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Simon Yam (Actor) | Sandra Ng (Actor) | Alex Law (Director) | Mabel Cheung (Producer)
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Awarded the Crystal Bear for Best Film by the Generation Kplus Children's Jury of the Generations competition at the Berlin Film Festival, as well as the winner of four awards at the Hong Kong Film Awards, writer-director Alex Law's Echoes of the Rainbow was one of Hong Kong's biggest sleeper hits of 2010. Produced by director Mabel Cheung (An Autumn's Tale), Echoes of the Rainbow is Law's semi-autobiographical look at his childhood during 1960s Hong Kong. With a detailed eye for life of the period and an inspiring story about a resilient family in tough times, the heartwarming nostalgia drama attracted Hong Kong audiences to the cinemas in droves. After an extended run in Hong Kong cinemas, the film grossed an impressive HK$23 million at the box office, even outgrossing major blockbusters Bodyguards and Assassins and 14 Blades. The film proved to be so popular with local audiences that its shooting location in Hong Kong was spared government redevelopment after calls by the filmmakers to save it.

Told through the eyes of sticky-fingered eight-year-old boy Big Ears (Buzz Chung), Echoes of the Rainbow takes place in a close-knit grassroots community in 1960s Hong Kong. Big Ears' mother and father (Sandra Ng and Simon Yam, in an award-winning performance) run the neighborhood shoe store, and his older brother Desmond (pop singer and HKFA Best New Artist winner Aarif Lee) is every family's dream son - an outstanding athlete with grades worthy of Hong Kong's best school. Their lives aren't always happy, but the family sticks together through all the rough times, no matter how bad it gets.

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Product Title: Echoes Of The Rainbow (DVD) (US Version) 歲月神偷 (DVD) (美國版) 岁月神偷 (DVD) (美国版) 歳月神偸 (US版) Echoes Of The Rainbow (DVD) (US Version)
Also known as: 1969太空漫游 1969太空漫游 1969太空漫游
Artist Name(s): Simon Yam (Actor) | Sandra Ng (Actor) | Aarif Rahman (Actor) | Chung Shiu To (Actor) | Evelyn Choi (Actor) | Paul Chun (Actor) | Alfred Cheung (Actor) | Ann Hui (Actor) | Vincent Kok (Actor) | Ha Ping (Actor) | Clifton Ko (Actor) | Chun Yam Mi (Actor) 任達華 (Actor) | 吳君如 (Actor) | 李 治廷 (Actor) | 鍾 紹圖 (Actor) | 蔡潁恩 (Evelyn) (Actor) | 秦沛 (Actor) | 張堅庭 (Actor) | 許鞍華 (Actor) | 谷德昭 (Actor) | 夏萍 (Actor) | 高志森 (Actor) | 覃恩美 (Actor) 任达华 (Actor) | 吴君如 (Actor) | 李 治廷 (Actor) | 锺 绍图 (Actor) | 蔡潁恩 (Evelyn) (Actor) | 秦沛 (Actor) | 张坚庭 (Actor) | 许鞍华 (Actor) | 谷德昭 (Actor) | 夏萍 (Actor) | 高志森 (Actor) | 覃恩美 (Actor) 任達華 (サイモン・ヤム) (Actor) | 呉君如 (サンドラ・ン) (Actor) | 李治廷(アーリフ・リー) (Actor) | Chung Shiu To (Actor) | Evelyn Choi (Actor) | 秦沛(チョン・プイ) (Actor) | 張堅庭(アルフレッド・チョン) (Actor) | 許鞍華(アン・ホイ) (Actor) | 谷徳昭(ビンセント・コク) (Actor) | 夏萍(ハー・ペン) (Actor) | 高志森 (クリフトン・コー) (Actor) | 覃恩美 (エイミー・チョム) (Actor) 임 달화 (Actor) | Sandra Ng (Actor) | Aarif Rahman (Actor) | Chung Shiu To (Actor) | Evelyn Choi (Actor) | Paul Chun (Actor) | Alfred Cheung (Actor) | Ann Hui (Actor) | Vincent Kok (Actor) | Ha Ping (Actor) | Ko Chi Sum (Actor) | Chun Yam Mi (Actor)
Director: Alex Law 羅啟銳 罗启锐 羅啓鋭 (アレックス・ロー) Alex Law
Producer: Mabel Cheung 張婉婷 张婉婷 張婉婷 (メイベル・チャン) Mabel Cheung
Release Date: 2010-06-04
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, Widescreen
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Duration: 118 (mins)
Publisher: Tai Seng Video (US)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1022715005

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Professional Review of "Echoes Of The Rainbow (DVD) (US Version)"

May 31, 2010

Maybe life is made up of cliches. That's one possible, albeit cynical way to look at Echoes of the Rainbow, the nostalgic drama from filmmaking team Alex Law and Mabel Cheung. Based on Law's own personal experiences, Echoes of the Rainbow looks like it's filled with overused screenwriter shorthand, with both coming-of-age themes and a terminal illness featured in its screenplay. Also, the film sometimes sidesteps tougher issues, looking past its turbulent historical setting and any potential commentary in favor of safe and predictable emotions. However, despite those potential flaws, the film effectively sells its sentimentality, and the actors are strong and believable. Lives won't change, but Echoes of the Rainbow's nostalgic look back proves compelling and watchable. It helps if you're familiar with Hong Kong history and culture, though the film's universal themes should prove enough for less initiated audiences.

Law's screen stand-in is Big Ears (Buzz Chung), a naughty youngster who dreams of being an astronaut and of eating a whole order of double-yolk mooncakes. When not running around with a glass bubble on his head, Big Ears engages innocently in petty theft and fraud in hopes of funding his mooncake binge. He also narrates the continuing saga of his parents Mr. and Mrs. Law (Simon Yam and Sandra Ng), who run a shoe store on a small neighborhood street in Shamsuipo, with much of their earnings going towards their sons' school fees. Mr. Law's brother (Paul Chun) is a barber on that same street, while Grandma (Ha Ping) also lives nearby, dispensing pearls of wisdom while waiting for her inevitable passing. Big Ears' brother Desmond (Aarif Lee) strives to excel at school, while also pursuing his first love, a pretty girl named Flora (Evelyn Choi). Big Ears looks on attentively, but full comprehension may not exist for the bad little boy. At first, anyway.

When does Big Ears get it? True to life, it's not one single incident that gets Big Ears turned around. Instead it’s the whole shebang - his parents' struggles with money, his brother's difficulties with first love, the cruel forces of nature, the indifference of fate - that effect change on Big Ears and his family. The late sixties are a tough time for the Laws, with their business floundering due to unstable sales and corrupt policemen shaking down their shoe store for protection money. Furthermore, their small store has a hard time with things like typhoons, and Mr. Law eventually gets frustrated with his sons' growing pains. Meanwhile, Desmond's budding romance with Flora takes a tough turn. Desmond decides one day to visit the sick Flora and - if you know your Hong Kong geography - his walk to her house tells you long in advance what to expect. Basically, she's not crammed into a shoestore with all her family members - that's just the beginning of Desmond and the Laws' difficulties.

Being familiar with Hong Kong - its history, geography and culture - helps to get all of Echoes of the Rainbow. Some incidents and events, e.g. the leftist unrest of the late sixties, are only dealt with in passing - an acceptable handling since such facts would likely be glossed over by a young narrator like Big Ears. However, knowing the time period adds color and depth to Alex Law's rose-colored portrait of his youth, with even the smallest details of life on his old Shamsuipo street (doubled using a location in Central) likely to please initiated locals. The actors help tremendously. Both Simon Yam and Sandra Ng are exceedingly good - if either won Hong Kong Film Awards for their work, there should be no objection - and young Aarif Lee has a very handsome, sympathetic presence. The actors and the film's context help bridge the drama from cliched to effective. Echoes of the Rainbow may not do anything new, but it gets an earned pass for treading familiar ground.

It's been awhile since Hong Kong has released a film that speaks so strongly to local audiences, and the result has been very strong box office. Still, despite being popular with locals, the film has come under fire from cultural critics for essentially sidestepping the potent political issues of the time. There's some credence to those criticisms, but it seems in creating Echoes of the Rainbow, Law deliberately chose to subjugate those ideas in favor of simple themes of family, hope and perseverance. That's a legitimate way to tell this story, and Law does it well enough that giving him applause feels perfectly fine. Also, those universal ideas should help the film play to audiences internationally. Young love, unexpected tragedy, family struggles, growing up - this is stuff people of all cultures can identify with, and seeing them played out in Hong Kong does little to lessen their impact. Echoes of the Rainbow is a melodrama for general audiences - simple, sentimental and sincere. To reduce it for not meeting all expectations would only be cynical.

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October 14, 2010

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"Echoes of the Rainbow" rated as Excellent! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I just watched the film at the Vancouver International Film Festival and i was astonished. It captured my heart. The director appeared at the end of the film and we learned that it's based on a true story...his. Excellent film!
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