Cold War 2 (film)

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Cold War 2
ColdWar2.jpg
Official film poster
Traditional 寒戰II
Simplified 寒战II
Mandarin Hán Zhàn Èr
Cantonese Hon4 Zin3 Ji6
Directed by Longman Leung
Sunny Luk
Produced by William Kong
Ivy Ho
Jiang Ping
Zhao Haicheng
Fan Kim-hung
Written by Jack Ng
Longman Leung
Sunny Luk
Starring Aaron Kwok
Tony Leung
Chow Yun-fat
Charlie Young
Janice Man
Eddie Peng
Aarif Rahman
Tony Yang
Chang Kuo-chu
Wu Yue
Fan Zhibo
Ma Yili
Bibi Zhou
Music by Peter Kam
Cinematography Jason Kwan
Edited by Jordan Goldman
Ron Chan
Production
company
Irresistible Films
Edko Films
EDKO (Beijing) Distribution
Shanghai Tencent Penguin Pictures
China Film Co.
Homeland Pictures
Distributed by Edko Films
Release date
  • 8 July 2016 (2016-07-08)
Running time
110 minutes
Country Hong Kong
China
Language Cantonese
English
Box office US$115 million[1]

Cold War 2 is a 2016 Hong Kong-Chinese crime thriller film written and directed by Longman Leung and Sunny Luk. The film is a sequel to the 2012 box office hit, Cold War, and stars returning cast members Aaron Kwok, Tony Leung, Charlie Young, Eddie Peng, Aarif Rahman, Ma Yili and Alex Tsui, joined by new cast members Chow Yun-fat, Janice Man, Tony Yang and Bibi Zhou. Cold War 2 was released on 8 July 2016 in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D.[2][3]

Plot[edit]

The Hong Kong Police Force holds a funeral for two superintendents killed during the previous film. Shortly after, the commissioner Sean Lau (Aaron Kwok) receives a call from one of the culprits behind the theft of the police van. He is told that his wife has been kidnapped and that he must release Joe Lee (Eddie Peng) for her to survive. Lau overrides standard procedure to transfer Joe out of prison, and is told by the kidnapper to bring Joe to the metro station. There, Joe is able to escape with the aid of several accomplices, one of whom sets off a bomb. The culprits leave Lau's wife alive at the station.

Lau's actions are criticized by the media and by numerous politicians, leading to a public inquiry. Fearing that the police have been infiltrated, Lau privately requests Billy Cheung (Aarif Rahman), an ICAC agent, to form a separate squad independent of the police, so they can track down the culprits. Meanwhile, MB Lee (Tony Leung), a deputy police commissioner who is about to retire, who is also the father of Joe, is confronted by his fugitive son along with Peter Choi (Chang Kuo-chu), a former commissioner who is now manipulating politics behind the scenes. Choi is revealed as the mastermind behind the troubles of the previous film, and his current goal is to remove Lau, who is not a member of his ring, and to place his own followers into positions of power during the next election. Choi has formed a militant band consisting of former police officers who were expelled or faked their own deaths. He promises Lee not only the position of commissioner, but also of security secretary later on, upon which Lee gives into temptation.

A legislator named Oswald Kan (Chow Yun-fat) is convinced by his old friend Lai (Waise Lee), the secretary of justice, to participate in the public inquiry into Lau, but is taken aback when Lee openly criticizes Lau, rather than defending him. Kan deduces that Lee is being controlled, and tells his pupils to investigate, one of whom, Bella Au (Janice Man), decides to secretly follow Lee, and later Choi whom Lee confers with. Realizing that they are being followed, Choi orders a subordinate to crash into Au's car, causing a chain collision in which Au is killed, and Choi's car is trapped. Lau arrives to investigate, and a shoot-out occurs, in which Joe is shot and severely injured by Lau, but Choi escapes. Kan finds a photograph taken by Au of Choi and Lee together.

Lau's independent squad finds the location of Choi's remaining henchmen and the stolen police van. Lee, meanwhile, convinces or bribes several senior police officers to sign a petition for Lau's removal. In the final hours before Lau steps down, he launches a raid on the henchmen, and requests that Lee take command, noting that, since the henchmen are renegade police officers formerly under Lee, Lee would best know their strategies. Lee accepts, knowing that he cannot refuse without looking weak, but since he is secretly close friends with those henchmen, killing them taxes him emotionally. The operation is a success, with all suspects killed, and Kan and Lau report Lee's and Choi's crimes to the chief executive, who decides to grant amnesty to Lee and Choi, since they are too important to arrest without destabilizing society. Lee is forced into retirement, and Choi is permanently exiled from Hong Kong, but otherwise, their exact crimes are never disclosed to the public. Lau retains his office as commissioner, and Lee visits his son, who is in custody, and lying in a bed at the hospital.

Cast[edit]

  • Aaron Kwok as Sean Lau (劉傑輝), Commissioner of Police
  • Tony Leung Ka-fai as M.B. Lee (李文彬), Ex-deputy Commissioner of Police
  • Chow Yun-fat as Oswald Kan (簡奧偉), Ex-judge, Court of First Instance of High Court / Senior Counsel / Legislator
  • Charlie Young as Phoenix Leung (梁紫薇), Senior Assistance Commissioner (Management Service)
  • Janice Man as Isabel Au (歐詠恩), Barrister
  • Eddie Peng as Joe Lee (李家俊), Ex-police constable
  • Aarif Rahman as Billy Cheung (張國標), ICAC Principal Investigator
  • Tony Yang as Roy Ho, Ex-Senior Police Constable
  • Chang Kuo-chu as Peter Choi (蔡元祺), Ex-Commissioner of Police
  • Wu Yue as Wu Tin-man, Ex-Senior Inspector of Police
  • Fan Zhibo as Rachel Ma, S.I.P. (VIP Protection Unit)
  • Ma Yili as Michelle Lau (陳雪兒), wife of Sean Lau
  • Bibi Zhou as Alice Poon, Barrister
  • Alex Tsui as Matthew Mak (麥啟文), ICAC Head of Operations
  • Frankie Lam as Alan Au, D.C.P. (Management)
  • Kenny Wong as Stephen Han, D.C.P. (Operations)
  • Ram Chiang as David Mok, Senior Assistant Commissioner, Director of Crime & Security
  • Waise Lee as Edward Lai (黎永廉), Secretary of Justice
  • King Kong Lam as Gary Fu, Ex-Senior Inspector of Police
  • Lam Wai as Neo Chan, Ex-Senior Inspector of Police
  • Wong Man-piu as Eric Ma, Ex-Senior Inspector of Police
  • Wong Chak-fung as Mark Cheng, Ex-Senior Inspector of Police
  • Felix Lok as C.Y. Ma, Member of the Legislative Council / Chairman of Security Panel
  • Terence Yin as To Man, Chief Superintendent, Director of IT
  • Jeannie Chan as Nicole Chan, ICAC Assistant Investigation
  • Kathy Yuen as Cecilia Lai, Probationary Inspector of Police
  • Dexter Young as Senior Inspectors of Police, Technology Crime Division
  • Queenie Chu as Amber Tsui, owner of cigar bar
  • Leila Tong as Karen Tang, hostage

Production[edit]

Due to the critical and commercial success Cold War, a sequel was first announced in February 2013, where Chow Yun-fat was reported to join the sequel as the film's main antagonist. At that time, co-director Sunny Luk also confirmed that the script for Cold War 2 was being written and was due to start production by the end of 2013.[4] Production for Cold War 2 began in September 2015[5] and wrapped in December of the same year.[6] The film was released on 8 July 2016.

Reception[edit]

The film has grossed US$115 million worldwide.[1]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
24th Beijing College Student Film Festival Best Visual Effects N/A Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Frater, Patrick (July 31, 2016). "'Cold War 2' Claims Hong Kong Box Office Record". Variety. Retrieved August 1, 2016. 
  2. ^ "寒战2". Gewara (in Chinese). 
  3. ^ "寒战2(2016)". cbooo.cn (in Chinese). 
  4. ^ "Chow Yun Fat to Star in "Cold War 2"?". 
  5. ^ "Chow Yun Fat joins Cold War 2 cast". Archived from the original on 2015-12-22. 
  6. ^ "COLD WAR 2 WRAPS UP PRODUCTION". 

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