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6 Degrees Entertainment

'4 Assassins'
(Miguel Ferrer, Will Yun Lee, Oliver Williams, Mercedes Renard, et al / DVD / R / 2012 / Inception Media Group)

Overview: In the cosmopolitan city of Hong Kong, ace hit-man Marcus Nang was summoned to meet with three professional colleagues. The location? His choice. The reason? To resolve unfinished business. Not knowing who might show up, Marcus checks into a suite at the Sham Shui Guesthouse, an Asian style hotel in a not so glamorous part of town. He waits.

DVD Verdict: OK, as much as this was a great Off-Broadway style play that unfolds in one room throughout, the fact that the makers claim that it was shot "entirely on location in Hong Kong" is bewildering to me - as the only thing Honk Kong about it were the stereotypical scenery shots to ensure you "believe" they were there!

That aside, the suspence in the build up of what happens between and to these four assassins is played out in great clock-ticking-down style. Marcus Nang (Yun Lee) is joined in his hotel room by the beautiful Cordelia Leigh (Mercedes Renard), Marcus's former lover; Chase Holmes (Oliver Williams), a young gun from Gibralter who speaks the Queen's English to a tee; and Eli Stoke (the always impressive Miguel Ferrer), the mentor to Marcus and Cordelia.

Basically, Nang was meant to kill two people on his last paid job, and yet even though his gun fired twice, only one body was found. So their mysterious boss wants a) his money back, b) an explanation to why there was only one body, and c) the other body!

Throughout the "Mexican Stand-Off", Nang insists he has done what needed to be done, but Eli wants (needs) to know the real truth - as the outcome affects him too. And so, over an elaborate meal the four highly skilled assassins reminisce about the past and ponder the future. Until the all-action finale! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.