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With some films one can wonder why they are not much better known. Like the action hit “Never Die”, which also goes by the titles “Peace Hotel” and “Fighters of Revenge”. Because in this brute and imaginative pleasure meet a pithy basic idea, varied, crashing action and a stylish setting on a leading actor who has long enjoyed an excellent reputation among action fans.
The focus of “Never Die” is namely “Tiger & Dragon” star Chow Yun-Fat, who helps shape the story of the film and thus an unofficial “John Wick” forerunner has set up. Maybe this is the moment for this insider tip for action? Then “Never Die” is now finally available in Germany on Blu-ray. The HD premiere of the film takes place as a limited media book with two cover variants and of course uncut!
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The Never Die mediabooks include the film on both Blu-ray and DVD. Both versions are based on a new image master that has been improved over previous (DVD) releases. The editions, each limited to 1,000 copies, also contain a 16-page accompanying booklet about the making of the film.
Despite being feared as the most dangerous of all killers, one day the boss of a gangster gang (Chow Yun-Fat) decides to become peaceful. He smashes his sharp sword into stone and founds a sanctuary called the Peace Hotel: all combat is forbidden there, so all kinds of people flock there whenever they need shelter. When a mysterious woman (Cecilia Yip) stops by the Peace Hotel many years after it was founded, she brings trouble with her: she is being pursued by killers who have no respect for the hotel’s laws. That can only mean one thing: A retirement ends – a bloodbath begins!
A first-class hitman who is fatally lured out of retirement as the main character. And a stylish setting that exudes oodles of unspoken history where even nefarious criminals lay down their guns: With “Never Die”, director Wai Ka-Fai already created a film in 1995, which nowadays is probably called “John Wick“ free rider would describe – which is another reason why the quite manageable cult worship of the film is surprising.
Thanks to the “John Wick” series, this 90s gem should have received much more attention than its unofficial predecessor. Especially since not only Chow Yun-Fat has a dedicated fan base, but also producer John Woo, who made us happy with “Face/Off” among other things. and the look of “Never Die” is also a strong criterion, which is why you should have experienced the actioner: The locations of “Never Die” combine architectural elements from samurai cinema and reverently filmed sword fights with the rough visual aesthetics of spaghetti westerns in the style of Sergio Leone.
The film also picks up radical violent outbursts in the style of the brutal western classic “Django”, while sensual play of colors is reminiscent of philosophical martial arts epics. In short, Never Die is a fascinating fusion of action traditions from East and West – fittingly, Chow Yun-Fat once said goodbye to his homeland with the film of all things in order to turn to Hollywood.
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