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Review: The Chef The Actor and The Scoundrel

The Chef The Actor and The Scoundrel
The Chef The Actor and The Scoundrel

Starring: Ye Liu, Hanyu Zhang, Bo Huang

Directed: Guan Hu

Release Date: June 24, 2014

Run Time: 108 Minutes

Format: Blu-Ray

Mandarin / Subtitles: English

Distributor: Well Go USA

Film Synopsis

World War II: a cholera epidemic ravages the streets of Beijing. A crack team of Chinese intelligence agents kidnap a Japanese general and biochemist who may hold the antidote. When trickery and torture fail, the covert squad smuggles their victims into a restaurant and launches the oddest of interrogations – staging a Chinese Opera and posing as fellow guests, designed to entice, confuse, and ultimately trick their captives into revealing the truth before time runs out. – Well Go USA



Audio Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English

Over all the sound of the film is good, some high pitch sounds heard in the film feel a little over blown but vocals are clear and bassy.



Picture Quality

Disc Format: Blu-Ray

The Picture Quality looks really good with details in the pretty sharp range, colors pop, and the whole feel using filters and props, colors used on clothing and locations look really good.

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Picture Capture Method – iPhone

Rating:4.5 stars

Note: Equipment used to watch the film can be found below

Theatrical release Date: March 29, 2013 (China)
Blu-Ray Disc release Date: June 24, 2014 (USA)


  • Making of
  • Blooper Reel
  • Trailer


My Thoughts

What you see may not be real. The film is filled with a ton O stuff. First off it has a western feel to it, it also deals with a plague of some sort but we never see it as the film revolves around a few Japanese solders and some other characters looking to get a vaccine from them. The film is also a comedy and found my self laughing, it can be over the top but its meant to be due to the characters . I know its weird description, but you will understand when you watch the film as I don’t want to give away the details. All The Action comes at the end and the film turns serious, that’s the big guns come to play. A Knife fight and tons of gun fire erupt but the knife cuts and bullet holes with blood spurts are cgi’d and look fake. Now Could they have done a better job on this or is this supposed to look that way to give it a more comic book effect? Don’t know.

The good – Looks really good, Its funny, the plot is good and different with a lot of stuff going on but nothing dealing with character building. Loved the Way the film was shot from the camera set ups to the cut of the film.

The Bad – The start of the film is over whelming and at first I dint know if I liked the film but it all comes in the play once you know what going on and that it’s not unrecognized and the plot starts to make sense. I think that’s it for the bad.

Overall the film was a fun view and by the end the beginning and other scene become more clear and some of the comedy will seem more funny. It’s all one big set up and I liked it. Over the top but not

I give the film a 4 out of 5

Rating – 5 Star System




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This Film was Played on the listed Equipment below

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Samsung (UN46C6900) 46-Inch 1080p LED HDTV

DVD/Blu-Ray Player

OPPO BDP – 103 (Highly Recommended)

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Stereo Receiver

Pioneer VSX-516-K 7.1-Channel

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(1) Center Speaker

Pioneer S-HF 11C

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(2) Front Speaker

KLH 9250B Floor – 350 watts

(4) Surround sound Speakers

KLH 100 watt Bookshelf

(1) Subwoofer

Sony SA-W3000 180 Watt 12″ sub

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Note: I Know my speakers are way outdated. OPPO Blu-Ray Player is one of the best around and used in most home theaters. The Receiver is pretty good but on the line of out dated. Subwoofer is good with tons of bass but not the theater quality from a $400 Sub. Front speakers are fun with tons of power and are good for standalone’s but higher end sound (Hz) is lower quality. Overall I need to update on all speakers granted I do get decent sound out of them just the higher end falls short.


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