Cast: Jackie Chan, Eric Tsang, Vivian Hsu
Extras: Featurette, Trailers, Cast & Crew Biographies
Bei (Jackie Chan) is a salesman for fitness products when during his lunch break in the mall, he witnesses a bank robbery and steps in. He secures the stolen money before knocking out some of the bad guys and ultimately receives credit for his actions on the tabloid front pages. Soon thereafter he is approached by a strange man, who says he acts for a man in Korea who is looking for his lost son. Bei is an orphan and there is indeed a chance that this man could be his real father, so he travels to the Korean jail hospital where the man is kept. On his last breath, the man makes Bei his legitimate heir and Bei inherits money and a small box with a key. Before he is able to find out where the key belongs to there are certain people who would like to get their hands on Bei and his inheritance – and these men have guns and very nervous fingers. Suddenly, Bei finds himself chased from all sides, not knowing what is happening to him. In order to survive, he needs to know who his father was and what business he was in. The revelations is from what he had expected. Bei has inherited much more than just a fat check and a key. He has inherited a tool over life and death!
The film is beautifully photographed in various locations across the world, most prominently in Korea and Turkey. Especially the Turkish scenes have a certain grittiness and authenticity that is coming through very nicely in the film. The film also has a great pace, giving the emotional moments time to sink in, yet at the same time propelling the premise forward at breakneck speed when necessary. Once the secret behind the inheritance is revealed, the film turns in to a furious and explosive action spectacle with no holds barred, stacking the most cars on top of another since the "Blues Brothers." The finale is simply breathtaking, as you would expect in any decent Jackie Chan movie, leaving the viewer breathless once the end credits start rolling – accompanied by his trademark blooper outtakes.
The DVD contains a <$PS,widescreen> transfer in the movie’s original 2.35:1 aspect ratio, but is not <$16x9,enhanced for 16x9> television sets. Nonetheless, the transfer is very clean and entirely without scratches or other blemishes. The transfer also has a good level of detail, maintaining good definition throughout with sharp edges that never appear enhanced or unnaturally sharpened. Blacks are very deep and solid and the presentation reveals very good shadow delineation, which is evident especially in the many dark scenes of the film where the background is always clear discernible without pixel break-up. Colors are strong and vibrant, rendering a lively image, always perfectly capturing the cinematography of the movie and its atmospheric settings. In the compression however, the DVD shows its full strength. For the first time we have a DVD of a Hong Kong movie here that is entirely free of compression or other distracting video artifacts. No matter how furious the action is on the screen, no matter how dimly lit the shot, no matter how demanding the material, the presentation always renders a clear image that is devoid of digital artifacts.
The disc also contains a 20-mintue Making Of Featurette that is available in Cantonese and Mandarin. Sadly English subtitles are not included in this featurette, making it a special only for Chinese speaking viewers, I suppose. It is full of interview segments and behind the scenes footage from the shoot of the film, and leaves a good impression. English biographies of the principal cast members and a selection of trailers can also be found on the release.