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Genre: Action/Thriller
Starring: Nicholas Tse, Jaycee Chan, Shawn Yue, Andy On, Wu Jing
Director: Benny Chan
Rating: PG
(Some Violence)
Year Made: 2007




- Trailer
- Photo Gallery




Languages: Mandarin
Subtitles: Chinese/English
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 16:9
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 2 hrs 9 mins
Region Code: PAL 3
Distributor: Innoform Media




The rise of Ronin Gang, a band of notorious robbers affected the lives of three policemen drastically. Each of the three policemen: Fang, Jing Hau and Chen have their own stories but are motivated to achieve a common goal: to bring Jiang (starring Wu Jing), the leader of the Ronin Gang to justice. However, it was also during the intense period of tracking the Ronin Gang that the three learnt about the presence of a prominent figure in the police force who is in cahoots with Jiang…


Benny Chan has a track record of directing action-filled movies ever since he hit gold with “EU Strike Force” back in 1996. This is followed by a directing stint on the Jackie Chan’s flick, “Who Am I” which propelled his career further. Subsequently, the Western audience start to take notice of him when he took on the Jackie Chan produced “Gen-X Cops” series and the rest they say is history.

In recent years, Benny has tried shifting his gears to action drama with mixed results. (“Heroic Duo” in 2003 and “Divergence” in 2005). In between, he did managed to collaborate with Jackie Chan again on “New Police Story” and last year “Rob-B-Hood”. Both with better box-office records and rave reviews.

And so how did he perform this time round in the year 2007? Did he sink once again without the presence of Jackie Chan?

The verdict? It’s a nine out of ten or a four out of five.

“Invisible Target” marks Benny Chan’s glorious return to his all-out action-packed police drama genre. Nicholas Tse, Shawn Yue and Jaycee Chan plays three cops equipped with their own personal agenda who are out to nab a bunch of notorious robbers led by Wu Jing (“Fatal Contact”). The energy of the ‘yang’ definitely outshone the ‘ying’ here simply because there isn’t any time allowance for awkward romance (even the running time clocks in at 2 hours) and throwaway supporting roles.

The script touches a lot on brotherhood and bonding between the trio, from how they are strangers to joining hands to nail the crooks. To the action fans out there, “Invisible Target” is a free-flow action buffet courtesy of JC Stuntman team. Nicholas Tse must be credited for performing all the hair-raising stunts. 1) He jumps from a bus stop, hit by a double-decker bus, picked himself up, run on top of 2 cars and continue chasing after the target. 2) He pursued Wu Jing over several rooftops and fell onto a tree and hit himself against a container. 3) He fell and spiral backwards on a staircase. Obviously, there are safety cables used but obviously certain amount of guts and danger must be present to execute them. Kudos to Tse!

While Nicholas Tse is risking his life, Shawn and Jaycee each have their fair share of action stunts as well. Watch out for the finale whereby the trio gangs up to fight the mighty Wu Jing. Not forgetting there is some subtle humor when the grandma of Jaycee’s character stumbles onto the trio rubbing ointment on the bare bodies of one another.

Despite some flaws (which movie doesn’t) for example some overdone preachy dialogue towards the end, “Invisible Target” remains one of the best Benny Chan’s action flicks in a long while. It’s the same feeling I get when I first watched “EU Strike Force” almost ten years ago.

Warning: “Invisible Target” contains non-stop action sets, smells heavily of brotherhood and friendship. Deodorant optional.


It’s a pity that this DVD version only comes with a measly trailer and a photo gallery.


Nothing beats watching kick-ass action on DVD format and this DVD transfer doesn’t disappoint. There’s no visible artifacts or dirt present to distract your viewing pleasure.

This DVD comes with a sole Mandarin soundtrack, those expecting the original Cantonese track got to look elsewhere. Overall, the dialogue is rich and the sound of shattering glass might just alarm your faint-hearted neighbour.



Review by Linus Tee



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