Heartfall Arises (惊心破 | 惊天破) Movie Review

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Recommended Audience: Fans of Nicholas Tse 谢霆锋, Sean Lau 刘青云, Tong Liya 佟丽娅, Mavis Fan 范晓萱, Vengo Gao 高伟光, Babyjohn Choi 蔡瀚亿, Ken Wu 吴品儒 and crime thriller movie fans


Heartfall Arises (惊心破 | 惊天破) Movie Synopsis

In a huntdown to catch a serial killer named ‘General’ (Vengo Gao), cop John Ma (Nicholas Tse) was shot through his heart and received a heart transplant thereafter. After a year and a half, a number of international crime cases that were committed similar to the style of the General’s arises. Heartfall Arises Movie Still 2John Ma and Calvin Che (Sean Lau), a criminal psychologist, are brought together under the great threats and struggles to define all means evolved from the killings. Their final confrontation will uncover the lead behind the scenes but will also place numerous innocent people in great danger…

Heartfall Arises (惊心破 | 惊天破) Viewer Rating: 3/5 ***

Heartfall Arises (惊心破 | 惊天破) Movie Review:

“Can organ transplant change a recipient’s personality?” I was surprised that this was a legit question on Google Search and that there were testimonies that this really do happen. With that as a basis, first time director (long time producer) Ken Wu upped Hong Kong’s classic crime-action film with not only award-wining actors Nicholas Tse as police inspector John Ma and Sean Lau Ching-wan as criminal psychologist, there was the element of Chinese chess too.
Heartfall Arises Still 1With a pretty rocky start – bad CGI, bad Mandarin dubbing (prefer Cantonese anytime) and over-the-top action sequence by the tech-savvy assassin “The General” (Gao Weiguang), the plot improved over time, thanks to the great chemistry and acting by the main characters. There were a lot of guess-work and strategy-planning which allowed the audience to second-guess the moves of the actors.
Heartfall Arises Mavis FanLadies played minor but pretty significant roles inside. There were many moments where they had little line and exist to complement and bring out the changes in main characters’ personalities. Mavis Fan as John Ma’s (Nicholas Tse) demure wife was a stark contrast to her rock-singer persona. The one that left the deepest impression was Sheren Tang’s (邓萃雯) role as the wife of psychologist Calvin Che (Sean Lau). I was really impressed how she expressed her hidden love and pain for her husband through a video call in just a few seconds on screen. 
Heartfall Arises CinematographyDespite the poorly-done special effects, most of the cinematography were pretty well done. There were many layers and complication in each character’s personality and development, the inner struggles between memories and personality which were originally yours and the one that was added in after the transplant were well presented. Go catch it for the great actors’ acting skills!

Do You Know?

The Bullet VanishesHeartfall Arises marks the second film collaboration between Nicholas Tse and Sean Lau after “The Bullet Vanishes”.

Heartfall Arises Steamboat sceneAs a chef, Nicholas Tse was so serious about his craft that he was picking the ingredients carefully for the steamboat scene, and watch the food being cooked before filming started.

Heartfall Arises Movie Still MurderBesides the use of Chinese Chess, the characters’ names were adapted from the chess pieces. Ma Jing (马进) represents horse, Che Jia Wei (车家伟) represents chariot and “General” (将军) was the nickname for the murderer.

Nicholas Tse ThailandThe movie was filmed in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Golden Triangle, Taipei and Seoul. 14 months was spent on the post production, completing more than 800 CGI scenes which includes the car chase, explosion, gun fights, etc.

Behind The Scenes and Interviews

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Heartfall Arises (惊心破 | 惊天破) is out in cinemas on 27 October 2016.

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16 thoughts on “Heartfall Arises (惊心破 | 惊天破) Movie Review”

  1. I never thought that body part transplants would change someone’s personality or even thinking. It’s just physical…but then again, this topic in science must be interesting.

  2. I haven’t get a chance to watch a kind of movie with this concept which is really interesting. I think there would be an instances that you can have some characteristics of a certain person when you have his/her organ, it can play a big role as well. This is really well thought movie! I will surely find this movie.


  3. II can’t remember which movie but I think I’ve watched something before about organ transplant wherein the character of the recipient changed and somehow the personality of the donor has taken over. This is an interesting story. I like action so I’d want to watch something like this. -Claire Algarme

  4. Heard a lot about Nicholas Tse though never seen any of his movies yet. The plot looks interesting. Organ transplant can make person change?! Point to research…

  5. This same plot about transplanted organs is usually used for horror films, like “The Eye”. Using the plotline for an action film is a good idea, but too farfetched to be realistic. – Fred

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