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Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait (2016) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Tony Leung Chiu Wai (Actor) | Zhou Xun (Actor) | Tshering Dorji (Actor) | Sadon Lhamo (Actor)
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Being anonymous is... intoxicating.

Tibetan lama and filmmaker Khyentse Norbu (Vara: A Blessing) delves into the nature of life and self in the intriguingly mystical and thought-provoking narrative film Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait. Every 12 years, a ritual takes place deep in the forests of Bhutan. With their identities concealed behind masks, men and women put down their names and pasts, and participate in performances and rituals of death and rebirth. Over 15 days, they revel in the freedom of anonymity, cross unspoken lines and reveal what one does when they're not known. Chinese stars Zhou Xun and Tony Leung Chiu Wai appear in cameo roles.

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Product Title: Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait (2016) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) 嘿瑪嘿瑪 (2016) (DVD) (台灣版) 嘿玛嘿玛 (2016) (DVD) (台湾版) Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait (2016) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait (2016) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)
Also known as: 等待成一首歌/在我等之時唱首歌 等待成一首歌/在我等之时唱首歌
Artist Name(s): Tony Leung Chiu Wai (Actor) | Zhou Xun (Actor) | Tshering Dorji (Actor) | Sadon Lhamo (Actor) | Thinley Dorji (Actor) 梁 朝偉 (Actor) | 周迅 (Actor) | Tshering Dorji (Actor) | Sadon Lhamo (Actor) | Thinley Dorji (Actor) 梁 朝伟 (Actor) | 周迅 (Actor) | Tshering Dorji (Actor) | Sadon Lhamo (Actor) | Thinley Dorji (Actor) 梁朝偉 (トニー・レオン) (Actor) | 周迅 (ジョウ・シュン)  (Actor) | Tshering Dorji (Actor) | Sadon Lhamo (Actor) | Thinley Dorji (Actor) 양조위 (Actor) | Zhou Xun (Actor) | Tshering Dorji (Actor) | Sadon Lhamo (Actor) | Thinley Dorji (Actor)
Director: Khyentse Norbu 宗薩欽哲仁波切 宗萨钦哲仁波切 Khyentse Norbu Khyentse Norbu
Writer: Khyentse Norbu 宗薩欽哲仁波切 宗萨钦哲仁波切 Khyentse Norbu Khyentse Norbu
Release Date: 2017-05-11
Language: Original Soundtrack
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Bhutan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 96 (mins)
Publisher: Sheng Chi Media (TW)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1059791210

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導演:欽哲諾布
主要演員:Tshering Dorji、Sadon Lhamo、Thinley Dorji、周迅、梁朝偉

在不丹的森林深處,每隔十二年都會有一個祕密集會,由一位長者挑選過的男女去享受一段匿名的日子。
他們戴上面具表演、舞蹈、參與儀式,隱藏在面具底下的他們可以恣意地放縱玩樂。有個男子第一次參加這個集會,在頭幾天他笨拙地像個孩子,但很快就適應這裡的生活,而當他撞見了「紅色怒火」,他無可自拔地受到她的吸引,然而這個欲望將引領他踏上危險的道路。

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The power and poison of anonymity
What would you do if you were completely anonymous, such that nothing you do can be traced back to you? That is the alluring question posed in Tibetan lama Khyentse Norbu's eerie and intriguing Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait.

Hema Hema opens rather unexpectedly in a night club with Chinese actress Zhou Xun, whose significance will not be known until the end of the film. The modern-day bookend then leads into the green mountains of Bhutan where a man puts on a mask and surrenders himself to the tribe hosting the (fictional) ritual at the heart of the film.

Every 12 years, a group of participants are invited to take part in a ritual that lasts for 15 days in the mountains. The participants, all wearing masks and skirts that hide their faces and genders, are kept in the dark of each other's identities, but there may be people who know each other, or have a bone to pick with each other.

The tribal elder lays out the rules of anonymity and order, while acknowledging that there will be those who derive excitement from figuring out another's identity, and that the intoxicating power of being unknown will lead some to reckless actions. Sure enough, violence and sex settle in immediately under the cover of trees, tents and darkness. The protagonist weaves his way around, silently observing with unclear motives, until lust and aggression drive him down a dark path.

Though the ritual participants are masked and rarely speak, the film is teeming with sound and expression. The tribe regularly holds haunting song, dance and play performances that symbolize birth and death. The grotesque masks worn by the participants also take on a spooky presence of their own, especially when staring straight at the camera or peeking through foliage.

I fully expected Hema Hema to be a slow and esoteric art film with spiritual lessons and symbolism that will go over my head as I nod off. But the film's design and cinematography are actually crisp, dynamic and engaging, and its moral allegory, relevant and resonant. From the film's primal and exotic trappings emerge an unsettling microcosm of society and a fascinating vision of how anonymity empowers and poisons human nature. There are definitely still many things about the film that went over my head, but never once did I nod off, for only the attentive gets to see Tony Leung pop up in a brief cameo.

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