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Full Contact (1996)

Yun-Fat Chow , Simon Yam , Ringo Lam  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Yun-Fat Chow, Simon Yam, Ann Bridgewater, Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Bonnie Fu
  • Directors: Ringo Lam
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Cantonese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 13, 2003
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008R9LX
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,075 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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In an effort to get his buddy out of a gambling debt, Jeff agrees to join forces with Judge in a weapons heist. The job goes bad and Judge betrays Jeff. Jeff plots the ultimate revenge on Judge and his followers and it is a question of whether he can follow through with his plan.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty!!! Violent!!! Brutal!!! Great!!! November 22, 2003
By A Customer
Plot Outline: After Sam (Anthony Wong) gets in trouble with some triads over a gambling debt, his best friend Jeff (Chow Yun-Fat) has to bail him out. Sam gets word that his cousin Judge (Simon Yam) wants him and his friends to help them pull a job robbing a truck. Once on the job Jeff finds out it was all a trick set up by the triads to kill him. In a turn of betrayal, Sam is forced by his cousin to shoot Jeff. They leave Jeff to die in a burning building, only Jeff makes it out alive. Now he looks for revenge.
The Review: Full Contact is easily the sleaziest, grittiest and downright most vulgar HK action film I've ever seen. Now that I've said that, it's also just one outright cool film. Taking what could have been just an average tale of revenge, Ringo Lam injected the film with the style of the 80's and a healthy dose of brutal violence. The film represents all that was great of the all but dead Heroic Bloodshed genre. It's still around, but you don't see too many films like Full Contact anymore.
Don't misunderstand me, the violence in Full Contact, while plentiful, doesn't quite top the likes of A Better Tomorrow II, but the film is just a whole lot seedier. The violence in John Woo's films are usually comical to some point, but here the violence takes place somewhat in reality. The gunplay is actually fairly minimal really. There's only a couple of gunfights, and excluding the first person bullet effects, they aren't really all that spectacular. The violence in the film is just accentuated by the feel of the film. In one of the more brutal scenes in the film, Anthony Wong's character shoots a man in the head about seven times, covering the guy in blood. It's just an ugly image, and made uglier by the scenery and characters.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great action, great story December 28, 1998
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Chow Yun Fat in a dramatic actioner?! Yes, that's right. When I saw this movie, prior to viewing several other of his movies, I had no idea what the story was about, or who was in it (besides Chow Yun Fat). I even thought it was directed by John Woo. About a quarter way through this movie, the story picked up great. The villain was worthy of being called "a villain", and the action was one of the best I've seen since The Killer. Ringo Lam did IMHO his best directing of an action movie with this one. If you like Hong Kong action movies, enjoy engrossing storylines, and anticipate a high quality ending, then buy this movie. It's worth the price!
The story is about a man (Chow) who apparently gets "wiped out" by a crimelord. He leaves behind a good friend and his girlfriend. As he privately recuperates himself, he learns that through the years, his friend and his girlfriend have taken to each other. Not to mention, his nemesis is continuing with his onslaught in the community. As he regains himself to full health, he takes on all the baddies in classic Hong Kong style, and makes amends with his personal problems along the way. This movie may have a not-so-original plot, but when you watch it, you get drawn into the story and never for a moment think that it gets silly. The acting is great, and the action is plentiful.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Film Yes, DVD No May 27, 2003
"Full Contact" ranks high on the list of classic Hong Kong "heroic bloodshed" action films. Grittier and more extreme than John Woo's films (more gore and maimings, and characters who are less noble), it's an entertaining ride, and a good showcase for the always-magnetic Chow Yun-Fat. Unfortunately, this DVD re-release has a serious problem -- the actual video print is a big improvement on the original Tai Seng release, but whole chunks of soundtrack seem to be missing from the Chinese audio track (strangely enough, they're present on the English audio track). If you don't mind watching your Hong Kong movies in English, this is a good buy, but if you're a purist, you're better off sticking with the original Tai Seng DVD for the complete Chinese audio track.
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4.0 out of 5 stars BULLETS AND BROKEN HEARTS November 22, 2000
Ringo Lam-directed Chow Yun Fat is almost always tragic. And while this pumped-up and bravado-engorged 1992 spectacular plays like some vividly tricked-up Walter Hill movie, all hallucinatory candypop flash and giddy set pieces, it is no less heartbroken. Chow Yun Fat is Jeffrey, a butterfly-kinfe-brandishing Hong Kong gangsta babysitting troubleprone geek pal Sam, played by the always amazing Anthony Wong (forthcoming in Tsui Hark's "Time and Tide") on the mean streets of Bangkok. Sam trigger-fingers him during a treacherous hijacking and leaves him to the worms, all under the suave manipulation of queer gangster Wizard, played to an icy, reptilian perfection by Simon Yam ("Expect the Unexpected"). But. Like Lee Marvin in "Point Blank", Jeffrey survives the blundered assassination , repairs himself and treks back to Hong Kong for a cold-blooded round of vendetta. Waiving Lam's usual primal dynamism, this is a different beguilement. There is not only a gorgeous ferocity to the glam-sleaze trappings but also a jaw-dropping urgency to the spasms of action, from the two-man siege in an ice plant to the final face-off between Jeffrey and Wizard ,but best being the now-classic disco gunbattle from, seen mostly from the POV of the bullets, which is where everyone from Kevin Reynolds("Prince of Thieves")to Oliver Stone ("Naturalborn Killers")to the Wachowski Brothers (you know, that movie with the guy from "Bill & Ted") to Lam himself (in his dire cred-busting Van Damme outing "Maximum Risk") , stole from. Still. "Full Contact" only feels like some slick, megabudget tribute to macho swagger. Murky codes of honour, the fragility of firendships and the frantic pursuit of identity remain Lam's priority obsessions. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It wasn't as good as what the reviews said but it was a solid action flick.
Published 8 days ago by MARTIN A. MORENO
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Great movie. Must see for Chow-Yun Fat fans or action film fans in general.
Published 1 month ago by Jeremy Strickland
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Positive experience
Published 3 months ago by chanra
4.0 out of 5 stars Explosions..
Full Contact (1992) is a stylish, arty and gritty action thriller. Chow Yun Fat teams up with the director Ringo Lam once again. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jude Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars Climactic Hong Kong gangster movie
In the Columbia Tri Star version of this movie, the key scene explaining the premise is translated along the lines, "You have to be tough to survive in a crazy world. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Charles Platt
1.0 out of 5 stars I regret buying this!!!
This movie was bad from start to finish!! This was truly a waste of my money!!! Chow Yun Fat is much too good of an actor to do this kind of garbage!!
Published 6 months ago by William Brown Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars One Hell of an Action Flick!
If you like heat, sleaze, and hard-hitting action, then this movie is for you! Both Chow Yun-Fat and Anthony Wong (the same pair from the classic, "Hard Boiled"), proved... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jose C. Tejeda Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars My friend Gerry Blanck is awesome in this movie.
I like this movie, kool action and best of all I am friends with Gerry Blanck and enjoyed watching him in the movie.
Published 20 months ago by Gary Michael Willens
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have
this is chow yun fats breakout role as a hong kong action star.
great movie, everything that makes hong kong action great
Published 20 months ago by craig trammell
4.0 out of 5 stars Chow + butterfly knife + babes + motorcycles & muscle cars = 'nuff...
First off, you should know that, as with many Hong Kong action films from the 90s and earlier, there are a bewildering variety of choices of versions that you can get. Read more
Published on November 17, 2010 by Muzzlehatch
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