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Blood Brothers (2007)

Tian tang kou (original title)
Set in Shanghai during the 1930s, the story is inspired by John Woo's classic work Bullet in the Head, released in 1990.

Director:

Alexi Tan (as Yili Chen)

Writers:

Alexi Tan, Dan Jiang (as Jiang Dan) | 2 more credits »
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3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Wu ... Ah Feng
Ye Liu ... Da Gang
Qi Shu ... Lulu (as Shu Qi)
Tony Yo-ning Yang ... Xiao Hu
Xiaolu Li ... Su Zhen (as Lulu Li)
Honglei Sun ... Boss Hong
Chen Chang ... Mark
Jun Zhao ... Mei
Dian Lun Zhang Dian Lun Zhang ... Xi Yan (as Zhang Dian Lun)
Jie Gao Jie Gao ... Boss Chen (as Gao Jie)
Yong Xin Gui Yong Xin Gui ... Newspaper Boy (as Gui Yong Xin)
Liqiu Zhang ... Lulu's Maid (as Zhang Li Qiu)
Ren Yuen Wu Ren Yuen Wu ... Hu's Father (as Wu Ren Yuen)
Xiao Hu Ding Xiao Hu Ding ... Rickshaw Man (as Ding Xiao Hu)
Xiang Hu Xiang Hu ... Young Vietnamese Man (as Hu Xiang)
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Set in Shanghai during the 1930s, the story is inspired by John Woo's classic work Bullet in the Head, released in 1990.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The days of innocence have passed. They must make their choices like men. But at what costs? Is blood really thicker than water?

Genres:

Action | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

Hong Kong | Taiwan | China

Language:

Mandarin | French | English

Release Date:

16 August 2007 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood Brothers See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

HKD47,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,234,311
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Soundtracks

Tian Tang Kou
Music, Arranged & Produced by Kubert Leung
Lyrics by Francis Lee
Performed by Qi Shu
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Routine period gangster flick
1 October 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

Apparently a reworking of John Woo's BULLET IN THE HEAD - not that you'll recognise much of it - BLOOD BROTHERS is a film made with a lot of effort behind it. The sumptuous 1930s settings are brought to life in a similar way to BOARDWALK EMPIRE, and the costumes, sets, and everything else is quite exemplary. Plus, they've brought in actors of the calibre - and popularity - of Daniel Wu, Shu Qi, and Ye Liu to act in the production. It has to be good, right?

Well, no, not really. The problem with BLOOD BROTHERS is that the storyline is extremely simplistic, concerning only half a dozen or so main characters who end up betraying and falling out with one another as the story progresses. It's way too slow-moving and simplistic for the running time, meaning that much of this is rather dull, despite the best efforts of those involved. The acting is fine and there are a couple of exciting scenes, but overall the director is sub-par and the story feels routine and all too familiar.


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