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4.0 out of 5 stars This one goes up to eleven
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...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Seriously Flawed Transfer
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.
Published on 22 Mar 2005 by Robert Cyr


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4.0 out of 5 stars This one goes up to eleven, 8 Jan 2010
This review is from: Full Contact [DVD] (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
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Robert Cyr (Deerfield, IL United States) - See all my reviews
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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
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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
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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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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest gangster movies ever!, 14 Feb 2005
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This review is from: Full Contact [DVD] (DVD)
Full Contact release on DVD was long overdue, and now, in this finely presented package, it has been worth the wait.
By far one of the more brutal Hong Kong Gangster movies, Ringo Lam delivers a film noir esque tale of an imperfect hero who collaborates with a sadistic psychopath in a botched arms robbery that ruins his world. Broken and defeated, Judge rehabilitates himself and seeks revenge.
Whilst the gun battles are not quite on a par with John Woo's, as they lack both the scale and the choreography, Ringo Lam ensures that he makes up for it in style. Using the bullets eye view twice in the film, Lam delivers an intensity to his film making that has little comparison elsewhere. With eye catching cinematography, an awesome soundtrack than really delivers the goods, and one of Chow Yun Fat's greatest performances, this is a truly must have film.
Special credit must go to Simon Yam who totally steals the show with his sadistic villian Judge. Not even Dennis Hopper's character in Blue Velvet can hold a candle to the sinister, homosexual psychopath that is portrayed here. There rivalry is given an almost homoerotic overtone as Judge expresses his underlying desire for Jeff. Simon Yam gives great insight in an interview found in the extras. A special expose on the choreography of Hong Kong gun battles is also offered amongst the extras on this DVD.
With superb picture quality, an unforgettable film, and a great variety of extras within a finely presented package, this DVD is true value for money.
Full Contact is an absolutely integral purchase for any fan of Hong Kong cinema, or any casual admirer of Chow Yun Fat.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "See it or die. Horribly", 2 Oct 2001
This review is from: Full Contact [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Bangkok and Hong Kong are the back drop to ringo lams expolsive thiller.This is one of chow yun fats best films,he is excellent as jeff a nightclub bouncer.Jeff helps out a friend sam who is heavily in debt to loan sharks.To do this he must join forces with a sadistic gangleader named Judge,played brilliant by simon yam.Judge forces sam to betray jeff.The final confrontion,however, must be between judge and jeff as the bullets start to fly who will be left standing.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much fun, 12 Nov 2004
This review is from: Full Contact [DVD] (DVD)
I loved this movie when I first got it on import on VCD from Hong Kong. It was only natural that I then went on to buy the DVD. Although this movie is not as well known as "Hard Boiled" and "The Killer", it clearlly is of the same standard and style. If you liked "Hard Boiled" you should like this.
My favourite bit is the bullet time scene in the club. Superb, not like the rubbish matrix bullet time. John Woo is the king of action movies.
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