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Wan Yeung Ming (Actor) | Michelle Yim (Actor) | Anjo Leung (Actor) | Sing Lam
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High Noon (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
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The debut feature of 23-year-old female writer-director Heiward Mak, High Noon is the Hong Kong chapter in an Eric Tsang-produced trilogy of youth films set in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China. Drawing on the screenplay of the first Taiwan-set Winds of September chapter, High Noon again follows nine teenagers whose lives and friendship evolve greatly in the course of one fateful year, but presents a completely different narrative and tone unique to Hong Kong. Moving at hyper pace through the raucous rites of adolescence, the coming-of-age feature paints a hot-blooded portrait of youth and friendship that is bright, humorous, and heartbreaking. Starring an impressive newcomer cast that includes Anjo Leung from Magic Boy, High Noon packs a strong punch in its realistic depiction of high school drama, the heat of youth, and the loss of innocence.

High school student Wing (Lam Yiu Sing) and his six buddies are typical rambunctious teens who are better at cursing and troublemaking than schoolwork. Though they all hail from different backgrounds and personalities - the loner, the bookworm, the Mainlander, the rich kid, the playboy, the class clown, the rebel - they form a tight bond as they navigate the jungle of high school together in a flurry of fistfights and slurred slang. Acting out against the pressure of home and school, the boys cycle through a laundry list of problems - girls, grades, family, drugs, sex, violence - that threaten their fast, fragile existences. The harder they struggle to hold on to friendship, the more they lose themselves and each other.

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Product Title: High Noon (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 烈日當空 (DVD) (香港版) 烈日当空 (DVD) (香港版) 烈日當空 (香港版) High Noon (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: 九降風之香港篇︰烈日當空 九降风之香港篇∶烈日当空
Artist Name(s): Wan Yeung Ming (Actor) | Michelle Yim (Actor) | Anjo Leung (Actor) | Sing Lam 尹揚明 (Actor) | 米雪 (Actor) | 梁曉豐 (Actor) | 林 耀聲 尹扬明 (Actor) | 米雪 (Actor) | 梁晓丰 (Actor) | 林 耀声 尹揚明(ビンセント・ワン) (Actor) | 米雪 (ミシェール・イム) (Actor) | 梁曉豐 (アンジョー・リョン) (Actor) | Sing Lam Wan Yeung Ming (Actor) | Michelle Yim (Actor) | Anjo Leung (Actor) | Sing Lam
Director: Heiward Mak 麥 曦茵 麦 曦茵 麥曦茵 (ヘイワード・マック) Heiward Mak
Producer: Eric Tsang 曾志偉 曾志伟 曾志偉 (エリック・ツァン) Eric Tsang
Writer: Heiward Mak 麥 曦茵 麦 曦茵 麥曦茵 (ヘイワード・マック) Heiward Mak
Release Date: 2009-04-30
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, Widescreen
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: III
Duration: 110 (mins)
Publisher: Mei Ah (HK)
Other Information: 153888&
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1013867019

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Director: Heiward Mak

While the world was welcoming for the Beijing Olympic Game, students in Hong Kong were busying to combat with the battle: O-level exam. 9 characters, in their adolescence age, were lost in the virtual and cruel reality that filled with sms, internet and materialism. The brittle and impetuous souls were touched by each other, with love and freedom that exclusively belongs to the youth. Crumbled friendship, frail love affair, complicated family, strikes between life and death, wear away the teenager’s heart in split second! Crying out loud for the aspiration to freedom under the sun! Honestly rise in the High Noon!
Both humorous and heartbreaking, this ablaze and bright story of growing up is written and directed by 23 years old only female director, Heiward Mak.
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Professional Review of "High Noon (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

April 6, 2009

The Hong Kong chapter of the Eric Tsang-produced Winds of September youth film trilogy, High Noon quickly establishes its own distinct personality. 24 year-old director Heiward Mak introduces the protagonists of her seven-boy bunch in chintzy, even annoying fashion, using a bouncy soundtrack and cheesy freeze frames to identify each boy's face and name, before diving full force into the film's assemblage of hot button high-school issues and hyper-emotional overacting. The film is immediately similar and different from director Tom Lin's Winds of September - The Taiwan Chapter, as it possesses the same general themes of youth and friendship, but it goes about exploring them in a vastly different way. Unlike The Taiwan Chapter, High Noon takes place in Hong Kong, it's shot in video, and it starts in what looks like an ill-advised, wannabe hip cinema fashion. However, while the initial response may be one of aversion, the film improves greatly before it's over.

Wing (Lam Yiu-Sing) starts the school term a loner, but soon falls in with a crowd of fellows who welcome him into their ranks. A disparate bunch, the group spends their school days screwing around, getting into fights, and singing karaoke. They also smoke, swear, and go about demonstrating their unique personalities, which range from dedicated bookworm to stalwart friend to fat prankster, closet drug user, and two-timing playboy. That last member gets his exploits publicized in an embarrassing manner ripped straight from the headlines: he makes a video of his sexual exploits on his camera phone, only to have it sent to the unsuspecting masses. He's actually not too embarrassed, but the girl (Yu Mun-Ming) doesn't seem too thrilled that she's now on everybody's mobile phone or PSP. Meanwhile, Wing contends with his crappy home life, where his father (Wan Yeung-Ming) sometimes uses him as a punching bag. There's also an all-important exam coming up at the end of the year. Yeah, it's high school, all right.

At least, it's high school in Hong Kong. Like The Taiwan Chapter, High Noon takes a group of seven boys and uses the dissolution of their friendship to explore their environment and their emotions. The Taiwan Chapter was picturesque and quietly melodramatic - a successful case study in Taiwanese film style that managed to both explore and idealize the end of innocence. High Noon doesn't idealize youth, choosing to present more sordid content than the Taiwan chapter ever did. These kids seem to be courting worse fates than their Taiwanese counterparts, and aren't actively doing much to prevent a bad end. The film alternates between hopelessness and youthful revelry, making it uneven. Occasionally, the film's hip style and obvious themes even make it feel a bit pandering.

But the film does definitely feel like "Hong Kong" - especially when compared to the previous entry's "Taiwan". Heiward Mak uses a variety of flashy, sometimes ill-advised technique, like dream sequences, heavy voiceover, and MTV-influenced montage. While sometimes alienating, the technique does aptly convey Hong Kong's fast-paced, independent, and hyper-emotional nature. The kids in High Noon fight hopelessness and despair, but their circumstances are not favorable and sometimes their elders simply can't or won't help. As such, the sometimes-bouncy tone works as counterpoint to whatever individual pain these kids are experiencing. Loneliness, neglect, frustration - the kids escape these things through their daily play, and pass their time in an understandably careless fashion. That is, until the bottom drops out and they find themselves staring into the abyss.

Winds of September - The Taiwan Chapter feels like it's as much about Taiwan cinema as it is about youth, and likewise High Noon channels a prevailing impression of Hong Kong Cinema. The production is a cheap and dirty one, but it possesses surprising power and emotion. The film does eventually resort to some clichés, including the cloying use of spoken metaphor (undue metaphor is perhaps Hong Kong Cinema's most tired signifier). Choices like that betray Heiward Mak's inexperience, but the ultimate package that she puts together is surprising and worth appreciating. Mak has a fine eye, finding moments to sneak in the occasional beautiful image, and she uses her Category III rating wisely, delivering surprising but not exploitative content that feels real - exaggerated and hyperemotional though it may be. The film sometimes feels calculated, and it's hard to credit it as entirely real because it's a very manipulated form of reality, designed to elicit a response rather than simply speak for itself. But the film finds strengths in its heightened emotions and its daring, and is fast, unpolished, and ultimately felt. In many ways, one could say that it channels the Hong Kong Cinema spirit.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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