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SHINJUKU INCIDENT: BIG SCREEN VS CRAPPY DVD BOOTLEG

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“Shinjuku Incident”, the new crime drama directed by Derek Yee ( One Night in Mongkok)  starring Jackie Chan, was screened three times in its uncut  Category III version at the33rdHong Kong International Film Festival, first at the opening of the festival, on March 22 nd, 2009, and then on March 30 th.

 

For the very first screening, I noticed that the movie was showed simultanously in two theaters at the HK Convention & Exhibition Centre, a big one, and a smaller one. The ticket I bought online some weeks before (because I was not sure to have a free ticket from the festival as press: Read this) was for the smaller theater (theater 2).

Miraculously, I could actually have a free ticket for the big theater through the HKTDC (more exactly, through the HKIFF who gave it to the HKTDC who gave it to me) but I gave it to a friend without knowing that the movie would be screened in two separate places.

 

Anyway, during the screening in the theater where I was, there were some very serious security people who were facing the audience, watching us all the time with infrared binoculars (no joke) to be sure that nobody was recording illegally the movie.

 On April 2 nd, “ Shinjuku Incident” was officially released in the Hong Kong theathers in a Category IIb shorter version.One week later, a friend of mine, who was too lazy to see it on big screen (shame on him), bought a bootleg DVD of “ Shinjuku Incident” in the streets of Mongkok.

 

I did’t watched it, but I suppose it’s a IIb version, shot in a theater during a regular screening. The cover is quite laughable since they put a picture of Eric Tsang on the poster (he doesn’t play in the movie at all).

 

“Shinjuku Incident”will be released in France by Metropolitan Filmexportmaybe before the end of this year...

 

Frédéric Ambroisine (April 20 th, 2009)PS: The photos below were taken in Mongkok at the Newport Theatre on  April15th, 2009.

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wow, lucky! ;)
over 10 years ago
45862083 0af2fd4d5d
its made by apple too!
over 10 years ago
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DVD or HD DVD? Both?
over 10 years ago
45862083 0af2fd4d5d
oh, according to the names at the top its starring Jackie, Eric Tseng and Wu Hsing-kuo...
over 10 years ago
Tinlunlau 06 tinlunlau
I've had a friend who once bought a bootleg copy of &quot;A Chinese Tall Story&quot; right in front of me. And that personally pissed me off. For one thing, I worked on the Hong Kong release of this film on DVD. Secondly, the copy that he bought was burnt off the Hong Kong disc and thus, included all my translation work. Of course, he wasn't very smart either and I've already disassociated with him (for many reasons).
over 10 years ago
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oh my... the bootleg is pretty bad... I never understood why people would want to buy the bootleg DVD.. esp the ones that was recorded in a theatre... I get super annoyed when I come across a video on youtube that was a recording of the TV... *err*
over 10 years ago
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Fighting~Daniel~~Will always support you~
over 10 years ago
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期待期待!!!
over 10 years ago
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新宿事件超好看XDDDDDD
over 10 years ago
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I'm very enjoy this film in the cinema!!
over 10 years ago
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be honest, this is the first time i hear abt ths movie,but just so surprise u are the one upper Jacky chan in the pic
over 10 years ago

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