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Saving Mr. Wu (2015)

Jie jiu Wu xian sheng (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | September 2015 (China)
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Mr. Wu, a Hong Kong movie star, is kidnapped by four unpredictable criminals disguised as police officers. Will he get rescued?

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Sheng Ding
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Lau ... Mr. Wu
Ye Liu ... Xing Feng
Qianyuan Wang ... Zhang Hua
Ruofu Wu Ruofu Wu ... Cao Gang
Xiaorui Zhao Xiaorui Zhao ... Zhang Yi
Peng Lu Peng Lu ... Li Zhidui
Lu Cai ... Xiao Dou
Suet Lam ... Mr. Su
Meng Li ... Chen Chen
Wei Na Wei Na ... Cheng Zong
Ailei Yu Ailei Yu ... A Cang
Xu Yang Xu Yang ... Guo Zi
Zheng Wang Zheng Wang ... Chao Ge
Li Longjun Li Longjun ... Sun Shengli
Sichun Ma ... Liu Yun
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Storyline

Mr. Wu (Andy Lau) is kidnapped in Beijing by Zhang Hua (Wang Qianyuan) and three accomplices, all disguised as cops and demanding a ransom of 3 million RMB. In the ensuing 20 hours, the Chinese detectives led by Chief Xing (Liu Ye) quickly form a task force and sweep the city. Time is of the essence as Mr. Wu is ordered to be killed at 9 PM regardless of whether the money is collected or not. The police eventually apprehend Hua alone. As the deadline approaches, the detectives and captors collide. Written by UEP North America

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Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin | Chinese

Release Date:

September 2015 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Saving Mr. Wu See more »

Filming Locations:

Beijing, China

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Gross USA:

$92,696

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,222,161
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Sound Mix:

Dolby (Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color | Color (original version)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The police captain Cao Gang was play by the actor who was kidnapped in 2004 in the real event which this movie is based on. See more »

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Mr. Wu needs help, who can save him?
28 August 2016 | by tenshi_ippikiookamiSee all my reviews

Andy Lau's Mr. Wu gets kidnapped by some criminals and the police will try to find him before the bad guys kills him. Will they find the place where he is being kept at before time runs out? Will he be able to free himself?

The story of "Saving Mr. Wu" is simple enough. Rich guy gets kidnapped, and the police will try to save him, while the criminals try to get the money, and who knows, maybe get rid of him instead of releasing him. The plot is simple enough, but the movie keeps jumping back and forth in time, non-stop, to make things more interesting. It never becomes confusing, though, which is a point in favor of the direction and the plot. Everything that happens is pretty easy to follow and the tension is kept almost thorough the movie.

The look is dark and gritty (a little bit too much), the direction is good and never goes for flash and shocks, and the acting is good, with Lau being as good as ever. However, the movie lacks punch and grit, it goes for the safe, and lacks something to make it stand from the pack. It is easy to watch, and entertaining enough, but the story could have offered way much more.


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