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As the Light Goes Out (2014)

Gau fo ying hung (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama | 2 January 2014 (Hong Kong)
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The firefighters of Hong Kong's Pillar Point division battle an out-of-control blaze that threatens to plunge the city into darkness.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Senior Station Officer - Ho Wing-sam
... Station Officer - Yau Bond-chill
... Principal Fireman - Lee Pui-to
... Fireman - Ocean (as Hu Jun)
... Yang Lin (as Bai Bing)
... Fireman - Cheung Man-kin (as William Chan)
... Assist Divisional Officer - Yip Chi-fai
Patrick Tam ... Power plant's Supervisor - Man Wah-bill
... Chief Fire Officer - CK Tam (as Liu Kai-chi)
Deep Ng ... Fireman - Lam Man-ben
... Tsz Ying
... Lam Chi-kiu
Alice Li ... Emily
... Fireman in TV ad
... Director of Fire Services - Fong Sir (as Andrew Lau)
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Whereas three old friends work together in a fire station in Hong Kong, a fire breaks out in a rundown residential block on Christmas' Eve, threatening to plunge the whole city into darkness if it spreads to a to a nearby power plant supplying natural gas. Politics, competition and distrust between the firemen of the Pillar Point Division are to be expected. Written by Jiilo_Kim

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The doors to the stairwells of the relevant section of the power station open toward the stairwell, via crash bars on the corridor side and via handles on the stairwell side. When Water and his two companions exit into the stairwell and rush down the stairs to the ground floor, they find that the handles of the door there will not budge because they are locked. In one shot, they are struggling to get the doors open, then there is a brief cutaway close-up shot to one of them beginning to reach for his smartphone, and in the next shot, the doors that they are standing before have crash bars rather than handles. It could be that these other doors were along an out-of-frame wall, but even if that is the case, the children's positions relative to one another do not match the previous shot, as though an entire sub-scene (of them trying to exit through this new door) is missing. See more »

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References Police Story (1985) See more »

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Oi Jui Daai
Music by Nicholas Tse
Lyrics by Nicholas Tse, Kenny So, Kit@24Herbs & Phat@24Herbs
Performed by Nicholas Tse & 24Herbs
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A watchable firefighter action thriller film
11 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

As The Light Goes Out (救火英雄) is another HK firefighter action thriller film after last year's Out of Inferno (逃出生天).The film is mainly character-driven as it follows a team of firefighters being called upon to stop a small fire at a liquor warehouse. Things were fine at first, until a series of unforeseen events happen that causes the fire starts to spread again to a nearby power plant, threatens to plunge the whole of Hong Kong into darkness during Christmas Eve.

The film shows the brotherhood bond between the leads at first, provide sufficient back stories for mostly all the key characters for the audience to get to know them. It does a good job in balancing the drama and action. The lead and supporting actors provide decent performances in their respective roles as the film progresses. The action sequences in the power plant were quite intense and thrilling enough for the audience to watch. The film also does a good job in showing the real danger behind a fire - the thick smoke, not the flames, that kills. When a person is in a room filled with thick smoke, he/she will be unable to see, breathe or think clearly...constant smoke inhalation can kill a person within minutes.

However, the chaotic shaky camera style is irritating as it makes action scenes quite difficult to follow at times. The CGI smoke and fire doesn't seem to be realistic or believable enough as you continue watching the film. Furthermore, some plot events are questionable and the film suffers from a few too many convenient contrivances to convince. The eventual sacrifice of a key character at the end of the film is simply not convincing enough to be accepted (he could have just throw the cigarette and run towards the locker room). It's also quite challenging to identify who is whom when they're all suited up in their firefighting outfits, helmets and oxygen masks.

The film is said to be dedicated to all the real-life firefighters out there. While it's not a perfect film, the film certainly delivers what is expected from it. Furthermore, there's another surprise cameo from another action star in the film as well.

Rating: 7/10


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