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Unbeatable (2013)

Ji zhan (original title)
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Fai, once a world champion in boxing, escapes to Macau from the loan sharks and unexpectedly encounters Qi, a young chap who is determined to win a boxing match. Fai becomes Qi's mentor and... See full summary »

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Dante Lam

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Chi-Fung Fung (screenplay), Dante Lam (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Cheung ... Ching Fai
Eddie Peng ... Lin Si Qi
Ting Mei ... Wang Ming Jun
Baoqiang Wang ... Boss Chan (as BaoQiang Wang)
Jack Kao ... Lin Yuan Xiang
Crystal Lee ... Liang Pei Dan
Philip Keung ... Yeung Hin Sun (TS)
Will Liu ... Rock Kong
Andy On ... Li Zi Tian
Awayne Liu ... Young Ching Fai (as Chun Wei Liu)
Siu-Bing Leung Siu-Bing Leung ... Psychiatrist (as Siu Ping Leung)
Si-Man Man Si-Man Man ... Social Worker - Ms Tong (as Sze Man Man)
Ka-Fai Chan Ka-Fai Chan ... Leung Cheung On (Dani's Father) (as Ka Fai Chan)
Michelle Lo ... Sandy Lo
Stephen Au Stephen Au ... Master Kwan (Ching Fai's Master)
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Fai, once a world champion in boxing, escapes to Macau from the loan sharks and unexpectedly encounters Qi, a young chap who is determined to win a boxing match. Fai becomes Qi's mentor and rediscovers his passion to fight not only in the ring, but for his life and the ones he cares about. Written by anonymous

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The Sound of Silence
Music & Lyrics by Paul Simon
Performed by Anna Dabrowska
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A very unusual but very memorable MMA film

If you are an MMA or MA fan, you probably already have a list of favourites. Films like Bloodsport, Kiss of the Dragon, Undefeated 2.

Most well-known films in this category feature an escalating series of fights. The fights are usually the backbone of the film, so to speak.

A few entries try to build a solid backstory, and some even go so far as to make the backstory more important than the fight scenes.

In this last category I would include Blood and Bone, one of my all time faves, and highly recommended.

Unbeatable is in this category. It is mainly backstory with only occasional action. However where it differs from top contenders in this genre is that the fighting and the backstory-arc do not seem connected, they seem at odds. So, no matter how interesting the backstory is (and it is) and no matter how simpatico the characters are (and they are), this film never quite decides just where it is going or just how it is going to get there.

It is nonetheless very well written, very well acted and very well directed. And if you stick it through you will get a "feel good" life lesson as good as any in modern cinema.

Recommended.


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

15 August 2013 (Hong Kong) See more »

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$25,816,154
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2.35 : 1
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