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Full Contact [DVD]

Chow Yun-Fat , Simon Yam , Rick Jacobson , Ringo Lam    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chow Yun-Fat, Simon Yam, Anthony Wong, Ann Bridgewater, Frankie Chin
  • Directors: Rick Jacobson, Ringo Lam
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Anamorphic, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Hong Kong Legends
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Aug 2004
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002DXN3Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,943 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Jeff (Chow Yun Fat) agrees to take part in a weapons' heist with Judge (Simon Yam), in the belief that it will extricate a friend from a gambling debt. However, the operation goes disastrously wrong, and Jeff is left to plot his revenge on the double-crossing Judge.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This one goes up to eleven 8 Jan 2010
Format:DVD
A gonzo high point of the Hong Kong gangster genre. A gang of good bad guys joins forces with a gang of bad bad guys. The bad bad guys betray the good bad guys and the spiral of revenge kicks off. Oh, and the leader of the bad bad guys (Simon Yam) openly and lasciviously fancies the pants off the leader of the good bad guys (Chow Yn Fat).

In the late eighties and early nineties, the better directors of Hong Kong action movies began to be feted internationally. The likes of John Woo and this film's director, Ringo Lam, suddenly found themselves lauded as pulp visionaries and, for a brief time, because their films made money, were allowed to make whatever the heck they liked.

"Full Contact" really is some kind of apotheosis of the Asian gangster movie. All the "types" are here: the murderous nymphomaniac; the homicidal brute; the gay psycho; the gangster who's only doing it to pay for his mother's funeral; the killer with a conscience; the "good" girl. The film knowingly and mischievously plays with these staples of the genre. It offers everything a (ahem) straight action movie would: the vicarious enjoyment of mayhem and lawlessness; a good wallow in a demented teenager's idea of "cool". But it also rips open these elements and reveals the sometimes downright crazy impulses actually motivating them. Alas, the movie wasn't really a success, and these days Ringo Lam is better known for making straight-to-DVD Jean Claude Van Damme no-brainers.

Although made in 1992, this is a two-headed mutant of an eighties movie, as if made by a giddy kid out of his mind on Duran Duran videos and Buckfast Tonic Wine; someone to whom Russell Mulcahy is some kind of deity. There's nothing quite like it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Seriously Flawed Transfer 22 Mar 2005
Format:DVD
The Chinese track is lacking the musical background, although it is present in the English dubbed track. It's a shame really since the visual transfer is quite good. But lacking the background music, the movie is only marginally as effective as the earlier Tai-Seng version. Wait for Hong Kong Legends to correct this flaw.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Violent action at its (nearly) best! 4 April 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Ringo Lam has made some truly awesome action movies, and Full Contact might just be the best one. Not only does it have fantastic sequences of stylish shootouts and all kinds of strong violence, but it also has the world's coolest actor in the leading role. For fans of Asian action, this is obviously essential.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very underrated movie - please watch 20 Feb 2014
By Goorney
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Full Contact is one of the best films to ever come from the Hong Kong cinema studios since a Better Tomorrow. It is a highly entertaining film from start to finish. Starring Chow Yun-Fat as an anti hero Gou Fei, who joins forces with Judge played by Simon Yam a charismatic villain to rob a security van. Unbeknown to him Gou Gei is double crossed and left fighting for his life.

The movie is stylishly shot and the action scenes are brutally realistic. The main characters - the antihero, a gay psychopath leader, a nymphomaniac and a beefed up psycho are very OTT cartoon like and are utterly engrossing to watch. Its a shame when they meet there justice.

Please please watch this underrated movie, you will want to see again and again.
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