Jie jiu wu xian sheng   2015   China Saving Mr. Wu
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Director:Sheng Ding
Studio:Beijing Going Zoom Media
Writer:Sheng Ding
IMDb Rating:7.1 (252 votes)
Awards:2 nominations
Genre:Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Duration:105 min
Languages:Mandarin, Chinese
Sheng Ding  ...  (Director)
Sheng Ding  ...  (Writer)
Andy Lau  ...  Mr. Wu
Ye Liu  ...  Xing Feng
Qianyuan Wang  ...  Zhang Hua
Ruofu Wu  ...  Cao Gang
Zhao Xiaorui  ...  Zhang Yi
Lu Peng  ...  Li Zhidui
Lu Cai  ...  Xiao Dou
Suet Lam  ...  Mr. Su
Li Meng  ...  Chen Chen
Wei Na  ...  Cheng Zong
Ailei Yu  ...  A Cang
Xu Yang  ...  Guo Zi
Zheng Wang  ...  Chao Ge
Li Longjun  ...  Sun Shengli
Sichun Ma  ...  Liu Yun
Zai Lao  ...  Composer
Yu Ding  ...  Cinematographer
Sheng Ding  ...  Editor
Comments: This is a decent movie I'm giving a low score to because it was so unnecessarily tiresome to follow I got fed up with it and started FF'ing at about the 2/3-3/4 point. Andy Lau is wonderful in this--and he spends the entire movie chained to a chair (and some other guy)!. It has one of the best film villains in recent memory: Qianyuan Wang kicks total butt as the bad guy even if his natural speaking voice sounds like it's being dubbed in Mandarin. And Suet Lam isn't just a fat slob character. Thank you for that. I like him, and have always hated seeing him have to play that guy. But here's what's wrong with the movie:

All the cop characters are suffocatingly flat. And there's lots of them.

I didn't mind the text titles introducing each character because, as mentioned, they weren't going to make any impression through their acting, but the text titles that announced what part of the unfolding story was on screen every few minutes were ridiculous--as mentioned, tiresome. This guy thinks he's QT?

The cop who kept getting text messages about his son missing him and hoping that he will attend his piano recital (or something silly like that because, as mentioned, I wouldn't have given a damn if that cop got shot in the face, so there needed to be something added to his mix to make us care).

The film utilized the Holy Grail of stupid movies with guns where a bad guy points, INSTEAD OF SHOOTS!, a gun at a good guy, and holds it long enough without shooting (and for no reason) for another good guy to shoot him before he can shoot the first good guy. (It was pointed at the cop getting the text messages, btw. Surprised?)

Summary: Saving Mr. Wu is an action-packed crime thriller based on the true story of China's famous celebrity kidnapping case. Mr. Wu (played by acclaimed film star Andy Lau) is kidnapped in Beijing by Zhang Hua (Wang Qianyuan) and three accomplices, all disguised as cops and demanding a ransom of 3 million RMB. In the ensuing 20 hours, the Chinese detectives led by Chief Xing (Liu Ye) quickly form a task force and sweep the city. Time is of the essence though as Mr. Wu is ordered to be killed at 9pm regardless of whether the money is collected or not. The police eventually apprehend Hua alone and a dangerous mental showdown develops between police interrogators and Hua. As the deadline rapidly approaches, the detectives and captors collide in a dramatic battle and showdown that leaves the audience on the edge of their seats. Saving Mr. Wu is directed by Ding Sheng, one of China's most unique and visually compelling action directors (Little Big Soldier, Underdog Knight, Police Story 2013).

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