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McDull - Rise of The Rice Cooker (2016) (Blu-ray) (Gift Set) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

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The hero we need has arrived! Hong Kong's beloved animated piglet McDull takes on his biggest challenge yet: defending humanity from an alien invasion. Directed per usual by McDull creator Brian Tse, McDull, Rise of the Rice Cooker, the trippy seventh film of the series, adds kaiju, mecha and superhero elements to the amusing, punny adventures of a kindergarten-aged pig whose big heart makes up for his lack of smarts.

One day, a monster from outer space suddenly lands on earth and begins trampling through the city, wreaking great havoc and destruction before flying off. Not even intergalactic superhero Spamerman can defeat the giant invader. With the monster likely to return at any moment, global leaders call for the creation of a giant robot superhero that can defend earth from the monster. Young McDull, who lives with his supportive, resourceful mother (voiced by Sandra Ng) on a fishing island, submits a mecha design to the open competition. Unexpectedly, his humble Risopot robot with a rice-cooker head gets selected as a finalist. With the weight of the world on his shoulders, McDull enlists the help of his school principal (voiced by Anthony Wong) and pours his heart into creating a mecha superhero based on household appliances.

This edition comes with a notebook and a random memo pad.

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Product Title: McDull - Rise of The Rice Cooker (2016) (Blu-ray) (Gift Set) (Hong Kong Version) 麥兜.飯寶奇兵 (2016) (Blu-ray) (禮品裝) (香港版) 麦兜.饭宝奇兵 (2016) (Blu-ray) (礼品装) (香港版) 麥兜.飯寶奇兵 (2016) (Blu-ray) (禮品裝) (香港版) McDull - Rise of The Rice Cooker (2016) (Blu-ray) (Gift Set) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Anthony Wong | Sandra Ng | Jin Gang (King Kong) | the pancakes | Cheng Zi Shing | Zhang Zheng Zhong 黃 秋生 | 吳君如 | 金剛 | the pancakes | 鄭子誠 | 張正中 黄 秋生 | 吴君如 | 金刚 | the pancakes | 郑子诚 | 张正中 黄秋生 (アンソニー・ウォン) | 呉君如 (サンドラ・ン) | 金剛(カム・コン) | the pancakes (ザ・パンケークス) | Cheng Zi Shing | Zhang Zheng Zhong Anthony Wong | Sandra Ng | Jin Gang (King Kong) | the pancakes | Cheng Zi Shing | Zhang Zheng Zhong
Director: Brian Tse 謝立文 谢立文 Brian Tse Brian Tse
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2016-12-02
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 225 (g)
Shipment Unit: 2 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1055273607

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*** 隨碟附送精美記事本(乙款)及Memo Pad (乙款)

《麥兜》作者、電影系列導演及編劇
導演 謝立文

群星力撐聲演
吳君如 黃秋生 鄭子誠
the pancakes 金剛 張正中

小小發明家麥兜 帶著機械人電飯寶
力戰外星大怪獸

集感人、爆笑、勵志於一身
香港小朋友必看的本土製作

2016年齊齊食住上

在一個超級英雄也靠不住的年代,面對外星怪獸來襲,能拯救地球的,竟是豬頭和飯桶?麥兜一無所有,更遑論超能力了。漁村長大的他,不過一心成為發明家的小朋友。某天,怪獸突襲地球,前來迎救的超人卻慘敗。全球束手無策,唯有緊急徵集機械人設計,挑出最強機械人迎戰!麥兜資源匱乏,只有一屋廉價家電;但憑著滿腔熱血,他以電飯煲改裝而成的低科技發明──電飯寶,居然入選全球機械人大賽!全村為之振奮,並得各人鼎力支持,麥兜終能帶著電飯寶出征參賽。電飯寶一臉笨拙,功能馬虎,但出奇地耐打耐熬,更誤打誤撞爆冷勝出。怪獸隨時再臨,各國元首卻心懷鬼胎,到底這對曾被訕笑為豬頭和飯桶的組合,是否真能拯救地球? 怪獸多次來襲,到底又是為了什麼?
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Professional Review of "McDull - Rise of The Rice Cooker (2016) (Blu-ray) (Gift Set) (Hong Kong Version)"

February 16, 2017

McDull is back, but he isn't the dimwitted piglet we once knew. McDull once stood for dopey underachievers everywhere, but in his last film, McDull: Me & My Mum, McDull was portrayed as more of a standard movie protagonist. The McDull of Me & My Mum was a winner who took his mother's pragmatic teachings and grew up to become Bobby Mak, the world's greatest detective. The McDull in his latest film, McDull: Rise of the Rice Cooker, is also exceptional in that he designs a large robot to defend the Earth from alien invaders. However, Rise of the Rice Cooker offers minor thematic course correction by presenting a McDull that's simultaneously a winner and a loser. This McDull may be smart enough to build a robot but he never stops being an eccentric little dude, and his weirdness is portrayed as endearing and inspirational, both necessary emotions for a successful McDull entry. Also, Rise of the Rice Cooker is a parody of Japanese kaiju films. Everybody likes those, right?

When we first meet this latest version of McDull (voiced by Zhang Zhengzhong), he's a child inventor at the island-located Fresh Fish Primary School. McDull's greatest invention is fishballs on a chicken foot, a creation that simultaneously demonstrates his oddball sensibilities and his love of local things. Despite being a goof, McDull is shortlisted for the Global Super Robot Competition, which is organized to create a super robot intended to stop an invading giant alien monster that resembles a cross between Godzilla and King Kong. Earth actually has an existing giant-sized protector, Spamerman, who's a parody of Ultraman crossed with a processed meat sausage. Spamerman is currently licking his wounds after being defeated by the giant monster, so Earth's populace have to step in to protect their planet themselves. McDull and his creation, a small rice cooker robot called Risopot, are given the chance to compete in a robot competition against a slew of stronger and more offensively-minded robots.

Risopot may not be packing heat but he's a space-saving device that can make many comforting rice dishes, among them rice porridge and sushi rice. Of course, Risopot shouldn't be able to take on a buffed-out robot that shoots missiles, but that's not how he's able to outlast his competitors – which naturally he does (Sorry, spoiler!). Due to movie circumstances, Risopot becomes the template for a massive robot called Risobot, which has a rice cooker as its head and a combo washer-dryer for a body. Obviously, the giant alien creature is toast. Or not. Putting aside the ridiculousness of this premise, one important question springs to mind: Why didn't Siemens, Panasonic or Samsung get in on this obvious product placement goldmine? The filmmakers could have at least enlisted Rasonic, a Hong Kong-specific company that makes rice cookers, foot massagers, vacuum cleaners and other appliances that figure into Risobot's ability to make our lives more comfy and convenient. You left money on the table, people.

A glorified kitchen appliance won't beat a Godzilla-sized monster in a duel to the death, but Rise of the Rice Cooker offers a different means for victory. Basically, violence doesn't work, but personal convenience and being able to scratch your own ass can save the world. Seriously, that's the message of McDull: Rise of the Rice Cooker (or a paraphrased summary, anyway) and it shockingly works. Using a dryly idiosyncratic tone and plenty of non sequiturs (like McDull's out-of-nowhere interest in dressing as a schoolgirl, among other random details), the McDull braintrust of writer Alice Mak and writer-director Brian Tse successfully pull off their silly satire. The film glorifies McDull's oddities without excusing or justifying them, and once again wears its humble, simple and pleasing values on its sleeve. McDull isn't out for fame and fortune, and instead has this weird idea that his inventions can make life easier for Mrs. Mak (voiced again by Sandra Ng). And if his mom can be happier thanks to convenient appliances and time-saving inventions, why can't giant monsters from outer space?

Rise of the Rice Cooker's amusing weirdness offsets the fact that it takes place in a non-specific Chinese location and not Hong Kong. But its values should resonate with Hong Kongers, as the focus on a simple, comfortable life is a perfect fit for McDull and Mrs. Mak. The sentiments in Rise of the Rice Cooker feel universal and much more in-tune with earlier McDull films. It's not as soaring or surprising as either My Life as McDull or Prince de la Bun, but maybe we just have to accept that this can't be the representative Hong Kong franchise that it used to be. Besides finding joy in local life, the McDull films were notable for referencing Hong Kong's political and personal issues with acute empathy for the ordinary Hong Kong person. Well…it's not that easy anymore. The political and the personal have grown closer, and now it's hard for McDull to represent one extreme on the political spectrum without pissing off the other. Anyway, does anyone really want to see McDull and company tackle the stuff that's really bothering Hong Kong right now? Ten Years, this is your job.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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