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The Raid (1991/Well Go USA DVD)

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

The Manchurian Army creates a new poison gas weapon and Doctor/Uncle Choy is the only one who can stop them and destroy it's factory. All Uncle Choy wants to do is to prove he isn't too old to do his part for the People's Republic, unfortunately for him the Manchurian Army believes 'Dr. Choy' is a code word for super spy or secret army, but can Uncle Choy and his ragtag group of civilians stop the Imperial Army?

Based on retelling of 'Uncle Choi' comic, Tsui Hark's The Raid (1991, NOT the recent action film) offers Uncle Choy as a crazy (but patriotic) old former soldier. After being told he is more of a hindrance he decides to sneak off with his own 'mission'. Unfortunately, he is not alone, his ward and others he happened to run into along the way seems to end up following him for one reason or another. Uncle Choy either has the worst or best luck, best in he always somehow is in the right place at the right time, or the worst to always somehow turning everything into chaos and confusing.

This looked like someone found this film from some lost archive, while comical it was very political and reminded about how the citizens of China should be loyal to the government, that no sacrifice is too great for the Republic of China. It paints that those who were in the old Imperial government are corrupt and greedy, anyone who works for them is a traitor and will get stabbed in the back by those who are more vicious than them.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image is cleaned up, but looks really poor and was very difficult to watch, while the original monophonic theatrical sound has been upgraded to lossy Dolby Digital 5.1, but not very convincingly. The combination is disappointing. Extras include trailers.

- Ricky Chiang


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