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Old 11-21-01, 10:28 PM   #1
jtkv
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[review] Thunder Cops II

Thunder Cops II

Starring:
Sandra Ng
Stephen Chow
Anne Bridgewater

Synopsis:
Nam Tse (Sandra Ng) is a cop who is hell bent on tracking down Shienminfa, a drug dealer that killed her father. She is met with resistance by her superior, who is repressing her career due to personal reasons. Tsan (Anne Bridgewater) is her drug addict informant, that leads her to a local drug dealer, Fietsat, that has contacts with Shienminfa. Siu Yien (Stephen Chow) enters the picture when his brother, Fietsat, is held for ransom by Shienminfa after a drug deal double-cross. Nam Tse and Siu Yien reluctantly team up to for a final showdown with Shienminfa and his gang....

Thoughts:
This is a dark and gloomy action drama of friendship, loyalty and revenge in the Herioc Bloodshed genre. It's a standard action drama script in the mode of John Woo's A Better Tomorrow series, but with some good and original scenes. For example: there is a cool one woman against two guys fight/chase scene at the first third of the movie in the style of Yes, Madam!, where the female cop dishes out the hits while being battered! In the middle, there is a homage to John Woo; Sandra takes out some bad guys with a gun in each hand, all in slo-mo! The action here is very surreal, and shot from the point of view of Stephen Chow as he is staggering about. To round it off, there is a Samurai sword fight ending that was a little short, but still neatly done. Add to that the neat "falling down cam", where the camera follows the head-shot of the person falling and hitting the ground in slo-mo. Very cool!

The star is Sandra (looking very butch), while Anne (looking sexy in a white T-Top) has a small role of a drug addicted informant, and Stephen plays the brother of a drug dealer, and wants nothing to do with the Triad scene. He plays it serious and throws in some funny-guy moments too.

I did not have much sympathy for Sandra's character, as she is not too bright. Everything she does goes against common sense. This made me dislike her even more as innocent people around her gets killed due to her negligence. The other characters are standard support roles, while the actor playing the main villian looks like he had fun going all out playing it crazy!

This movie is worth watching, not necessairly for the movie itself, but for the neat photography touches. Plus, the DVD is quite cheap.


DVD info:
Released by Winson Entertainment
NTSC
All Region
DVD-5
Audio: Cantonese and Mandarin in DD 5.1
Full Screen (prabably cropped)
Removable English and Chinese subtitles

This DVD comes in a gray case that is smaller than a regular DVD case. It has a center hub the prevents the DVD from coming off the latch during shipment.

Menu is quite plain. Options include Synopsis (in Chinese), Chapters, Subtitle select, Audio Select and Play Movie.

Subtitles are good sized, easy to read white text with black border. The English is decently translated from the Chinese dialogue, but a small section of dialog is not subbed. There was very minimal spelling and grammar mistakes.

Image is quite nice (for a HK DVD of an older movie), showing decent detail, but the print is worn with the usual white speckles. Colours are somewhat muted, but not too bad. The problem is, it's full screen, which means it's prabably cropped. This is evident during the opening credits as some sides are cut off for the on-screen text. However, the cropping is not too distracting, as most characters and action are centered.

Audio is nothing special, but servicable. No surround effects, as it's prabably from a mono source re-mastered into DD 5.1


DVD rating: 6/10 (because of full screen, but image is decent)
Movie rating: 6.5/10 (for the original photograhy)


J.T.
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