Cold War 2
review by Bobby Blakey
Well Go USA has cemented itself as the premiere company for bringing the best of the best in Asian cinema to the US. Their latest, Cold War 2 is the sequel to the Hong Kong box-office smash continues the 2012 film’s saga of intra-police rivalry, but does it live up to the hype of its trailer or will it be a case not worth taking?
Cold War 2 picks up some time after the events in the first movie where Sean Lau is now the Commissioner of Police. Things turn bad when his wife and daughter are kidnapped and he must seek help from a former rival to save their lives. Joining Kwok and Leung from the original cast are Charlie Young, Eddie Peng, Aarif Rahman, Ma Yili and Alex Tsui. They are joined by new cast members, including legendary martial arts star Chow Yun-fat, Janice Man and Tony Yang, in the “superbly acted” ensemble drama. I want to start by saying I went into this film without ever seeing the original film. What I did do is just got read about it to get up to speed and that is really all you need to be able to jump right in. This is a great crime thriller that is filled with awesome performances and some great action pieces. They waste no time getting right to the fun with it giving you a bit of a recap so even if you do not do the back research I did, you can still dive in and enjoy this well-crafted film. They have taken the average cat and mouse ideal and amped it up infusing plenty of twists and turns using the police investigation and the political behind the scenes struggles making for a great overall film.
I enjoyed this flick way more than I expected to without ever seeing the first film which speaks volume to the overall quality. I suggest you tracking down the original if possible to get the full experience, but if not just dive right in and have some fun. It leaves it open to return to this story should they want to and I for one and am hoping they do.