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Armageddon [Import]

Andy Lau , Michelle Reis , Gordon Chan    Unrated   DVD
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Like a high-tech version of the Christian apocalypse tale Left Behind with a skeptical skew, Gordon Chan's Armageddon (not to be confused with the Bruce Willis giant asteroid adventure of the same name) haphazardly combines end-of-the-world prophecies from various faiths with a murky X-Files-like mystery. The world's greatest scientists spontaneously combust after receiving a cryptic note ("You Have No Choice"), and communications genius Andy Lau (Savior of the Soul) is roused from mourning the death of his fiancée to investigate. Anthony Wong (Hard-Boiled) costars as his buddy and bodyguard, a shaggy, sloppy street cop out of place in the high-tech environment, and Michelle Reis (Fong Sai Yuk) is the dead girlfriend who steps out of his flashbacks and into his life, like a ghost providing him with clues. The darkly handsome film is more tech noir than action thriller, with a spiritual undercurrent, a serious tone, and a slow, moody buildup. Chan breathes some excitement into the otherwise somber film with some intriguing effects and a striking climax, but he never really clears up the cryptic mystery. Still, he got the jump on Hollywood. Produced and released in 1997, when the fear of Hong Kong's return to China was investing everything from gangster movies to costume epics with a rumbling, paranoid sense of confusion, his millennial thriller is at least as interesting as the U.S. attempts that followed (End of Days, Stigmata, Lost Souls) and certainly more fun. --Sean Axmaker

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1.0 out of 5 stars BAD BAD BAD July 6 2007
A part from the first scene where the priest is lied on fire the rest of the movie is a pure bore, it drags on with endless bla bla bla and the ending is real bad.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Blah blah, rent the "Returner" instead. Feb. 23 2004
This is a supernatural "thriller" about a mysterious cult that is murdering famous scientists (why?) by spontanteous combustion. Our hero, played by the talented Andy Lau, is a scientist on the list who has police protection forced on him, but will only accept his old friend the cop, played well by the accomplished Anthony Wong, as a bodyguard. Things get weird as Andy's dead fiancee starts appearing to him and everyone else and soon it becomes clear as the cult invites him into their inner sanctum, that God is pissed and everything falls to Andy making a decision.
Despite competent direction and good acting all around, this just drags on, makes no sense in many places, and has a ridiculous sappy ending that will make just about anyone cringe. The few positive moments are all in snappy banter between the two friends and virtually no action exists here. Unless you can't resist the re-united beyond the grave love story thing, avoid this one.
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Amazon.com: 2.9 out of 5 stars  9 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars H.K. X-files, romance, history, and humour rolled into one! Dec 30 1998
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I have watched many movies by Andy Lau in which most were of comedy/romance/street gang-like...so, this movie has a freshness. It talks about Dr. Ken (played by Andy Lau) who is named one of the most promising young scientists in the world and his search for an answer on why his dead fiance (Michelle Rels) has come back to the world. Meanwhile, other top scientists and world contributers are killed in ways that were never used before (nope, not a gun, not poison...more like turning one into powder...). He and his friends begin to suspect that the reappearance of Adele (Rels) and the deaths of the scientists are messages from God that the end of the world is near and that Dr. Ken is the only one that is eligible to save the human race...
This is an excellent film with great special effects, music accompliment (including "Why Take Her Away" by Andy Lau), beautiful shots at Prague, and a great cast!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really loved this movie, I don't get what everyone else's problem is! June 16 2007
By Tiferet Sayar - Published on Amazon.com
I saw this in the theatre in 1997 and thought it ruled. Andy Lau was brill as the scientist, Anthony Wong is always fantastic, and it was a great supernatural thriller, which is a genre you don't see so much of in HK films. I really enjoyed it completely and I have no idea why anyone else dislikes it--perhaps it's just not what they expect from an HK film? But if you like things like Twin Peaks, Supernatural, Profit, Hex, Existenz, or The Matrix I think you will enjoy this movie!
1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware. April 12 2014
By Joe Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
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I ordered this product/DVD, and it said that it was in English, Czech, and Mandarin, but it is not, just in Chinese. I have to get English or at least English dub, as my eyes are bad and cannot see to read as fast as the dialog is going. I love the Asian cinema, but simply cannot do sub titles any longer. I don't know if this is Amazons fault or a sellers, but I am not happy.......at all!
3.0 out of 5 stars Average Film. May 17 2003
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This film is a drama regarding the mysterious disappearances of a select group of people. These people seem to evaporate in smoke. Andy Lau plays Dr. Ken who may be next. Dr. Ken is a technology expert whose girlfriend was killed. But the girlfriend played by Michelle Reis appears... There is some intrigue about the disappearances. But the film is boring and the conclusion is ineffective. I give it a mild recommendation.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Pure junk Aug. 27 2007
By Phillip Nunemacher - Published on Amazon.com
Ok, I've seen it despite the poor reviews. I can't say I wasn't told. The only reason this gets two stars is it was a really bad train wreak of a movie as one five star review, on another site, said. DON"T WASTE YOUR TIME WITH THIS.
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