Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Lisa Lu, Mark Cheng, Wu Jing, Sam Lee, Nicholas Tse
Director: Benny Chan
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House
Three renegade cops, driven by vengeance, must team up to bring down a gang of seven ruthless bank robbers.
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"There is no fear in what is right"
MMAfan | USA | 06/16/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I would probably give this movie 3.5 out of 5 stars, but the DVD features on this set are packed with interesting stuff and there is a lot of it(over 4 hrs to be exact) so I gave the DVD release 4/5 stars. The story and plot is typical for a Hong Kong action movie, good vs evil, or for this one, cops vs crooks. This one is different though in the aspect of using traditional martial arts for the fights. There are tons of action sequences and lots of stunts that looked awesome. If you are an action junkie, I recommend you at least rent this. It stars Jaycee Chan(son of Jackie Chan), Nicholas Tse, Shawn Yue, Wu Jing, and Andy On.
Like I mentioned, the special features on this dvd set are over 4 hrs long. They include a audio commentary on the entire movie from Jaycee Chan, Shawn Yue, Andy On, and Bey Logan. Also are 7 interviews with Benny Chan(20 min.), Jaycee Chan(20 min.), Shawn Yue(30 min.), Wu Jing(30 min), Philip Ng(20 min.), Vincent Sze(20 min.), and Andy On(20 min.), a making of(25 min), Deleted/extended scenes/with commentary(13 min.), Action Sequences Featurette(20 min.), Storyboard comparison(20 min.), and a Gala Premiere featurette(10 min)
Overall, this DVD is worth buying just because there is so much stuff, but if your just looking for a good action movie, Id just rent it and see if you like it enough to be interested in all the extra stuff then go and buy it."
Decent Action scenes cannot save the film from Over-directio
Woopak | Where Dark Asian Knights Dwell | 02/12/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Benny Chan (GEN-X Cops) is a good action director, his action scenes are hyper-kinetic, hard-hitting, visually stylish. However, it is the skill of great storytelling that still eludes him. Benny Chan's latest outing; "Invisible Target" is action-packed with a lot of great stunt work but it feels like it was left in the oven too long and turns out overcooked and bland. After all, even Jacky Wu Jing (SPL, Fatal Contact) cannot carry a film by himself.
Plot synopsis loosely derived from the back cover:
The rise of Ronin Gang, a group of highly skilled robbers affected the lives of three policemen drastically. Each of the three policemen: Fang (Shawn Yue), Jing Hau ( Jaycee Chan) and Chen (Nicholas Tse) have their own inner demons but all three are motivated to achieve a common goal: to bring Jiang (Wu Jing, SPL), the leader of the Ronin Gang to justice. The trio is pressed for time as Jiang's influence grew and the gang's ruthless acts are getting more out of control. With Fang's wit, Jing Hau's courage and Chen's dexterity, the three vowed to apprehend Jiang. However, while tracking down the Ronin Gang, the three cops become aware of the presence of a prominent figure in the police force who is connected with Jiang. With all these against them, they become even more determined and relentless to stop the wrongdoings of Jiang and his accomplice...
Screenplay for this film lacked discipline and cohesiveness. The character development is a bit overlong and quite frankly, Benny Chan fails to bring every factor together. It seemed like the issues only tie to the plot's main premise with a lack of detail, the screenplay stumbles at times with its perfunctory style. The three lead characters' meeting seemed so convenient and unconvincing, that it lacked needed credibility. At times, we see the three lead characters do some soul-searching and they come to an epiphany about their goals at the most unbelievable moments; (example: fisticuffs) and it all turns out so cheesy that it seemed so irrelevant that the scene appeared so stretched out. There was an unbearable scene with kids in a school bus with a bomb counting down that was so laughable. Chan and company should have just stuck to the basics and refrained from adding wanna-be emotional/dramatic moments in the most "out of place" sequences in the film. The director put some heavy attention to its theme and emotions; said scenes turned out corny and never really did anything but hamper the film's pace. I know successful action films like "Ong-Bak" and "Tom Yum Goong" also have weak plots but "Invisible Target" was so pretentious in its attempts to add depth into the simple plot.
Despite all its faults, "Invisible Target" thankfully delivers on the action sequences. It looked like Tse did most of his own stunts while Shawn Yue and Jaycee Chan (I think he's Jackie Chan's son) had their own share of risk also. Jacky Wu Jing is very charismatic as the villain; he is in familiar territory as with "SPL". At least, the filmmakers had enough sense NOT to try to convince us that Tse or Yue or Jaycee can beat Wu Jing in a man to man fight. The stunts are well done and the action sequences although it uses some CGI/wires are very well executed. Hard-hitting and somewhat brutal, the fight scenes are nicely done and fast-paced. Action choreographer Lee Chung-Chi did an admirable effort.
Invisible Target is not a bad movie, then again; it isn't good either. It did deliver on the energetic action sequences and the stunt work is reminiscent of the early days of Jackie Chan. The film gets really hurt by the usual canned melodrama and the overdone heroics. Its greatest weakest is the inability of the plot/characters to match the quality of the action. The climax felt so obligatory and dry. Action junkies may find the film to be diverting because of its numerous action scenes. Just leave your brain at home and close your eyes in the numerous over-directed cheesy scenes and it may be a fun watch.
It may not hold up to repeated viewings and may be worth a look for fans of Wu Jing and Nick Tse.
"RENTAL" for everybody else! [3 stars]
Note: I own the Deltamac Hong Kong release. The Dragon Dynasty should utilize the same great transfer and will hopefully carry the DTS Cantonese Language track. It is also expected to carry an English dubbed audio track.
How Do You Kill An Invisible Target?
AMP | Somewhere on Earth | 06/27/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Good Things
*Loads of great action. The fight scenes had smashing choreography. Lots of other pursuits, gunfights, and explosions throughout.
*Filming style was pretty good.
*The story was good. Even though it branched off to protray three different protagonists, it was still easy to comprehend.
*Good acting as well. The three main characters were well-developed, memorable, and great to watch.
The Bad Things
*The second half of the movie slowed down quite a bit and became heavily loaded with melodrama (whereas the first half was exciting).
*Overall, it felt a bit long (probably because so much happened).
I was very pleased with this film; it had much more action than I thought it would have. With the big explosive opening and all of the fights that followed, my first thought was that this was like a Chinese version of a "Die Hard" film. Even though the last hour of the movie slowed down a little, it was still great overall. Highly reccomended to anybody who likes martial arts, or action movies in general.
The disc has excellent video and audio quality. It has both English and Chinese audio tracks, and English and Spanish subtitles. Disc one includes a commentary, trailers, and a making-of feature. Disc two includes a bunch of interviews, a bunch of deleted scenes, and more featurettes."
Ju Wing Scores Again
Movie Lover | Seoul, South Korea | 06/21/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the better HK action films I've seen recently, and what really carries this film is the lead villain, played by Ju Wing (the killer in Kill Zone and the lead in Fatal Contact). This guy has the skill, the moves, the speed and charisma to be the next big martial arts star.
Not only were the action sequences impressive, but so was the story and in-between "quiet moments". I believe these moments can make a good action movie better, and the ones is this film do not disappoint. The third act was particularly good; it ranks up with Hard Boiled - Criterion Collection for its sheer audacity. Yeah, it's that good."