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Temporary Family (2014) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Sammi Cheng (Actor) | Nick Cheung (Actor) | Angelababy (Yang Ying) (Actor) | Oho Ou (Actor)
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DJ, actress, artist, writer and director Vincci Cheuk returns with her follow-up to 2013's Kickass Girls in Temporary Family! Featuring heavyweights Sammi Cheng (Blind Detective) and Nick Cheung (Hungry Ghost Ritual) in their first major collaboration, Temporary Family is a romantic comedy that lampoons the state of Hong Kong's real estate market.

Home to the world's most expensive property per square foot, the Hong Kong real estate market is akin to an exclusive club one can never hope to enter for many who live in the metropolitan city. No one understands this better than real estate agent Lung (Nick Cheung), whose girlfriend Julie (TV actress Myolie Wu) has given him an ultimatum: deliver her a 1000-square-foot apartment in a stylish neighborhood, or she won't marry him. Hoping to make a quick buck, Lung convinces recent divorcee Charlotte (Sammi Cheng), his stepdaughter from a previous marriage Hak (Angelababy, Tai Chi 0) and Mainland rich kid Very Wong (singer Oho Ou) to go into business with him and become co-owners of a luxury penthouse. However, their plan to flip the property for cash falls to pieces when the government enacts new legislation. Now abandoned by Julie, Lung moves into the penthouse, forming a "temporary family" with Charlotte, Hak and Very.

This edition includes behind-the-scenes featurettes.

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Product Title: Temporary Family (2014) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 失戀急讓 (2014) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 失恋急让 (2014) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 失戀急讓 (2014) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Temporary Family (2014) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: 臨時同居 临时同居
Artist Name(s): Sammi Cheng (Actor) | Nick Cheung (Actor) | Angelababy (Yang Ying) (Actor) | Oho Ou (Actor) | Dayo Wong (Actor) | Jiang Wu (Actor) | Myolie Wu (Actor) | Jacky Cheung (Actor) | Ram Tseung (Actor) | Eric Kot (Actor) | Fruit Chan (Actor) | Ivana Wong (Actor) | Regina Ip Lau (Actor) | Vincci Cheuk 鄭秀文 (Actor) | 張 家輝 (Actor) | 楊 穎 (Actor) | 歐 豪 (Actor) | 黃子華 (Actor) | 姜武 (Actor) | 胡杏兒 (Actor) | 張 學友 (Actor) | 蔣 志光 (Actor) | 葛民輝 (Actor) | 陳果 (Actor) | 王菀之 (Actor) | 葉劉 淑儀 (Actor) | 卓韻芝 郑秀文 (Actor) | 张 家辉 (Actor) | 杨 颖 (Actor) | 欧 豪 (Actor) | 黄子华 (Actor) | 姜武 (Actor) | 胡杏儿 (Actor) | 张 学友 (Actor) | 蒋 志光 (Actor) | 葛民辉 (Actor) | 陳果 (Actor) | 王菀之 (Actor) | 叶刘 淑仪 (Actor) | 卓韵芝 鄭秀文 (サミー・チェン) (Actor) | 張家輝 (ニック・チョン) (Actor) | Angelababy (アンジェラベイビー) (Actor) | Oho Ou (Actor) | 黄子華(ウォン・ジーワー) (Actor) | 姜武(ジァン・ウー) (Actor) | 胡杏兒 (マイオリー・ウー) (Actor) | 張學友(ジャッキー・チョン) (Actor) | 蒋志光(チョン・チークォン) (Actor) | 葛民輝(エリック・コット) (Actor) | 陳果(フルーツ・チャン) (Actor) | 王菀之 (イヴァナ・ウォン) (Actor) | Regina Ip Lau (Actor) | Vincci Cheuk Sammi Cheng (Actor) | Nick Cheung (Actor) | 안젤라베이비 (Actor) | Oho Ou (Actor) | Dayo Wong (Actor) | Jiang Wu (Actor) | Myolie Wu (Actor) | 장 학우 (Actor) | Ram Tseung (Actor) | Eric Kot (Actor) | Fruit Chan (Actor) | Ivana Wong (Actor) | Regina Ip Lau (Actor) | Vincci Cheuk
Director: Vincci Cheuk 卓韻芝 卓韵芝 Vincci Cheuk Vincci Cheuk
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: 2014-10-29
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 2.40 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Video Codecs: AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10)
Rating: IIA
Duration: 100 (mins)
Publisher: Edko Films Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1037048377

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* Special Features:
1. Teaser Trailer 1
2. Teaser Trailer 2
3. Angelababy Teaser Trailer 3
4. Teaser Trailer 4
5. Teaser Trailer 5
6. Teaser Trailer 6
7. Teaser Trailer 7
8. Teaser Trailer 8
9. Theatrical Trailer
10. Making of 1
11. Angelababy Making of 2
12. Making Of 3
13. Making Of 4
14. Photo Gallery

Lung (Nick Cheung), a hardworking property agent, is facing a serious situation in life. His girlfriend won’t marry him unless he can buy her a 1000-sq ft apartment in one year’s time. Charlotte (Sammi Cheng), a recent divorcee who just moved out from her ex-husband, is in need of a new place to live. She receives a sizable breakup fee of 4 million dollars. Delivery girl Hak (Angelababy), who is Lung’s step daughter and sees him as a father fighure, owns a small flat given by her estranged mother. Mainland richling Very (Oho) works as an intern in Lung’s property agency, claiming to experience ordinary life in Hong Kong.

Lung figures the quickest way to make enough money is through property speculation. If it goes according to plan, the flat is expected to be doubled in value when it is to be resold within one year…..

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Professional Review of "Temporary Family (2014) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

October 23, 2014

On paper, Temporary Family boasts one of the year's most intriguing pedigrees This urban romantic comedy features current Box Office King Nick Cheung, former Box Office Queen Sammi Cheng, perennial ingénue Angelababy and a script loaded with topical references about Hong Kong's out-of-control real estate market. The X-Factor is writer-director Vincci Cheuk a.k.a. GC Goo Bi, the DJ, entertainment personality and writer-director who showed initial promise in her segment of 2001 anthology Heroes in Love and also co-wrote Pang Ho-Cheung's vastly underrated Exodus. Unfortunately, Cheuk was also responsible for one of 2013's absolute worst films, the ill-conceived female fighting comedy Kick Ass Girls. The bar has been set tremendously low for Temporary Family, and thankfully the film rises well above those expectations. Despite showing continued limitations as a filmmaker, Cheuk delivers a perfectly watchable commercial comedy that's better than most Hong Kong films released this year.

While many recent films have referenced hot-button Hong Kong social issues, Temporary Family uses them as more than superficial talking points and effectively weaves them into its narrative. Lung (Nick Cheung) is a realtor who needs to purchase a 1000 square-foot flat in order to convince his girlfriend, flight attendant Julie (Myolie Wu), to marry him. His work is cut out for him, since she's only given him a year to raise the money – that is, until he has the brilliant idea of hardcore flat speculation. When a client needs to get rid of a dazzling luxury flat on the Peak, Lung decides to purchase the property with the intention of flipping it a year later for the extra cash. He doesn't have enough money, but he convinces his stepdaughter Hak (Angelababy) and mainland colleague Very Wong (Oho) to partner with him on the investment. The last partner is a stranger, recently divorced Charlotte (Sammi Cheng), who's looking for a new place but agrees to Lung's scheme after she checks out the luxury flat and likes it.

However, Charlotte ends up liking the flat way too much and surreptitiously moves in. Lung disapproves of her squatting, but Hak and Very are also smitten by the flat, and decide to move in temporarily to experience its luxury. Lung follows them to make sure they don't trash the place – since he's simultaneously trying to sell it for profit – making the four the temporary family of the film's title. Predictably there are conflicts with chances for affection and healing along the way. Focus moves from each character to the next efficiently, with some relationships solved quickly (Charlotte and Hak's conflict ramps up quick and then solves itself in one scene), while others (like Lung and Charlotte's burgeoning attraction) take the whole film to gestate. One storyline that's laughably a fait accompli is the obligatory romance between Hak and Very Wong, which develops nearly invisibly. The performers are likable though; as Very Wong, Oho has agreeable energy, and Angelababy shows some surprising comic chops. Smaller appearances by the likes of Jacky Cheung, Dayo Wong and Ivana Wong (no relation) spice up the mix.

Nick Cheung and Sammi Cheng are where it's at, though. The two actors represent a fresh Hong Kong Cinema pairing, and are engaging as they stumble towards a relatively mature romance. Cheng's talent for physical emotion is as sharp as ever, though her acting nukes the fridge when director Cheuk gives her too much room. Cheng has a couple of lengthy award bait scenes that start strong but overstay their welcome. Still, she's largely solid in the role, and when he can get a word in, Nick Cheung makes a fine complement to Cheng. Lung is sometimes uncouth and even pathetic, but he's got a decent heart and Cheung ultimately makes him likable. The Cheng + Cheung pairing is a very welcome one, and it helps that their romance isn't drawn out or too gimmicky. Where other films might use big speeches and a sprint to the airport, Temporary Family offers mutual acceptance. Such a mundane romantic reward is somewhat refreshing.

When it's called upon to be funny, Temporary Family hits more often than it misses. The local satire can be scathing – when convincing wannabe-Hong Konger Very Wong to invest in the luxury flat, Lung tells him, "Speculate on property. This is HK lifestyle!" There's lowbrow stuff too, including an extended gag about pubic hair with a funny payoff. However, some jokes are tired if not complete lifts (one sight gag involving a condom was stolen from Blake Edwards), and the pace sometimes drags. Director Cheuk switches from comedy to drama erratically, and can't find a proper rhythm. On the plus side, her situations build to rewarding finishes. This may be a movie about real issues, but the characters are movie types, in that they rousingly choose decency and camaraderie over pragmatism and selfishness. The ending is eye-rolling, however, with a Chinese national arriving in Hong Kong to magically fix, well, everything. Let's coin a phrase now and call this type of plot device a deus ex mainland.

Then again, we're in the age of the co-production, and as such, it's become increasingly harder to knock every film for pandering to the north. Given that Temporary Family isn't a pretentious message movie or a self-absorbed anthem for some demographic's "feels", it's perfectly fine to give Vincci Cheuk a thumbs up and some goodwill after the Kick Ass Girls mess. Also, Hong Kong Cinema in 2014 has been pretty bad overall – Golden Chickensss is actually Top 5 material at this point – and with the sliding scale in place, Temporary Family ranks as one of the better films of the year.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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