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(aka "Di shi pan guan" or "Taxi Hunter")

 

Directed by Herman Yau
Hong Kong 1993

 

One of the most infamous movies branded with Hong Kong's 'adults only' Category III rating, Taxi Hunter bravely tackles the under-explored scourge of er unprofessional taxi drivers. After his pregnant wife is perishes through the actions of a careless (and callous) cabby, mild-mannered Ah Kin (Anthony 'king of the Cat III's' Wong) declares war on the entire profession and you don't need 'The Knowledge' to know he won't be leaving a tip...

Directed by Herman Yau (who unleashed Ebola Syndrome on an unsuspecting world) 88 Films are pleased to present this important treatise on public transport in a wonderful new blu-ray edition.

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Kin (Anthony Wong) is a hard-working insurance salesman with a very pregnant wife. When his wife starts haemorrhaging, he calls a taxi, but it leaves when someone else offers more money. After his wife dies, Kin vows to get revenge on all taxi drivers by taking them out one at a time.

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Theatrical Release: October 14th 1993

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Runtime 1:29:40.375         
Video

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 37,895,247,371 bytes

Feature: 26,401,877,568 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.92 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Blu-ray:

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LPCM Audio Cantonese 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, None
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1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 37,895,247,371 bytes

Feature: 26,401,877,568 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.92 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Audio Commentary by Hong Kong Film Expert Frank Djeng
Hunting For Words - An Interview with Scriptwriter and Producer Tony Leung Hung-Wah (28:44)
How to Murder Your Taxi Driver? - An Interview with Action Director James Ha (27:06)
Falling Down in Hong Kong - An Interview with star Anthony Wong (17:57)
Theatrical Trailer (3:51)
Stills Gallery
Reversible cover with new artwork by Sean Longmore and original HK Poster Art
Double Walled Matt Finish O-Ring featuring new artwork by Sean Longmore
Double-sided foldout poster


Blu-ray Release Date:
August 29th, 2023
Transparent Blu-ray Case inside slipcase

Chapters 10

 

 

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ADDITION: 88 Films Blu-ray (August 2023): 88 Films have transferred Herman Yau's Taxi Hunter to Blu-ray. It is on a dual-layered disc with a max'ed out bitrate. The 1080P image quality is probably accurate to the production looking thick, gritty without gloss and there is plenty of rough texture. There is a blue-ish leaning but the overall HD presentation is consistent and presumably authentic. Not dynamic and devoid of depth it is what it is.

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On their Blu-ray, 88 Films use a linear PCM 2.0 channel track (24-bit) in the original Cantonese language. Taxi Hunter is filled with unrestrained aggressive moments from car chases / crashes to egregious gunfire that gets exported with impacting depth. The score is by Bon Wong (Street Angels, Prince of the Sun and Street of Fury), sounding clean with remarkable moments and there is consistent dialogue in the lossless transfer. 88 Films offer optional English subtitles on their Region FREE Blu-ray.

The 88 Films Blu-ray offers a new commentary by Asian film expert Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival) who did the commentaries on Mr. Vampire II and Vampire vs. Vampire in Eureka's Hopping Mad boxset. We have heard Djeng's expertise on commentates for Blu-rays of The Skyhawk, Magic Cop, Angela Mao: Hapkido & Lady Whirlwind, Knockabout, The Shaolin Plot and Dreadnaught. He always provides a thorough, insightful, commentary. Hunting For Words is a half-hour interview with scriptwriter and producer Tony Leung Hung-Wah discussing the evolution and development of the project. How to Murder Your Taxi Driver? is a 27-minute interview with action director James Ha and Falling Down in Hong Kong is a 20-minute interview with star Anthony Wong was born to a British father and a Chinese mother. There is a theatrical trailer and stills gallery. The package sports a reversible cover with new artwork by Sean Longmore and original HK Poster Art, a double walled Matt Finish O-Ring featuring new artwork by Longmore and a double-sided foldout poster.

Herman Yau's Taxi Hunter is a "Category III" film produced in Hong Kong. This means that "No persons younger than 18 years of age are permitted to rent, purchase, or watch this film in the cinema." NOTE: Miles in email tells us this is incorrect and Taxi Hunter was actually rated Category II - which advised it was "Not Suitable For Children" (Thanks Miles!) Regardless, it does push a few boundaries of exploitive revenge-based violence. Less-so by today's standards. It's easy to see Schumacher's 1993 Falling Down here - and we, likewise, have empathy for the, initially harmless, protagonist who is pushed over the edge. Subtle themes of corruption and helplessness in the face of overcrowded metropolitan existence are less-demonstratively prevalent. There is quite a bit to like here and the 88 Films Blu-ray is a stacked package with a commentary,  interviews and cool package / poster. Yes, I would recommend this one.

Gary Tooze

 


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