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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.

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
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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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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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,973,348
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

The doors to the stairwells of the relevant section of the power station open toward the stairwell, via crash bars on the corridor side and via handles on the stairwell side. When Water and his two companions exit into the stairwell and rush down the stairs to the ground floor, they find that the handles of the door there will not budge because they are locked. In one shot, they are struggling to get the doors open, then there is a brief cutaway close-up shot to one of them beginning to reach for his smartphone, and in the next shot, the doors that they are standing before have crash bars rather than handles. It could be that these other doors were along an out-of-frame wall, but even if that is the case, the children's positions relative to one another do not match the previous shot, as though an entire sub-scene (of them trying to exit through this new door) is missing. 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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Thrilling and entertaining...
2 August 2019 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

I was given the chance to watch "Gau foh ying hung" (aka "As the Light Goes Out"). I knew it was a Hong Kong movie, that was essentially all I needed to know to be interested in watching it. I didn't know, however, what the movie was about or who starred in it.

Given the title of the movie, I must admit that I had expected to be in for a horror movie. But it turns out that "As the Light Goes Out" was an action drama about firefighters, for better or worse.

That being said, then I will continue on to saying that "As the Light Goes Out" was actually a surprisingly entertaining and enjoyable movie. And I can't really claim to find firefighting movies all that impressive. However, there was also an overshadowing element of the movie being cartoonish, at an unfortunate level, given the nature of the mainland Chinese firefighter Ocean (played by Jun Hu). That character was just a bit out of place and he seemed to caricature of a heroic firefighter.

"As the Light Goes Out" does have some nice acting talents on the cast list, which includes the like of Nicholas Tse, Shawn Yue, Simon Yam, Andy On and Bing Bai. And it gets better, there is a hilarious appearance by none other than Jackie Chan himself. When he does make an appearance, I must admit that the movie had turned from realistic to being a bit too much. But then it turns out to be a nice surprise instead and the movie does revert to its normal course of action.

The action sequences in the movie with all the fire and firefighting was actually quite good, and it definitely felt very real and realistic, and that added a great level of enjoyment to the movie. Actually, I will say that director Chi-kin Kwok manages to make the movie very intense and thrilling, because it feels like you are right there alongside the firefighters in the blaze.

But overly this was a watchable, thrilling and entertaining movie for sure. If you enjoy Hong Kong cinema, then "As the Light Goes Out" is definitely well worth taking the time to sit down and watch.


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