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The Adventurers
Chinese: 大冒險家
Rosamund Kwan
Year: 1995
Director: Ringo Lam Ling-Tung
Producer: Tiffany Chen
Cast: Andy Lau Tak-Wah, Rosamund Kwan Chi-Lam, Wu Chien-Lien, Paul Chun Pui, Ben Ng Ngai-Cheung, Philip Ko Fei, Nam Yin, Lee Siu-Kei, John Ching Tung, Ho Ka-Kui, Parkman Wong Pak-Man (cameo)
The Skinny: Ringo Lam plays it straight for this action-adventure, which is entertaining but also emotionally remote. Of the stars, Rosamund Kwan turns in the most impressive performance.
 
Review
by Kozo:

An action-revenge drama from Ringo Lam that's entertaining but definitely a few steps below his best work. Andy Lau is a Cambodian who, as a child, witnessed his parentsí murder at the hands of Paul Chun. Years later he seeks revenge by trying to assassinate Chun, but his attempt is botched. Heís saved by Chunís mistress Rosamund Kwan, and regroups to seek revenge once more. 

However, the CIA recruits him in an effort to indict Chun, and inserts Lau into Chunís life by having him kidnap Chun's daughter (Wu Chien-Lien). Soon he finds himself drawn into a web of assumed identities and moral decisions, where he must choose between fulfilling his revenge or breaking the heart of a girl who implicitly trusts him. 

As is usual with Ringo Lamís work, pop-culture references and wacky hijinks are noticeably absent. The somewhat pedestrian plot is easy-to-follow, but Andy Lau stumbles a bit with his performance. He's a fine action hero, but he isn't convincingly intense. On the other hand, Rosamund Kwan eschews her usual "flower vase" acting for a downright nasty turn. This is probably her darkest performance. Wu Chien-Lien is Wu Chien-Lien, which is always nice. This rather commercial vehicle for Ringo Lam to be working on but itís an entertaining, solid piece of work. (Kozo 1996)

 
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Mei Ah Entertainment
16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles
*Also Available on Blu-ray Disc
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