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About Love (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Mavis Fan (Actor) | Chen Bo Lin (Actor) | Ito Misaki (Actor) | Jacqueline Li (Actor)
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About Love (Hong Kong Version)
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Consisting of three vignettes about cross-cultural love set in three different cities (Tokyo, Taipei, and Shanghai), About Love is a film made by three talented directors with six fabulous young idols from Japan, Mainland China, and Taiwan. Cast includes Wilson Chen (Bluegate Crossing), Ito Misaki (Juon), Mavis Fan (popular Taiwanese singer), Kase Ryo (rising Japanese actor), Tsukamoto Takashi (Battle Royale), and Li Xiaolu (Golden Horse Best Actress for Xiu Xiu - The Sent Down Girl). In each segment, a foreigner and a resident, both in their twenties, try to transgress cultural and language barriers and explore something About Love. Beneath the three different types of relationships, there always lie something common that all couples need to go through - moments of uncertainties, confusion, and bittersweet tenderness.

  • Tokyo, by Shimoyama Ten (director of MVs for J-pop stars and Kindaichi TV series)
    A Taiwanese student in Japan (Wilson Chen Bo-lin) yearns to become a successful digital cartoonist. One day he passes by a heartbroken young graphic artist (Ito Misaki), who possesses a quality that intrigues him...
    ~ Click to see: (1), (2)

  • Taipei, by Yee Chi-yen (director of Bluegate Crossing)
    A newcomer from Japan in Taipei (Kase Ryo) who eagerly hopes for a one-night-stand receives a call from a local girl for help. He speeds to her place only to find that his task is merely to help A-Su assmemble a bookshelf...
    ~ Click to see: (1), (2)

  • Shanghai, by Zhang Yibai (director of Spring Subway and popular TV commercials)
    A young Japanese student (Tsukamoto Takashi) lives on the second floor of a general store in Shanghai. The landlady's daughter (Li Xiaolu) falls in love with him at first sight, but he is still filled with thoughts of his sweetheart in Japan...
    ~ Click to see: (1), (2)

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    Product Title: About Love (Hong Kong Version) 戀愛地圖 (香港版) 恋爱地图 (香港版) アバウト・ラブ/関於愛 (戀愛地圖) (香港版) About Love (Hong Kong Version)
    Artist Name(s): Mavis Fan (Actor) | Chen Bo Lin (Actor) | Ito Misaki (Actor) | Jacqueline Li (Actor) | Tsukamoto Takashi (Actor) 范曉萱 (Actor) | 陳柏霖 (Actor) | 伊東美咲 (Actor) | 李小璐 (Actor) | 塚本高史 (Actor) 范晓萱 (Actor) | 陈柏霖 (Actor) | 伊东美咲 (Actor) | 李小璐 (Actor) | 冢本高史 (Actor) 范暁萱(メイビス・ファン) (Actor) | 陳柏霖 (チェン・ボーリン) (Actor) | 伊東美咲 (Actor) | 李小璐 (リー・シャオルー) (Actor) | 塚本高史 (Actor) Mavis Fan (Actor) | 천보린 (Actor) | Ito Misaki (Actor) | Jacqueline Li (Actor) | Tsukamoto Takashi (Actor)
    Director: Yee Chih Yen | Shimoyama Ten 易智言 | 下山天 易智言 | Shimoyama Ten 易智言(イ・ツーイェン) | 下山天 Yee Chih Yen | Shimoyama Ten
    Release Date: 2005-06-17
    Language: Japanese, Mandarin
    Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
    Country of Origin: Hong Kong
    Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
    Aspect Ratio: 1.77 : 1
    Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
    Sound Information: Dolby Digital
    Disc Format(s): DVD-5, DVD
    Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
    Rating: IIA
    Duration: 100 (mins)
    Publisher: Asia Video (HK)
    Package Weight: 140 (g)
    Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
    YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004011597

    Product Information

    * Screen Format: 16:9 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
    * Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
    * DVD Type: DVD-5
    * Extras:
    - 預告片 Tralier
    - 台前幕後 Casts & Credits
    - 相片集 Photo Gallery

    三對不同國籍的年輕男女,在生活節奏繁忙而急促的都市裡,遇上講不同語言的對方,停住一份愛,經歷了種種苦澀與甜蜜。他們用青春、用心去愛,每段情,由邂逅、猜心、跌跌碰碰,以至不經意的著迷、內心的波瀾、情慾的掙扎……都刻劃入微,能勾起你我戀愛地圖的回憶和共鳴。

    下山天《東京篇─你好》
    在東京的台灣留學生姚是來(陳柏霖),偶遇日本女孩美智子(伊東美崎),被其憂鬱的氣質深深吸引。一天,美智子不告而別,姚堅決要找到她……

    易智言《台北篇─謝謝》
    台灣女孩阿思(范曉萱)因為失戀百無聊賴,深夜打電話給日本留學生阿鐵(加瀨亮)到其家裡,阿思懇求阿鐵幫她向舊男友打聽復合的可能性……

    張一白《上海篇─再見》
    從日本到中國學中文的修平(塚本高史),住在上海一個普通家庭裏,上海女孩小蘊(李小璐)對修平一見鍾情,但修平早已心有所屬,對小蘊的感情視而不見……

    Presented by three gifted auteurs and featuring the combined talents of six fabulous young artists from Japan, Mainland China and Taiwan, we invite you to experience these unforgettable stories, each revealing a tale between an ordinary young man and young women, amidst different cultural and language backgrounds. Each part weaves a vivid and touching story of self-discovery, and that unpredictable yet empathetic, exhilarating yet heart-rending,…a bittersweet journey we call love.
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    June 10, 2005

    There is always a sense of fondness when looking at the short film. Part of that has to do with being exposed too often to ideas and stories forcibly drawn out to meet certain time expectations, so that when one comes across a short film that gets to its point and does it well, it's always refreshing. Besides which, that sense of a bite of culture without the commitment of a full feature appeals to my capricious, contrary nature.

    This certainly does not hurt the reception of the anthology About Love. Made up of three films made by three different directors from three different locales, all 'about love', the problem of do they or don't they and do I have to sit through this once again never really becomes a cognizant thought.

    Of the three, personal preferences lean towards Yee Chi-Yen's middle offering set in Taipei. Following the attempted reconciliation of Mavis Fan's A-Su and her recent ex-boyfriend, there is a definite warmth between the two leads that leads to a little tension but more often adds a certain playfulness to their performances. Most impressive is that, of the three films, this one has the most direct interaction between the two central characters and the greatest attempt to observe cross-language communication.

    Ten Shimoyama's opening film set in Tokyo follows closely. While lacking the direct interaction of the Taiwanese production, there is still a strong exploration of emotion through the art of Ito Misaki's Ichiko and the friends of Chen Bo-Lin's Yao and their little struggles. The Tokyo story tends to be more wistful, but then the main leads only meet face to face twice.

    Zhang Yibai's Shanghai contribution was probably the weakest of the three. While feeling the same degree of longing as the Tokyo story, Shanghai's core premise was the unspoken and tragic love of a teenager, for whom I feel little empathy. While Li Xiao lu's Yun shows a little maturity in her day to day dealings with Takashi Tsukamoto's Shu hei, and his failed romance at home, the way she romanticizes him is not something I find worth exploring short of remembering how dumb one can be as a teenager.

    About Love holds together as a whole quite well and is often entertaining. The simple central theme of characters falling in and out of love is not the most challenging material but definitely sufficient to generate enough warm fuzzies to get you through to the next day.

    7.5 Languages in the Film out of 10

    By Eugene Chan

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    Customer Review of "About Love (Hong Kong Version)"

    Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.3 out of 10 (9)
    Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.4 out of 10 (12)

    numinair
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    December 12, 2014

    1 people found this review helpful

    Variations on communication and breakup Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    ‘About Love’ paradoxes calming motion, difficult communication and disappointments regarding the movie’s easy going aesthetic tones, difficult study displacements and romantic themes but certainly provided me a simple special sentiment. Looking into the glass and receiving feelings of a sanguine composure, but funnily contrasted due to the six main character’s youthful mild frustrations of language barriers, emotional growing pains towards love, getting dumped by first loves and a sad but poignant goodbye for a girl in Shanghai. But whatever the love and study frustrations, the motion love sickness is lessened by the three good directors way of showing it all. They are three sweet and easy vignettes to watch for your soul. And after all, love hurt is a momentary lapse towards transitory happiness, another yin and yang duality. (The more you know the more you’re become free).

    Bolin Chen’s graphic comic artist student rides his bike passionately and daily to leave a Japanese female painter (Misaki Ito – ‘The Grudge’ fame) his comic visage depictions of her pain to joy emotions on the glass door of her study studio – a girl who suffered a love breakup, so paints a scene of a road leading to a new life dawn. In Taipei a broken hearted girl (Mavis Fan) builds a bookcase but cannot lift it, so asks the help of a Japanese visitor (Ryo Kase) to help raise it for her. She then asks the Japanese visitor to talk (well, try to communicate as best as possible) to her localised ex-boyfriend about what the ex bf’s present feelings are now for her. At a rent home in Shanghai a Japanese student (Takashi Tsukamoto) stays there and communicates in various languages with the landlady’s daughter (Li Xiaolu), who the latter becomes concerned about a postcard the Japanese student receives from his homeland and of his sadness after reading the postcard. The girl cannot understand the written Japanese language so slowly translates the writing from the ripped up card by asking the student key words into her Chinese language – learning new words in Japanese the girl begins to fall in love with the Japanese student and his momentary misery.
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    December 12, 2014

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    Love that is almost there, but not quite Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    An ‘old’ movie I admit from 2004 (sifting through unwatched DVDs in my ‘material world’ collection boxes) but this puppy sadness of a somewhat indie movie can charm in a cathartic way, is aesthetically pleasing by its lovely cast and occasional camera silence and ‘feel you are there’ points of view ...and quite funny. The casual plot concerning Chinese, Japanese and Taiwanese youth in different Asian countries and of the people they meet there is universal to the subconscious seeker. People the ‘alien’ wish to love (ie everybody’s lonely secret heart I guess). The short films in Tokyo, Taipei and Shanghai are each centrally about love breakups but also misperceived actions and misunderstandings of what’s truly inside other people’s emotional hearts. Concerning language barriers it’s the difficulty of and in communication, humorously portrayed in the Taipei story the most with Mavis Fan and Ryo Kase about the latter’s ex-bf’s feelings and the Shanghai postcard (that Tower of Babel, eh?). I wasn’t sure myself what the heck the newcomer from Japan was saying and repeating. Thought something like ‘Peen not lighting up the way into my wife as usual? (a bit like a modern online translator software) ‘About Love’ though is very visually rewarding and although depicting characteristics of frustrating emotions, it’s a simple and good film to recommend.

    For the communication isolation thing apparently the English language syntax can be limited in truly expressing complex feelings and emotions – something I came across from a Peter Hammill album. Limited English to communicate fully? Certainly mine is anyway. Actually two interesting albums by UK poet/lyric artist Peter Hammill (known from Van Der Graaf Generator) are his ‘Incoherence’ and ‘Consequences’ albums and his 1976 marital breakup album called ‘Over’ – hard going stuff but brilliant!)

    Lastely although a modest DVD-5 the picture quality was very good with this version.
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    Kevin Kennedy
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    April 17, 2007

    2 people found this review helpful

    About yearning Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    "About Love" really is about youthful yearning for love and affection. The theme is depicted here in three engaging short films.

    The first film is the slickest and most sentimental and offers a sweet ending. The second film is the edgiest; it resembles a film school project. I identified with the male character's struggle to communicate and found the ending to be the most poignant. The third film is the most heartbreaking.

    The lead actors and actresses in all three films are gorgeous and handle their roles well. The filmmaking is naive, but absorbing.

    The time flew by as I watched this film; that's always a good sign! Highly recommended by your humble servant.
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    Miranda
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    August 30, 2006

    This customer review refers to About love (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
    2 people found this review helpful

    Touching, Funny, Romantic Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    This movie of 3 stories has it all; humour, love, loneliness, friendship, sadness...the stories and styles of film-making are very different and each one is excellent. I almost feel like I got 3 movies in one, well worth the money!
    The first story set in Tokyo I would say caters to the romantics in all of us. A modern fairytale of love by chance in a big, lonely city. A good looking, young Chinese guy falls for a Japanese artist.
    The second story is more about realism I think, about the complexities of relationships and it's verious forms. But don't let the realism put you off, it is the most hilarious of the 3 and features the most adorable male character ever in the history of film!
    The third story is much more tragic. A Chinese girl is seretly in love with her Japanese lodger, but does nothing to reveal her feelings. The actress does an amazing job of conveying the innocence of first love, and I must say the ending left me quite speechless.

    To sum it up, watch it! There needs to be more movies like this.
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    nicky
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    June 28, 2006

    This customer review refers to About love (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
    wonderful/terrible/acceptable Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
    TOKYO - anyone who enjoyed the photography in Chung King express should love this film. it was all over far too soon for me. i think its a wonderful little story. i know i havent seen anything like it before. its worth buying the dvd simply for this film.
    10/10

    TAIPEI - i hated this one. i thought it was ok at the beginning and just got worse until i couldnt wait for the end. the japanese guys chinese sounded very poor, and while i know chinese is a difficult language to master, to have to listen to an absolute beginner with a very strong accent speak for a long time (and consistently get it wrong) was really grating. towards the end the girl asks the boy to pass on a message for her to her ex. when he gets back she asks him what her ex said. he spends the next 5 mins (literally) trying to tell her, making the same mistake over and over. we never do find out what her ex said! i never want to watch this film again.
    1/10

    SHANGHAI - this film is sweet and gentle, although i didnt sense any chemistry between the boy and girl despite a lot of interaction. i especially liked one scene where the girl looks at the boy through a glass. i thought this was a very clever and unique shot.
    6/10
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