Tsui Hark’s Hong Kong action thriller film Time & Tide, which was nominated for six Hong Kong Film Awards, has received a brand-new Blu-ray release from Eureka Entertainment for the first time ever in the UK! The film was originally released in the year 2000 and is now being released in 1080p on Blu-ray along with a limited-edition collector’s booklet.
The film follows a streetwise young man who becomes a bodyguard in an attempt to earn some money quickly. But then things start to take a turn as he befriends a disillusioned mercenary who wants to make a fresh start with his new wife and the two of them work together to foil an assassination attempt and end up caught up in a deadly confrontation.
If that alone sounds complicated then you better sit down and focus as that’s only the beginning. The plot in Time and Tide is quite a lot and intense and that becomes a bit of an issue as the film goes on. The plot just keeps adding more and more twists and it can become quite difficult to keep up with everything going on in. Time and Tide is essentially an action thriller film but it gets too caught up in trying to be a slick noir and ends up falling somewhere in the middle of the two.
However, the film really delivers on its action scenes. They’re high-octane, and really are quite the spectacle. The fight scenes are expertly choreographed and unlike anything you would ever see in something produced by Hollywood which does make the film an absolute delight to watch. As the film progresses we start to get more and more action scenes and Tsui Hark, one of the most pivotal figures in Hong Kong cinema really brings his best.
It’s these two things that mean the film ends up feeling fairly average. There’s the incredible action scenes on the one hand. And on the other there’s the complicated and confusing plot. And as the film goes on the action scenes come quicker and there’s more of them as we move into the second half of the film, but the plot becomes even harder to follow. It’s not too big an issue as just sitting back and enjoying the action is good fun because it’s so well made and so exciting to watch. It’s just the plot holds it back from being a great film.
Time and Tide is a film that’s entertaining and grabs your attention through its flashy nature and through the exciting and adrenaline-filled action scenes. It just struggles to keep your attention during the exposition and when you’re not watching the exquisite action it can feel like a bit of a bore.
The Blu-ray special features include:
- Limited Edition O-Card Slipcase featuring new artwork by Darren Wheeling (First Print Run of 2000 copies only)
- 1080p presentation on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK
- Cantonese, Mandarin and English audio options, all presented in 5.1 DTS-HD MA
- Optional English Subtitles
- Brand new feature length audio commentary by Asian film expert Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival)
- Feature length audio commentary by writer, producer, and director Tsui Hark
- Original trailer
- Limited Edition Collector’s Booklet (2000 copies) featuring new writing by Chinese-language film expert and author Stephen Teo
Time And Tide is out on Blu-ray now.