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Gau fo ying hung (2014)

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.

Director:

Chi-kin Kwok

Writers:

Chi-kin Kwok (screenplay), Lai-Yin Leung (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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
Wai-Keung Lau ... Director of Fire Services - Fong Sir (as Andrew Lau)
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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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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

2 January 2014 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

As the Light Goes Out See more »

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Goofs

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 »

Soundtracks

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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A rather unusual film from Hong Kong
25 May 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"As the Light Goes Out" is not the sort of movie I'd ever expect to see from Hong Kong. After all, most of the films we get here in the States from Hong Kong and the rest of China are mostly martial arts films or violent cop films. However, in an odd departure from the usual fare that they usually send to the West is an action-packed soap opera-like film about firemen. It's not the sort of film I'd like to see a lot of, but it certainly is unique, stylish and amazingly epic in proportions— and is worth seeing.

The film begins with a prologue that is important later in the film—and this provides a lot of the dramatic tension and soap opera-like elements throughout the movie. As far as the soapy elements go, they didn't do much for me—so I really don't want to go into any detail about things like the betrayal, broken relationships, a lost child, redemption and the like—just see the film. What I do think is important is the action— something I usually dislike in films. I am just not a viewer who loves lots of explosions and stunts, though I was bowled over by this one and recommend it because of its effects. In many ways, this film looks better and more epic in scale than the sorts of movies Hollywood is doing. A typical Stallone, Willis or Schwarzenegger film pales by comparison to "As the Light Goes Out"! It is simply something to see and I hope you get a chance to see it on a big screen. And, combined with a HUGE scope is some amazingly evocative Chinese operatic music that makes the whole thing so unique and so gripping that it is a one- of-a-king experience—and I appreciate this the most about the movie.

The film is set on Christmas Eve in Hong Kong. While most folks are taking time off from work and gearing down, the fire department is ever- vigilant in case of disaster. And, a disaster is exactly what is soon about to strike—as a fire in an abandoned warehouse ends up beginning a chain of events that plunges the city into darkness and threatens many lives. And, thanks to the many selfless firemen, the city might stand a chance at survival.

The film is filled with one amazing disaster and explosion scene after another—this I grew to expect. But what surprised me is that much of the dialog was in English—mixed in with the Chinese! This also occurs in many Indian films and I assume it's a carryover from the old British Empire days. What also was a bit of a surprise was a cute little cameo from Jackie Chan…as Jackie Chan! The only parts of the film that just didn't work for me were some of the ultra-macho scenes (such as the fight at the 48 minute mark) and soapy situations—but mercifully they were not a major hindrance in the film. Overall, it's a unique and breathtaking film that is worth your time even if its plot is, at times, a bit sticky.


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