Monga (DVD) (English Subtitled) (2-Disc Steel Case Limited Edition) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3
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Loner teen Mosquito (Mark Chao) has just moved to Taipei's gang-ridden Monga district, and he gets picked out immediately at school for some roughing up. Dragon (Rhydian Vaughan), the swaggering son of mob boss Geta (Ma Ju Lung), swoops in to save Mosquito and invites him into the "Prince Gang" alongside Monkey (Cai Chang Xian), A-Po (Huang Deng Hui), and Monk (Ethan Ruan), the true brain and brawn of the group. The five friends live it up together amid backalley brawls and brothel excursions, even as they get pulled deeper and deeper into a brewing gang war that threatens to upturn their youth and their brotherhood.
2-Disc Steelbook Limited Edition comes with postcards, film strip card, slip-on tattoo sleeve, and the following special features:
- Mosquito and Xiao Ning's Childhood Memories
- Monk and His Father's Conversation
- Dragon's Mother's Reminder
- Mosquito and Monkey's Brotherhood
|Product Title:||Monga (DVD) (English Subtitled) (2-Disc Steel Case Limited Edition) (Taiwan Version) 艋舺 (DVD) (限量鐵盒版) (台灣版) 艋舺 (DVD) (限量铁盒版) (台湾版) モンガに散る （艋舺） （スチールケース仕様限定版） (台湾版) Monga (DVD) (English Subtitled) (2-Disc Steel Case Limited Edition) (Taiwan Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Ethan Juan (Actor) | Mark Chao (Actor) | Doze Niu (Actor) | Ma Ju Long (Actor) | Alice Ko (Actor) | Jason Wang | Si Man Ning | Lu Yi Ching | Guo Yi Ling | Rhydian Vaughan (Actor) | Zhang Zhong Rui | Emerson Tsai | Frankie Huang | Sun Xiao Ming | Xing Feng | Chen Han Dian | Tang Guo Zhong 阮經天 (Actor) | 趙 又廷 (Actor) | 鈕承澤 (Actor) | 馬如龍 (Actor) | 柯 佳嬿 (Actor) | 王識賢 | 席曼寧 | 陸弈靜 | 郭怡伶 | 鳳小岳 (Actor) | 張 忠瑞 | 蔡 昌憲 | 黃 鐙輝 | 孫 小明 | 邢 峰 | 陳 漢典 | 唐 國忠 阮经天 (Actor) | 赵 又廷 (Actor) | 钮承泽 (Actor) | 马如龙 (Actor) | 柯 佳嬿 (Actor) | 王识贤 | 席曼宁 | 陆弈静 | 郭怡伶 | 凤小岳 (Actor) | 张 忠瑞 | 蔡 昌宪 | 黄 镫辉 | 孙 小明 | 邢 峰 | 陈 汉典 | 唐 国忠 阮經天（イーサン・ルアン） (Actor) | 趙又廷 （マーク・チャオ） (Actor) | 鈕承澤 （ニウ・チェンザー） (Actor) | 馬如龍（マー・ルーロン） (Actor) | 柯佳嬿 （アリス・クー） (Actor) | 王識賢（ワン・シーシェン） | Si Man Ning | Lu Yi Ching | Guo Yi Ling | 鳳小岳 （リディアン・ヴォーン） (Actor) | Zhang Zhong Rui | Emerson Tsai | Frankie Huang | Sun Xiao Ming | Xing Feng | Chen Han Dian | Tang Guo Zhong Ethan Juan (Actor) | Mark Chao (Actor) | Doze Niu (Actor) | Ma Ju Long (Actor) | Alice Ko (Actor) | Jason Wang | Si Man Ning | Lu Yi Ching | Guo Yi Ling | Rhydian Vaughan (Actor) | Zhang Zhong Rui | Emerson Tsai | Frankie Huang | Sun Xiao Ming | Xing Feng | Chen Han Dian | Tang Guo Zhong|
|Director:||Doze Niu 鈕承澤 钮承泽 鈕承澤 （ニウ・チェンザー） Doze Niu|
|Producer:||Li Lieh 李烈 李烈 Li Lieh Li Lieh|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese|
|Place of Origin:||Taiwan|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.78 : 1|
|Sound Information:||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Disc Format(s):||DVD, DVD-9|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Publisher:||Cai Chang International Multimedia Inc. (TW)|
|Package Weight:||400 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||2 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1022847201|
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You've seen Monga before - but not exactly like this and that makes all the difference. Director Doze Niu's (What on Earth Have I Done Wrong?) youth gang film possesses solid situations and characters, and does a fine job of walking the thin line between glamorizing and criticizing the gang lifestyle. The story does seem familiar, but that's because every culture has their version of the youth gang saga. Sometimes a regional film industry will even produce new versions for successive generations. Well, Monga is the Taiwanese gangster film for the now generation, tapping into nostalgia and nationalism while also representing the country's reinvigorated commercial film industry. Well made and very entertaining, Monga is only a miss if you absolutely abhor this genre. I'm guessing that you don't.
Mark Chao of hit Taiwan drama Black and White stars as Mosquito, a lonely teen who's just moved to Taiwan's Monga (Wanhua) district circa 1986. When bullied by the local toughs - they're after, of all things, the roasted chicken leg in his lunchbox - he fights back instinctively. Mosquito isn't a rebel nor is he trying to upset the status quo - he just dislikes being pushed around. Soon, Mosquito is threatened with a five-on-one beatdown, but he's saved by the intervention of another gang led by the mullet-sporting Dragon Lee (Rhydian Vaughn of Winds of September). Dragon's group is composed of your standard youth gangster types - Monkey is short and a scrappy fighter, A-Po is the dopey comedy relief, and Monk (drama idol Ethan Ruan) is strong, stalwart and easily the most charismatic of the bunch. Together, the five friends form the "Prince Gang", reveling in their newfound camaraderie and the shared joy of running around the streets and getting into fights. It's all so precious.
Monga starts in sharply entertaining style, with smart black comedy, fantastic camerawork (from cinematographer Jake Pollock of The Message), and some lyrical, imagined touches that take place in the mind of neophyte gangster Mosquito. The character serves as the audience's touchstone, introducing the Monga gang life in an engaging manner. Mosquito's attraction to this life is easily understood; he has no father and few friends, and his mother maintains ties with a former mainland boyfriend (director Doze Niu) who Mosquito instinctively dislikes. Getting the audience to buy into Mosquito's character is easy; Mark Chao is innately identifiable, and Ethan Ruan so adeptly inhabits the charismatic (and possibly homosexual) Monk that it's easy to see why Mosquito idolizes him. As Mosquito's scarred love interest, Ke Jia-Yan (Miao Miao) is quietly alluring. For Mosquito and the audience, joining the gang seems like good times all around.
That is, before reality crashes in, sending the boys' idealized life hurtling towards a tragic end. As time passes, Mosquito finds a new parental figure in Dragon's father, ebullient gang boss Geta (Ma Ju-Lung of Cape No. 7), but there may be hell to pay in his growing affiliation to the gang. Director Niu lays the groundwork for that theme in one potent scene - involving a Taiwan-style breakfast, a pair of chopsticks and a severed finger - that wordlessly conveys the black reality of the gangster life. Being a part of jiang hu means establishing a reputation but also making potentially disastrous mistakes. The Prince Gang inadvertently plants seeds for later grudges, while also uncovering older, hidden secrets that could be more dangerous than anything they cause themselves. These plot points don't deviate from expected genre clichés, but the human emotions strike the proper chords. Who hasn't been young, flawed, and looking to belong? Surely most of us, and in those themes, Monga easily affects.
Monga sputters a bit when it enters its third act. Some narrative points are predictable and labored, and the film runs a bit too long at two hours plus. Still, by the time Monga trends towards convention, the film has earned the goodwill to satisfy and even impress. The Wanhua District setting helps; the storied location is home to Taipei's oldest temple, possesses numerous bustling night markets, and was formerly the city's red light district. Monga gives the district a distinct personality, making it the perfect cultural backdrop for these familiar characters and their well-worn struggles. Honor, friendship, family, loyalty and brotherhood - these themes are incredibly common for this genre, but Monga allows them the appearance of freshness. Perhaps after the third or fourth iteration of this new style Taiwan gangster film, Monga won't impress as greatly. Right now, however, Monga sharply and entertainingly gives audiences something that feels like a discovery. It's a pretty good feeling.
by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com