the dvdcover says, back in 2005 and deserves every one of them. I was surprisingly touched by the film's emotional edge which made it a powerful watch.
First of all, Aaron Kwok won an award for best performance by an actor. He acts a very emotional part and does it very well. He is tough but has that everyman likability at the same time. Different opinions are flying around about his acting (with alot of "over-emotional acting" talk), but I found it an excellent performance.
Than there is Daniel Wu, now a familiar face in films, who plays the role of a hitkiller. Just like Kwok he plays his role good and knows what he's doing.

The film is stylishly filmed and the action is well captured on camera by director Benny Chan.
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Divergence is one of those odd cases of a weak film being done really well-- I mean, it's certainly watchable, has a cast made up of some of China's "finest" pop stars, and has flashes of that kinetic energy that makes Asian cinema so appealing... on the other hand though, it's deliberately paced enough that it took me 3 tries to make it all the way through, the aforementioned "pop stars" seem rather miscast in their roles, and why watch an Asian film that only features "flashes" of greatness when there are plenty of similiar films that deliver nonstop doses of it? Could be you're a huge fan of one of the stars(aka, a 14-year-old Chinese girl), or the director Benny Chan(Big Bullet, Gen X Cops, Invisible Target)? Could even be that you watch WAY to many Asian films and this one made it to the DVD player by a process of elimination(that'd be me, as lame as it may sound)? Whatever the reason is, let me just give those interested a little info on the fim. Divergence centers on 3 main characters: a down and out cop who's wife has been missing for 10 years(played by Aaron Kwok), a criminal lawyer who never loses a case(played by Ekin Cheng), and an assasin with possible ulterior motives(played by Daniel Wu). A few similiar styled murders and the kidnapping of(ironically enough) a male pop star bring the cast into an eventual collision course. It should be added that the lawyer has a wife that looks eerily similiar to the police officers missing love(which became the main plot device that drove me to finish the film). The movie then carfully tip toes it's way to closure and some answers to just what's been going on(let's just say the questions seemed better than what we're left with).Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 3, 2010
Format: DVD
Divergence (Benny Chan, 2005)

I sometimes wonder whether I'm simply getting bored with Asian flicks these days, because I'm seeing so many bad ones recently. But then I think about it, and I realize that Divergence, while the kind of action film that would never tread this path in America, is essentially the Asian version of Glitter or Crossroads; it's a simple vehicle for pop stars to gain film exposure. When looked at like that, Divergence is definitely an above-average example of the genre, but it's still not a terribly good movie.

Three professionals--a cop, a lawyer, and an assassin--are all involved in some way with the kidnapping of a crime boss' son. The movie focuses on each of the three alternately as their paths cross, diverge, then cross again (for an American cognate here, think 21 Grams; Inarritu's earlier film Amores Perros is a bit closer to the mark, though).

While Coke, the assassin, is played by a full-time actor (Daniel Wu, an American), Suen and To, the cop and the lawyer respectively, are played by pop stars Aaron Kwok and Ekin Cheng, who've previously teamed up in The Stormriders. They're better in front of a camera than Mariah or Britney in the movies above, for certain, but these aren't immortal parts, and they're not played by top-notch actors. But then you probably shouldn't be expecting it; this is a turn-your-brain-off movie where things blow up, people get shot at, and everyone does a whole lot of running. Given that, Divergence delivers; it's only when you start expecting something deep and meaningful that the movie fails. And in that regard, it's exactly like 21 Grams. ** ½
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