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29+1 (2016) (Blu-ray + Keyholder + Booklet) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Joyce Cheng (Actor) | Chrissie Chau (Actor) | Kearen Pang (Director, Writer) | Jan Lamb
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Hong Kong stage producer and actor Kearen Pang makes her directorial debut with 29+1, based on her own acclaimed one-person show about the experiences and mindset of women entering their thirties. From 2005 to 2013, Pang presented over 90 sold-out shows of 29+1 in Hong Kong, Beijing and Macau. She brings her signature work to the silver screen through a thoughtful nostalgia-tinged drama about two 29-year-old Hong Kong women, played by Chrissie Chau (Break Up 100) and Joyce Cheng (Special Female Force), and how they navigate life's decisions, disappointments, expectations and misgivings as they approach the big 3-0.

Marketing executive Christy (Chrissie Chau) has many of the worries common to women of her age group, like career pressure, nagging parents and a stagnant relationship. As she nears 30, she's suddenly faced with an onset of challenges and gripped with anxiety for her future. Born on the exact same day as Christy, happy-go-lucky Tin Lok (Joyce Cheng) has no career or love life to speak of, but she always seems to be optimistic about life. Before her birthday, Lok packs her suitcase and heads out to realize her childhood dream, while Christy moves into Lok's apartment by chance. When Christy comes across Lok's journal, these two women of opposite personalities begin to enter each other's worlds.

This edition comes with a booklet, a keychain and special features, including trailer, making-of and interviews.

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Product Title: 29+1 (2016) (Blu-ray + Keyholder + Booklet) (Hong Kong Version) 29+1 (2016) (Blu-ray + 巴黎鐵塔鎖匙扣 + 電影精美場刊) (香港版) 29+1 (2016) (Blu-ray + 巴黎铁塔锁匙扣 + 电影精美场刊) (香港版) 29+1 (2016) (Blu-ray + Keyholder + Booklet) (Hong Kong Version) 29+1 (2016) (Blu-ray + Keyholder + Booklet) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Joyce Cheng (Actor) | Chrissie Chau (Actor) | Jan Lamb | Eric Kot | Elaine Jin | Ben Yeung (Actor) | Babyjohn Choi (Actor) 鄭欣宜 (Actor) | 周秀娜 (Actor) | 林海峰 | 葛民輝 | 金燕玲 | 楊尚斌 (Actor) | 蔡瀚億 (Actor) 郑欣宜 (Actor) | 周秀娜 (Actor) | 林海峰 | 葛民辉 | 金燕玲 | 杨尚斌 (Actor) | 蔡瀚亿 (Actor) 鄭欣宜(ジョイス・チェン) (Actor) | 周秀娜 (クリッシー・チャウ) (Actor) | 林海峰(ジャン・ラム) | 葛民輝(エリック・コット) | 金燕玲(イレイン・カム) | 楊尚斌 (ベン・ヨン) (Actor) | ベイビージョン・チョイ (Actor) Joyce Cheng (Actor) | Chrissie Chau (Actor) | Jan Lamb | Eric Kot | Elaine Jin | Ben Yeung (Actor) | Babyjohn Choi (Actor)
Director: Kearen Pang 彭秀慧 彭秀慧 Kearen Pang Kearen Pang
Writer: Kearen Pang 彭秀慧 彭秀慧 Kearen Pang Kearen Pang
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: 2017-08-04
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 200 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1061274437

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This is a story in 2005.

Christy Lam (Chrissie Chau) is a typical city girl born and raised in Hong Kong. She is a month from turning 30, and has just begun to cope with the same struggles shared by most girls of the same age: the almost unbearable stress at work, her aging but annoying parents, and her seemingly stable yet stagnant relationship. All of these only add to her fear for this next chapter of her life.

Wong Tin-Lok (Joyce Cheng), on the other hand, is also turning 30 soon, but leads a vastly different life. She has never been in love, and her job is taking her nowhere. And yet, she has always kept an optimistic attitude towards life. On the verge of her next chapter, she makes a bold decision to just pick up her bags and fulfill her childhood dream.

They have never met each other, and their personalities are night and day. But as fate would haveit, Christy makes a temporary move into Wong's apartment. Through exploring Wong's diary, Christy not only discovers that they share the same birthday, but also learns about the bits and pieces of Wong's life.

As their virtual bond grows, Christy begins to appreciate Wong's alternate approach to life, so much so that it becomes an integral part of Christy's own. Who has entered Whose world?
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Embracing the big 3-0
"30" can be a stressful number to some women. It is often considered the deadline of some major life events like getting married. In 2005, stage producer and actor Kearen Pang also entered her thirties. Instead of worrying about whether she can get married on time, she treated "30" as an age to meet new challenges. That year, she left her theatre troupe and made her solo debut with the one-person show 29+1, which casts new light on life as well as the big 3-0.

In the original stage version, Kearen Pang played two 29-year-old Hong Kong women: successful marketing executive Christy and cheerful CD store worker Tin Lok. To offer a more vivid portrayal of the characters in the movie remake, the two protagonists are played by Chrissie Chau (Break Up 100) and Joyce Cheng (Special Female Force), respectively. Christy gets promoted before her 30-year-old birthday. However, she is overwhelmed by different pressures from work, her father's sickness and a stagnant relationship with her long-time boyfriend. To add insult to injury, the apartment she is living has been sold off by the landlord. Forced to move on short notice, Christy ends up living in the home of Tin Lok, who has set off to Paris to pursue her childhood dream. When Christy discovers Tin Lok's diary, she becomes inspired by Tin Lok's optimistic attitude towards life.

Age is the key issue in the film. Just like the mental discomfort felt when people see the price on a taxi meter going up, the fear of hitting 30 is fully expressed in the title 29+1. Pang offers a delicate depiction of this feeling with realistic scenes about Christy's anti-aging lifestyle, such as low-calorie diets and a lengthy make-up process, which are highly relevant for many young women. Christy always prepares for the future but fails to live in the moment. Different from Christy, Tin Lok enjoys every moment of her life and values her old memories which give her energy to carry on her life. Through their contrasting stories, the film guides audience to reconsider the meaning of life and learn to embrace the big 3-0.

To retain the film's stage drama roots, the movie version intentionally features some theatrical scenes such as a group of eerie girls covered with facial masks and the fantasy encounter between Christy and Tin Lok. Though it's already 12 years after the release of the original story, Pang doesn't change the story's timeline to please the current "29+1" audience. Having the same setting as the original, the film evokes a deep sense of nostalgia through many old-school elements such as Leslie Cheung's music programme Sunset in Paris, Beyond's "The Morning Train," traditional tea houses and vinyl records.

29+1 accurately captures the inner conflicts of modern women struggling in career, love and family. Though the story is written from the perspective of a woman turning 30, it strikes a chord among all people facing the same situation thanks to its emotionally resonant plot. By incorporating theatrical features in her movie, Pang offers new insight into filmmaking and proves herself one of the most promising directors in Hong Kong with her surprising directorial debut.

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