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  • Actors: Aaron Kwok, Ekin Cheng, Samuel Pang, Suet Lam, Suet-Fei Chiu
  • Directors: Benny Chan
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: Cantonese Chinese
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • Release Date: Feb. 6 2007
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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By Cheryl TOP 100 REVIEWER on Nov. 3 2011
Format: DVD
Divergence means crossroads and there's more than one character faced with the dilemma of which way to turn. At the heart of the film is a cop who cannot recover from the disappearance of his wife, as he attempts to pursue a crime lord. The story moves at a nice pace for the most part, and has some gripping action sequences, so is recommended for fans of Asian action cinema. One oddly humourous problem (if you can read it that way) is the English subtitles, which often flash too briefly, or continue to lag behind, so it's not always easy to understand which character is saying which line. The dvd as a set seems to be unnecessary as the complete material could have fit on one disc. The bonus features include a brief making-of, photo gallery, premiere (not subtitled), and trailers on the 2nd disc, plus commentary (thankfully subtitled) on the first.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9e9cf26c) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9edb1ca8) out of 5 stars Negative Words about Divergence? Here are some Positive for a Change. Dec 11 2007
By Thor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I was very surprised when looking for other opinions about this film on the internet after seeing it. I found almost nothing more than negative reviews!
I found this hard to believe and just have to say that "Divergence" is a really underrated movie.
"Divergence" is a Hong Kong action thriller with an actually very good emotional edge attached to it, which makes this movie definitely watch able.

The story follows cop Suen (Aaron Kwok) who fails to bring a key-witness safely to court. The witness gets murdered. The killer (played by asian superstar Daniel Wu), keeps a close eye on Suen. Meanwhile, Suen has problems dealing with his own past. His girlfriend has disappeared 10 years ago and has never been found since. When he sees a woman who resembles his girlfriend alot, his past keeps coming back to him, while killers, and unsolved mysteries are closing in on him.

"Divergence" has won 3 Hong Kong Film Awards (the Oscars of Asia), not 4 like the dvdcover says, back in 2005 and deserves every one of them. I was surprisingly touched by the film's emotional edge which made it a powerful watch.
First of all, Aaron Kwok won an award for best performance by an actor. He acts a very emotional part and does it very well. He is tough but has that everyman likability at the same time. Different opinions are flying around about his acting (with alot of "over-emotional acting" talk), but I found it an excellent performance.
Than there is Daniel Wu, now a familiar face in films, who plays the role of a hitkiller. Just like Kwok he plays his role good and knows what he's doing.

The film is stylishly filmed and the action is well captured on camera by director Benny Chan. There isn't very much action in the film, but still quite alot which is well filmed, exciting and energetic. A footchase down a Hong Kong highway in the middle of the city is magnificent. One of the Hong Kong film awards was therefor won for editing, which is indeed very good. The footchase down the Hong Kong street is, like another reviewer said before me, very well synchronized.
The last award was won for Cinematography and indeed, just like with the other awards, well deserved. The film has a good atmosphere in it thanks to the cinematography.
Another strong factor in the film is the music. Beautiful sweeping themes are at the emotional scenes while suspencefull music is there when it's needed. A nomination at the Hong Kong awards was for this music, but was not won.

Therefor I found "Divergence" a very good film from the Hong Kong cinema, and it deservers better than all these negative words about it. The film's final is for some people a bit unclear, but the film as a whole is an emotional gangster drama with some very nice scenes and moments, which is an absolute must see for Hong Kong cinema fans.
It is the emotional edge that does it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9edb1cfc) out of 5 stars Divergence: a fitting title for a film that's never sure what path it wants to take(2.5 stars) Jan. 19 2009
By D. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Divergence is one of those odd cases of a weak film being done really well-- I mean, it's certainly watchable, has a cast made up of some of China's "finest" pop stars, and has flashes of that kinetic energy that makes Asian cinema so appealing... on the other hand though, it's deliberately paced enough that it took me 3 tries to make it all the way through, the aforementioned "pop stars" seem rather miscast in their roles, and why watch an Asian film that only features "flashes" of greatness when there are plenty of similiar films that deliver nonstop doses of it? Could be you're a huge fan of one of the stars(aka, a 14-year-old Chinese girl), or the director Benny Chan(Big Bullet, Gen X Cops, Invisible Target)? Could even be that you watch WAY to many Asian films and this one made it to the DVD player by a process of elimination(that'd be me, as lame as it may sound)? Whatever the reason is, let me just give those interested a little info on the fim. Divergence centers on 3 main characters: a down and out cop who's wife has been missing for 10 years(played by Aaron Kwok), a criminal lawyer who never loses a case(played by Ekin Cheng), and an assasin with possible ulterior motives(played by Daniel Wu). A few similiar styled murders and the kidnapping of(ironically enough) a male pop star bring the cast into an eventual collision course. It should be added that the lawyer has a wife that looks eerily similiar to the police officers missing love(which became the main plot device that drove me to finish the film). The movie then carfully tip toes it's way to closure and some answers to just what's been going on(let's just say the questions seemed better than what we're left with). It's not that the entire premise isn't interesting, but there is enough left unanswered(or plot holes if you prefer) that the reason behind the film kinda caves in on itself(at which point you sit back and rationalize that it all makes sense and was worth the hour and a half of your life... maybe?). Another important point to make, Divergence is NOT an action film(don't let the Tartan Asia Extreme logo fool you, there's nothing "extreme" to be found here). There are a few well done moments, but this is actually an emotional character study being acted out by a cast that's never been that emotionally convincing(everyone is solid here though). Still, the direction from Benny Chan is good enough to forget what is or isn't happening and enjoy the show-- even if the show won't be remembered much past the end credits(2.5 stars).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9edb1fd8) out of 5 stars Just remember this movie is a vehicle for pop singers. Nov. 3 2010
By Robert Beveridge - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Divergence (Benny Chan, 2005)

I sometimes wonder whether I'm simply getting bored with Asian flicks these days, because I'm seeing so many bad ones recently. But then I think about it, and I realize that Divergence, while the kind of action film that would never tread this path in America, is essentially the Asian version of Glitter or Crossroads; it's a simple vehicle for pop stars to gain film exposure. When looked at like that, Divergence is definitely an above-average example of the genre, but it's still not a terribly good movie.

Three professionals--a cop, a lawyer, and an assassin--are all involved in some way with the kidnapping of a crime boss' son. The movie focuses on each of the three alternately as their paths cross, diverge, then cross again (for an American cognate here, think 21 Grams; Inarritu's earlier film Amores Perros is a bit closer to the mark, though).

While Coke, the assassin, is played by a full-time actor (Daniel Wu, an American), Suen and To, the cop and the lawyer respectively, are played by pop stars Aaron Kwok and Ekin Cheng, who've previously teamed up in The Stormriders. They're better in front of a camera than Mariah or Britney in the movies above, for certain, but these aren't immortal parts, and they're not played by top-notch actors. But then you probably shouldn't be expecting it; this is a turn-your-brain-off movie where things blow up, people get shot at, and everyone does a whole lot of running. Given that, Divergence delivers; it's only when you start expecting something deep and meaningful that the movie fails. And in that regard, it's exactly like 21 Grams. ** ½
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e5a0510) out of 5 stars Great Story March 29 2007
By Nadine P. Marquez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I enjoyed this movie, the way it follows the lives of four totally different men, it shows a truth of what direction you take in life and how it can have an effect on everyone around you. The Cop in the story at some points, well he gets on my nerves. Daniel Wu was great!
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e5a0528) out of 5 stars very dissapointing April 16 2007
By Avidfan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
First off this movie is not a solid thriller like Infernal Affairs it does not come even close to IA. This movie had to much plot with a very little running time. This film could have been good if it were 2 and a half hours so it had time to explain what was going on and some charectors could have been well developed. But with this movie being 100 minutes it lacks all of the those things it needed to be a good movie. The performances comes out weak except for Aaron Kwok The story was hard to follow most of the time and it had to many subplot within itself it loses focus on the main story. And the ending has a twist that was weak and very stupid. The hero was a whining idiot the antihero was looked more like the main villan and the villan revealed himself until five minute before the movie ends. but it was obvious from the start who it was so it was not as shocking as they were trying to make it. This was not the worst asian movie I have ever seen cause there are really bad ones out there but this was sure as hell was the least entertaining asian film of 2006 for me.