Seoul Raiders

Seoul Raiders is a 2005 Hong Kong action film co-written and directed by Jingle Ma and starring Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Richie Jen and Shu Qi. The film is a sequel to the 2000 film Tokyo Raiders.

Seoul Raiders
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Traditional韓城攻略
Simplified韩城攻略
MandarinHàn Chéng Gōng Lüè
CantoneseHon4 Sing4 Gung1 Leuk6
Directed byJingle Ma
Screenplay byJingle Ma
Chung Wai-hung
Eric Lin
Chris Ng
Produced byJohn Chong
StarringTony Leung Chiu-wai
Richie Jen
Shu Qi
CinematographyJingle Ma
Chan Kwok-Hung
Edited byKong Chi-leung
Music byTommy Wai
Production
companies
Distributed byMedia Asia Distribution Ltd.
Release date
  • 5 February 2005 (2005-02-05)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryHong Kong
LanguagesCantonese
Mandarin
Korean
English
Box officeHK$7,385,836[citation needed]

Plot

Agent Lam teams up with JJ to track a pair of plates used to make counterfeit American dollars.

When the plates are captured and make their way to Korea, Lam gets on a plane and searches for the plates in Seoul, tracking a man who he believes to have stolen them. During the hunt, he comes across JJ, who happens be a thief with a hidden agenda. When JJ thinks she has successfully walked away with the plates, she does not realize Lam has preempted her by swapping it with an empty case.

Lam goes to the US Embassy with the plates to claim the $30 million reward offered but is outwitted by a staffer named Owen, who manages to drug him and flee to Korea with the plates.

Lam immediately follows Owen to Korea and meets up with a bevy of pretty Korean assistants. When Owen is about to trade the plates with "Black Bear", a top dog of the Korean underworld, Lam and his girls break in to thwart the deal, but Owen escapes with the plates in the nick of time.

Meanwhile, Lam bumps into JJ in Korea, and the pair decide to work together to take back the plates and split the reward. While Owen is immersing himself in a hot spring, Lam sneaks in and snatches the plates. He then uses the plates to lure Owen into his trap, arresting him in the end. Only then does he realize that Owen is in fact a CIA undercover agent.

While Lam and Owen reconcile and decide to cooperate to bring down "Black Bear," JJ secretly retrieves the plates from Owen's hiding place but only ends up leading "Black Bear" to the plates and is kidnapped.

Lam and Owen has no alternative but to meet "Black Bear" in a deserted sports stadium to settle the deal once and for all.

Cast

Reception

David Cornelius of DVD Talk rated it 3.5/5 stars and called it a "breezy blend of action and comedy".[1] William Lee of DVD Verdict wrote, "Like a stir-fry of new ingredients combined with leftover ideas, Seoul Raiders is a big serving of entertaining, though forgettable, action-comedy."[2] Derek Elley of Variety compared it negatively to the first film and called it a hastily written sequel that capitalizes on the popularity of Korean culture.[3] Beyond Hollywood called it "popcorn entertainment through and through".[4] Stina Chyn of Film Threat rated it 3/5 stars and called it disappointing except for Tony Leung Chiu-wai's performance.[5]

References

  1. ^ Cornelius, David (24 September 2008). "Seoul Raiders". DVD Talk. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
  2. ^ Lee, William (8 September 2008). "Seoul Raiders". DVD Verdict. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
  3. ^ Elley, Derek (4 April 2005). "Review: 'Seoul Raiders'". Variety. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Seoul Raiders (2005) Movie Review". BeyondHollywood.com. 18 February 2005. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  5. ^ Chyn, Stina (1 May 2005). "SEOUL RAIDERS". Film Threat. Retrieved 11 July 2014.

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