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As the Light Goes Out (2014)

Gau foh ying hung (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama | 2 January 2014 (Hong Kong)
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The firefighters of Hong Kong's Pillar Point division battle an out-of-control blaze that threatens to plunge the city into darkness.

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Chi-Kin Kwok

Writers:

Chi-Kin Kwok (screenplay), Lai-Yin Leung (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Tse ... Senior Station Officer - Ho Wing-sam
Shawn Yue ... Station Officer - Yau Bond-chill
Simon Yam ... Principal Fireman - Lee Pui-to
Jun Hu ... Fireman - Ocean (as Hu Jun)
Bing Bai ... Yang Lin (as Bai Bing)
William Wai-Ting Chan ... Fireman - Cheung Man-kin (as William Chan)
Andy On ... Assist Divisional Officer - Yip Chi-fai
Patrick Tam ... Power plant's Supervisor - Man Wah-bill
Kai Chi Liu ... Chief Fire Officer - CK Tam (as Liu Kai-chi)
Deep Ng Deep Ng ... Fireman - Lam Man-ben
Michelle Wai ... Tsz Ying
Kenny Kwan ... Lam Chi-kiu
Alice Li Alice Li ... Emily
Jackie Chan ... Fireman in TV ad
Andrew Lau ... Director of Fire Services - Fong Sir
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Storyline

Whereas three old friends work together in a fire station in Hong Kong, a fire breaks out in a rundown residential block on Christmas' Eve, threatening to plunge the whole city into darkness if it spreads to a to a nearby power plant supplying natural gas. Politics, competition and distrust between the firemen of the Pillar Point Division are to be expected. Written by Jiilo_Kim

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Action | Drama

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The fact that not even the second pair of crash bar doors encountered (that likely lead directly outdoors) could be opened to allow Water and his two companions to at least escape the power station (even if they were to have still missed the bus) is a bit of a stretch. Even more of a stretch is that they are never able to leave the stairwell so as to get to a place where cell service is available. No explanation for these wonders is provided. See more »

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References Police Story (1985) See more »

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Oi Jui Daai
Music by Nicholas Tse
Lyrics by Nicholas Tse, Kenny So, Kit@24Herbs & Phat@24Herbs
Performed by Nicholas Tse & 24Herbs
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Tense, Well Acted Disaster Flick From Derek Kwok!
3 May 2020 | by Movie-MisfitSee all my reviews

Director Derek Kwok, the same man who brought us the wonderful Gallants, and co-directed with Chow Sing Chi the fantastic Journey To The West: Conquering the Demons - brings us a tight (if not, slightly overly-long), character-driven-disaster-film set around a team of firemen in Hong Kong, on the night of Christmas Eve. In between the melodrama and arguments between comrades, the worst of the worst happens when the gas line to a power-plant catches fire and explodes resulting in a total blackout across the city!

As The Light Goes Out features a top cast with Nicholas Tse, Shawn Yue, Simon Yam, Andy On, Hu Jun and many more, all who give stellar performances as the men in uniform. While the first part of the film builds up their relationships, in between some rescues and education on how deadly fires can be, things really kick-off on the half-way mark as the team set out to tackle the blazing inferno at the plant. On top of that, Shawn Yue finds out his son might be in the building, left behind with a couple of friends, from a school trip earlier in the day.

Clichés and heavy drama aside, As The Light Goes Out is actually quite gripping at times, with the thick black smoke often portrayed as a slow moving demonic force, creeping in on its victims who are trapped in its sanctum. While the majority of this is done with pretty decent CGI smoke, it still offers enough tension and fear, along with some stunning visuals and great cinematography - that makes this bitter-sweet Christmas disaster movie (about firemen), quite exciting to watch.

There's plenty of impressive stunt work from Jack Wong Wai Leung, a veteran of the Jackie Chan Stunt Team and the guy behind some work on New Police Story, Hero, SPL, and more. And talking of Mr. Chan - the legend gets a great cameo near the beginning as a recruiting fire-fighter in a TV commercial for the force, dodging asteroids on his motorbike to the theme from Police Story...

Brief, but brilliant!

Not without its flaws, and odd moments of cheesiness, As The Light Goes Out manages to be, for the most part, thrilling and entertaining, with a gripping and intense second half that leads to a big, nail-biting and explosive ending...

Overall: Worth the watch, and something a little different, As The Light Goes Out is an impressive and entertaining piece of Hong Kong cinema!


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Country:

Hong Kong

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Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

2 January 2014 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

救火英雄 See more »

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