It doesn’t matter whether you like bloodthirsty shootouts, massive explosions, or brute martial arts interludes – with “Ultra Force” every action fan gets their money’s worth. The long-awaited cracker is now being released uncut on Blu-ray for the first time.
The flood of once-indicated action hits from Asia, which received the blessing of the FSK after a considerable delay and are now finally being released in Germany in their entirety, just doesn’t stop. After John Woo’s “Blast Heroes” recently celebrated its uncut debut and now “Cover Hard” with Chow Yun-Fat has also been announced uncut, “Hongkong Cop – I’m Names of Revenge” is now the next highlight – for action fans of all kinds.
Spectacular car chases, brutal martial arts sequences – whether with raw fists, iron bars, or chainsaws (!!) – or bloodthirsty shootouts: this film really has it all! And plenty of it: Due to its hardness, “Ultra Force” once ended up on the index in Germany and as a result, it was not allowed to be openly advertised and sold in this country for a long time. All the more gratifying is the fact that the film has finally passed the FSK test and, after more than three decades, is now apparently getting the home cinema rating it deserves: “Ultra Force” will be released on Blu-ray on June 24, 2022, for the first time completely uncut with an 18-release:
The film will be available in three strictly limited editions in the media book, which contain the film uncut on DVD and Blu-ray – including a new 4K master! The edition size of the three versions, which differ only in their visual presentation (different covers), is very limited. On top of that, all copies are serialized and numbered. Befittingly on board: a booklet with background information on the film (16 pages).
An action festival of superlatives: This is “Ultra Force”
As a self-confessed martial arts and Hong Kong action fan, the author of this article not long ago took the opportunity to catch up on the film on a shabby vintage import DVD – and couldn’t believe how this gem has served him so far could escape. In terms of action, director David Chung (“RoboForce”) really does everything that can come to mind and delivers a spectacle that hasn’t lost any of its effects even after 35 years. On the contrary: You won’t find such powerful action cinema in Hollywood – today as then. A quick look at YouTubewhere you can find various scenes and trailers is enough to get this insight.
“Ultra Force” centers on police officer Michelle Yip, played by martial arts icon and actor Michelle Yeoh (coming soon in “Everything Everywhere All At Once”), who is killed on a flight to Wong (Michael Wong, “Ip Man: Kung Fu Master”) from flight security and Japanese ex-cop Yamamoto (Hiroyuki Sanada, “Mortal Kombat”). The trio joins forces to prevent the liberation of a prisoner on board – but the battle is not without consequences: both the prisoner and his potential rescuer are killed. And that’s just where the trouble begins. Because now Hong Kong’s underworld is plotting revenge.