Xiyang Tianshi

Xiyang Tianshi

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Director: Corey Yuen

Cast: Corey Yuen, Shu Qi, Zhao Wei, Karen Mok

     
 

A high-tech Hong Kong sci-fi action flick that's certain to have adrenaline junkies begging for more, Shu Qi, Zhao Wei, and Karen Mok kick into high gear in Columbia Pictures' DVD release of So Close. Charlie's Angels beware, these tough and tech-savvy girls can scrap with the best of them! Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen the image is clear ofSee more details below

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A high-tech Hong Kong sci-fi action flick that's certain to have adrenaline junkies begging for more, Shu Qi, Zhao Wei, and Karen Mok kick into high gear in Columbia Pictures' DVD release of So Close. Charlie's Angels beware, these tough and tech-savvy girls can scrap with the best of them! Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen the image is clear of debris and obviously comes from a clean, new transfer. Colors are well balanced, skin tones are even, and blacks are solid. Overall, this is a great representation of a remarkably visual film. Though purists will certainly prefer to view the film in its original Cantonese with optional, easy-to-read yellow subtitles, the dubbing on the English-language Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is respectfully executed, and when the action kicks in, you'll certainly be able to feel every gunshot and explosion with a well equipped sound system. If extra features on this release leave something to be desired, the inclusion of eight trailers (including one for the feature presentation) will at least give action junkies something to look forward to on future Columbia releases.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
So Close to Charlie's Angels, and yet so unique. In the world of cinema, turnabout is fair play. McG borrowed heavily from Hong Kong cinema to give Charlie's Angels added panache, and So Close comes off as a high-flying, energetic, candy-colored rip-off of McG's film. But the movie is so much fun to watch that one can simply ignore the lifted musical cues and excessive use of the word "angel" and enjoy it for its own pleasures. The plot is disposable, as these things go, but the three lead actresses succeed in creating distinctive and sympathetic characters. They're more than just eye candy. Karen Mok is particularly good as Hong, the maverick cop who develops a surprisingly flirtatious relationship with Sue (Zhao Wei), one of her targets. Mok has the perfect take-no-prisoners demeanor in the role. You can almost believe she could take out an elevator full of baddies between floors, and that brilliantly staged throwaway sequence is just one of the film's spectacular fight scenes. As his work with Jet Li attests, director Corey Yuen has skills only hinted at by his major studio debut, The Transporter. He brings these to bear in a big way with So Close. In the opening scene, Lynn (Shu Qi) uses her specially designed high-heeled boots to take on a whole building full of thugs. This elaborate set piece sets the film's tone of ludicrous, glossy, high-tech mayhem. And it just gets better, with an exciting car chase, which Lynn directs via satellite while fighting off an army of assassins, and the phenomenally choreographed climactic sword fight, which has Mok and Zhao teaming up to fight Yasuaki Kurata. The drama and romance aren't quite as interesting, but these action sequences alone make So Close worth watching.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/30/2003
UPC:
0043396098688
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:50:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Theatrical trailers; Interactive menus; Scene selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Shu Qi Lynn
Zhao Wei Sue
Karen Mok Detective Hong Yat Hong
Song Seung-heon Yan
Michael Wei Mark
Yasuaki Kurata Master
Derek Wan Actor
Shek Sau Actor
Ricardo Manood Pierre
Candy Lo Actor

Technical Credits
Corey Yuen Director
Yee Chung-man Consultant/advisor
Leung Chung-wai Sound/Sound Designer
Jessie Dai Costumes/Costume Designer
Cheung Ka-Fai Editor
Sam Kao Score Composer
Venus Keung Cinematographer
Lai Lai-keung Asst. Director
Jeffrey Lau Screenwriter
Paul Pirola Sound/Sound Designer
Chui Po-chu Producer
Chui Pu-chu Producer
Kenji Tan Score Composer
Wesley Tan Musical Arrangement
Eddie Wong Production Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [3:04]
2. The Computer Angel [2:18]
3. Target Destroyed [3:34]
4. Angel Flight [6:28]
5. Kong Yat Hung [2:02]
6. "Close to You" [1:50]
7. Yen [1:35]
8. Water Sports [1:51]
9. Elevator Fight [4:24]
10. Lai Kai Joes Says No [3:37]
11. The Secret King [2:28]
12. Onto Something [3:47]
13. At the Record Store [2:01]
14. Rainy Day Woman [8:35]
15. Magic Ocean Disco Contract [3:23]
16. Hung vs. Lynn [4:45]
17. Parking Garage Shootout [2:47]
18. Family History [2:59]
19. Eluding Pursuit [:10]
20. Lynn Vs the Hit Team [9:20]
21. "You've Been Framed" [3:18]
22. Sue Gives Them the Shaft [7:56]
23. Taking Out Floor 87 [8:07]
24. Going From A to B to C [1:40]
25. Stairwell Shootout [1:09]
26. First Cut's the Deepest [2:22]
27. Hung Gets the Drop [2:53]
28. Ciao, Chow [:40]

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