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Breaking News (Import) [Blu-ray]

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Import Blu-Ray pressing. All Region. When an ambulatory TV news unit live broadcasts the embarrassing defeat of a police battalion by five bank robbers in ballistic showdown, the credibility of the police force drops to a nadir. While on a separate investigation in a run-down building, detective Cheung discovers the hideout of the robbers. Cheung and his men have also entered the building, getting ready to take their foes out any minute. Meanwhile, in order to beat the media at its own game. Inspector Rebecca decides to turn the stakeout into a breaking news show.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Simon Yam, Cheung Siu Fai, Nick Cheung, Kelly Chen, Maggie Shiu
  • Directors: Johnny To
  • Format: Blu-ray, Color, Import, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Chinese (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Cantonese (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unknown (Dolby TrueHD)
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English
  • Dubbed: Mandarin Chinese
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Mega Stars
  • DVD Release Date: July 14, 2009
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00261E10Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,219 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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After very humiliating defeat of Hong Kong police, young and ambitious Inspector Rebecca Fong (Kelly Chen seen in `Infernal Affair') proposes one daring plan - that is, to bring the TV crew to the crime scenes, and let them broadcast how the `real' police are doing their jobs, risking their lives to protect the people from criminals. When another inspector hot-tempered Cheung (Nick Cheung) finds out the hideout of the criminals (and the very criminals that undermined the dignities of the police), Inspector Fong is assigned a job to show the police work on the air. What Fong didn't know is that the criminals are much more resourceful and cleverer than she thought.

Johnny To takes up the idea of reality TV shows, and uses it in the unique way. Not that the idea itself is original - you know so many TV shows following the real-life police officers, or Robert DeNiro film '15 Minutes.' It is the way how the criminals led by the leader Yuan (Ritchie Ren) fight back and tries to escape that is really intriguing.

(ULTRA-STYLISH, GREAT OPENING) Johnny To is known for his prolific career and stylish camerawork, and in `Breaking News' he again shows his great skills in creating the tension and beauty while shooting the action scenes. The opening seven minute sequence is just brilliant. It is shot in one take, and shows us that shoot-out scenes can be so intense without using many fast cuts.

Some may find the film slightly confusing because of the police organization in Hong Kong. Fong belongs to OCTB (Organized Crime and Triad Bureau, and Cheung is a cop from CID (Criminal Investigation Department).
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This is a very good crime-drama, which takes place in Hong Kong. When the local television coverage show the police in an embarassing defeat by 5 bank robbers; the police department resolves to show the public that their police department is well equipped to handle any situation. And further, they resolve to prove to the public that their recent debacle shown throughout the city of their embarrassing defeat by five thugs was just an abberation.

However, things get a little more complicated than they wish. The HK Police department decide to videotape the apprehension of the suspects with their own coverage--complete with policemen wearing small video cameras on them when they attempt to take down the bad guys. Easier said than done however. Detective Cheung (Nick Cheung) who is relentless in his pursuit of the criminals accidentally stumbles across the criminals in an apartment building. What ensues is both controlled and uncontrolled chaos. Now the police find themselves with a public relations nightmare on their hands, as the criminal take hostages.

The criminal in charge of the five man gang is named Yuen (Richie Jen) and when he realizes he is up against thousands of police, he resolves to use the citizens and building as his way of escape. Also holed up in the building is another criminal group, who believe the police are after them. The HK police wind up taking on more than they can handle. In addition, the HK Police inspector, Rebecca (Kelly Chen) tries to allay the publics fears by showing breaking news stories with her police in the best of light. [under controlled media coverage] This is a very smart film, and highly recommended.
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I like this Johnnie To movie a lot because it took place in a different setting from most Hong Kong crime dramas when 5 bank robbers decide to hide out in a high rise apartment building and fight it out from there. There is lots of riveting action as shoot outs, bombs and grenades go off in the apartment building between the bank robbery gang, a second gang in the building and the police trying to capture them. Nick Cheung gives a really good performance as kind of a cop gone rogue who refuses to obey his commanders orders and leave the building to let the police tactical units catch the bad guys. The police try to restore citizen confidence in the force with a televised, media blitz of the action but the criminals upload their own videos from inside the building with the aid of a small child who is a hostage and a media war between the two factions ensues. The actions starts at the very beginning of the film and goes all the way to the end. I would recommend a peek at this one and I give it a solid 4 stars.
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Reporters showed police moving around an apartment building trying to apprehend a criminal and the press coverage allowed apartment dwellers and possibly the criminal to see the policemen's whereabouts unfortunately.

This is a very entertaining, charming and manipulative movie. It makes you like and admire the criminals for their skill and their charm (former Chinese military who become bank robbers).

Usually, I am black and white about criminals but I think this movie was designed to allow the audience to sympathize with everyone unlike Drug War which really makes you angry at criminals/cop killers.
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What's most interesting about "Breaking News" is that it starts out with a cool shootout between the cops and robbers. A group of robbers catch the police on the wrong day as they get tied up in a web of media scandal. The Hong Kong police want to use this group of robbers as an example and gain a reputation. The police are using the media to broadcast every moment of their attempts to capture the robbers. The thing the cops don't know is that these robbers are pretty darn smart and constantly trying to outsmart them. When the police finally get the five robbers cornered in an apartment building it becomes a showdown between the two to see who can use the media best but only one side will come out alive.

I actually rented this movie because the cover looked interesting but I wasn't really expecting much from it. This is a hard one to review, just when you think the film has shown you all it's got it gives you some more. I like the whole feeling of it, the pacing and especially the camera work. This had great camera work, the director shows scenes that you may see in any other action film but shows it from such good angles that it exceeds the regular action film and looks better. You're given plenty of room to see everything so you won't miss a thing. For a actor to truly work well their character has to be written well and every character is written well in this movie.

When the well-written characters were put with this talented cast the acting turned out pretty good. The story is very cool and it developed wonderfully. There is a great hero villain duo in Nick Cheung and Richie Jen and they truly keep the movie going. Nick plays a great tough nosed cop that just won't stop until he gets the bad guys and his performance was great.
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