破風 (To The Fore) (Bu-ray release 2015-10-8) is a pro cycling movie from Hong Kong, although it speaks Mandarin most of the time and looks more like a Tai Wan movie.  While pro cycling sounds less exciting than car racing, there have been many movies about the latter but very few about the former.

In addition to the formula of typical sports movie, it has every imaginable thing to splice it up: friendship, love triangle, drug abuse, gambling, beautiful scenery all over the world, and competitions that look real with help with from many real cyclists.  As with car racing movies, we also have crashes here.  I’m surprised to find that cycling crashes are actually more brutal than car crashes, because with car crashes we usually see some metal jumps up, do a few spins, crashes down and explodes with fire.  Here we see (CG) cyclists perform that instead of some non-living metal, and after they crash down they get cut by another cycle and is hurt seriously.

Instead of being a serious sports movie, it takes the direction of being entertaining, and does it really well.  If I have to name a flaw in this movie, as a sports movie it’s not very believable, but I’d say entertainment is more important.

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