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Jacky Cheung (Actor) | Kaneshiro Takeshi (Actor) | Zhou Xun (Actor) | Ji Jin Hee (Actor)
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Peter Chan Ho-sun finally returns with Perhaps Love, the closing film for the Venice Film Festival 2005 and a nominee for Oscar Best Foreign Language Film. The film features a star-studded cast, including top Mainland actress Zhou Xun, Hong Kong super singer Jacky Cheung, Takeshi Kaneshiro who has been on the rise in Japan, and also Korean actor Ji Jin Hee who is best-known for his role in Dae Jang Geum. Peter Pau, after his Oscar winning cinematography for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, serves as the cinematographer for Perhaps Love, another potential Oscar winning film. The crew also includes top musician Peter Kam for film scores and famous art director Yee Chung-man for the production design.

In this splendid movie musical, Takeshi Kaneshiro stars as Lin Jiantung, a film-student-turned-actor who first encountered Sun Na, played by Zhou Xun, 10 years ago at film school. Sun Na now becomes famous director Nie Wen's (Jacky Cheung) girlfriend, apparently in exchange for a better career. She keeps forgetting her past, while Lin Jiantung indulges himself in remembering his romance with her ten years ago. Now all three of them has to work together in a musical, the plot of which is amazingly similar to their own experiences!

Some say Peter Chan offers a Chinese version of the famous musical movie Chicago. Whether this claim holds true or not, in Perhaps Love Peter Chan has explored an art form which very few Hong Kong or even Chinese film directors dare try. Yet, beneath all the enchanting singing and spectacular dancing scenes indeed lies the theme of romance, which seems a recurring motif in all Peter Chan films from Comrades, Almost a Love Story to Perhaps Love.

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Product Title: Perhaps Love (DVD) (US Version) 如果.愛 (DVD) (美國版) 如果.爱 (DVD) (美国版) ウィンター・ソング (如果.愛: Perhaps Love) (US版) Perhaps Love (DVD) (US Version)
Artist Name(s): Jacky Cheung (Actor) | Kaneshiro Takeshi (Actor) | Zhou Xun (Actor) | Ji Jin Hee (Actor) | Peter Kam | Raymond To | Tung Wai | Yee Chung Man | Peter Pau | Ng Dora | Kwong Chi Leung | Aubrey Lam | Gao Shi Zhang 張 學友 (Actor) | 金城 武 (Actor) | 周迅 (Actor) | 池 珍熙 (Actor) | 金培達 | 杜國威 | 董瑋 | 奚仲文 | 鮑德熹 | 吳里璐 | 鄺 志良 | 林愛華 | 高 世章 张 学友 (Actor) | 金城 武 (Actor) | 周迅 (Actor) | 池珍熙 (Actor) | 金培达 | 杜国威 | 董玮 | 奚仲文 | 鲍德熹 | 吴里璐 | 邝志良 | 林爱华 | Gao Shi Zhang 張學友(ジャッキー・チョン) (Actor) | 金城武 (Actor) | 周迅 (ジョウ・シュン)  (Actor) | チ・ジニ (Actor) | 金培達(ピーター・カム) | レイモンド・トー | 董瑋 (トン・ワイ) | Yee Chung Man | 鮑德熹 (ピーター・パウ) | 吳里璐 | Kwong Chi Leung | Aubrey Lam | Gao Shi Zhang 장 학우 (Actor) | 금성무 (Actor) | Zhou Xun (Actor) | 지 진희 (Actor) | Peter Kam | Raymond To | Tung Wai | Yee Chung Man | Peter Pau | Ng Dora | Kwong Chi Leung | Aubrey Lam | Gao Shi Zhang
Director: Peter Chan 陳可辛 陈可辛 陳可辛 (ピーター・チャン) Peter Chan
Release Date: 2007-08-20
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Rating: IIA
Duration: 107 (mins)
Publisher: Tai Seng Video (US)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004979271

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* Screen Format: 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen
* Sound Mix: DTS, Dolby Digital 5.1
* DVD Type: DVD-9

Director: Chen Ke Xin

  孫納(周迅 飾)出身貧苦但志存高遠,為了生存和成功,她不擇手段,終於成為人人艷羨的大明星,成名後的她努力忘記過去,否定歲月的全部痕跡。

  然而命運弄人,十年後,她生命中兩個重要的男人卻同時出現了──十年前相愛的戀人,由當年不得志的導演系學生,轉為如今無人不知曉的大明星林見東(金城武 飾);另一個則是大名鼎鼎的金牌導演,同為自己的男友聶文(張學友 飾)。更戲劇的是,三人要同演一齣戲,劇情和命運卻驚人相似。

  戲內戲外,已難分真假;在孫納的心中,到底有沒有愛過… 他與他,如何抉擇?

  Monty (Ji Jin Hee), a muse, appears in Shanghai with a mission: he yearns for a taste of genuine human emotions and puts himself out as a beacon for lost souls, drowning in the bitter sea of love.

  Also arriving at the same time, in Shanghai, is actor, Lin Jian Dong (Takeshi Kaneshiro), the star in a new musical helmed by renowned director, Nie Wen (Jacky Cheung). Lin's co-star, Sun Na (Zhou Xun), is an old flame from a decade ago. Sun is in a relationship with Nie, who made her a star. When the ex-lovers meet at a press conference, Lin is hurt by Sun's indifference towards him.

  The musical they are both acting in is about a love triangle: an amnesiac woman who forgets everything, even her lover, is saved from the streets by a generous circus owner. The two fall in love. Later when she recovers her memory, she finds herself torn between her past and present. The musical features Lin and Sun in leading roles, with the director Nie as the third part of the triangle. Nie is unaware of his two stars' previous relationship, and the analogy reflected in the musical. As Lin and Sun spend more time with each other on the set, the nostalgic romantic memories of their past begin to overwhelm them …

  A decade earlier, Lin is a film student at the Beijing Film Academy meets Sun who is performing at a local bar. He is a thrifty student. She is a songstress down on her luck. The two lonely hearts soon find each other. However, Sun's ambition ruin the relationship. She leaves Lin for another man, one who can make her famous.

  They are now the hottest stars of their generation. Passions are rekindled as the production of the musical progresses, helped along by a passionate kiss in the screening room. Nie is devastated to discover the truth, but realizes true love cannot be denied. Painfully he decides to withdraw.

  Sun accepts Lin's suggestion to restart their life together in Beijing, little realizing that Lin is simply seeking revenge for the heartbreak of being dumped. He wants Sun to suffer just as he suffered. However, Lin abandons this plan realizing he can never leave or harm her. But sadly for Lin, Sun's love towards Nie has not altogether faded. With the trio in the throes of jealousy, hatred and passion, Monty, who has been observing them quietly, decides to intervene by appearing among them, and teaching them about the true meaning of life and love...
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Professional Review of "Perhaps Love (DVD) (US Version)"

January 13, 2006

This professional review refers to Perhaps Love (2-Disc Golden Limited) (Hong Kong Version)
Love can be bittersweet - though sometimes, it's far more bitter than sweet. That's the prevailing feeling from Perhaps Love, the new Hong Kong musical from director Peter Chan. Takeshi Kaneshiro stars as Lin Jian-Dong, a Hong Kong heartthrob arriving in Shanghai to work on a new musical from director Nie Wen (Jacky Cheung). The film's leading lady is Sun Na (Zhou Xun), a driven-for-success actress with a popularity that extends to Hollywood. Sun Na has long been Nie Wen's partner - both on the screen and off - but this new collaboration has issues. Nie Wen doubts his creative fire, and looks to his new film to reassert his once-established filmmaking genius. Thanks to Nie Wen's artistic temperament, the relationship between the two suffers from some strain.

But with the arrival of Jian-Dong, Nie Wen and Sun Na's relationship is about to get a whole lot messier. The plot of Nie Wen's musical concerns a pair of young lovers, who are separated when the girl loses her memory. The girl (played by Sun Na) is taken in by a circus ringmaster. She becomes a showgirl, and she and the ringmaster fall in love. Eventually, the boy (played by Jian-Dong) shows up, and strives to rekindle their love. The role of the ringmaster has yet to be cast, so Nie Wen eventually places himself in the role. But what Nie Wen doesn't know is that his musical is a dead ringer for reality (cinematic reality, anyway). Jian-Dong and Sun Na were actually in love ten years prior, and the dissolution of their love had everything to do with Sun Na's ambition. Now, she merely wants to forget her past, but Jian-Dong is here to right that wrong. Nie Wen, like the ringmaster, is the third party who can only watch as his new love is reunited with her old one. Art mirrors reality, and soon Nie Wen's script begins to change to reflect life. There's also singing.

The love triangle of Perhaps Love is familiar stuff as plots go, but that's easily forgiven. Movie musicals are seldom known for their amazing stories, but instead for how they marry song, dance, and drama into a coherent, and hopefully enchanting whole. Unfortunately for Perhaps Love, that's where things hit a bit of a snag. Perhaps Love features many musical sequences, but they're all set within the "musical within a musical". Basically, the only time actors break into song or dance is when they're required to by the musical they're shooting. This style is much more "real" than the stagey "I feel a song coming on!" rationale that permeates most classic Hollywood musicals, but the result is an obvious distance. Characters don't really emote in their songs; instead, the songs elucidate established emotions or plot. Frequently, the songs even serve as montage, which is effective but not intimate. Some overdone editing also hurts some of the numbers, particularly the earliest ones. Ultimately, whatever power some of the musical sequences possessed feels muted by these choices.

Lacking overt power to affect, the musical sequences instead rely on the actors to carry them. The effect varies here, with Takeshi Kaneshiro and Zhou Xun's singing evoking comparatively little, especially when compared to Jacky Cheung. Cheung smokes both off the screen with his rich vocals and obvious charisma during his musical sequences. This isn't to say that Zhou and Kaneshiro are bad in the film. On the contrary, both serve the script exceptionally well. Occasionally, Perhaps Love flashes back to Jian-Dong and Sun Na's happier Beijing days, and the growth and ultimate bitterness of their love affair is conveyed remarkably by both the actors. Kaneshiro has long excelled at playing handsome, yet emotionally-crippled individuals, and Perhaps Love gives him ample opportunity to fix his heartbroken puppy-dog pupils on his costar. Zhou Xun does a remarkable job with a difficult character. Sun Na's change from loving girlfriend to attention-hungry performer is spelled out mostly through visual exposition, but the actress handles her character's complexities convincingly, and with frequently touching emotion.

Rounding out the quartet of lead stars is Korean actor Ji Jin-Hee as Monty, the film's narrator and lone fantasy element. Monty bookends the film with his explanation of purpose: basically, he's an emotional tax collector (or maybe a memory cop) whose purpose is to return emotions or memories to those who've forgotten or denied them. The three principal characters all fall into that category, so Monty shows up in a number of obvious disguises to guide each of them along their path to emotional rediscovery. Ji Jin-Hee does a fine job with the role, showing charisma plus a touch of humor in a film that is sorely lacking anything of the sort. The role itself is more of a plot device than a functional character, but Ji is likable and even handles his own Mandarin well. It's a credit to the actor that the underdeveloped device eventually works.

Peter Chan's last feature-length Hong Kong film was Comrades, Almost a Love Story nearly a decade ago, but Chan has been busy as a producer in the ensuing years. Perhaps Love possesses many of the traits of Chan's producing works, namely a polished production, a thoughtful screenplay, and that certain something that can only be called "quality assurance". Perhaps Love doesn't just look like a good movie, it feels like one. The recent spate of Western-influenced (or maybe Korean-influenced) Hong Kong films seem to indicate quality, but it's usually more of a superficial quality than the obvious hands-on hard work that Chan's productions radiate. Complementing things are the excellent art direction and cinematography (the Shanghai sequences were lensed by Peter Pau, while Christopher Doyle brings the stark contrast of Beijing to life), which are a cut above most Asian fare, while still retaining a rough, textured feel. A love of actual filmmaking seems to go into Chan's productions (The Eye 10 notwithstanding), and Perhaps Love does evoke feeling.

It's with its love story that Perhaps Love finds its ultimate success - and perhaps even its downfall. Chan has long had a keen eye towards the innate and sometimes terrible emotions that accompany love. The characters of Perhaps Love bring these emotions to life, sometimes in distressing and even disturbing ways. The result certainly feels real; love is composed of affection, sacrifice, selfishness, hate, possessiveness, and plenty of other counseling-worthy emotions, and Perhaps Love covers this territory with sometimes heartbreaking effectiveness. But the emotions are largely bitter, a tough emotion that can affect but also alienate. This is the film's biggest frustration; it's a musical that conveys a myriad of emotions - but not joy. That's not really a fault, though anyone expecting a Hong Kong Moulin Rouge (a frequent comparison to Perhaps Love) may be put off at the moroseness of some of the characters. If the filmmakers want us to root for either of Sun Na's suitors, they don't try very hard to convince us to do so.

But that's more of a criticism aimed at expectation. Most musicals about love at least try to sell the emotion as an all-encompassing, grand feeling that all but defines life. Perhaps Love does not sell love as the ultimate empowerment, but instead portrays it realistically, as the complex, alluring, tortuous, and sometimes crippling emotion that it is. It seems that the intended feeling of Perhaps Love is one of bittersweetness, but again, the bitter portion seems to outweigh the sweet. As such, audiences looking for something a little more joyful will likely be put off, and it's hard to fault them for that. Expectations do play a part in a film's enjoyment, and Perhaps Love may not meet everyone's. Still, this is an accomplished and worthwhile effort from one of Hong Kong's leading filmmakers - which is more than enough reason to give it a recommendation. It's certainly flawed and even a little frustrating, but the images and emotions presented are sometimes more than enough.

by Kozo -

December 30, 2005

This professional review refers to Perhaps Love (2-Disc Special Version) (Hong Kong Version)
I really wasn't looking forward to this. There had been passing rumors about some Chinese musical but little more than the name had permeated the most superficial levels of my consciousness. Besides which, a musical presenting itself as Perhaps Love is the kind of thing one tends to avoid when maintaining a macho exterior. Receiving it with an expectation of a review made me regard it as somewhat of a chore (despite my history of reviewing Rom Coms and the occasional Bollywood fluff... OK maybe there is no substantive foundation to said macho exterior).

The film begins innocuously enough, talking about the shifting nature of the roles people play in both their own stories and others - a sentiment I'm sympathetic to. This slowly leads into an Overture-esque musical number that feels derivative and forced. This explosion of color and motion introduces the outer layer of the plot involving the circus - at which point Jacky Cheung's director character, Chie An, calls an end to the scene and begins meditating upon the motivations of his three central characters.

While not immediately obvious, this opening scene sets the tone of this film as layers of narrative shift constantly to reflect what is essentially a simple love triangle. Strangely enough, this layering of the musical plot over what happens to the trials of the characters in their 'real lives' is not just there for an excuse to throw a musical number in (though, yes, it does happen but nowhere near as regularly as expectations had allowed). Instead it becomes the singular expression of Chie An's perspective of the love triangle and his reflection on his and the other's roles in it.

In contrast, Kaneshiro Takeshi's Jian Dong colors his experience in flashbacks and past sentiment. His entire efforts are directed at reclaiming and resolving a lost time and place that forever haunts his sleep. There is the constant sense of him floating through his life - highlighted by his midnight swimming sessions; and a certain numbness in his bearing when not being filmed or living out his regrets.

Zhou Xun's Sun Na, as the center of the emotional tug-of-war, never really has moments to show her perspective or actually act rather than react, since she is forever framed within the contexts of the two male leads. There are moments of ambition and fickleness that reflect the 'Monkey King' nickname she adopts in her past, but the present has her trapped between keeping her distance from Jian Dong while the canyon dividing her and Chie An ever grows.

Perhaps Love focuses on the relationship between Jian Dong and Sun Na with Chie An as almost an obstacle they must overcome to be together. Fortunately this is done primarily in flashback before they are both more battle-weary. Kaneshiro does numb very well, which is stark against his frequent laments of regret and interesting in that his best lines seem to come from a tape recorder. Zhou Xun is similarly very good in her reactions to the two men and it's a shame that she doesn't sing more numbers or play a more active role in the film. Jackie Cheung as a fading director is as surprising as his singing voice (assuming that is his). The final star, Ji Jin Hee, seems very token. As the character who opens and closes the film, he occupies the space of storyteller and, consequently, becomes invisible once the story gets going.

The musical numbers are few and far between so hardly overbearing. As a parallel story they are really there to drive the point rather than to make it, or worse yet, provide a distraction - a practice that is perhaps central to my problems with a number of Bollywood films. Overall Perhaps Love is a surprising treat and much more intelligent than the packaging would suggest.

8.5 Underwater Tears out of 10

by Eugene Chan -

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October 13, 2007

A Musical, Perhaps
Hong Kong doesn't attempt too many musicals, making Peter Chan's glossy 2005 foray into the genre, Perhaps Love, all the more worthwhile. Though not at the same level as Hollywood's flamboyant offerings, the film wins with great production values, a clever conceit - Perhaps Love is not a musical in the traditional sense, but rather a movie containing a musical - and the pure force of Jacky Cheung's vocals.

Cheung stars as worn-out, ill-tempered director Nie Wen who is shooting a musical starring his girlfriend Sun Na (Zhou Xun), Hong Kong actor Lin Jian Dong (Takeshi Kaneshiro), and himself. The musical is about a girl who loses her memory and gets rescued by a circus master. The circus master feeds the girl false memories to keep her by his side, but her real lover eventually shows up to take her back. As shooting progresses, the plot of the musical reveals, reflects, and influences the real-life relationships of the players. Sun Na and Jian Dong turn out to be former lovers, back when they were both still young and poor nobodies in Beijing. Their relationship is revealed piece by piece in flashback, as they are drawn back together in the present.

The plot is a classic love triangle setup, but the magic is of course in presentation, which Peter Chan does a remarkable job of. The film is beautiful to look at, and the different visual environments are effectively painted, with the more gritty Beijing flashbacks, the flashy musical scenes, and the modern present all bearing visually distinctive themes. Admittedly, the set and editing is too stagy at times, and the film doesn't upset the audience's sense of reality with the "film within a film" concept as much as it could, save for the superb final act. Many of the scenes, however, are quite visually appealing and clever. For example, there is one scene in which Zhou Xun and Takeshi Kaneshiro sing and swirl from on-camera to backstage to on-camera, highlighting the parallel relationships, and another in which Jacky Cheung and Zhou Xun sit in a theater watching a scene from their musical, which was a scene earlier shown in the film - this moment is all the more meta if you watch the film in the theater as I did.

With Jacky Cheung, Zhou Xun, and Takeshi Kaneshiro in the leading roles, great acting is a given. Kaneshiro channels his patented quirky lovelorn archetype, while Zhou Xun is as likable as always, playing the strong, worldly woman in her petite frame. As for the singing, both Takeshi Kaneshiro and Zhou Xun were also singers at one point or another, so they are comfortable with the task. Their only competent singing really pales in comparison to their acting abilities though and the film’s musical credentials suffer accordingly.

Perhaps Love also throws a curveball with Korean star Ji Jin Hee, whose presence seems to satisfy the investors more than narrative sense, but the actor manages to make his odd character welcome and likable. As a kind of magical narrator walking in and out of different scenes, Ji Jin Hee gets a few musical numbers himself, which he gamely croons in Mandarin with jazzy vigor, though his singing is at around the same acceptable, but not remarkable level as Zhou and Kaneshiro. Fortunately, the God of Songs himself, Jacky Cheung, is around to save the day as he simply bar none blows everything and everyone off the screen with his strong and expressive vocals. His rendition of "You Do Love Me" in the film is especially beautiful and wrenching, lingering long after the last notes subside.

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (1)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.3 out of 10 (10)

Kevin Kennedy
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November 9, 2007

Perhaps an amazing love! Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
"Perhaps Love" is a thoroughly modern musical, with the story fractured between past and present and fact and fiction, stories within stories running into each other and creating a dazzling kaleidoscope of love won, love lost, and love regained. Peter Chan deserves great credit for pulling off this cinematic astonishment.

At the heart of this film is a love triangle among Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhou Xun, and Jacky Cheung, with Kaneshiro and Zhou playing actors in a musical and Cheung the musical's director, each of whom delivers a memorable performance. In the movie, someone says of Kaneshiro that the camera loves his face and that certainly is proved true here; he commands the screen.

The movie is filled with memorable songs and, as you would expect, Cheung's big, big voice is perfect for his powerful numbers. And the movie ends with a big impact.

This is the kind of film that is a joy to watch again and again. I recommend "Perhaps Love" very, very highly for a general audience.
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January 13, 2007

This customer review refers to Perhaps Love (Hong Kong Version)
Excellent Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Kudos to the film maker. How can they cast all these great people together. Korea's Jijin Hee, Japan Kashinero, HK's Jacky Cheung and the lead star is great. I did not realized that ji jin hee can also sing. kashinero....whoooaaa you are so handsome in this film. Nice musical drama..worth every penny.
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January 2, 2007

This customer review refers to Perhaps Love (2-Disc Special Version) (Hong Kong Version)
Favourite Movie Of 2006 Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Wow! I only just recently purchased and viewed this movie, and I have to say it was one of the best movies I have ever seen! Great acting (Takeshi Kaneshiro and Zhou Xun are both terrific to look at), great songs, incredible sets, awe-inspiring editing, and a story that doesn't baby-feed you every little detail add up to a movie I have to watch over and over again just to enjoy the feeling the film gives me. Don't let the fact that it's labeled a "Musical" turn you off...while there is some singing and a little dancing, it completely fits with what the movie is about and doesn't feel tacked-on or embarassing. 'Perhaps Love' is a triumphant emotional rollercoaster that doesn't over-play its hand...that is to say, it can make you cry without having anyone on-screen crying. Having virtually no faults for what it sets out to do, it's essential viewing. 10/10.
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May 12, 2006

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Hong Kong-ized Phasing Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5 out of 10
The story, the plot, should have been excellent. The effects and the colors were excellent. However, everything has been in vain, especially the musical scenes, just because they have cut everything too short. Too short to appreciate an instance, too short to appreciate the transitions between the scene. This is what I call "Hong Kong-ized Phasing"... I feel that they have compromised longevity of essential scenes because the filmmaker is worried that Hong Kong people will find it "boring". The typical Hong Kong audience is not yet ready for long-lasting, reflective, and contemplative longer scenes.

Plus, Takeshi Kaneshiro's acting is quite strange. Very strange.
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March 10, 2006

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Peter Chan - Nice Try! Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Comments I'd seen about this movie were quite extreme. Some people loved it, some people hated it. So, I had a good think before buying the DVD. And it turns out to be quite OKAY. The filmatography and the settings and the dancings were great. And the actors have done the best they could too. You can really tell Peter Chan's ambitious from the way the movie's drawn together. The only let down is the linking of scene to scene is sometimes awkward and makes the movie hard to follow sometimes. Other than that, I think is a great job.
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