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Leslie Cheung (Actor) | Shu Qi (Actor) | Karen Mok (Actor) | Law Ka Ying (Actor)
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Viva Erotica (1996) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
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Customer Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.2 out of 10 (5)
All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.3 out of 10 (6)

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Derek Yee and Law Chi Leung direct a Category III film about Category III filmmaking in the 90s Hong Kong classic Viva Erotica. Leslie Cheung plays an unlucky filmmaker who is suddenly pushed into directing a triad-financed erotic Category III film. Faced with pressure from his girlfriend, his producer and his actors, he struggles to complete the film without forgoing his artistic integrity.

Viva Erotica served as an acting breakthrough for Shu Qi, who won Best New Artist and Best Supporting Actress at the Hong Kong Film Awards. The satirical sex comedy also co-stars Karen Mok, Law Kar Ying, Paul Chun, Elvis Tsui, Anthony Wong and Lau Ching Wan.

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Product Title: Viva Erotica (1996) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 色情男女 (1996) (DVD) (香港版) 色情男女 (1996) (DVD) (香港版) 夢翔る人・色情男女 Viva Erotica (1996) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Leslie Cheung (Actor) | Shu Qi (Actor) | Karen Mok (Actor) | Law Ka Ying (Actor) | Lau Ching Wan | Anthony Wong | Elvis Tsui (Actor) | Paul Chun (Actor) | Ding Chi Chun | Wen Lan (Actor) 張 國榮 (Actor) | 舒 淇 (Actor) | 莫文蔚 (Actor) | 羅家英 (Actor) | 劉 青雲 | 黃 秋生 | 徐錦江 (Actor) | 秦沛 (Actor) | 丁子峻 | 文蘭 (Actor) 张 国荣 (Actor) | 舒 淇 (Actor) | 莫文蔚 (Actor) | 罗家英 (Actor) | 刘 青云 | 黄 秋生 | 徐锦江 (Actor) | 秦沛 (Actor) | 丁子峻 | 文兰 (Actor) 張國榮 (レスリー・チャン) (Actor) | 舒淇(スー・チー) (Actor) | 莫文蔚(カレン・モク) (Actor) | 羅家英(ロー・ガーイン) (Actor) | 劉青雲(ラウ・チンワン) | 黄秋生 (アンソニー・ウォン) | 徐錦江(チョイ・ガムゴン) (Actor) | 秦沛(チョン・プイ) (Actor) | 丁子峻(ディン・チーチョン) | Wen Lan (Actor) 장국영 (Actor) | 서기 (Actor) | Karen Mok (Actor) | Law Ka Ying (Actor) | Lau Ching Wan | Anthony Wong | Elvis Tsui (Actor) | Paul Chun (Actor) | Ding Chi Chun | Wen Lan (Actor)
Director: Derek Yee | Law Chi Leung 爾 冬陞 | 羅志良 尔 冬升 | 罗志良 爾冬陞(イー・トンシン) | 羅志良(ロー・チーリョン) Derek Yee | Law Chi Leung
Release Date: 2004-11-01
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Rating: III
Duration: 99 (mins)
Publisher: Universe Laser (HK)
Package Weight: 110 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 2476

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* Screen Format : Letter Box
* Sound Mix : Dolby Digital 5.1
* DVD Type : DVD-5
* Extras : N/A

Writer /Director: Derek Yee/ Lo Chi Leung

  Leslie is a young film director whose works have had poor box office in the past records. Being unemployed and facing financial difficulties, he gets an offer to directing a vulgar commercial film. At first Leslie, being a man of high ideas, is unhappy with the unreasonable requested by the boss, but with the help of producer Chung, he succumbs to the reality and finally prepares for the low budget movie…
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Customer Review of "Viva Erotica (1996) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.2 out of 10 (5)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.3 out of 10 (6)

Kevin Kennedy
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March 21, 2008

Funny and touching film Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
It has been at least ten years since the last time I watched "Viva Erotica" and I had forgotten how enjoyable this film is. For all the film's nudity and naughtiness, its basic message is simple: When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.

Leslie Cheung stars as Sing, a self-serious movie director on a losing streak. His latest arty film script gets purchased, but the producer Chung (Law Kar-Ying) and his unsavory deep-pocketed backer (Paul Chung) want to turn the movie into a cheap soft-core sex comedy. Moreover, the big-bucks backer wants his tarty girlfriend Mango (Shu Qi) to star in the picture.

Despite having the support of his girlfriend Man-Wai (Karen Mok in a seriously bad haircut) for making the movie, Sing is ambivalent about selling out his talent. His ambivalence produces chaos on the film set. Sing's mother intervenes to encourage him to do a good job in making this sex film; she and Sing's late father used to enjoy watching the sex films of great director Li Han-Hsiang. With a fresh perspective on the project, the team pulls together to get the film done. (Unfortunately, we never get much of a feel for the story of the sex film that Sing is making; this is a real missed opportunity that could have been used for exploring any number of interesting themes.)

Leslie Cheung does a fine job of bringing his character's torments to life. Law Kar-Ying is hilarious as the endlessly sycophantic movie producer. Elvis Tsui surprises in a nuanced performance as Wah, the male porn star. And Shu Qi sparkles as Mango, the gorgeous girl from the wrong side of the tracks who is grabbing with all her might for a better life. Mention also must be made of Jingle Ma's cinematography and Kwong Chi-Leung's editing, which make this film a constant visual delight.

With all the film's tawdry trappings, "Viva Erotica" actually has some old-fashioned virtues at its heart, like contrasting the strength Wah draws from his happy married life with the fragility of Sing's shack-up relationship with his girlfriend. I recommend "Viva Erotica" highly for a mature audience.
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November 16, 2007

Viva Erotica Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
A realistic look at idealistic directors who had to compromise their art-house approach/ideals and script as opposed to clueless producers (with a little triad connection) who can make demands to half-kill a script in order to ensure bums on seats only because they're signing the cheques.

Good chemistry between Leslie and Karen Mok (too skinny for my liking) and new comer Shu Qi put in a brave 'front' as she bears all for the sake of the art.
A little too much of topless scenes (to lure more bums on seats? and no wonder she won an award). On the contrary, it was more seductive when Leslie fantasised a naked Shu covered from top to toe with a sheer fabric, leaves more to the imagination. The opening scene of Leslie and Karen making love (where they felt the earth move under their feet as the roof came crashing down with pouring rain) is quite hilarious and certainly put fans in a spin.

Watch this only for its unusual plot and fun content and nothing else.
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January 11, 2005

1 people found this review helpful

Unexpectedly good movie Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
Even though this movie was rated as "Catalog III" movie, it is an unexpectedly good movie with humor. It brings out the frustration of the Hong Kong movie-makers; the struggle between being idealistic, box office rating, and paying rent. I like it.
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March 26, 2004

1 people found this review helpful

Excellent fun ?a must see! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
By all accounts Viva Erotica is a tragically underrated film. Far from being the 'blue movie' you might expect, this is a hilarious, fast paced comedy about the struggle to maintain artistic integrity in the face of rampant commercialisation. It is full to the brim with cringeworthy situations that anybody who has ever had to compromise their ideals will know only too well. Leslie Cheung is fantastic as the down-on-his-luck director who is forced to accept a project he abjectly detests, until what started out as an exercise in humiliation finally turns into a team effort to produce a film that is, if not art, then at least more sophisticated than your average soft porn flick. Towards the end the story runs a little bit out of steam but overall this is an intelligent, well-crafted and thoroughly enjoyable film. Do yourself a favour and buy this gem ?you will not be disappointed!
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May 14, 2003

This customer review refers to Viva Erotica (Korean Version)
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good film Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
do not let the title mislead you. true this definitely a R rated film. lots of nudity... lots. but it is done well and within context to the story. the story is actually very interesting and relevant to the state of the film industry in Hong Kong. i would suggest you give this movie a try.
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