Lan Kwai Fong (2011)

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Released 9-Jan-2013

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Drama Theatrical Trailer
Trailer-Eastern Eye trailers x 4
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2011
Running Time 92:52 (Case: 96)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
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Region Coding 4 Directed By Wilson Chin
Studio
Distributor

Madman Entertainment
Starring Shiga Lin
Zo
Jun Kung
Jason Chan
Jeana Ho
Gregory Wang
Dada Chan
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RPI ? Music Ronald Ng


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None Cantonese Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Mandarin Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes

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Plot Synopsis

     Lan Kwai Fong (LKF) is the party area of Hong Kong. Lan Kwai Fong, the film, is an almost plot-less homage to the area and the self-centred, beautiful people who hang out drinking, dancing and chasing sex. For over 20 minutes from the start the film, it is a scene in a nightclub where numerous, almost interchangeable, characters we don’t know party and get drunk. From there the film is pretty much a succession of drinking, sexual encounters and partying for the rest of the 90 minute running time.

     The plot, such as it is, is this. Steven (Zo) is nightclubbing with friends when he meets air hostess Jennifer (Shiga Lin). They spend the night together but in a few days misunderstandings occur and they part. Some time later Steven realises that he is in love with Jennifer but in the meantime she has become engaged to his boss Leslie (Jun Kung). In other plot strands Jacky (Jason Chan) abandons his pregnant girlfriend to party with Jeana (Jeana Ho) while Sean (Gregory Wang) falls for Cat (Dada Chan), the reigning nymphomaniac of the LKF party scene.

     There are also a couple of other plot strands as well that add to the confusion. The end result is a film where nothing much happens except a group of self-centred people drink, party and chase sex. The film lacks any sense of humour, and the characters are so narcissistic and self-destructive that we do not care about any of them. It also does not help that the script, acting and dialogue are all poor. On the other hand, there are indeed some beautiful people on show, however those looking for some titillation, perhaps encouraged by the film’s MA rating for “strong sex scenes”, will be disappointed as there is no frontal nudity and the sex scenes are not particularly inventive or interesting.

     Lan Kwai Fong was a commercial success in Hong Kong, and director Wilson Chin followed up with a sequel Lan Kwai Fong 2 in 2012, although only Shiga Lin of the main cast returned. If you like to watch beautiful people partying, then Lan Kwai Fong may be of some interest. Otherwise, it is hard to recommend.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     Lan Kwai Fong is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and is 16x9 enhanced. The original ratio is 1.85:1.

     There are a lot of nightclub and party scenes in the film with a constantly moving camera and quick intercutting. As such some sharpness and detail is lost, but not seriously. Colours are good, skin tones natural and blacks and shadow detail acceptable. Contrast and brightness vary, but it is the nightclub after all. Grain is heavy in some sequences but otherwise artefacts are absent.

     The layer change at 47:34 resulted in a slight pause.

    English subtitles are in a clear yellow font. Lan Kwai Fong has a lot of quick fire dialogue and at times the subs struggled to keep up. I did not notice and spelling or grammatical errors.

     The print is fine, reflecting the subject matter.

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Audio

     Audio is a choice between Cantonese and Mandarin Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks at 448 Kbps.

     Dialogue was clear in the mix and was not drowned out by the music in the party scenes. The surrounds are prominent in club scenes with music and noise, and included the occasional directional effect such as doors shutting. The sub-woofer supported the music.

     Lip synchronisation is fine in the original Cantonese track. I did not sample the Mandarin dub.

     The original music by Ronald Ng was catchy and effective.

     The audio track was good.

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Extras

Theatrical Trailer (1:43)

Eastern Eye Trailers

     Trailers for Motorway (1:32), The Front Line (2:11), Love Exposure (2:12) and Big Tits Zombie (1:38).

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

     There does not seem to be a version of Lan Kwai Fong currently available in either Region 1 US or Region 2 UK. There is a Region Free HK release that has similar video and audio specifications to our Region 4 version, but includes a making of and cast interviews. There are English subtitles, although it is unclear if this is just the feature or includes the extras.

Summary

     Lan Kwai Fong is a homage to the nightclub area of Hong Kong where the beautiful people hang out. The script, acting and dialogue are poor and the end result is a film where nothing much happens except a group of self-centred people drink, party and chase sex.

     The video and audio are fine. A trailer is the only relevant extra.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Ray Nyland (the bio is the thing)
Friday, March 08, 2013
Review Equipment
DVDSony BDP-S580, using HDMI output
DisplayLG 55inch HD LCD. This display device has not been calibrated. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderNAD T737. This audio decoder/receiver has not been calibrated.
AmplificationNAD T737
SpeakersStudio Acoustics 5.1

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