Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 15th, 2017
Theatrical Release Date: Hong Kong / China, 2016
Directors: Lok Man Leung, Kim-Ching Luk
Writers: Lok Man Leung, Kim-Ching Luk, Wai Lun Ng
Cast: Aaron Kwok, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Chow Yun-Fat, Charlie Yeung, Eddie Peng, Aarif Rahman, Yili Ma, Janice Man
BluRay released: March 7th, 2017
Approximate running times: 110 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 Cantonese, Dolby Digital Stereo Cantonese, DTS-HD 5.1 Mandarin, Dolby Digital Stereo Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Chinese
BluRay Release: Well Go USA
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $29.95
This film’s narrative picks right up where its predecessor left off. And though this film is a sequel, it’s narrative is not dependent on having seen its predecessor. With the end result being a completely different beast than its predecessor that stands on its own.
Content wise, this film has all the ingredients one would want and expect from a Hong Kong action film. At the heart of this crime thriller is a tale rooted in corruption. This film’s narrative does a good job setting the tone and maintaining the tension. And this films narrative is a satisfying balance of dramatic moments and action set pieces. Another strength of this film are its well-defined characters.
Performance wise, the cast are all very good in their respective roles. With this film’s standout performance coming from Tony Ka Fai Leung (The Lover, Ashes of Time) in the role of M.B. Lee, a law enforcement official whose son is the most wanted man in Hong Kong. Other notable cast members include, Chow Yun-Fat (The Killer, Hardboiled) in the role of a legislator named Oswald Kan, Aaron Kwok (The Storm Riders, The Storm Warriors) in the role of the police commissioner and Janice Man (Nessun Dorma) in the role of one of barrister named Isabel Au who works for Oswald Kan.
Hong Kong action cinema can be an acquired taste and there are elements in this film that is bound to rub some viewers the wrong way, while those who embrace this film’s more outlandish elements should thoroughly enjoy this film.
Cold War 2 comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. Colors and flesh tones look accurate the image looks crisp, black levels remain strong throughout and there are no issues with DNR or compression.
This release comes with four audio options, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in Mandarin, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in Mandarin, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in Cantonese and a Dolby Digital stereo mix in Cantonese. All of the audio mixes sound, clear and balanced throughout. The more ambient aspects of these mixes are well represented and range wise all of the audio mixes sound robust when they need too. With the DTS-HD 5.1 mixes offering a more dynamic audio experience then there stereo counterparts. Included with this release are two subtitle options, English and Chinese.
Extras for this release include, a teaser for the film (1 minute 27 seconds, in Cantonese with English and Chinese subtitles), a trailer for the film (1 minute 32 seconds, in Cantonese with English and Chinese subtitles), four behind the scenes featurettes – A Powerhouse Cast (1 minute 50 seconds, in Cantonese with English and Chinese subtitles), The Story (2 minutes 11 seconds, in Cantonese with English and Chinese subtitles), The Three Powers (2 minutes 18 seconds, in Cantonese with English and Chinese subtitles) and VFX and Action (2 minutes 47 seconds, in Cantonese with English and Chinese subtitles).
Rounding out the extras are trailers for Sky on Fire, Operation Mekong and Three. Overall Cold War 2 gets a solid release from Well Go USA.
Note: This film is also being released by Well Go USA on DVD.