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Ever since he was young, Future (Sandra Ng) has always had a way with women. With his great talent, Future became one of the best gigolos in town. However, his career is destroyed when he falls for a handicapped woman (Michelle Chen) who ended up scamming away his life savings. After finding out that Future is out of shape and struggling to make ends meet in Thailand, his teacher (Anthony Wong) goes to Bangkok and convinces Future to make a comeback. With the help of three amateur gigolos (Philip Keung, Wilfred Lau and Babyjohn Choi), Future decides to take back the Hong Kong gigolo world by storm!
|Product Title:||12 Golden Ducks (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 12金鴨 (2015) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 12金鸭 (2015) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 12金鴨 (2015) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 12 Golden Ducks (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Sandra Ng (Actor) | Nicholas Tse (Actor) | Eason Chan (Actor) | Joey Yung (Actor) | Simon Yam (Actor) | Anthony Wong (Actor) | Wyman Wong (Actor) | Lo Hoi Pang (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Carman Lee (Actor) | Hui Siu Hung (Actor) | Philip Keung (Actor) | Joyce Cheng (Actor) | Eddie Peng (Actor) | Louis Yuen (Actor) | Michelle Chen (Actor) | Fiona Sit (Actor) | Isabella Leong (Actor) | Wilfred Lau (Actor) | Ivana Wong (Actor) | Kelvin Kwan (Actor) | Michelle Lo (Actor) | Derek Kwok (Actor) | DaDa Chan | Pakho Chau (Actor) | Carlos Chan (Actor) | Chrissie Chau (Actor) | Michelle Wai (Actor) | Luk Wing (Actor) | Lu Han | Chow Hoi Kwong (Actor) 吳君如 (Actor) | 謝 霆鋒 (Actor) | 陳 奕迅 (Actor) | 容祖兒 (Actor) | 任達華 (Actor) | 黃 秋生 (Actor) | 黃偉文 (Actor) | 盧海鵬 (Actor) | 古天樂 (Actor) | 李若彤 (Actor) | 許紹雄 (Actor) | 姜 皓文 (Actor) | 鄭欣宜 (Actor) | 彭于晏 (Actor) | 阮兆祥 (Actor) | 陳妍希 (Actor) | 薛 凱琪 (Actor) | 梁洛施 (Actor) | 劉浩龍 (Actor) | 王菀之 (Actor) | 關楚耀 (Actor) | 盧覓雪 (Actor) | 郭子健 (Actor) | 陳靜 (DaDa) | 周柏豪 (Actor) | 陳家樂 (Actor) | 周秀娜 (Actor) | 衛詩雅 (Actor) | 陸永 (Actor) | 鹿晗 | 鄒凱光 (Actor) 吴君如 (Actor) | 谢 霆锋 (Actor) | 陈 奕迅 (Actor) | 容祖儿 (Actor) | 任达华 (Actor) | 黄 秋生 (Actor) | 黄伟文 (Actor) | 卢海鹏 (Actor) | 古天乐 (Actor) | 李若彤 (Actor) | 许绍雄 (Actor) | 姜 皓文 (Actor) | 郑欣宜 (Actor) | 彭于晏 (Actor) | 阮兆祥 (Actor) | 陈妍希 (Actor) | 薛 凯琪 (Actor) | 梁洛施 (Actor) | 刘浩龙 (Actor) | 王菀之 (Actor) | 关楚耀 (Actor) | 卢觅雪 (Actor) | 郭子健 (Actor) | 陈静 (DaDa) | 周柏豪 (Actor) | 陈家乐 (Actor) | 周秀娜 (Actor) | 诗雅 (Actor) | 陆 永 (Actor) | 鹿晗 | 邹凯光 (Actor) 呉君如 （サンドラ・ン） (Actor) | 謝霆鋒（ニコラス・ツェー） (Actor) | 陳奕迅（イーソン・チャン） (Actor) | 容祖兒 （ジョイ・ヨン） (Actor) | 任達華 （サイモン・ヤム） (Actor) | 黄秋生 （アンソニー・ウォン） (Actor) | 黄偉文（ウォン・ワイマン） (Actor) | 廬海鵬（ロー・ホイパン） (Actor) | 古天樂 （ルイス・クー） (Actor) | 李若［丹彡］（カルメン・リー） (Actor) | 許紹雄（ホイ・シウホン） (Actor) | 姜皓文（キョン・ヒウマン） (Actor) | 鄭欣宜（ジョイス・チェン） (Actor) | 彭于晏（エディ・ポン） (Actor) | 阮兆祥（ルイス・ユエン） (Actor) | 陳妍希（ミシェル・チェン） (Actor) | 薛凱琪 （フィオナ・シッ） (Actor) | 梁洛施（イザベラ・リョン） (Actor) | 劉浩龍（ウィルフレッド・ラウ） (Actor) | 王菀之 （イヴァナ・ウォン） (Actor) | 關楚耀（ケルビン・クヮン） (Actor) | 盧覓雪（ミシェル・ロー） (Actor) | 郭子健 （デレク・クォック） (Actor) | DaDa Chan | 周柏豪 （パコ・チャウ） (Actor) | Carlos Chan (Actor) | 周秀娜 （クリッシー・チャウ） (Actor) | 詩雅 （ミシェル・ワイ） (Actor) | 陸永（ロック・ウェン） (Actor) | 鹿晗 （ルハン） | 鄒凱光（マット・チョウ） (Actor) Sandra Ng (Actor) | 사 정봉 (Actor) | Eason Chan (Actor) | Joey Yung (Actor) | 임 달화 (Actor) | Anthony Wong (Actor) | Wyman Wong (Actor) | Lo Hoi Pang (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Carman Lee (Actor) | Hui Siu Hung (Actor) | Philip Keung (Actor) | Joyce Cheng (Actor) | 펑위옌 (Actor) | Louis Yuen (Actor) | Michelle Chen (Actor) | Fiona Sit (Actor) | Isabella Leong (Actor) | Wilfred Lau (Actor) | Ivana Wong (Actor) | Kelvin Kwan (Actor) | Michelle Lo (Actor) | 곽 자건 (Actor) | DaDa Chan | Pakho Chau (Actor) | Carlos Chan (Actor) | Chrissie Chau (Actor) | Michelle Wai (Actor) | Luk Wing (Actor) | 루한 | Chow Hoi Kwong (Actor)|
|Director:||Chow Hoi Kwong 鄒凱光 邹凯光 鄒凱光（マット・チョウ） Chow Hoi Kwong|
|Blu-ray Region Code:||A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese|
|Country of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Picture Format:||[HD] High Definition What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||2.35 : 1|
|Sound Information:||Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Screen Resolution:||1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)|
|Video Codecs:||AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10)|
|Publisher:||Edko Films Ltd. (HK)|
|Package Weight:||100 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1039531068|
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- Making Of
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Director: Chow Hoi Kwong
Devastated by a love affair, former in-demand gigolo Future Cheung (played by Sandra Ng) retreats to Thailand. With the help of his friend Rocky, a gym trainer, he works hard to get back into shape, determined to make a comeback in the “duck” (Male escort) trade.
Future’s dedication and integrity soon garner him many admirers and inspire others to help him, including nursery home to help him, including nursery home resident, Aunt May, health supplement salesman, Mr. King, Thai restaurant owners, Lincow and his wife Poy, and Peng Yuyan, a semi-retired duck. When a socialite offers Future and his cohorts a dancing gig on the upcoming telethon, they jump at the chance despite a prior engagement with a long time supporter. It’s a golden opportunity for the underdog ducks to gain exposure and fame! On the eve of the performance, as everyone excitedly prepares to go on stage, Future begins to question the cost of fame. He realizes that the simple act of bringing joy to client is the greatest achievement a duck could wish for. But is he willing to sacrifice his big break to keep his promises….
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Professional Review of "12 Golden Ducks (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"
What's good for the chicken is good for the duck. Or something. Producer-actress Sandra Ng, who made happy hookers into a blockbuster franchise with the Golden Chicken movies, returns with a new wrinkle on the formula: Now it's about the guys! In Hong Kong slang, prostitutes are known as "chickens" and gigolos are "ducks", and so the male-centric version of Golden Chicken is called 12 Golden Ducks, with the lead duck played by none other than Sandra Ng in male drag – an inspired choice given Ng's years of playing butch characters (e.g., in Portland Street Blues). It's funny seeing Ng dressed up as male escort Future Cheung, complete with prosthetic abdominals and fake stubble, and making phallic jokes and dealing with impotence, but the extended gag only goes so far. The gimmick isn't able to fully carry the film, leaving it to star cameos and sentimentality to do the heavy lifting. Can Sandra Ng and company make Ducks the equal of last year's enormously-successful Golden Chickensss? Not totally, but their efforts do not go unrewarded.
As a boy, Future Cheung showed a natural gift for charming women, a talent he later used to work in clubs where he wholeheartedly served the ladies. However, one client shattered Future's heart, leading to his present existence as a pot-bellied has-been hanging out in seedy Thai bars. Future's former teacher Mr. Lo (Anthony Wong) manages to find him and bring him back to Hong Kong, and stresses that people want the old Future back. Thus, Future embarks on a quest to "get back what's he's lost". Accompanied by three neophyte ducks (Babyjohn Choi, Wilfred Lau and Keung Ho-Man), Future reacquaints himself with the way of the duck, and meets unusual new people and also some old acquaintances. Somewhere along the way, Future finds purpose or fulfillment or success. Actually, he kind of gets all three – wow, the mega-mega happy ending! That sounds like a spoiler but it would be difficult to spoil such a loose and disconnected narrative. This story is less an actual story and more a framework for cameos and gags.
The jokes are hit or miss. There are fewer randy gags than in the previous films, e.g., no parodies of sexual techniques, which garnered many laughs in Golden Chickensss. There are inspired bits, too; the film draws a parallel between gigolos and men who offer legitimate services, whether it's gym trainer Rocky (Louis Koo), who uses his looks to attract female clients, or Mr. Lo, who teaches Peking opera performance to ladies but subtly caresses his clients to hook them. Other sketches are star or shtick driven; one scene has Fiona Sit engage in politics-skewing role play, while another features Wyman Wong and Ivana Wong as a couple of gigolo gurus. Some vignettes opt for feels, like a middling subplot that pairs Babyjohn Choi with Isabella Leong as an oddball career woman. Another attempt at emotion involves superstar LLCC (Joey Yung); Future's gigolo gang apply as her backup dancers only to get involved in a conflict between LLCC and her annoying husband (Louis Yuen Siu-Cheung). However, their story ends up being most notable for how interminable it is.
More success is had with a detour to Future's old high school, where he meets old classmate Ma Chi-Kin (Nicholas Tse) for an awkward reunion. Loosely tying the whole thing together is an extended subplot involving Aunt May (Lisa Lu), an elderly acquaintance who requests the boys' presence for her birthday. The climax is a cameo-laden montage set to the song "My Girl" that drips with sentimentality, but it does bring those familiar Golden Chicken emotions surging to the forefront. Though ostensibly about sex workers, the series is more about positive emotions and themes of determination and self-worth. Characters in the series frequently take stock and forge onward, choosing optimism over negativity (though being negative would be understandable given Hong Kong's festering sociopolitical issues). Ducks follows the Golden path decently, as the characters learn to work hard and take risks in order to succeed (read: make money). These are universally pleasing themes and the film sells them without getting too mawkish, though it does come close sometimes.
Ducks is similar to Chickensss in that the most fun will be had by Hong Kong locals – or, to be more precise, Chinese versed in local culture and also greater China entertainment. Besides the already mentioned star cameos, long-absent actress Carman Lee meets up with Louis Koo in a reference to their pairing in the TV drama Return of the Condor Heroes from 1995. There's also a highly publicized cameo from China popstar Lu Han that'll get fangirls screaming but may not enchant the same audience that enjoys a 20 year-old drama reference. Whatever. 12 Golden Ducks is not consistent or impressive, and never reaches the heights of the hilarious and surprisingly poignant Golden Chickensss. However, the biggest problem with 12 Golden Ducks may simply be that the last movie was way better than expected. Lunar New Year films are usually about fun and froth and not actual quality – and with that in mind, 12 Golden Ducks succeeds and does so in glossy and agreeable fashion. What's good for the chicken or duck can be good for us too.
by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com
Editor's Pick of "12 Golden Ducks (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"
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May 29, 2015
Re-branding Sandra Ng's Golden Chicken series, Golden Chickensss was a slightly awkward attempt to blend the topical attitude of the series’ previous films and the rambunctious fun of a Lunar New Year comedy. Nevertheless, the film became a major box office success (it was Hong Kong's top local film last year), which means that a repeat was virtually guaranteed.
Producer and star Ng reunited with writer-director Matt Chow for 12 Golden Ducks, an unabashedly nonsensical holiday comedy that does more than just switch the gender of the Golden Chicken formula. After facing criticisms of tackling politics in the wrong place at the wrong time with Chickensss, Chow seems to have decided to just make a fun comedy catered to the taste of a holiday audience. The result is a fast-moving and entertaining light comedy that is perfect suitable for holiday viewing.
Putting on a set of prosthetic six-packs, Ng plays Future, a smooth talker who has always known how to please the opposite sex. However, his success as the city’s top gigolo comes crashing down when he loses a large sum of money to a con artist (You Are the Apple of My Eye’s Michelle Chen) pretending to be a wheelchair-bound girl. With his confidence lost, Future retires and escapes to Bangkok.
Creating a positive vibe for the film, Chow and his co-writers condense an entire act's worth of plot into the opening scene, as Future's former classmates (Louis Koo, Pakho Chau and others) and teacher (Anthony Wong) recount our hero's story at a school reunion. The amusing opening not only sets up the film's simple theme – all men trying to make money off women are virtually gigolos – it also tells the audiences that the film won't be following a typical rise-and-fall structure. Instead, 12 Golden Ducks is a story of rebirth without the depressing fall that will kill the holiday joy.
After learning of Future's fate, the teacher goes to Thailand and drags Future back to Hong Kong to stage a major career comeback. With the help of three partners (Philip Keung, Wilfred Lau and Babyjohn Choi), Future learns how to get his groove back.
Even though the above synopsis occupies only about one-third of the film's running time, it's actually already 70% of the film’s story. The rest of the 82-minute film is simply about how the four men tame each of their clients and get their second chance to the top. Like Chickensss, Ducks follows a loose narrative structure that is more about individual set pieces than telling a single coherent story.
Even though not all the set pieces work, Ducks never takes itself too seriously and remains relatively clean for a broad audience (why do these gigolos never actually have sex with their clients?). Though some may be annoyed at the lack of a plot, following an episodic structure also means that when one set piece isn’t working, there's always the possibility of a better one waiting down the road. In the long run, the structure is more effective for attention-challenged holiday audiences who happen to run into the film while channel surfing at home, which is how most Lunar New Year comedies are viewed these days. 12 Golden Ducks won't be remembered as a classic, but its uproarious atmosphere and back-to-basics comedic spirit make it exactly what a Hong Kong Lunar New Year comedy should be.
It wouldn't be a Lunar New Year comedy without the cameos, and 12 Golden Ducks is loaded with them. In addition to the men in the opening scene, the film also includes sightings of Ivana Wong (the breakout star from Chickensss), Wyman Wong, Simon Yam, Nicholas Tse, Lisa Lu, Joey Yung, Fiona Sit, Isabella Leong, Eason Chan and even Lu Han. Fans of the 1995 television drama The Condor Heroes will also squeal at seeing co-stars Louis Koo and Carman Lee share the screen for the first time in 20 years in a mid-film cameo. Remember to also wait for the credits to see one final surprise cameo, added in a week after the film's original theatrical release.