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In 2008, Heiward Mak surprised and impressed Hong Kong cinema fans with High Noon, a stylish and powerful look at the troubled youths of Hong Kong. For her follow-up film, the writer-director adapts her own novel with the help of actor Chapman To as producer. Led by a breakthrough performance by Twins' Gillian Chung (in the first step of a major comeback), Ex slowly weaves a complicated web of relationships between five Hong Kong twentysomethings, moving back and forth in time to chronicle the evolution of their relationships and their attitude towards relationships. Joining Gillian are William Chan (Beauty on Duty!) and Michelle Wai (Girl$), both achieving their career best under Heiward Mak's assured direction.
At the airport, Ping (William Chan) and his girlfriend Cee (Michelle Wai) overhear a couple's argument. Ping finds out that one of the people arguing is his ex-girlfriend Zhou Yi (Gillian Chung). Realizing that Zhou Yi has nowhere to go, Ping and the ever-considerate Cee take her in temporarily at their home. Through their conversations, Ping and Zhou Yi reminisce about their relationship, as well as the lovers that Zhou Yi's had since their break-up. Will their old feelings for each other flare up again?
This edition comes with audio commentary, making of, deleted scenes, and trailers.
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|Artist Name(s):||Gillian Chung (Actor) | William Chan (Actor) | Michelle Wai | Lawrence Chou | Derek Tsang | Jacky Heung | Chapman To | Deep Ng 鍾欣桐 (Actor) | 陳 偉霆 (Actor) | 詩雅 | 周 俊偉 | 曾國祥 | 向佐 | 杜汶澤 | 吳浩康 锺欣桐 (Actor) | 陈 伟霆 (Actor) | 诗雅 | 周 俊伟 | 曾国祥 | 向佐 | 杜汶泽 | 吴浩康 鍾欣桐 （ジリアン・チョン） (Actor) | 陳偉霆 （ウィリアム・チャン） (Actor) | 詩雅 （ミシェル・ワイ） | 周俊偉（ローレンス・チョウ） | 曾國祥（デレク・ツァン） | Jacky Heung | 杜汶澤 （チャップマン・トー） | 呉浩康（ディープ・ン） Gillian Chung (Actor) | William Chan (Actor) | Michelle Wai | Lawrence Chou | Derek Tsang | Jacky Heung | Chapman To | Deep Ng|
|Director:||Heiward Mak 麥 曦茵 麦 曦茵 麥曦茵 （ヘイワード・マック） Heiward Mak|
|Producer:||Chapman To 杜汶澤 杜汶泽 杜汶澤 （チャップマン・トー） Chapman To|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese|
|Place of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.78 : 1|
|Sound Information:||DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Disc Format(s):||DVD, DVD-9|
|Region Code:||All Region What is it?|
|Publisher:||CN Entertainment Ltd.|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1022968205|
- Commentary by Director And Director
- Making Of
- Deleted Scenes
- Photo Album!!!
Director : Heiward Mak
A young woman ditches her boy toy at the airport and runs into her ex with his present girlfriend and moves into their new home, which brings back happy memories with this and several other exes, and ignites that old flame…. Director Heiward Mak, who also co-pens Love in a Puff in this festival, demonstrates the sharpest eyes and ears in the trade for capturing the lingo, mannerism and mindset of today’s youth. As the pretty young thing hobnobs from one romance to another, telling herself that it’s all part of a sentimental education and a journey, the film steps back to look at a soul going around in circles with true candor and honesty.
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Gillian Chung continues her comeback with Ex, an attempt to put a more mature and insightful spin on the romantic urban drama. The film was written and directed by Heiward Mak, based upon her own novel and following up from her debut, the troubled youth drama High Noon. Noted for her realistic and recognisable take on modern Hong Kong society Mak has been hailed as a major new talent, and here she again sticks very much to subjects which audiences are likely to relate to, dealing with relationships, infidelity, confusion, and the ways in which everyday life can get in the way of love. The film was produced by the ever busy Chapman To, who also makes an amusing cameo appearance, with William Chan (Beauty on Duty!) and Michelle Wai (Girl$) making up the other two members of the film's central romantic triangle.
The film opens at Hong Kong airport, with Chung's Zhou Yi about to go on holiday with her boyfriend, until during a conversation she uncovers the painful truth that he has been unfaithful. The argument is overheard by Ping (Chan) and his girlfriend Cee (Wai), and after Zhou Yi storms off, leaving behind her luggage and passport, they kindly agree to let her stay with them, despite the fact that she just happens to be his ex. With Zhou Yi and Ping under the same roof, they inevitably begin to look back over their various relationships since leaving each other, and old feelings are soon threatening to come to the surface, much to Cee's dismay.
Ex is actually a pretty smart move for Gillian Chung. Not only does it see her gaining some valuable credibility by working with a genuine talent like Heiward Mak, but it also gives her a chance to take on a role which whilst not exactly breaking the mould does take her into more mature territory. In this regard, Ex is a bit of a mixture, with Mak attempting to offer something believable and vaguely edgy, though without ever running the risk of losing the core romance movie audience. In part this is due to an interestingly fractured approach, with the film managing to weave in its many flashbacks in pleasingly naturalistic form, dipping into past relationships and playing upon its different characters' perceptions and memories. It does this quite successfully, and the film has moments of real insight and hard truths amongst the expected cliches. Although it would have benefitted from a bit more of the former and less of the latter (in particular some of the wholly unnecessary angst music montage scenes), the film is more thoughtful and engaging that the average relationship drama, and Mak does score a few points for refusing to provide any easy answers or a candy coated wrap up.
Showing a deft and occasionally light touch, Mak is a fine director as well as writer, and the film has a handsome, elegant look, that marries well with an overall air of realism. With good production values and an obvious eye for real life detail, the film looks great throughout, and this does help the viewer to overlook some of its inconsistencies. The cast also give the film a boost, with Chung turning in a perfectly respectable performance in the lead. Although Zhou Yi is a bit of a difficult character to like at times and is prone to indecision and fits of illogical bad temper, Mak's script humanises and makes her sympathetic to a winning degree and Chung thankfully never falls back on trying to make her either cutesy or kooky. Chan and Wai provide able support, and though Cee in particular is little more than a bit player in the overall scheme of things, both are convincing in their roles.
All of this makes Ex a film which, though unlikely to stick in the mind after the credits have rolled, is entertaining and enjoyable while it lasts, especially for fans of Gillian Chung. Mak will certainly move forward to greater things, and the film does enough to confirm her place as one of Hong Kong cinema's current great hopes.
by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com