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Qian Ji Bian  

Chin Gei Bin [cantonese spelling]
Qian Ji Bian [mandarin spelling]

AKA's: Efecto Vampiro / Liga Contra O Mal, A / Mille Occasioni Per Cambiare / Twins Effect, The / Vampire Effect, The

release date: 2003 Hong Kong
Running time: 106' (cover 107') - Source: DVD (RC 0/NTSC)
102' (cover 103') - Source: DVD (RC 2/PAL)
Rating: Germ.: 12; UK: 15; USA: R; HK: II B
Main Crew: Director: Dante Lam Chiu Yin (Beast Cops 1998; Option Zero 1997)
Producer: EMG / Goldpeak
Score: Chan Gwok Wing
Writer: Chan Hing-Kar / Jack Ng
Director of photography: Cheung Man-Po


Summary: Ace vampire slayer Reeve (Ekin Cheng) tracks his arch-enemy, the Duke Dekotes (Mickey Hardt) to Hong Kong. The Duke is hunting for Kazaf (Edison Chen), the fifth prince of the vampire nation. With Kazaf's blood and the ancient vampire bible "Day for Night", the Duke will bring a new age of darkness. On arrival, Reeve learns that he has a new partner, a feisty but inexperienced young beauty named Gypsy (Gillian Chung). Matters are further complicated when Reeve's innocent younger sister, Helen (Charlene Choi), develops a romantic relationship with Kazaf. With all the odds against them, our heroes get some unexpected help in the form of high-kicking paramedic Jackie Fong (Jackie Chan). In a high impact final reel, Reeve, Gypsy and Helen join forces to fight the Duke and his minions.
Note: - The Hong Kong Blockbuster of 2003 (besting Hollywood hits like "The Matrix Reloaded" and "Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers") features an Hong Kong all-star cast who are just as well known for their singing careers in their home country (The Twins, Ekin Cheng, Josie Ho, Edison Chen, Karen Mok, and even Jackie Chan).
- The "Twins" referred to in the film's title are actually Gillian Chung and Charlene Choi, an ultra popular Canto-Pop duo named "The Twins".
- There are no (traditionally hopping) Chinese vampires in the film, the vampires in this movie are of the Eastern European type, and are closer to the ones in "Blade" (action director Donnie Yen Ji-Dan, who was offered a cameo in the film, worked on "Blade II" as fight choreographer).

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Our Ranking

short review:

Ever wanted to see how Buffy would look like in Chinese? Well, here's your chance. This movie has the tension and the humour of our beloved Buffy TV Series. Twins Effect is shot in Matrix-Style when it comes to the fighting scenes (and there a lot of 'em), which gives the movie the right action-style. Besides that, it got everything a good vampire-flick must have: A dark and evil Uebervampire, which has to be terminated, romance, redemtion and sacrifice. Just take a look what our bloodbrothers and -sisters produce on the eastern continent... you might get surprised.

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