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Leon Lai (Actor) | Chapman To (Actor) | Michelle Ye (Actor) | Roy Cheung
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Moonlight In Tokyo (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
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From Alan Mak and Felix Chong, the creators of Infernal Affairs and Initial D comes a completely different kind of comedy drama, Moonlight In Tokyo.

Wang Hoi (Chapman To) finds himself in big trouble with the local Tokyo Yakuza bosses when a business deal goes wrong. He has just a few days to come up with a huge amount of money, and no idea how to get it. Fortunately for Hoi, he bumps into Jun (Leon Lai), also from Hong Kong, who has been abandoned by his family because he has mental disabilities.

When Jun latches himself onto Hoi and won't leave him alone, Hoi does the only thing he can. Hoi notices that Jun is a bit of a handsome devil in his own way and when he's all scrubbed up, can be quite popular with the ladies. So Hoi sets about pimping Jun out to the women of Tokyo in an effort to recoup the mob's money before they turn him into sushi.

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Product Title: Moonlight In Tokyo (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) 情義我心知 (VCD) (香港版) 情义我心知 (VCD) (香港版) 情義我心知 (香港版) Moonlight In Tokyo (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Leon Lai (Actor) | Chapman To (Actor) | Michelle Ye (Actor) | Roy Cheung | Yang Kuei Mei 黎明 (Actor) | 杜汶澤 (Actor) | 葉 璇 (Actor) | 張耀揚 | 楊 貴媚 黎明 (Actor) | 杜汶泽 (Actor) | 叶璇 (Actor) | 张耀扬 | 杨贵媚 黎明(レオン・ライ) (Actor) | 杜汶澤 (チャップマン・トー) (Actor) | 葉璇 (ミッシェル・イップ) (Actor) | 張耀揚(ロイ・チョン) | 楊貴媚(ヤン・クイメイ) Leon Lai (Actor) | Chapman To (Actor) | Michelle Ye (Actor) | Roy Cheung | Yang Kuei Mei
Director: Alan Mak | Felix Chong 麥 兆輝 | 莊 文強 麦兆辉 | 庄 文强 麥兆輝(アラン・マック) | 莊文強(フェリックス・チョン) Alan Mak | Felix Chong
Release Date: 2006-02-24
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Disc Format(s): VCD
Rating: IIB
Duration: 94 (mins)
Other Information: 2VCDs
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004107817

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導演:麥兆輝 / 莊文強
Director: Alan Mak, Felix Chong


  Wang Hoi finds himself owing a lot of money to the local Yakuza loanshark when his business deal unexpectedly goes south. After given a taste of the consequences for not paying up, Hoi is dumped on the side of the road where he encounters Jun, a somewhat retarded fellow Hong Kong-er who has been abandoned by his family. Somewhat delirious, Hoi asks Jun to take him home and finds himself further in debt, but now to Jun who has latched onto him as 'elder brother'. What follows are their efforts to earn the money that Hoi owes while eking out an existance as outsiders within Tokyo.
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January 16, 2006

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Would I be alone in thinking there's something amiss about the idea of Chapman To pimping out Leon Lai on the streets of Tokyo? If the answer was yes, then Moonlight in Tokyo is the answer to this singular eccentricity of yours. If the answer was no ... well I won't have to call for the big guys with the padded van.

Disturbing as the central premise sounds, Moonlight in Tokyo is a surprisingly enjoyable film that looks at the fraternity that can exist between men without unresolved sexual tension being an issue. Unlike Rain Man, where the retarded nature of Dustin Hoffman's character is just a backdrop to the development of Tom Cruise's character, the mental disability of Lai's Jun is not severe enough to hinder his social interaction drastically - and in fact it assists him in connecting to his clients and with To's Hoi. As such, it is possible to see some characterization of both Hoi and Jun as more than just what they first appear to be, and to see the relationship between them shift as a consequence.

It is always refreshing to see Chapman's acting reined in: to see his levels of ham released only at appropriate moments, rather than the bombardment of silliness we often see from him. Leon's performance as the retarded Jun is quite good, though I sometimes doubted the ease with which he shifted his gait from childish innocent to confident gigolo. The romantic leads are a non-presence, and really just there to act as character development for the two leads. In fact, I was somewhat disappointed when Jun's romantic thread ran out despite being very impressed with how it was played out.

There's a slight ballet theme that runs through the film, and which affects the visual design and scene construction at certain moments. Some of these moments are quite charming, although there's one scene that is quite disconcerting in its presentation and timing. The imagery seems mainly a connection to Jun, which is quite disarming but it's always such a treat to see such acts of physical elegance, whether it be from kung fu masters or ballet dancers.

Moonlight in Tokyois certainly an enjoyable film with characters that will engage you for the length of the film, while the occasional scene provides a healthy dose of surrealism to break the drama from becoming something that is simply too much.

8 Clients with 'Special Needs' out of 10

by Eugene Chan -

January 16, 2006

Thanks to its "two dopey guys and a few ducks" poster image, Moonlight in Tokyo looks to be a fun buddy comedy. The half-dazed grin on Leon Lai's face lends credence to that notion, and the presence of serial wacky sidekick Chapman To all but seals the deal. Except there's one hitch: this is not a fun buddy comedy. It's got fun and comedy, and does resemble a buddy film, but Moonlight in Tokyo is much more. It's a surprisingly dark, oddly existential, and thoroughly bizarre motion picture that takes a loaded plot and does the unexpected with it. The sight of Leon Lai as a Chinese half-wit pretending to be a Korean gigolo in Japan is unexpected enough, but Moonlight in Tokyo manages a few more surprises. The biggest surprise of all: this is actually a decent movie.

Leon Lai is Jun, a borderline retarded fellow stranded in Tokyo after his brother's family abandoned him there. Luckily, Jun runs into Hoi (Chapman To), whom he recognizes as a former classmate. Unluckily, Hoi is a right bastard, who's on the hook for a sizable amount of dough lent to him by an unsavory yakuza. Hoi used the money to import foreign prostitutes, but the girls ran, leaving him without any means of paying back his loan. However, once Hoi discovers Jun's hidden talents, he has the start of a new business. Jun has the power to comfort others through his manly embrace, and provided that he keeps his mouth shut, he's a shoo-in for Shinjuku's next top gigolo. Hoi's mamasan pal Yan (Taiwanese actress Yang Kuei-Mei) recommends that Jun pretend to be a Korean, which will only drive the Japanese female clientele wild with desire. Hoi gives Jun lessons in manliness, and the money starts rolling in. But with their success comes a growing friendship. Before long, Hoi begins questioning the ethics of pimping out a friend (short answer: it's a crappy thing to do to a buddy). And is Jun really as dumb as he appears to be?

That's the simple skinny of Moonlight in Tokyo, but much, much more goes on. That is, when there aren't jokes being made. Directors/writers Alan Mak and Felix Chong (two-thirds of the Infernal Affairs braintrust) get plenty of gags out of their mismatched buddies. In addition to some hilarious "learn to be suave" lessons that Hoi gives Jun - which include sex lessons on an inflatable woman - there are also numerous gags involving slapstick violence and the sordid realities of their biz. Jun gets introduced to a variety of wacky customers, including the requisite S&M loving female and even a shifty male customer (Roy Cheung in a cameo). It's dirty, funny, and sometimes disturbing stuff. It's hard to get too chummy with a movie about a guy pimping out an almost-retarded dope; after a while, the comedy seems more disgusting than just harmlessly dirty. This is especially true since the film is not an all-out farce. Mak and Chong take pains to develop both Jun and Hoi, and though each becomes a well-rounded character, the film eventually ceases to be funny.

But that's fine, because these guys do drama too. As Jun, Leon Lai cuts an exceptionally sympathetic figure, appearing both lovably dopey and deceptively clever - even when his character loses control of his emotions and does something that he shouldn't. This is departure for for Lai, as Jun is neither cool nor romantic, and is instead untidy and given to disturbing and sometimes pathetic emotional instabilities. Ten or fifteen years ago, this would have been a role owned by Chow Yun-Fat, but Lai makes it work for him. Chapman To is convincingly sleazy as Hoi, managing to give his difficult character the required duality. Hoi is both morally bankrupt and innately decent, and though To overacts at times, he still manages to convince. Each eventually becomes a character worth caring about, and the bond between the two takes on surprising emotional weight.

But the filmmakers change things up - again. Slapstick violence again shows up, along with a wacky subplot involving a deranged mob boss, and a darker one involving a murdered client. There's also a woefully underdeveloped subplot involving Hoi's estranged wife (TVB star Michelle Ye), plus numerous sightings of Leon Lai and Chapman To locked in heterosexual male clinches. And there's ballet (?). Given all the varying subplots - some given serious weight and others not - Moonlight in Tokyo ultimately becomes disjointed and even needless. But it's all good; Alan Mak and Felix Chong convey all of this with a hip soundtrack, cool cinematography, and whiplash-inducing shifts in tone. Moonlight in Tokyo goes from raunchy comedy to sentimental overdone sap to dangerous, sudden violence - sometimes within a second. The effect can be labored; at times, the shifts in tone are tough to take. Watching Moonlight in Tokyo is sometimes like getting blindsided by a bus: you didn't see it coming, and yes, it was painful.

The fact that the film is not happy-happy for its entire running time may turn off those looking for crowd-pleasing cinematic junk. Moonlight in Tokyo is a difficult film to really grasp, as its verbalized lessons seem more arbitrary than fitting. But the film does manage to involve and strangely entertain in a way Hong Kong movies seldom do anymore - which may be the key to why it works. Moonlight in Tokyo is seemingly an old-new HK combo. The style and professional look of the film is more current, but the wild emotional shifts, exaggerated characters, and mixture of comedy and drama recall an older Hong Kong movie. Back then, movies could feature family drama, slow-motion romance, slapstick comedy, bawdy sex humor, undue existentialism, and sudden tragedy all in the span of ninety minutes. Moonlight in Tokyo mirrors that, except with jazzed-up production design, cooler style, and maybe a bit more intelligence. Given 2005's terrible Hong Kong Cinema output (a Top 10 might have to be truncated to a Top 6 to insure some level of quality), Moonlight in Tokyo is easily one of the year's better films, and a movie that absolutely surpasses its immediate expectations. Hell, we'll even say it's good.

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Customer Review of "Moonlight In Tokyo (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) "

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5 out of 10 (1)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6.1 out of 10 (7)

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December 31, 2007

This customer review refers to Moonlight In Tokyo (DVD) (US Version)
Surprisingly powerful drama Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
Mix together equal parts "Rain Man" and "Midnight Cowboy" and plunk the results down in the middle of Tokyo and you get "Moonlight in Tokyo". This movie surprised me; my expectations were low, but I found that I was moved by it.

I think the wrong-headed packaging of the film has misled some reviewers. While it is made to appear as if it is a comedy, there is very little comedic about this film. Instead, it primarily is a dramatic exploration of the consequences of living life as a materialistic and selfish manipulator, as someone who simply uses other people to get what he wants.

The manipulator here is well played by Chapman To, who hooks up with the mildly retarded Leon Lai and pimps him out in order to earn money to pay off a debt owed to the yakuza. Leon Lai is remarkable as the childlike gigolo; he is very believable in his role, including his inclination to lash out when he feels he is trapped in a situation he doesn't understand.

Unfortunately, To's efforts as a pimp are insufficient to get himself out of the clutches out of the yakuza loanshark; To ends up scheming to have Lai videotape a sexual liaison between himself and the yakuza's moll. To then arranges for the publication of the photos to humiliate the yakuza.

Eventually one of Lai's trysts goes horribly wrong and a woman ends up dead. Here's where the movie shines: To has grown through his relationship with the innocent Lai and now steps forward to accept responsibility for the death. However, he smartly does so in a manner that ends up helping the police nail the actual murderer. Does this lead to a happy resolution? Or have all of To's machinations and manipulations set in motion a different fate?

"Moonlight in Tokyo" does what good fiction must do: It creates characters about whom we come to care, it shows how those characters grow through the challenges they face, and it is unsparing in showing the consequences of irresponsible, selfish behavior. Indeed, I found this film to be surprisingly profound. I recommend it very highly.
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April 25, 2007

it's not funny Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5 out of 10
Do we think it's funny to exploit a retarded person? These people can be very innocent and kind hearted. It was cruel to turn them into a joke. In order to create some bloody scenes at the end, the villian and police suddely appeared. Leon was in no way remotely looking like mentally handicapped and he wasn't good at it. However he did speak slowly and clearly and for the first time no subtitles was needed when he talks. This is a very silly film.
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June 13, 2006

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Odd story Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
Maybe I expected too much since the producing/directing team made Infernal Affairs and Initial D, but I thought Moonlight in Tokyo was boring and some parts just didn't work. Leon Lai is brave for trying out a different role, but his acting is still very wooden and unconvincing! I was not touched by Chapman To and Leon Lai's character's relationship even though the whole film is built around their friendship. Ending was pointless.
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May 27, 2006

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eh.. Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
i thought Moonlight Tokyo was funny up to the middle/end, where it got way to serious compared to the beginning. leon is a serious character in general, so seeing him act in a far from different role from usual was horrifying. literally he looked so stiff when he's acting. though i give him kudos for trying something different, he should stop while he's ahead. the movie is the sort you watch it once and go and sell it because it's not really worth watching again.
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March 5, 2006

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Pointless Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5 out of 10
I love this movie, but until the end. I don't have a clue why is this have happen, also don't understand as well.
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