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The Four
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on October 21, 2016
there are some nice surprises with this DVD - (1) it's Region 1 so i can play it on my laptop instead of my region-free player - (2) it has english subtitled extras - primarily a behind-the-scenes featurette that goes on for 24 minutes (it looks like it's ending - then i starts a new segment)

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 in which 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
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on May 23, 2014
My nonexistent ability to understand the Chinese language didn't hurt my enjoyment of this film. The mystery was a bit complex, but the action was nearly nonstop. The subtitles made sense in most cases, although I might have preferred good dubbing. There is just the right amount of comic relief that seems to be present in most recent action movies. That may help save the film from being gratuitously gory. Overall pretty good balance between the main characters.
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on December 7, 2013
I went into this movie expecting to see lots of bad guys get punched in the face, and I was not disappointed. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised by how attractive the cast was and how cute the puppy was. Those are, in fact, the three reasons to see this movie: you want to see zombies get kicked in the face until their heads explode, you think the cast is hot, or you like adorable puppies. Otherwise, don't expect a cinematic masterpiece.
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on June 8, 2017
Awesome, epic adventure! Glad I was able to find the entire 3-disc/title mini-series
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on March 25, 2014
Full of magic, the supernatural and of course fighting. I didn't think I was going to like it, but I didn't just like it I loved it.

Most of the characters are well fleshed out...well...except the undead. Loved the cinematics. Just a fun and exciting movie to watch.
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on September 26, 2017
Great movie
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on February 2, 2016
Fun fantasy - kung fu movie. Need more than one viewing to avoid plot confusion.
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on December 17, 2013
Great action and great movie. Four different people teamed up to fight a ruthless enemy who had them betrayed from the ones they are close to or care. Good special effects.
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on May 10, 2013
I frist saw it on Youtube. I like the story. I grew up watching this type of movie. It is based on a book. The movie was well made. The price is good as well.
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on November 18, 2015
Good action and storyline makes sense.
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