Twins Effect II Finally Coming to US DVD. As Blade of Kings.


Daniel Wu and Charlene Choi in The Twins Effect 2 (2004) Movie Image

Unless you own an all-region DVD player or have access to cheap Chinese bootlegs, owning “Twins Effect II” is almost impossible to own in the States. Until now. Well Go USA has picked up distribution rights to the Patrick Leung and Corey Yuen actioner, though they’re releasing the flick until the dubious title “Blade of Kings”. I’m not sure why, exactly, they’ve decided to change things up a bit, especially since most people who would purchase a copy of “Twins Effect II” know what the flick is all about. I guess they’re hoping to trick unsuspecting consumers into thinking it’s some sort of Donnie Yen/Jackie Chan vehicle, which, of course, it’s not. I guess you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do to make these things released in the States, so I suppose I shouldn’t nitpick.

Read this quick synopsis if you’re unfamiliar with the flick:

In the mythical land of Huadu, Charcoal Head, a humble boy born to rule an empire must undertake his journey to claim his throne. It is an epic action adventure combining romance, fantasy, comedy and cutting edge Hong Kong style martial artistry.

“Twins Effect II” features Charlene Choi, Gillian Chung, Jaycee Chan, Edison Chen, Tony Leung Ka Fai, and Ying Qu, among many others. I really liked this one, and am eager to snag a copy on Blu-ray. “Blade of Kings” arrives on March 6th, 2012. Huge thanks to 24 Frames per Second for pointing this out. If you’re curious, a trailer has been embedded below.

Author: Todd Rigney

Todd was raised on a steady diet of Hollywood blockbusters, late-night Cinemax programming, and USA’s “Up All Night,” which may explain why his taste in movies is more than a little questionable. When he isn’t providing news and reviews for Beyond Hollywood, he can be found lounging lazily on his couch, perched in front of his television, or dwelling in places where direct sunlight can be easily avoided. He's happily married, in his 30's, and totally badass. If you'd like to reach Todd, you can follow him on Twitter or send him email/scoops to todd (at)
  • Irons

    This is one of the most soul-crushingly bad films I’ve ever seen. Even the Jackie Chan/Donnie Yen fight was cagey

  • Arthur

    I still have the original Hong Kong all region, 2 disc special edition of this film originally titled “The Twins Effect II”. I never thought it would see the light of day in the United States. The film came out in 2004. It is not a sequel at all to the action packed “The Twins Effect”; which was butchered when it was released in the states as “The Vampire Effect”. They (not Well Go USA by the way) changed the opening, changed the music, and cut a lot of the film out; ridiculous. Hopefully, Well Go USA leaves this film intact and doesn’t butcher it. The Hong Kong dvd looks great upconverted to 1080p so I expect the blu-ray to look incredible. There is a nice fight scene with Donnie Yen fighting Jackie Chan in a temple. The gorgeous Twins are always fun to watch. They have some decent fighting scenes too. Daniel Wu is in the film as well. This is a day one purchase for me. If you enjoy quirky, fun and exciting Hong Kong action films with big Hong Kong stars then definitely purchase this blu-ray. Jackie Chan’s son Jaycee Chan is in this film before his tremendous work in the film “Invisible Target” with Nicholas Tse, Wu Jing and Shawn Yue. Jaycee does a decent job in this film too. I still watch this film today and will enjoy the blu-ray as well. Thank you Well Go USA. Maybe they will pick up “Twins Mission” next starring Sammo Hung, Twins, Wah Yuen and Wu Jing. Keep in mind though, this film is no where near the quality of first “The Twins Effect”, “New Police Story”, “Time And Tide”, “Divergence”, “Invisible Target”, “Sha Po Lang”, “Ip Man”, “Legendary Assassin”, “Shaolin”, “Kung Fu Hustle” or even “Dragon Tiger Gate”. It is more on the order of “House Of Fury”, “Twins Mission” and “The Forbidden Kingdom”. The film is simply quirky, mindless fun but worth checking out. How many times has Donnie Yen fought Jackie Chan?….”Shanghai Knights”…that’s about it.