Written by: Michael Den Boer on September 24th, 2017
BluRay released: October 3rd, 2017
Approximate running time: 133 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: 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
“Two escaped prisoners join one of the most powerful gangs in Shanghai, the Green Gang, as the right-hand men of the head boss Mr. Tang. When Mr. Tang tries to gain total control over business dealings in Shanghai, he discovers his closest allies are not who they seem and turn against his own men to protect his power.” – Synopsis provided by the Distributor
This film features two parallel narrative’s that converged in the films finale act. The first of these narratives centers around a young man named Li Zihao, who has been imprisoned due to his connection to an underground organization that opposes the Japanese occupiers. The second of these narratives revolves a group of crime syndicates that are all under the control of a ruthless crime boss named Mr. Tang. And it is an event from these two characters past that links too characters.
This films narrative is well constructed and there is a satisfying balance between the more dramatic moments and action set pieces. Standout action set pieces include, a daring prison escape and a scene where a rival gang tries to murder Mr. Tang’s daughter who has just arrived in Shanghai. And of course, this film saves its most bombastic action set piece for its finale.
The most surprising aspect of this film are the performances. With this film’s standout performance being Peter Ho (Sword Master) in the role of Li Zihao, a revolutionary who through a fateful encounter is allowed to exact revenge against Mr. Tang. Other standout performances include, Ja-Hyeon Chu (Missing) in the role of Mr. Tang’s daughter Qianqian and Coulee Nazha (Police Story: Lockdown) in the role of Lan Ruoyun, a woman from Li Zihao’s past.
The Game Changer comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. Colors and flesh tones look accurate, details look crisp and there are no issues with compression.
This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in Mandarin and a Dolby Digital stereo mix in Mandarin. These audio mixes sound, clear, balanced and robust when they need too. Included with this release are removable English subtitles.
Extras for this release include trailers for The Game Changer, The Adventures, Wolf Warrior 2 and The Final Master.
Overall The Game Changer gets a solid audio / video presentation from Well Go USA.
Note: This film is also being released by Well Go USA on DVD.