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Full Contact

4.2 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews

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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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  • Actors: Ann Bridgewater, Anthony Wong, Simon Yam, Chow Yun-Fat
  • Directors: Ringo Lam
  • Producers: Lam Ling-tung
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Cantonese (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: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 13, 2003
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008R9LX
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,407 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Full Contact" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
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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"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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By A Customer on 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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Here in he midst of the Hong Kong Action movie glory days, Ringo Lam (one of his time) continues what John Woo conceivably began, taking Chow Yun Fat on another festival of bullets and blood, this time drenched in blue and pink neon and thoroughly soaked in American pop culture inspiration.

There was a continuous circle of influence happening at this time. American movies would influence Hong Kong filmmakers and Hong Kong films would influence American filmmakers. This movie shows both sides of that. During the movie you can catch Lethal Weapon playing on a TV in the background (an obvious nod to it's presence in the film). And on the other side there is an early "Bullet Time" scene in the movie, probably one of the first, which was absolutely borrowed from in The Matrix.

There isn't really an American actor that can be considered the "Chow Yun Fat" of American movies. Yun Fat was the poster boy in HK action cinema in the 80's and 90's. His versatility allowed him to always be a badass with a gun, handle himself psychically when need be (though not close to a level of Donnie Yen or the great Jackie Chan) AND be comical when the situation called for it. In the case of Full Contact, the situation did not call for it.

All in all I would say that Full Contact is absolutely a top 10 Hong Kong Action movie and a MUST watch for fans of the genre.
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