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Monga (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Regular Edition) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Ethan Ruan (Actor) | Mark Chao (Actor) | Doze Niu (Actor, Director) | Alice Ke (Actor)
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Five youths come of age the hard way in the Taiwanese gangster blockbuster Monga. Beating even Avatar at the local box office in its opening week, the youth gang epic takes audiences back to 1980s Taiwan, to a time of rousing fistfights, loud floral shirts, and good old-fashioned brotherhood. Following his award-winning What on Earth Have I Done Wrong, Doze Niu spins his experience as an idol drama director into a big-budget, hot-blooded gangster actioner that's gritty, glossy, and completely entertaining. Television idols Ethan Ruan (Exit No. 6) and Mark Chao (Black & White) lead the cast, with Rhydian Vaughn (Winds of September), former Super Idol contestant Cai Chang Xian, variety show stars Huang Deng Hui and Chen Han Dian, and actress Alice Ke (Miao Miao) rounding out Monga's awry youth. Veteran actor Ma Ju Lung (Cape No. 7) and Doze Niu himself also co-star in the nostalgic gangland drama.

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.

This edition comes with postcards and the following special features:

  • Trailer
  • Director's Footage (15 min)
    - Mosquito and Xiao Ning's Childhood Memories
    - Monk and His Father's Conversation
    - Dragon's Mother's Reminder
    - Mosquito and Monkey's Brotherhood
  • Behind-the-Scenes (56 min)
  • Berlin and Hong Kong Film Festivals (20 min)
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    Product Title: Monga (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Regular Edition) (Taiwan Version) 艋舺 (DVD) (平裝版) (台灣版) 艋舺 (DVD) (平装版) (台湾版) モンガに散る (艋舺) (通常版) (台湾版) Monga (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Regular Edition) (Taiwan Version)
    Artist Name(s): Ethan Ruan (Actor) | Mark Chao (Actor) | Doze Niu (Actor) | Alice Ke (Actor) | Jason Wang | Xi Man Zhu | Ma Ju Long (Actor) | Lu Yi Ching | Guo Yi Ling | Rhydian Vaughan (Actor) | Zhang Zhong Rui | Cai Chang Xian | 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) | 柯 佳嬿 (Actor) | 王識賢 | 席曼寧 | 馬如龍 (Actor) | 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) | 柯 佳嬿 (Actor) | 王识贤 | 席曼宁 | 马如龙 (Actor) | 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) | 柯佳嬿 (アリス・クー) (Actor) | 王識賢(ワン・シーシェン) | Xi Man Zhu | 馬如龍(マー・ルーロン) (Actor) | Lu Yi Ching | Guo Yi Ling | 鳳小岳 (リディアン・ヴォーン) (Actor) | Zhang Zhong Rui | Cai Chang Xian | Frankie Huang | Sun Xiao Ming | Xing Feng | Chen Han Dian | Tang Guo Zhong Ethan Ruan (Actor) | Mark Chao (Actor) | Doze Niu (Actor) | Alice Ke (Actor) | Jason Wang | Xi Man Zhu | Ma Ju Long (Actor) | Lu Yi Ching | Guo Yi Ling | Rhydian Vaughan (Actor) | Zhang Zhong Rui | Cai Chang Xian | 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
    Release Date: 2010-07-05
    Language: Mandarin, Taiwanese
    Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
    Country of Origin: Taiwan
    Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
    Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
    Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
    Disc Format(s): DVD-9, DVD
    Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
    Duration: 141 (mins)
    Publisher: Cai Chang International Multimedia Inc. (TW)
    Other Information: 2DVDs
    Package Weight: 200 (g)
    Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
    YesAsia Catalog No.: 1022846640

    Product Information

    * 兩片裝
    * 贈品:櫻花名信片

    *** 特別收錄 (中文字幕) ***
    一、精采預告(約2分45秒)
    二、導演私藏片段(約15分)
    1. 蚊子與小凝的童年回憶
    2. 和尚與父親的對談
    3. 志龍母親的叮嚀
    4. 蚊子與白猴的義氣
    三、幕後直擊(約56分)
    (共20段影片內容)
    四、海外戰蹟(約20分)
    1. 柏林影展
    2. 香港映演紀實

    導演:鈕承澤

    蚊子轉進這家三流高職的第一天,午餐飯盒裡他最愛的那隻雞腿就被狗仔孩搶走了,蚊子不知哪來的勇氣,搶回了那根雞腿,一場從校門口到河堤的追逐戰就此展開。太子幫四人看到蚊子有如泥鰍般閃躲遁逃的身手,大樂,決定收他入幫。

    隔天志龍領軍找來蚊子,在學校頂樓,將追打他的狗仔孩和體育班鐵人們獻祭給蚊子,讓他報仇個爽。“今天你不弄死他們,有一天你就會被他們弄死!”在和尚那句堅定的話裡,臉上掛彩腫著一隻黑眼的蚊子,朝著其中一名鐵人奮力揮出生平第一枚主動攻擊的拳。接著,他加入太子幫,踏入黑道。

    和尚講述艋舺歷史,教育蚊子,蚊子如同踏進大觀園,視野開展,世界遼闊。和尚送他回家,丟給他一個在黑暗中會發光的溜溜球,他胸口突然變得暖暖的,原來這種感覺就叫友情。“意義是三小?我只聽過義氣,沒聽過意義啦!”白猴的話超酷,簡直是無敵真理。這一切,都像迷幻藥,令蚊子上癮。

    而小凝,是另一件令他上癮的事物。小凝是美與醜的綜合體,她的左臉美如天使,可右臉被一個巴掌大的綠色胎記盤據著。他問小凝“你為什麼要做妓女?”小凝不甘示弱回他“你為什麼要做兄弟?”隔壁傳來令人尷尬的打炮聲,他只好拿出隨身聽來,和小凝一副耳機,共聽一首曲。那天之後,小凝這就成了他的僻護所,他常常都想來,來看這個小學同學,那個有胎記的小女孩,他不會記錯。

    在每天打打殺殺有仇必報的過程中,太子幫五人犯下了無法彌補的滔天大錯,和尚有種,頂下這一切,因此被志龍的父親(廟口老大Geta)打得只剩半條命。和尚傷癒後,Geta送五人上山習武,是懲罰,也是鍛鍊,要他們理解出來打拼是靠拳頭,決不能碰槍枝,這個來自西方的邪惡。

    下山的那天,在溫泉餐廳的晚宴中,蚊子意外遇見了來與艋舺老大們談合作計畫的外省掛青壯派幫主灰狼,他母親的舊情人。而和尚察覺了蚊子的不對勁,以及席間的暗潮洶湧。

    Geta 拒絕與外省掛合作,引起艋舺另一角頭後壁厝成員文謙的不滿,文謙勸說灰狼,這局要成,一定要廟口加入,否則無法擺平由廟口為首的其他十幾個角頭。艋舺的第一聲槍響,後壁厝老大masa死了,整個艋舺黑道因此產生劇烈搖晃,太子幫五人的友誼也是,他們捲入大人世界的陰謀浪濤中,不知命運會帶他們去哪裡。
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    Professional Review of "Monga (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Regular Edition) (Taiwan Version)"

    June 29, 2010

    This professional review refers to Monga (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
    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

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