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Shamo

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Original title: Shamo (軍雞)
Country: Hong Kong
Year: 2007
Genre: Action
IMDB Rating: 5.6 366 votes
Plot: Soi Cheang, the director behind the nihilistic hit Dog Bite Dog, veers into even more extreme territory with the unique comic adaptation Shamo.

Convicted of murdering his own parents in a fit of insanity, Ryo Ishibashi (Shawn Yue) is thrown in a harrowing juvenile detention center, where he's physically and sexually assaulted, pushing him to the brink of suicide. But Ryo is rescued from the abyss by Kenji Kurokawa (Francis Ng), an eccentric karate teacher who instructs Ryo how to become a human weapon. The training gives Ryo the will to live, and once he leaves prison, he decides to test his skills in the extreme fighting tourney Lethal Fight, challenging reigning champ Naoto Sugawara (Masato) to a winner-take-all match. But Ryo is still searching for his missing younger sister, Natsumi (Pei Pei, Dog Bite Dog), who descended into prostitution after Ryo was jailed. During his search, Ryo chances upon another prostitute, Megumi (Annie Liu), who comforts him and gives him the strength to move forward, leave his past behind, and battle for his ultimate goal: defeating Sugawara in the Lethal Fight championship.
Movie info
Language: Cantonese
Colormode: Color
Running time: 105

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Tags: Shamo, Shamo, 2007, Hong Kong movies, Action movies, asian movies

Featured reviews for

Shamo
LoveHKfilm, by Kozo source: http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews_2/shamo.html
«Shamo is not quality filmmaking, but it's so "special" that it can be entertaining - that is, if you haven't been put off by its icky content, illogical story, or just plain weirdness. A guilty pleasure.»
Twitch, by Todd Brown source: http://twitchfilm.net/site/view/shamo-review/
«There’s plenty of potential in the core set up of Shamo and the opening act is very strong, the visuals and the story complementing each other perfectly while Yue and Ng both turn in very strong performances as the leads. What then is the problem? Simple. As soon as Ryo leaves prison the film essentially stops developing any of the characters in any significant way. Ryo stalls out in his life completely, his motivations simply stop making sense, and the films spends the next hour doing little but repeat itself.»
Variety, by Ronnie Scheib source: http://www.varietyasiaonline.com/content/view/6689/
«With its startling visuals and extreme subject matter, "Shamo" qualifies as a stellar entry in Hong Kong shingle Same Way Prods.' wildly stylized, slam-bang lineup.»
eFilmCritic, by Jay Seaver source: http://efilmcritic.com/review.php?movie=17634&reviewer=371
«Cheang and the other filmmakers mix it together at near-boiling. For the urban scenes he uses a combination of deep blacks and sickly yellows, and scenes showing Konuzuke's wealth are similarly grandiose. The fights are well-staged even though they're not pretty or graceful; raw hunger and rage makes up for it.»

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Filmmakers

Cheang, Pou-SoiCHEANG Pou-Soi
director
HASHIMOTO Izo
writer
SZETO Kam-Yuen
writer
LO Patrick
composer
Art PortArt Port
studio
Pony Canyon
studio
Same Way Productions Limited
studio
Persons

Cast

Yue, ShawnYUE Shawn
as Ryo Narushima
Ng, FrancisNG Francis
as Kenji Kurokawa
Ishibashi, RyoISHIBASHI Ryo
Kuo, DylanKUO Dylan
as Ryuichi Yamasaki
Kwan, TerriKWAN Terri
Leung, Siu-LungLEUNG Siu-Lung
Liu, AnnieLIU Annie
as Megumi
MasatoMASATO
as Sugawara Naoto
PEI Weiying
as Natusmi Narushima
Suzuki, TakuyaSUZUKI Takuya
NAKAJIMA Hiromi
as Yoko Kamio
CHAU Ka Sing
as Kouhei Fujiyoshi
(as Chau Ka Sing)
LEUNG Syria
as The Rich Madam
Pang, AgnesPANG Agnes
as Manageress
CHAU Apple
as Floor Show Dancer
AU Beru
as Floor Show Dancer
POON Yip-King
as Floor Show Dancer
(as Poon Yip King)
LEUNG Pik-Ki
as Floor Show Dancer
(as Leung Pik Ki)
HE Jun
as Tricky Boy A
(as He Jun)
CHU Cho-Kuen
as Tricky Boy B
(as Chu Cho Kuen)
LI Kim-Wing
as Coolie A
(as Li Kim Wing)
LI Hung-Kei
as Coolie B
(as Li Yung Kei)
KADSALO Mongkon
as Ranka
DIHSAYAVATTANA Napakajon
as Chau
KUANCHUCHAI Panupat
as Hiromi
SUPJARUAD Verayut
as Masa
HAOTONG Noom
as Lang
SUKPHAPA Aungkana
as Ryo's Mother
KITTIWARAKUL Adul
as Ryo's Father
AUSAVARUNGTIKUL Tinnapop
as Member of the Banryu Group
SAWANSUP Rattavit
as Member of the Banryu Group
MEESUP Chavarit
as Member of the Banryu Group
SUKDEETAVESUP Yuttana
as Member of the Banryu Group
SAMATOLAY Peboom
as Ryo's Assistant
NUNTAJITTIKUL Sittichai
as Ryo's Assistant
DUMDEE Cruyoy
as Ranka's Assistant
KONGKACHAI Pitsanu
as Ranka's Assistant
TIPPAYAWAN Tiger
as Naoto Sugawara's Assistant
SIRINARONGPORN Jarun
as Naoto Sugawara's Assistant
WIRIYAKUL Wattana
as Naoto Sugawara's Assistant



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