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Champions (2008/Lionsgate DVD)


Picture: B-     Sound: C     Extras: D     Film: C+



To compete in the Olympics on the international level is ultimate honor and pride for a nation and for Wushu masters, is no less different, street fighters Zheng Feng and Bao two honest and good friends strive toward this goal, their own personal dreams closely tied to this future.  When only limited amount of money, only the best can be sent compete.  Each martial arts school wishes to be the one representing the nation, and begins fighting, challenging one another for right to go. But when there can be only one champion, who will chosen one?  Find out in Siu Ming Tsui’s 2008 film Champions.
Only after the a recent revolution, the nation of China is poor and it's people are in need of an inspiration.  The various martial arts schools begin competing against one another, open street fights, the last man standing is the best and should be the one to go, but the spirit of martial arts lies not beating one's opponents and in training one's own mind and body to bring out one's own potential and be an inspiration for the rest, the road to glory is not easy.  It is full of hardships and heartbreaks, and even when one loses everything does one have the heart of a Champion to go on?
This film was filled with tons of martial artists, giving future potential martial arts actors a chance to show off their skills in the film industry, but the point of the story was not just about the fighting and how a community chooses to support their local heroes and how true champions isn't just about winning.  While some believe in friendly competition, others don't care how dirty they get as long as it means they win.  As the schools of martial arts (and of thought) clash will it be brother against brother or bring the community together?  The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1` image (shot in the Super 35mm film format) and lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mix are about as good as they are going to look in this format, but a Blu-ray might make this look and sound even better.  Extras include making of the film and trailers.  This was “based on true events”, yet it was a little clichéd, but fans might want to see it.  Expect some propaganda too.



-   Ricky Chiang


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