City Under Siege (film)

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City Under Siege
City Under Siege poster.jpg
Traditional 全城戒備
Simplified 全城戒备
Directed by Benny Chan
Produced by Alvin Lam
Written by
  • Benny Chan
  • Tsang Kan-cheung
Starring
Music by Anthony Chue
Cinematography Fletcher Poon
Tony Cheung
Chan Kwok Hung
Edited by Benny Chan
Chan Sing Yan
Production
company
Universe Entertainment
Beijing Enlight Pictures Limited
Shanxi Film Studio
Shenzhen Film Studio
Guangzhou City Ying Ming Culture Communication
Distributed by Universe Films Distribution
Release date
  • 12 August 2010 (2010-08-12)
Running time
110 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Mandarin
Japanese
Budget $10 million USD[1]
Box office US$13,851,248[2]

City Under Siege (simplified Chinese: 全城戒备; traditional Chinese: 全城戒備) is a 2010 Hong Kong science fiction action film directed and co-written by Benny Chan. The film follows a group of circus performers who goes on a rampage after an accidental exposure to chemical gas left by the Japanese army in World War II, granting them superhuman abilities.[3][4]

Plot[edit]

Sunny is the orphaned child of a former knife throwing master. Following his father's death, he is taken in by his uncle, who allows him to perform as a clown in a circus, since he did not inherit his father's knife throwing skills. Sunny still wants to be a knife thrower, though. He is tormented by his cousins, who are all performers in his uncle's troupe.

Many years ago, somewhere in Malaysia, when the Japanese are experimenting on some gases that mutate people, their lab explodes, killing everyone inside.

One day, Sunny overhears a plan the rest of the troupe are making to explore a cave, rumored to be filled with gold. Instead of killing Sunny, they use him as the point man for their expedition. They find crates filled with capsules and force Sunny to open them. Inside the first are numerous plates of gold. They then try to kill Sunny, and continue opening the rest of the capsules, releasing the experimental gas which transforms them into superhuman monsters. In the chaos, Sunny accidentally kills one of the troupe member's younger brother and he manages to escape the group's wrath. But he also gets exposed to the gas and collapses on a smuggler's ship heading to Hong Kong. He was thrown overboard when the crew discovered him.

A few days later, Angel, a reporter discovers him in his fat form after waking up from his coma. He was driven to a safe house somewhere. While sleeping, Sunny drains his fat and excess water. He later wakes up in his normal form, but finds out that he now possesses superhuman strength and heightened abilities. He tries to contact his uncle, but gets shocked when he finds out that his uncle was arrested by the Malaysian police for the incident while he was interrupted by incessant mosquitoes flying to him.

Meanwhile, several armored cars, banks and jewelry shops worth millions of dollars were blown and stolen by unidentified persons and several medical experts were abducted as well. A mutant couple disguised as detectives decide to investigate the matter.

Angel was fired on her own program for a newer one. While she's walking, she witnesses a hostage drama. Sunny also saw the scene and uses a stick to disarm the hostage taker. He becomes an instant hero, but he blows his cover to his mutated former troupe members. He also became an instant star and endorser when he was interviewed by Angel herself. The troupe attempts to kill him for his blood, knowing that it now contains the antidote for the virus. The attack is repelled and one mutated member gets killed, but this exposes Sunny's weakness to cold. The mutant detective couple decide to become Sunny's bodyguards.

In one commercial shoot, he gets attacked by the troupe again, nearly killing Sunny and Angel, during which another member later burns to death. Sunny recovers while he is away and trains under the detective for the inevitable showdown between the two.

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

The film was released in Hong Kong on 12 August 2010.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "'City under Siege' Throws out First Trailer". China Radio International. 2010-07-05. Retrieved 2010-07-07. 
  2. ^ "Chun sing gai bei (City Under Siege) (2010) - Box Office Mojo". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2015-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Filming Gets Underway for City on Alert". Wujing.org. 2009-06-07. Retrieved 2010-07-07. 
  4. ^ "Stills of Aaron Kwok's Thrilling Appearance in "City Under Siege" Released". China Radio International. 2009-06-21. Retrieved 2010-07-07. 
  5. ^ "Who Could've Put An Entire City Under Siege and Who Could Liberate It?". Wujing.org. 2009-06-25. Retrieved 2010-07-07. 
  6. ^ a b c "Alert: Photos of City Under Siege". Wujing.org. 2010-05-30. Retrieved 2010-07-07. 
  7. ^ "全城戒備 City Under Siege" (in Chinese). HKHeadline. Retrieved 2010-07-07. 

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