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Lover's Discourse (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Eason Chan (Actor) | Karena Lam (Actor) | Mavis Fan (Actor) | Pang Ho Cheung (Producer)
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Titled after the Roland Barthes book, the directorial debut of Derek Tsang and Jimmy Wan (co-writers of Isabella and Dream Home) is comprised of four interconnected stories about love and lovers. From former lovers flirting dangerously with reunion to a laundry shop worker who fantasizes about her dreamy customer as a mannequin, the two writer-directors find their own twisted ways to explore the nature of love and its dire consequences with the support of producer Pang Ho Cheung. Daring to take the risk with the two young directors is an ensemble cast that includes Eason Chan, Karena Lam (July Rhapsody), Kay Tse (Love Connected), Mavis Fan (About Love), Eddie Peng (Hear Me), Jacky Heung (Ex), and Kit Chen.

In a crowded city like Hong Kong, former lovers often cross each other's path. One night, a former couple (Eason Chan and Karena Lam) reunites for one night as they talk about their past, their present, and the possibility of a future. Elsewhere in the city, a laundry shop girl (Kay Tse) has a crush on a customer (Eddie Peng), carrying on her days fantasizing about adventures with an inanimate version of him. Meanwhile, Po (Jacky Heung) runs into a childhood friend and reminisces about the days of him as a teenager (William Chan) and his own infatuation with his best friend's mother (Kit Chen). Back in the present, Po is contacted by a stranger (Mavis Fan) with a secret about two people they know very well…

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Product Title: Lover's Discourse (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 戀人絮語 (DVD) (香港版) 恋人絮语 (DVD) (香港版) 戀人絮語 (DVD) (香港版) Lover's Discourse (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Eason Chan (Actor) | Karena Lam (Actor) | Mavis Fan (Actor) | Eddie Peng (Actor) | Kay Tse (Actor) | Kit Chan (Actor) | Eric Tsang (Actor) | Jacky Heung (Actor) 陳 奕迅 (Actor) | 林嘉欣 (Actor) | 范曉萱 (Actor) | 彭于晏 (Actor) | 謝安琪 (Actor) | 陳 潔儀 (Actor) | 曾志偉 (Actor) | 向佐 (Actor) 陈 奕迅 (Actor) | 林嘉欣 (Actor) | 范晓萱 (Actor) | 彭于晏 (Actor) | 谢安琪 (Actor) | 陈 洁仪 (Actor) | 曾志伟 (Actor) | 向佐 (Actor) 陳奕迅(イーソン・チャン) (Actor) | 林嘉欣(カリーナ・ラム) (Actor) | 范暁萱(メイビス・ファン) (Actor) | 彭于晏(エディ・ポン) (Actor) | 謝安琪 (ケイ・ツェ) (Actor) | 陳潔儀(キット・チャン) (Actor) | 曾志偉 (エリック・ツァン) (Actor) | Jacky Heung (Actor) Eason Chan (Actor) | Karena Lam (Actor) | Mavis Fan (Actor) | Eddie Peng (Actor) | Kay Tse (Actor) | Kit Chan (Actor) | Eric Tsang (Actor) | Jacky Heung (Actor)
Director: Derek Tsang | Jimmy Wan 曾國祥 | 尹志文 曾国祥 | 尹志文 曾國祥(デレク・ツァン) | Jimmy Wan Derek Tsang | Jimmy Wan
Producer: Pang Ho Cheung 彭 浩翔 彭 浩翔 彭浩翔(パン・ホーチョン) Pang Ho Cheung
Release Date: 2011-03-24
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM), DTS Extended Surround(TM) / DTS-ES(TM)
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIA
Duration: 117 (mins)
Publisher: Edko Films Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1024154840

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* Special Features:
- Making Of
- Theatrical Trailer
- Music Video
- Photo Gallery
- Poster Gallery
- Deleted Scenes
- Teaser Trailer

Director: Pang Ho Cheung

What is love? A disruption in the body's chemistry? A hormonal upset? A fleeting biological urge? Well.... it's probably all of the above. But science cannot explain love. To understand what it really is, how it affects us, and what it costs us, we need to look at empirical examples.

As its title - after the Roland Barthes book - suggests, Derek Tsang & Jimmy Wan's directorial debut is comprised of 6 stories about lvoe & lovers. From a philanderer about to get a taste of his own medicine from his son's best friend, to a laundry shop worker who reminisces about her previious male conquests through the smell of their clothes, the two writer - directors - frequently screenplay collaborators of director Pang Ho-cheung - find their own twisted ways to explore the nature of love and its dire consequences.
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Professional Review of "Lover's Discourse (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

March 11, 2011

Four-story drama Lover's Discourse treads familiar ground, and features a diverse Chinese cast playing individuals afflicted, troubled or perhaps obsessed by love. Notice I didn't say "enamored." Directed by Derek Tsang and Jimmy Wan, and produced by Pang Ho-Cheung, Lover's Discourse is a cynical little look at love, where it's sometimes framed fondly, but never in a way that posits the "love conquers all" mantra that cinema has long been partial to. Maybe this is just how Hong Kong views romance; in recent years, director Patrick Kong has made romantic negativity his bread-and-butter with his popular and also terribly directed "Love" movies. However, Tsang and Wan improve upon Kong's shoddy filmmaking, offering stylish direction to go along with an intriguing, eclectic cast and a well-observed script. The material inside may be familiar, but the package is a quality one.

Lover's Discourse starts with seemingly disconnected stories, but as the film progresses they become increasingly intertwined. Hong Kong Cinema regulars Eason Chan and Karena Lam star in the first segment, about casual lovers involved with other people. The two meet one evening on a crowded Causeway Bay corner and go about a mundane yet incisive date, filled with musings and touchstones on dating and intimacy. Long conversations and a meandering plot characterize this first segment, the actors given breathing room that allows them to inhabit roles rather than simply recite lines. That's great when your actors are Eason Chan and Karena Lam; each possesses a personality that’s identifiable, and even when their words don't mean much, it appears as if something is being said. Just like it is for these would-be lovers, the value here is in the time spent and not what explicitly happens.

Segment two digs into unrequited love with the tale of a laundromat worker (singer Kay Tse) who fantasizes about one of her customers (Taiwan heartthrob Eddie Peng). She collects objects pilfered from the clothes he drops off for cleaning, and daydreams of spending time with him, with her dreams reflecting quirky, frequently funny movie tropes. However, in her dreams the object of her affection is not the real Eddie Peng, but an Eddie Peng-lookalike mannequin. The symbolism is easy to parse; the lover in the young woman's dream is an imagined facsimile of the real-life person, the idea being that imagined fantasy is ultimately easier to deal with than reality. That meaning isn't expressed - rather, it's implied through Tse's funny fantasies, her engaging performance and the final moments, which imply that such ardent one-sided love is transitory. This segment echoes Wong Kar-Wai's Chungking Express, though with far more whimsy.

Segment three increases the connections among the stories. Jacky "Son of actor-producer-triad Charles" Heung plays Po, who recalls his younger days when he looked like William "Boyfriend of Charlene Choi" Chan and was friends with Carlos "was in some other movie" Chan, who's playing a younger version of Eddie Peng's character (Whew!). Po is enamored of his friend's mom (singer Kit Chan), his affection understood through lingering gazes, slight body language and oodles of subjective POV. Such attraction seems doomed, but Po has an ace up his sleeve - her husband (Eric Tsang) may be fooling around, and he could always let the info slip. More so than the others, this third segment creates smart tension, using body language and unspoken gazes rather than plot twists or dialogue. Indeed, for much of Lover's Discourse, Tsang and Wan go for visual storytelling, creating their ideas and emotions through film language rather than their screenplay, and their choices pay off.

It also helps that Peter Kam handles the score. The prolific composer does a superlative job here, with his music carrying the film through its rougher patches. The fourth segment could use the help; its tale is labored thanks to its forgone conclusion and needlessly protracted action. The segment features Jacky Heung and Mavis Fan as two unrelated individuals who join forces to tail their romantic partners, suspecting - of course - that both are being unfaithful. The two conduct their alliance through Internet chat and then shadowy chase, crossing over with characters from previous segments while Kam's music assertively accompanies every step, suspicion and emotional discovery. Kam isn't the only key contributor; Charlie Lam handles the gorgeous imagery, sometimes mediated in post into a scratchy, grainy grindhouse look that's meant to convey the cacophony and chaos of love. Or maybe it just looks cool, and has no real meaning at all. You can decide the answer yourself - you're probably not wrong.

Ultimately, Lover's Discourse doesn't conclude nor overtly reveal. The film offers different looks at love, but when everything is filtered down, the assembled wisdom could probably be summed up in two or three sentences. The screenplay lacks true complexity or surprise, and only provides facets - scenes, if you will - from fragile and usually doomed relationships. The feelings left are fleeting, bitter and sometimes bittersweet, but not really lasting. As such, Lover's Discourse only skims the surface of what it attempts to explore. Is that a fault? Not entirely. Those looking for meatier, tougher explorations of love may find this too slight, but those who enjoy a well-made and well-observed look at love in the big city may find this to be a treat. Even more, the film offers something that Hong Kong Cinema fans desperately need: hope for the future. Derek Tsang and Jimmy Wan show promise with their first feature, and that's more than enough to give this film a solid recommendation. For a pop-art Hong Kong movie, Lover's Discourse does just fine. For a debut work, it excels.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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