The Four [Blu-ray]
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Gangs of spies. A royal secret service. A covert governing organization. A divine constabulary. Everyone wants to know about a stolen coin cast and a mysterious circulation of counterfeit currency. Every government agency and financial interest in the region has an interest and a plan. But this scam is only the beginning of their problems.
Something supernatural is happening. Someone is forming an army of the undead, created to crush anything that stands in their way, making their way to the capital.
Coldblood. Iron Hands. Emotionless. Life Snatcher.
They are kung fu superheroes. They are THE FOUR.
And they may be our only chance.
Based on the greatly-loved novel The Four Detective Guards by Wen Ruian, Gordon Chan’s (THE KING OF FIGHTERS, PAINTED SKIN, THE KUNG FU MASTER) film adaptation is the first for the big screen, and the beginning of a planned trilogy.
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when i first saw this film - i got hooked - the story is a extremely complex cuz there are many characters on screen and off to remember - and their dynamics are pretty complicated - frankly i had to watch it more than once to get it straight in my head - but at least i enjoyed it during subsequent viewings too - this film is a thoughtful one with action scenes rather than the other way around - and i'm the type that likes something deep rather than something simple and superficial
while the film has been chided as being derivative of hollywood superhero films - it really isn't (in fact - hollywood films have appropriated the martial arts and other stunts used by the chinese) - long time fans of chinese martial arts films will find nothing new here - except the movie-making techniques - which have become highly sophisticated - with lots of traveling & sweeping camerawork - and special effects - on par with the best of hollywood
i must admit a non-cinematic bias tho - i fell in love with Liu Yifei while watching this film - she played a moody wheelchair-bound mind-reader - she's made up in a kinda of plain looking style to suit her character & the fashion of the time - yet she was able to bewitch me - enabling me to see thru to the stunning beauty beneath - i compelled me to go find her other films and tv shows - which include the english-language Jet Li/Jackie Chan film Forbidden Kingdom - (she lived a few years in the US while young - so she speaks english clearly & fluently with a very slight and adorable accent) - she is absolutely stunning in the 2011 remake of A Chinese Ghost Story - (i must warn against the cheap DVD available from a 3rd party available on Amazon - i have a review of the movie explaining that)
my later viewings allowed other actresses to work their charms on me - Jiang Yi Yan as the sexy female police officer of Dept 6 - and pixish Anna Fang in a small role as Butterfly - and the cute Taiwanese-born Emma Wu (nickname: Gui Gui) in a supporting role as Ding Dong - (for kpop fans - she was 2PM Taecyeon's "wife" in Global WGM) - and there's Sheren Tang who seems almost too young for her role opposite the Divine Constabulary leader altho the actors are only 5 years apart - there are many other pretty women in this film - watch it and find your own dream woman
but i shouldn't ignore capable male actors who may not be familiar to western audiences - Deng Chao plays the mangy leading man - Ronald Cheng plays the mustachioed one - Taiwanese-born Collin Chou is the tattooed one - they along with Liu Yi Fei round out The Four crime fighters of the Divine Constabulary - a secret group setup by the King - (based on a series of novels by Woon Swee Oan's called The Four Great Constables)
the aging boss of the Divine Constabulary is played by Anthony Chau-Sang Wong - (fyi - a mixed race actor who's father was an aussie who abandoned the mother and child) - the suave villain is played with relish by Wu Xiubo who's character has the maddening habit of touching a finger to women's faces - and evil looking Cheng Taishen plays the "Sheriff King" - the head of the local constabulary ("Dept 6") who jealously guards his jurisdiction from the upstart Divine Constabulary
even tho his role as the Prince in this movie was minor - i mention Waise Lee cuz in 1990's CHINESE GHOST STORY 2 - he played the cool swordsman who unknowingly works with the bad side
this particular dvd resides in my home library and i re-watch a lot
Most of the characters are well fleshed out...well...except the undead. Loved the cinematics. Just a fun and exciting movie to watch.