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Eternal Summer (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Joseph Chang (Actor) | Ray Chang (Actor) | Kate Yeung (Actor) | Leste Chen (Director)
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Eternal Summer (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
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Handsome Taiwanese TV actors Bryant Chang and Joseph Chang enact an ambiguous relationship between long-lasting friendship and homosexual love in their screen debut Eternal Summer. After the horror film Heirloom, new generation director Leste Chen joins the recent emerging stream of queer-themed youth films in Taiwan after Blue Gate Crossing and Formula 17. A refreshing coming-of-age film with exceptionally fine cinematography, Eternal Summer promises a touching story about three innocent young people's frustration and loneliness in searching for a fulfilling love relationship.

Bryant Chang, after supporting a few popular dramas, successfully delivers a young man's struggle in facing his homosexuality. With this role he won the Best New Artist award at the Golden Horse Film Festival. Joseph Chang, who also started with TV dramas including the controversial gay title Crystal Boys, stars opposite Bryant Chang. Kate Yeung from 20 30 40 portrays a lonely girl who complicates the enigmatic friendship between the two boys. The film opens with elementary school kid Jonathan (Bryant Chang), ordered by the teacher to befriend his classmate Shane (Joseph Chang). Since then, they have shared every episode in their lives until Carrie (Kate Yeung) becomes their high school classmate...

Apart from topping the box office, the film has also enjoyed much critical success, being officially selected for the Pusan and Tokyo International Film Festivals. It also unveiled the curtain for the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival in 2006. Taiwanese band Mayday's theme song also brings out the greenness of our young protagonists.

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Product Title: Eternal Summer (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 盛夏光年 (DVD) (香港版) 盛夏光年 (DVD) (香港版) 花蓮の夏 (盛夏光年) (香港版) Eternal Summer (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: 永遠の夏
Artist Name(s): Joseph Chang (Actor) | Ray Chang (Actor) | Kate Yeung (Actor) 張孝全 (Actor) | 張睿家 (Actor) | 楊淇 (Actor) 张孝全 (Actor) | 张睿家 (Actor) | 杨淇 (Actor) 張孝全(ジョセフ・チャン) (Actor) | 張睿家(ブライアン・チャン) (Actor) | 楊淇(ケイト・ヨン) (Actor) Joseph Chang (Actor) | Bryant Chang (Actor) | Kate Yeung (Actor)
Director: Leste Chen 陳正道 陈正道 陳正道(レスト・チェン) Leste Chen
Release Date: 2007-05-09
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong, Taiwan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Disc Format(s): DVD-5, DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: III
Duration: 95 (mins)
Publisher: Edko Films Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004815343

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* Screen Format: 16:9
* DVD Type: DVD-5
* Special Features:
* Special Feature:
- 電影預告 Theatrical Trailer
- 相片集 Photo Gallery
- 演員及導演介紹 Cast And Crew Filmographies

導演:陳正道
Director: Leste Chen

◎榮獲第43屆金馬獎『最佳新演員獎』
◎釜山影展【新潮流單元】官方正式競賽片
◎東京影展亞洲之風、香港同志影展電影節開幕片

故事是從一所海邊的小學開始的.....守恆從小就是一個壞小孩,而正行是個乖小孩 ;有一天老師希望好小孩可以影響壞小孩,於是就規定好小孩要陪伴在孤獨的壞小孩身旁,慢慢的影響他,讓他有一天也能成為一個好小孩。但是在漫長的成長過程裡,這段從規定開始的友情,慢慢開始發酵。
物換星移 ,正行就像行星一樣圍繞在像恆星一般的守恆身旁,像是一個定律般。
一直到有一天,另一個孤獨的女孩-惠嘉,像彗星一般闖入兩人的生命中,打亂了一切.....
外面的時代,是發展中的台北.....時代很大,三個年輕人心中說不出口的秘密卻很小,但卻是他們的全部! 在世紀末最後的海邊,一切的秘密都將被解開....
他們才了解到-不論你心中有什麼秘密......每個人,生來就不應該孤獨!

Summertime. You and me. There is no word to describe us. Are we friends or are we lovers?
Shane and Jonathan first meet at a primary school by the sea. Shane is the class clown, while Jonathan is the no.1 student. One day, the teacher sets up a game called “Little Guardian Angel” where good students are paired with bad students in order to reform them. Against his will, Jonathan is paired with Shane. What starts off as an awkward friendship gradually evolves into forbidden love.
No matter how the stars spin in the universe, Jonathan always stands by Shane. No matter what happens, Jonathan always supports Shane through thick and thin. Until the day a lonely girl called Carrie, enters their lives. Like a fast-burning comet, she brings hope, beauty, happiness, and sorrow.
Earthquakes may shatter economy and politics, but it cannot break the secret between the three young people.
When Shane, Jonathan, and Carrie go back to the beach, returning to the origin of their story, they finally understand that…no matter what secret they have… no soul was born to be alone.
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Professional Review of "Eternal Summer (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

January 31, 2007

This professional review refers to Eternal Summer (English Subtitles) (Taiwan Version)
Quality cinema seekers may want to carve time into their schedule for Eternal Summer, a Taiwanese youth drama from director Leste Chen (The Heirloom). Eternal Summer tells the story of Jonathan (Bryant Chang), a young man who finds himself in an enviable (or maybe not) romantic predicament. On one hand, he has pretty Hong Kong transplant Carrie (Kate Yeung) after him. The two share an idyllic day of hooky in the big city, after which they check into a love hotel and get down to the deed. No dice: Jonathan calls it off. It turns out that he's in love with someone else, namely best friend Shane (Joseph Chang), a roguish and handsome troublemaker who excels at basketball and seems to be headed nowhere in particular after high school.

Carrie gets Jonathan's problem, and even accepts it. However, that isn't going to solve things for these conflicted youth. The revelation of Jonathan's sexuality creates tension between Carrie and Jonathan. Shane is oblivious to his old friend's issues, though, and initially has a contentious relationship with Carrie. However, their unspoken conflict over Jonathan gives way to their own relationship, which they embark on without Jonathan's knowledge. The days and nights pass, but the big secret of Jonathan's desires hangs over the three friends like the proverbial other shoe. Eventually, something has to give, and when it does, lives will surely change.

Or will they? As the title of the film may suggest, the emotions of youth are not things that can easily pass, regardless of honesty or sudden revelations. Not everything can reach absolute closure, and Eternal Summer seems to echo that theme by concentrating on its suffering, silent mood and the all-consuming emotions of its characters. Jonathan is consumed day-to-day by his passion for his pal, and Bryant Chang reveals his character's inner torture with a pitch-perfect emotional performance. Joseph Chang is even better, giving Shane undeniable charisma and a substantial inner core. The success of Eternal Summer hinges largely on his character's hidden emotions, and Joseph Chang handles the role with a charismatic, soulful energy. As the unfortunate third party of the trio, Kate Yeung is expressive and believable in a more limited and subtle role than either of her two male costars.

More than anything, Eternal Summer looks and sounds beautiful. The widescreen compositions, pleasing colors, and evocative soundtrack suit the film's gentle tone, giving the film an almost tangible warmth. Director Leste Chen's direction is evenly-paced and sensitive, giving each detail purpose and emotional weight. The film is almost too sure-handed, never presenting its emotions or situations as sensational or overblown, but also never digging too far beneath the surface. Eternal Summer is a film about mood and atmosphere, revealing and reveling in each character's feelings such that they permeate each frame like invisible emotion-saturated fog. The negative that exists in this is that there's little complexity attained, as the film reveals itself in an entirely too efficient manner. We get the emotions and we get the situations, and that feeling continues for a good ninety minutes. When the film's more sensational moments do occur, they're hardly unexpected.

Also, the film attempts to tie things up with multiple "secrets" that get revealed at the film's climax. The characters bare their souls to each other, but it's questionable if the secrets connect with the audience as much as they do with the characters. For most of Eternal Summer, the details suitably reveal the characters' emotions, but when it's time for them to own up verbally, the connection doesn't seem to gel. It's almost like the film is unable to commit - a valid theme where these characters are concerned, but hardly a satisfying, or even fitting one considering the narrative's final dramatic push. When Eternal Summer finally ends, it seems that we're not left with an answer, but simply an abundance of affecting emotion delivered through gorgeous performance, image, and sound. From a cinema standpoint, that's still an accomplishment. The whole may not be satisfying or entirely substantial, but if one were to judge solely by details, then Eternal Summer is a lovely little achievement.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.5 out of 10 (2)

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September 12, 2008

Well done and very sensitive Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I saw "Eternal Summer" at a film festival almost a year and half ago and loved it then and now I just bought the DVD and love it even more after watching it a second time. I noticed the same things when I watched it over a year ago as I noticed just now when I watched the DVD. The one thing about the DVD which is edited down to 95 minutes from the 105 minute uncut version I saw in the theater is the ending. By far the edited version saves the ending. When I saw the uncut version I was disappointed in the end because there had been such a nice arc to the story and then all of a sudden it fell off a cliff and died. The edited version on DVD cuts the ending short by a couple of minutes of dialogue and literally saves the ending and left me with even more appreciation for the film. Although I wish the 105 minute uncut version were available on DVD...

What made this movie so special was the organic nature of the relationship between Jonathan and Shane. I think a lot of people can relate to this movie and characters because it deals with normal every day type of people. The relationship between the two characters was so believable plus I really love the story! The one character I didn't like was the character of Carrie. I felt from the beginning that she was on the rebound from a relationship and that her trying to get Jonathan in bed was just a challenge for since she already sensed he was gay. And then her moving on to Shane seemed cruel to me as if she did that just to spite Jonathan and make him jealous. I never felt that Carrie really cared for either Jonathan or Shane although that contradicts the way her character was portrayed in the storyline. That's just my own feeling... One of the interesting things about the movie is that there are other characters in the movie but they never really come into play, you see them but there is almost no interaction with them. It's as if the world only consists of Jonathan and Shane and then eventually a third person, Carrie, is added to their world. I found the lack of other significant characters very interesting. There is one thing I didn't understand and that was the gloominess of the cinematography, it was either overcast or raining or night time. There was never a scene that took place in broad daylight or in any sort of brightness. Again, I found this interesting but didn't know what the director was trying to convey. But I think everyone should but the DVD and form their own opinion!
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September 3, 2007

This customer review refers to Eternal Summer (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
Yup! I like it Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
The first time I watched this movie, my conclusion was... well, it is just a so-so slow-pace gay movie. But the more I view it, the more I find out the strength of this movie. I realize that Eternal Summer is one of the rare germs in Asian world of gay cinema. Good camerawork. Nice storyline. Strong performances of the three young leading-stars (especially Joseph Chang). The low pace of this movie, instead of make me a bit boring, later I find out that this one gives me more rooms to think deeply of relationship or secret among those three main stars. By the way, have you experience... When the first time you listen to a new song, you aren't too interested; but after listening many times, then you're getting like it more and more? Eternal Summer is a kind of like that. You will like it after you watch for the second time or more...
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