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Incredibly Ever After (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

November 10, 2012 by  



If you are looking for a Hong Kong action film that is not too serious, not too violent but has a good amount of comedy and superhero action, “Incredibly Ever After” is worth checking out!

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TITLE: Incredibly Ever After (a.k.a. Mr. & Mrs. Incredible)

THEATRICAL RELEASE: 2011

DURATION: 100 Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (16×9 Widescreen), Cantonese Dolby TrueHD 5.1, Subtitles: English

COMPANY: FUNimation

RATED: TV 14

Release Date: November 6, 2012

Directed by Vincent Kok

Screenplay by Min Hun Fung, Vincent Kok

Produced by David Chan, Peter Chan, Yuet-Jan Hui, Peter Tsi

Executive Producer: Peter Chan, Hong Qin

Music by Ying-Wah Wong

Cinematography by Peter Ngor

Edited by Wai Chiu Chung, Yuen-ting Yip

Production Design by Chung Man Yee

Costume Design by Chung Man Yee

Starring:

Louis Koo as Flint/Gazer Warrior

Sandra Ng as Rouge/Mrs. Flint/Aroma Woman

Chapman To as Drunk

Edison Wang as Grandmaster Bai Xiaosheng/Grandmaster

Wen Zhang as Zhen Huang/King Kong

Li Qin as Phoenix Blue

One of the world’s greatest super heroes, the mighty Gazer Warrior, has finally met his match! Her name is Aroma Warrior, and ever since the day they met, he’s only had laser-beam eyes for her. Stricken by love for his fellow crime fighter, Gazer Warrior hangs up his cape and settles down to marry the super being of his dreams. But wedded life proves to be anything but blissful for these once upon a time costumed crusaders.

Aroma Warrior quickly comes down with a bad case of baby fever, and disappointing your new bride is a bad idea when she’s got the super strength to literally throw you out of the house. To make matters worse, Gazer Warrior finds his super-sight fading and his libido lacking just as fate – in the form of a clandestine martial arts tournament – forces the aging super heroes to, once again, don their masks and battle the forces of evil!

 

When it comes to Chinese New Year, one thing that you can always look forward to are the Chinese New Year comedies.

Quite often they are more miss than hit, but once in awhile, you do find gems and one of those gems from 2011 was “Mr. & Mrs. Incredible” (or “Incredibly Ever After”) directed by Vincent Kok (“Gorgeous”, “Shaolin Soccer”, “CJ7”) and co-written by Kok and Min Hun Fung (“Kung Fu Hustle”, “CJ7”, “Shaolin Soccer”).  And the film would star veteran talent Louis Koo (“Election”, “Accident”, “Love on the Rocks”) and Sandra Ng (“Jiang Hu: The Triad Zone”, “Juliet in Love”, “All’s Well Ends Well” films).

Created to help promote film and tourism in Hong Kong, the film will now be released on Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of FUNimation under the title “Incredibly Ever After”).

“Incredibly Ever After” is an action superhero film about a husband and wife who were former superheroes.

Flint a.k.a. Gazer Warrior (portrayed by Louis Koo) is an excellent fighter who has the special ability to see from miles away, remarkable fighting skills, strength and able to shoot beams from his eyes).  Gazer Warrior became famous when he disrupted a bank heist and was able to defeat four super-powered villains.

Rouge a.k.a. Aroma Warrior (portrayed by Sandra Ng) is a woman with great strength and the ability to send out aroma flowers that can easily put a person in a spell.  Having saved a woman and her baby from her abusive husband, Aroma Warrior would become famous.

But suddenly fans of both superheroes became verbal of who is the best superhero and it would lead everyone wanting to see both Gazer Warrior and Aroma Woman in a fight.

And on the day the two were to confront each other, both take a liking towards each other and run-away together.  Love at first sight, both superhumans decide to leave a normal life, put away their costume and become a married couple.

Over a decade later, Flint is now a man who runs the guards of his village.  Missing his life as a superhero, he tries to live his life with friends but most importantly dedicating his life to his wife. Flint has grown a long beard and has become a normal man.

Meanwhile, Rouge is a restaurant owner and a loving wife.  She desperately wants a new home and a child.

Despite their superhuman abilities, both do all they can to suppress it and keep it a secret from the village.

And sure enough, both Flint and Rouge decide to move to a new house and decide to try and have a baby.  But the problem is that lately, their sexual chemistry is not right.  And both are not sure why.  The local doctor in the village tells Flint that he must get his wife excited by listening to her pulse.  So, both feel that in order to get each other excited, they will pretend having arguments (the two never argue) and see if it will help spice their sex life.

But things change for both Flint and Rouge when it is announced that the Grandmaster will be holding a martial arts tournament in their village.  And when one of those fighters is a beautiful young woman (a girl now grown up and a girl that Flint encountered a long time ago after the famous bank heist that he stopped), Rouge’s female friends try to get Rouge all worked up and that he is now with a beautiful young woman.

And when Rouge sees her husband all happy, and even trimmed his beard, she becomes jealous of her husband being around the young woman.  Meanwhile, Flint becomes jealous when he sees his wife trying to be touchy/feely around the grandmaster.

Will jealousy destroy this happy superhero couple?

Meanwhile, something evil and ominous is taking place at the village during the martial arts tournament.  What can be happening?

VIDEO:

“Incredibly Ever After” is presented in 1080p High Definition (16×9).  The film utilizes a mix of live action and CG and picture quality for the film was very good.  The details of Gazer Warrior and Aroma Woman’s outfit was nicely done, the use of CG especially when it came to the superhuman abilities was also well-done and definitely has that humor that we saw in Vincent Kok’s previous films such as “Shaolin Soccer” and “CJ7”.  I think the only scene where it gets a bit too cartoony with the use of CG was when they showed a mouse near the martial arts arena or a fly pestering Flint.  But other than that, picture quality for the film was very good.  I didn’t notice any banding issues, artifacts or anything terrible.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Incredibly Ever After” is presented in Cantonese Dolby TrueHD 5.1.  I did notice the action scenes utilizing the surround channels and LFE quite a bit (mostly towards the end of the film) but also utilization of the musical score through the surround channels as well.  While not completely immersive, the overall lossless soundtrack is good.  For those wondering if there is an English dub, there is none.

Subtitles are in English.

SPECIAL FEATURES

“Incredibly Ever After” comes with four hilarious trailers: Policy, Big Fish, Standard and Special skills

EXTRAS:

“Incredibly Ever After” comes with a slipcover case and includes both the Blu-ray and DVD version of the film.

When it comes to Hong Kong films, especially New Years films, they tend to be humorous, crazy and while appropriate for the New Year and to watch with family who celebrate the Chinese New Year, for many Westerners, some view these films as hit and miss.  Most often, the latter.

But it helps when you have a filmmaker like Vincent Kok and writer Min Hun Fung.  Both have worked on hit films such as “Shaolin Soccer” and “CJ7” and granted, despite working with talented actor Stephen Chow, the two have a nack with working on films that utilize CG special effects and creating feel-good films that do well in the box office and are entertaining.

With “Incredibly Ever After”, the two take on a superhero film.  What happens when two superheroes quit, get married and try to live normal lives?

Yes, it may seem very similar to Disney’s “The Incredibles”, thus the use of the the title in Hong Kong, “Mr. & Mrs. Incredible”, but despite the similarities, there are no children and the setting of the film is possibly China during the 1920’s or 30’s and an alternate China where some people have super abilities and such.

But what I enjoyed about the film is that it brings together two of my favorite talents in Hong Kong cinema.  Louis Koo, the tanned actor who can play either playboy, hero or villain and Sandra Ng, known for playing deep emotional roles but also can take on comedy.

While any other film, I can’t picture the two together, for “Incredibly Ever After”, their chemistry work remarkably well.  Typically Louis Koo looks like a man who never ages, but in this case, both are at equal level and their characters work for this film.

But I loved how both characters try their best to mask their abilities.  People in the village are shocked that Flint can’t read small things so close but they have to fly things on a kite and he can read small type nearly a mile away, while Rouge is scared of bugs and when she tries to smash one, she nearly causes a tremor.

Both characters are naive but they love each other and despite not having fights like normal couple, it’s interesting to see how these two couples start to find their relationship in jeopardy when jealousy rears its ugly head.

But “Incredibly Ever After” is not only a film about a relationship of a couple, there is also another side to the story that deals with an evil presence in the village during the martial arts tournament.  While predictable of who the antagonist will be, its the special ability that surprises of that person which is fascinating and definitely will bring Gazer Warrior and Aroma Woman out of retirement.

As for the Blu-ray release, picture quality is very good and the lossless audio is also well-done.  Not entirely immersive but dialogue is crystal clear and there is good use of the surround channels and LFE during the action heavy scenes.  As for special features, you get four trailers which is not anything major and for those hoping for an English dub, surprisingly, FUNimation didn’t include one.

Overall, “Incredibly Ever After” is probably one of the better Chinese New Year films that I have seen in my many decades of watching Hong Kong cinema.  From costume design to production/set design, I also love the use of action, comedy and special effects.  But I also enjoyed this chemistry between Louis Koo and Sandra Ng.  Both did a wonderful job in this film!

If you are looking for a Hong Kong action film that is not too serious, not too violent but has a good amount of comedy and superhero action, “Incredibly Ever After” is worth checking out!






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