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Red Wolf [DVD]

Steve Brettingham , Wing Cho , Woo-ping Yuen    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Steve Brettingham, Wing Cho, Collin Chou, Christy Chung, Habby Heske
  • Directors: Woo-ping Yuen
  • Writers: Ricky Ng
  • Producers: Danny Lam, Lai Hing Luen, Ricky Ng, Robin K.W. Yeung, Victor K.O. Yeung
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Hong Kong Legends
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Feb 2002
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UWT1
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,528 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Director Yuen Woo Ping's The Red Wolf is, like Under Siege (1992) and Speed 2 (1997), essentially Die Hard on a ship. However, rather than being "inspired by", this movie is virtually a Hong Kong remake of the Bruce Willis action classic, right down to the jump-off-the-roof crash-through-the-window highlight. The setting is New Year's Eve on a cruise liner which happens to be carrying a consignment of plutonium. Gangsters hijack the ship and it's up to an unnamed security officer (Kenny Ho) and tender-hearted pickpocket Lai (Christie Chung) to save the day. Budget limitations are revealed by only having about 60 passengers, and by an almost complete absence of shots of the sea, but the director manages to pack plenty of extremely violent action and by playing things straight generates considerable suspense from the formulaic story. Helping immensely are strong turns from Elaine Lui and Wing Cho as the psychotically ruthless main villains. Some of this film is very nasty indeed, so a tension-shattering detour into slapstick by Chung is simply bizarre, and the finale goes laughably OTT. The dubbing is mediocre but the blend of furious marital arts and Terminator-style slaughter is still a winning combination for hardcore action fans. --Gary S Dalkin

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Low-budget action movie. Following the tragic death of his wife, a top undercover police-officer (Kenny Ho) resigns from the force to take up a position as chief security officer on a luxury cruise liner. When the ship falls victim to a terrorist sting operation, instigated by the men under his command, he must fight to keep himself and the other passengers alive.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Well, that's 90 minutes I won't be getting back 15 Nov 2005
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
What do you get when you cross legendary action choreographer Yuen Woo-ping (here directing rather than choreographing) with the plot of Speed 2, a bland leading man, an immensely irritating leading lady, an obnoxious and untalented child actress and some tired and uninspired action scenes? Unfortunately, the answer is a complete waste of time. Probably a career low for all concerned, it's a real slog getting through to the end of this surprisingly cheap-looking and occasionally amateurish mess, all hope that it will get better being continually thwarted as it staggers from tired action scene to tired action scene. And how can you root for a hero who is so inept that, despite being head of security on a liner, fails to prevent the villains killing every single one of the passengers and crew except the aforementioned irritating females - probably the two people most audience members will want out of the picture and fast?

Worse than Speed 2 - yes, you read that right: even worse than Speed 2. Not worth the time of day. The only redeeming feature is the second disc of excellent extras on Hong Kong Legends DVD, which are infinitely superior to the film they grace.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Die Harder than Die Hard 28 Feb 2002
A cruise-liner security guard (Kenny Ho, who has starred with Jackie Chan in some of his earlier movies) who had his wife brutally murdered whilst in his previous occupation as a policeman, is forced to go into action once again as the aforementioned ship is taken over by a terrorist gang led by the first officer (played by Ngai Sing). It turns out that the only staff member he can trust is a golden-hearted-bit-ditzy pickpocket waitress (Christy Chung).
If that all sounds very 'Die Hard' then you would be in for a shock at the hard-core action in this (it is a Hong Kong movie after all), and, being directed by the now-very-well-known Yuen Woo-Ping (action choreographer of 'The Matrix' and 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon') you expect some superb action sequences, which certainly do not disappoint, and Elaine Lui (who guest-starred in a couple of episodes of Sammo Hung's TV series 'Martial Law') gets to kick butt and play a baddie with some relish.
It's a pity the movie is a little on the brief side, though, and that the adrenaline rush that Hong Kong fans yearn for is not quite there.
Being one of Hong Kong Legends' Platinum Editions, there are hordes of extras including the usual interviews and documentaries (although I've not seen them at the time of writing, but there are a lot more of them), and the very welcome return of audio-commentary regular and Hong Kong Cinema expert Bey Logan, this time accompanied by Christy Chung. Of course there is also the option to watch the cartoon-show dub edit or the preferable Cantonese version with subtitles.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good action movie 1 Mar 2002
By A Customer
First of all since this is a Hong Kong Legends DVD the print and sound are both of a good/high quality.
Some of the dubbing in the Cantonese version (when some of the Americans speak English) is out of sink. But this is short and appears only few times.
The film itself is like Die Hard on a boat with a smaller budget. But since Yuen Woo Ping directs the action, the fight scenes are of a good/high quality. If you liked Die Hard you should enjoy this movie. If you like modern day action movies with some martial arts you should like this movie.
The lead female in the movie is played by Christy Chung who gives a good performance, adding a touch of humour alongside the action in this movie.
This film adds nothing new or special to the Honk Kong action movie genre and there are better action movies out by Hong Kong Legends like 2000AD,Purple Storm, Police Story... but that said Red Wolf was a highly enjoyable film and the second disk is crammed full of extras.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Praying for the end 13 Sep 2007
When the Grim Reaper turns up at my door to claim my soul for the beyond I will ask him if I can have back the hour and a half I spent watching this. Looking at the list of people involved in this I had reasonably high expectations. These were dashed within minutes of the film starting.

The acting is dire, the action set pieces are very formulaic and very lack lustre and it looks like a large portion of the cast would really rather be somewhere else. The performances of all the cast except for the main male and female villains was laughable. The hero was completely without any charisma and what was the point of the child - you knew what was going to happen to her almost before the film started.

There were several scenes of flash backs and characters questioning themselves and their lives which really didn't fit in at all. They served to interrupt and annoy rather than to enlighten.

The martial arts scenes looked tired and obviously staged. I know all of these things are staged and planned out beforehand but these looked it and looked as though they hadn't really been practiced.

In short, I wouldn't bother with this one.
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