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Vivian Chow (Actor) | Sandra Ng (Actor) | Eddie Cheung (Actor) | William Chan (Actor)
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Veteran Hong Kong director Ann Hui leaves behind the "City of Sadness" that is Tin Shui Wai for the chic, modern streets of downtown Hong Kong with her latest romantic comedy-drama All About Love. Written by author/scriptwriter Yang Yee Shan (Whispers and Moans, True Women for Sale), the seemingly unassuming romance appears to be chronicling a renewed relationship between two lesbian urbanites - played by Sandra Ng (Echoes of the Rainbow) and 90s pop idol Vivian Chow (in her first film in 14 years). However, Yang and Hui aim for much more than its genre suggests, exploring contemporary gender politics in Hong Kong and the modern twists on the idea of a conventional family, resulting in an unconventional Hong Kong urban comedy-drama. Joining Vivian and Sandra to form the unconventional modern family in the film are Eddie Cheung (Election) and pop star William Chan (Beauty of Duty!) in fun supporting performances.

After being separated for years, former lovers Macy (Sandra Ng) and Anita (Vivian Chow) are reunited at a pregnancy seminar. After sharing the accidental circumstances that led to their respective pregnancies, the two fall back in love. However, to add to the trouble caused by the fathers of their babies (Eddie Cheung and William Chan), Anita also finds herself the victim of gender discrimination at work due to her pregnancy. Will Macy and Anita make it through the obstacles in the way of their reunion, and what roles will the two fathers-to-be end up playing in the women's lives?

This edition comes with making of, photo gallery, the uncut version of the music featurette, and trailers.

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Product Title: All About Love (2010) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 得閒炒飯 (DVD) (香港版) 得閒炒饭 (DVD) (香港版) 愛に関するすべてのこと (得閒炒飯) (DVD) (香港版) All About Love (2010) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Vivian Chow (Actor) | Sandra Ng (Actor) | Eddie Cheung (Actor) | William Chan (Actor) | Joey Meng (Actor) | Jo Koo (Actor) | Eman Lam | Conroy Chan | Amy Fan | Simon Yam | Petrina Fung 周慧敏 (Actor) | 吳君如 (Actor) | 張兆輝 (Actor) | 陳 偉霆 (Actor) | 萬綺雯 (Actor) | 谷祖琳 (Actor) | 林二汶 | 陳子聰 | 樊亦敏 | 任達華 | 馮寶寶 周慧敏 (Actor) | 吴君如 (Actor) | 张兆辉 (Actor) | 陈 伟霆 (Actor) | 万绮雯 (Actor) | 谷祖琳 (Actor) | 林二汶 | 陈子聪 | 樊亦敏 | 任达华 | 冯宝宝 周慧敏 (ビビアン・チョウ) (Actor) | 呉君如 (サンドラ・ン) (Actor) | 張兆輝(チョン・シウファイ) (Actor) | 陳偉霆 (ウィリアム・チャン) (Actor) | 萬綺雯(マン・イーマン) (Actor) | 谷祖琳 (ジョー・コク) (Actor) | 林二汶 (イーマン・ラム) | 陳子聰 (コンロイ・チャン) | Amy Fan | 任達華 (サイモン・ヤム) | 馮寶寶(フォン・ボーボー) Vivian Chow (Actor) | Sandra Ng (Actor) | Eddie Cheung (Actor) | William Chan (Actor) | Joey Meng (Actor) | Jo Koo (Actor) | Eman Lam | Conroy Chan | Amy Fan | 임 달화 | Petrina Fung
Director: Ann Hui 許鞍華 许鞍华 許鞍華(アン・ホイ) Ann Hui
Release Date: 2010-12-17
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS Digital Surround
Disc Format(s): DVD-9, DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 105 (mins)
Publisher: Vicol Entertainment Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1023827712

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* Bonous Features:
1. Official Trailer (1:52)
2. Making-Of (22:00)
3. Promotional Music Video (2:18)
4. Undisclosed Full Version Music Video (3:27)
5. Photo Album

Director: Hui On Wa

Anita (Vivian Chow) meets 19-year-old Mike(William Chan) online, and gets pregnant unexpectedly after their first date and one-night-stand. She is torn between having an abortion and keeping the baby. Macy (Sandra Ng). a lawyer by profession, is bi-sexual and fears commitment. Her two good friends Eleanor (Joey Meng) and Wai Wai (Jo Koo) are earger to find a loving partner for her.

Robert (Eddie Cheung) runs an investment company next door to Macy's office. His wife sues hem for domestic violence and demands a divorce. Robert hires Macy to defend him in court. Macy counsels Robert on his chauvinism. She succeeds in helping him win back his wife's love and they settle out of lawsuit. At the same time, Macy finds out she is pregnant with Robert's baby.

Macy and Anita meet when they sign up for counselling courses at . Despite 12 years of separation, they rekindle their passion for each other. Should they abort their babies or deliver them? Macy and Anita both find it hard to make a decision. Macy is still afraid to commit to a lasting relationship and treasures her freedom. On the other hand, Anita is tortured by the gossiping behind her back among her colleagues, while her boss plans to fire her without compensation.

Meanwhile, either out of love or friendship, Robert and Mike keep in contact with both women and are prepared to offer help. Will Anita and Macy give birth? Will the two men be recognized as the babies' fathers? What will become of Anita and Macy?
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Professional Review of "All About Love (2010) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

January 14, 2011

Acclaimed Hong Kong director and industry veteran Ann Hui returns with All About Love, a film considerably lighter in tone than her last outing, the depressing, Tin Shui Wai-set Night and Fog. Needless to say, although the film's premise does suggest light romantic comedy, with a script by author and screenwriter Yang Yee Shan (responsible for the hard hitting Whispers and Moans and True Women for Sale), it also tackles a number of serious societal concerns. The film is headlined by a couple of top acting talents in Sandra Ng (currently enjoying a career renaissance thanks to the likes of Echoes of the Rainbow) and 1990s pop star Vivian Chow (making her first film appearance for 14 years), with support from Eddie Cheung (Election) and William Chan (Beauty on Duty!).

The film revolves around two urbanite lesbians and former lovers, Macy (Sandra Ng) and Anita (Vivian Chow), who meet again at a pregnancy seminar after years apart. The attraction between the women is still strong, and they find themselves falling back in love, despite having had their fair share of ups and downs. The issue of the fathers of their respective babies rears its head, as the men in question make it clear that they want to be involved. Matters are further complicated when Anita finds herself discriminated against at work as a pregnant single mother, putting her budding relationship with Macy under even more strain.

The most pleasing aspect of All About Love is the way in which Hui and Yang manage to combine aspects of the romantic comedy and social conscience drama genres into an entertaining and thoughtful blend. Although the film may sound very much like an overt taboo challenging or issue heavy affair, it's actually first and foremost a very humanistic and warm hearted piece. Whilst it does spend a great deal of time with its characters talking and discussing various key subjects, this is woven into the film quite naturally, and things never get heavy handed or preachy. Certainly, the question of its protagonists' sexuality never really takes centre stage, with the main theme being of gender and family politics in modern Hong Kong. Even this is tackled with a pleasingly wide scope, covering the difficulties faced by both sexes and the complexities which can challenge relationships of all types, and the film is ultimately about commitment and unconventional families as much as anything else.

At the same time, the film is frequently very funny, thanks to Yang's sharp and witty script, which shows a wonderfully observant sense of humour mixed with old fashioned farce. In general this balances well with the film's more worthy aspects, and helps to give things a fun and flirty feel. The relationship between Macy and Anita progresses in a wholly believable manner, and though the film never really throws any truly threatening problems at them, it does keep the viewer interested as to how things will work out between them and the various other characters. Partly this is due to some excellent performances from the cast, with Sandra Ng and Vivian Chow both on great form, and with the male leads providing some effective comedy relief.

The film doesn't always quite work out, and during the last act when things get more serious with the work discrimination case it feels a little strained, as Hui switches to a near-documentary approach which sits somewhat uncomfortably with the previously fluffy and commercial feel. Still, this doesn't matter too much, and All About Love is on the whole very enjoyable, and a fine attempt to chronicle modern Hong Kong society and the concerns of everyday, recognisable people - something which is becoming all too rare. Hui and Yang work very well together, and more of the same would definitely be welcome alongside their more serious outings.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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March 9, 2011

It's complicated.
Although too much is packed into All About Love's light urban romance premise for it to be as effective and enjoyable than it could have been, Ann Hui's lesbian drama still works more often than not. Thanks to well-written and well-acted characters, All About Love connects as an earnest depiction of thirty, fortysomething career women finding love, friendship, and family on their own "it's complicated" terms. It just so happens that the conflicted lovers of this story are both women, high school sweethearts who meet again at an expecting single mothers' support group.

The scene in which leading actresses Sandra Ng and Vivian Chow walk each other home the night they meet create the most lasting and affecting image of the film. Former lovers crossing paths years later, Anita and Macy are too old and jaded to play innocent. Still, their youthful excitement over the chance encounter bubbles to the surface, adding a coy, off-balance spring to their steps as they wander back and forth on the Mid-Level escalators, hands on the small of each other's backs. After the fateful meeting, the story sets in and it's a loaded one, revealing how each woman got into their unplanned pregnancy dilemma.

Anita and Macy's relationship is the heart of the story, but their conflict touches and transforms the lives of many around them, including Macy's lesbian best friends (Joey Meng and Jo Koo), who want children, and the babies' one-night-stand fathers. If Anita and Macy are questionable candidates for motherhood, then the fathers-to-be are even less ideal: a naive, barely legal college student (William Chan) and a married man (Eddie Cheung) with a domestic violence record. Though these sound like very cinematic predicaments and people, the characters don't feel forced or incomplete onscreen, and are actually surprisingly sincere and genuine in their interactions. Together, they form a convincing semblance of the contemporary urban yuppie generation, in which alternative lifestyles are increasingly mainstream and friends provide the most important family and support networks.

Where All About Love falters is its attempt to squeeze in a greater agenda. The characters' self-aware feminist diatribe is amusing and even insightful at times, like when Joey Meng's character takes William Chan under her activist wing, and declares that men are also the victims in a patriarchal society. In small doses, the social commentary about gender politics adds welcome character and wit to the film. True Women For Sale and Whispers and Moans writer Yang Yee Shan, however, kicks her movie-with-a-message script into high maintenance in the latter half with a thread about Anita facing discrimination at work, and her friends staging a protest in her behalf. While workplace discrimination against pregnant women is no doubt a worthy topic, its late entry onto an already full plate distracts from the original story and charm, and not even Hui's understated direction can organically integrate the new conflict into the film. The discrimination episode turns into a weak narrative device for Anita and Macy's romantic conflict and reconciliation, which is unlikely to be the writer's intended effect.

Thankfully, the story does regain its footing and the audience's goodwill by returning to the characters for the conclusion. As a socially conscious drama, All About Love is all over the place, but as a well-meaning cross-section of urban life and love, the film hits home with its warm humor, realistic relationships, and age-appropriate sentiments. And it's great to see Vivian Chow back onscreen again.

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10 (1)

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September 3, 2014

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Oh so modern Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10
"All About Love" begins with barrister Macy (Sandra Ng) conspiring with a friend to commit immigration fraud by marrying a man she intends to divorce. This barrister then commits adultery with her client (Eddie Cheung) who is being sued for divorce by his wife on grounds of spousal abuse. She is impregnated by her client and considers aborting the only innocent life in this tawdry relationship, while she continues her relationship with this still-married man who now has succeeded in patching things up with his wife.

The movie demands that we not be judgmental about any of these goings-on because Macy, after all, is a good-natured bisexual woman who has just found something like true love with her old bisexual friend Anita (Vivian Chow), who also has become impregnated after having a drunken one-night stand with a 19 year old boy. The movie throws in subplots about Macy possibly giving up her baby to her lesbian friends, about Anita suing her employer for employment discrimination when they require her either to give up her job or have an abortion, etc.

What we have here is a feminist diatribe wrapped in what passes for urban romance. Sandra Ng and Eddie Cheung succeed in creating surprisingly charming characters out of this dross and Vivian Chow still looks lovely after all these years. However, this is a movie that wears its trendy politics and morality (or lack thereof) on its sleeve and the schematic nature of the story becomes tedious.
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