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Orz Boyz (DVD) (Gift Pack) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Lee Kuan Yi (Actor) | Pang Chin Yu (Actor) | Gillies Yang (Director) | Mei Fang (Actor)
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There's no need to "ORZ" (bow in apology and deference) when it comes to Orz Boyz! Best known as the author of Blue Gate Crossing which was adapted into a hit film in 2002, Taiwan novelist and first-time director Gillies Yang Ya Che won the Best Director prize at the 2008 Taipei Film Festival with this childhood charmer dedicated to kids who can't wait to grow up, and adults who wish they could be kids again.

A surprise box office hit in Taiwan, Orz Boyz revolves around two overactive, troublemaking schoolboys, Liar No. 1 (Pang Chin Yu) and Liar No. 2 (Lee Kuan Yi), who run wild in the coastal town of Danshui. With seemingly no parents around to discipline them, the two mischievous boys spend their days pulling pranks, bullying classmates, and jumping from one imaginative adventure to another. What's fun for them is calamity for others as they wreak havoc after havoc on each other and the hapless people around them. For their countless shenanigans, the boys get slapped with library duty for the summer, but instead of fixing books, they start hatching up plans for their journey to the land of Orz where children instantly become adults and the good times never end.

This edition comes with a Qatar King keyring and bonus disc of special features:

  • Making Of
  • Theme Song Fly Away MV
  • Trailer
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    Product Title: Orz Boyz (DVD) (Gift Pack) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) 冏男孩 (DVD) (公仔禮盒限量版) (中英文字幕) (台灣版) 冏男孩 (DVD) (公仔礼盒限量版) (中英文字幕) (台湾版) 冏男孩 (限定ギフトパック) (英語字幕版) (台湾版) Orz Boyz (DVD) (Gift Pack) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)
    Also known as: 冏rz男孩 冏rz男孩
    Artist Name(s): Lee Kuan Yi (Actor) | Pang Chin Yu (Actor) | Mei Fang (Actor) | Umin Boya (Ma Chih Hsiang) (Actor) | Ethan Ruan (Actor) 李冠毅 (Actor) | 潘親御 (Actor) | 梅芳 (Actor) | 馬志翔 (Actor) | 阮經天 (Actor) 李冠毅 (Actor) | 潘亲御 (Actor) | 梅芳 (Actor) | 马志翔 (Actor) | 阮经天 (Actor) 李冠毅(リー・グァンイー) (Actor) | 潘親御(パン・チンユー) (Actor) | 梅芳 (メイ・ファン) (Actor) | 馬志翔 (マー・ジーシアン) (Actor) | 阮經天(イーサン・ルアン) (Actor) Lee Kuan Yi (Actor) | Pang Chin Yu (Actor) | Mei Fang (Actor) | Umin Boya (Ma Chih Hsiang) (Actor) | Ethan Ruan (Actor)
    Director: Gillies Yang 楊雅喆 杨雅喆 Gillies Yang Gillies Yang
    Release Date: 2009-02-03
    Language: Mandarin
    Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
    Country of Origin: Taiwan
    Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
    Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
    Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0
    Disc Format(s): DVD
    Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
    Duration: 104 (mins)
    Publisher: Taisheng Multimedia Corporation
    Other Information: 2DVDs
    Package Weight: 360 (g)
    Shipment Unit: 2 What is it?
    YesAsia Catalog No.: 1014009748

    Product Information

    ◎加贈卡達天王公仔鑰匙圈


    2008台北電影節最佳導演大獎
    全省票房破三千萬,超強口碑連映超過兩個月


    慢一點,讓童年的勇氣追上你

    一加一不等於二?負負不等於正?
    長大不等於說再見?
    慢一點,讓童年的勇氣追上你


    「騙子一號」與「騙子二號」是學校裡的搗蛋王,他們聯手作弄同學、編造謊言、愛出風頭,因此被老師處罰每天放學後留在圖書館裡黏書。只要他們兩人在一起,就有說不完的童話故事,還有兩人最喜歡的「卡達天王」和學校的銅像學長,能夠一起陪伴他們遠離現實的冷漠與痛苦,共同追尋夢想中的世界。他們甚至相信蒐集到十台大的電風扇,就可以做一個超大的龍捲風;也聽說在那個恐怖的滑道滑一百次,就會經由滑道飛進異次元世界!於是他們邀請一號暗戀的女生林艾莉一起參加這個遊戲,卻不小心揭開了那甜美笑容背後悲傷的秘密…。去了異次元,是不是就可以到大人的世界呢?他們決定要一起省吃儉用,一起存錢到傳說中的那個樂園,並承諾要一起長大,一起到達異次元的彼岸…。

    第二碟特別收錄
    ‧囧男孩精采幕後花絮
    ‧中文主題曲 痞克四「Fly Away」精采MV
    ‧精采電影預告
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    Professional Review of "Orz Boyz (DVD) (Gift Pack) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)"

    March 25, 2009

    This professional review refers to Orz Boyz (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)
    For those not familiar with Asian Internet culture, the "Orz" in Orz Boyz is an emoticon originally from Japan that stands for a person bowing in failure or despair. The popularity of the emoticon has since spread to Taiwan and China, where it can also mean bowing in admiration. It's not quite clear which definition the "Orz" in Orz Boyz uses to describe its main two characters, especially since the two protagonists in Yang Ya-Che's film aren't exactly living a technologically hip life where emoticons would be used. The film takes place in the small coastal township of Danshui near Taipei, where neighbors hang out at the street market and all the kids go to the same toy store. There's a simple, youthful charm in the world of Orz Boyz that will attract plenty of viewers into its imaginative small town story, but its erratic and episodic narrative can also wear out an audience's patience.

    Split into three sections, the film follows the episodic lives of two boys, nicknamed No. 1 and No. 2 for their troublemaking ability at school. Instead of studying, the two boys hang out in the library looking at a statue that may be coming alive, while dreaming of escaping to a fantastical place called Hyperland. The first section focuses on the two boys' lives and their developing love-hate relationship with a female classmate. Using the section to build the character of the two boys, Yang strikes the perfect balance here between the constant presence of magical realism and the setting's small-town charm. On the other hand, the first section is also the most leisurely-paced, and lacks much of a narrative to drive the characters.

    The second section starts off with a short, colorful animation that depicts animated characters watching the boys reenact a live-action version of The Pied Piper of Hamlin. However, the animated segment doesn't really connect with the second section's focus on No. 2's grandmother and her sudden custody of her granddaughter. The narrative takes a sudden jump that connects little with the rest of the film, and the section would work more effectively as an isolated story rather than as a part of the movie. Perhaps Orz Boyz's paper-thin plot might've been better developed as a television series. Nevertheless, Yang does have great visual imagination, and it's a skill that he uses throughout the film. As a novelist, Yang also has a handle on developing his characters, with the two lead boys making memorable impressions.

    However, Yang also relies too much on the characters as a device to drive the film. Not much beyond real life happens to these kids in the first two sections, despite No.1's dysfunctional family life with his homeless, mentally ill father. As a result, the audience simply follows these characters as things happen to them. While the boys' childish and mischievous charm make them likeable characters to follow (despite No. 2's annoying pleading), the events in the first two sections never cause them to change as characters, giving the film little in terms of progression.

    The film's narrative problems improve slightly in the third section, when the boys are determined to make money for a water park trip that will bring them to Hyperland. The events in this section not only change the nature of the boys' relationship and their characters, it also brings the film to an emotionally poignant finale that provides an absolute and satisfying conclusion. However, the last section also features very little of the charm that made the first two sections enjoyable, opting for a surprising amount of drama and fantastical surrealism. While the former feels needed to complete the character arc, the latter simply alienates the audience at points and further drags on the film.

    Erratic storytelling rhythm and episodic structure aside, Yang's biggest achievement with Orz Boyz is taking these two children's tragic lives and turning it into a story with endearing characters and great imagination. The reason for such a choice of storytelling is that the boys never lament about the grim reality of their lives' situations. Despite their persistent intention to get away to Hyperland, that desire is simply part of their childhood pursues and fantastical desires. As a film that expresses those things, Orz Boyz is quite effective in making a film from the children's point of view that children will identify with. Even though the film's episodic structure makes it more fitting for television than cinema, the charm of the boys is enough to make this a film worth recommending. It won't make anyone bow in the presence of Yang Ya-Che, but at least he's earned a nod of respect. Too bad there's no emoticon for that.

    By Kevin Ma

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