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7 Assassins (2013/Lionsgate DVD)

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

7 Assassins is a thrilling Chinese film that has breathtaking cinematography and production design and is a must if you are fans of films like Hero and other films by director Hung Yan-yan. The film has a very classical film to it much of the Golden Age of filmmaking and is very similar to Akira Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai. It's funny that once you look at the America cover because it looks a lot like a Sin City knockoff in terms of design where the film inside is quite different.

Boss Cat (Eric Tsang) is a warrior who had participated in the Boxer Rebellion. Cat is responsible for guarding Huang Jin Xia town, which have gathered many revolutionaries around China. There, they do not discuss about revolution nor care about politics and lead peaceful lives there. Sai Lim (Gigi Leung), a woman who was rescued by Cat, is oblivious that years ago, Cat not only rescued her and her child, he also rescued her heart.

Revolutionary Tit Wan (Felix Wong) and his like-minded comrades raid a dessert and smuggle gold there, preparing to purchase firearms for another uprising. During their way, they were ambushed by Moon Tin Hung (Ni Hong Jie), the Prince of Pok Yee Kak. During the critical moment, they were fortunately rescued by the sincere official Prefect Cheuk (Ti Lung).

Cheuk is visionary and believes that fate the country lies on Tit. Cheuk arranges Tit to Huang Jin Xia to meet the heroic Boss Cat, but with the arrival of Tit, Huang Jin Xia's peaceful environment was broken, and the retired revolutionaries once again display their heroism and fight for the dignity of the country. The film also boasts an incredible cast featuring Eric Tsang, Guo Tao, Felix Wong, Well Lee, Yu Oh-seong, Song Xiao Bao, and Gigi Leung to name a few.

Sound and Picture on the disc look great for the standard DVD format, however, the film could considerably benefit from a viewing on Blu-ray disc. The anamorphic widescreen transfer features an aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track. No extras on the disc except for previews of other Lionsgate releases, unfortunately.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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