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Angelababy (Actor) | Mark Chao (Actor) | Jiang Shan (Actor) | Allen Chao (Actor)
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From the producer of Secret comes the touching pure romance First Time, starring Taiwanese hunk Mark Chao (LOVE) opposite the incredibly charming Angelababy (Love in Space, Love You You). Emerging director Han Yan, who previously showed his promise with his Mainland chapter of Winds of September, tugs at heartstrings with his gorgeous remake of the 2003 Korean film Adeptly edited and beautifully shot, the poignant youth romance also features Jiang Shan, Tian Yuan, Bai Baihe (Love is Not Blind), singer-songwriter Cindy Yen making her movie debut, and Mark Chao's real-life father, actor Allen Chao.

Brought up single-handedly by her mother (Jiang Shan), college student Shiqiao (Angelababy) was born with a rare terminal disease that renders her unable to engage in any physically demanding activities. Because of this illness, she has never had a boyfriend, and can only fantasize about what it's like to be in love. Every day, the lonely girl confides her little secrets to her trusty tape recorder. One day, as fate would have it, Shiqiao bumps into her high-school crush, rock musician Gongning (Mark Chao), and soon the two begin dating. Having tasted the bliss of love for the first time, and spurred on by Gongning's encouragement, Shiqiao bravely opens up to embrace life and pursue her dance dream, while the surprising flip side of their love story plays out...

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Product Title: First Time (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 第一次 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) 第一次 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) 第一次 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) First Time (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Angelababy (Actor) | Mark Chao (Actor) | Jiang Shan (Actor) | Allen Chao (Actor) | Tian Yuan (Actor) | Bai Bai He (Actor) | Huang Xuan (Actor) | Cindy Yen (Actor) 楊穎 (Actor) | 趙 又廷 (Actor) | 江珊 (Actor) | 趙 樹海 (Actor) | 田原 (Actor) | 白 百何 (Actor) | 黃 軒 (Actor) | 袁 詠琳 (Actor) 杨颖 (Actor) | 赵 又廷 (Actor) | 江珊 (Actor) | 赵 树海 (Actor) | 田原 (Actor) | 白 百何 (Actor) | 黄 轩 (Actor) | 袁 咏琳 (Actor) Angelababy (アンジェラベイビー) (Actor) | 趙又廷 (マーク・チャオ) (Actor) | Jiang Shan (Actor) | Allen Chao (Actor) | 田原(ティエン・ユエン) (Actor) | 白百何(バイ・バイハー) (Actor) | 黃軒(ホアン・シュアン) (Actor) | 袁詠琳 (シンディ・ユェン) (Actor) 안젤라베이비 (Actor) | Mark Chao (Actor) | Jiang Shan (Actor) | Allen Chao (Actor) | Tian Yuan (Actor) | Bai Bai He (Actor) | Huang Xuan (Actor) | Cindy Yen (Actor)
Director: Han Yan 韓 延 韩 延 韓延(ハン・イエン) Han Yan
Producer: William Kong 江 志強 江 志强 江志強(ウィリアム・コン) William Kong
Release Date: 2012-07-24
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: China
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Sound Information: Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM)
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIA
Duration: 103 (mins)
Publisher: Edko Films Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1031127214

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Director: Yan Han

SHI ,a college student with terminal muscle illness, comes across with her long-lost high school classmate GONG in the park while Gong is playing a Live Gig. Gong has a crash on Shi, and she falls for Gong immediately.
Shi has no short-term memory because of the medicine. In order to remember the moments with Gong, Shi records everything between them in a cassette recorder. Shi always has a dream of being a dancer but her muscle illness stops her from chasing her dream. Gong wants to be supportive so he encourages Shi to sign up a dance competition despite the protest of her worrying mom¡K
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Professional Review of "First Time (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

August 21, 2012

First Time is a Chinese youth romance offering and a remake of the 2003 Korean film helmed by Han Yan, whose part of the 2008 collection Winds of September ended up being refused release by the Chinese censors. The director is definitely on much safer ground here, teaming with noted producer William Kong (Secret, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and popular young stars actress model Angelababy (Love in Space) and Taiwanese actor Mark Chao (LOVE). The great-looking and surprisingly complicated film also has an eclectic supporting cast, including Jiang Shan, Tian Yuan (Butterfly) and Bai Baihe (Love is Not Blind), with American-Taiwanese singer and songwriter Cindy Yen making her big screen debut, and Mark Chao's own real-life father, Allen Chao putting in an appearance.

The film has a cassette tape style structure, Side A beginning by following Angelababy as Shiqiao, a college student with a terminal disease that means she can't do anything too strenuous. Raised and looked after by her mother (Jiang Shan), Shiqiao leads a quiet and lonely life, recording her thoughts by night on tape, until at an amusement park one day she runs into former childhood classmate and crush Gong Ning (Mark Chao), now a rock musician. The two quickly become close and begin a relationship, Gong Ning inspiring her to make more out of life and to start dancing, despite the risks. However, as things progress, the film shifts to Side B, telling a very different side to the story.

As should be pretty obvious from the above, First Time is first and foremost a film specifically for fans of the youth romance genre, and one which never makes any attempt to hide its ambitions. On this score, during the opening Side A act, even for devotees, suspension of disbelief an absolute must, director Han Yan seemingly trying to tick every box possible, almost going over the top in a quest for cuteness and open hearted sweetness, keeping the whole terminal disease subplot on hand for an added dash of looming weepy melodrama. Everything plays out exactly according to plan, and though both Angelababy and Mark Chao are perfectly likeable, the realism of their burgeoning love is undermined by the fact that the script gives them little to do apart from acting childishly coy and like a daft puppy dog respectively. This is all reasonably fun, though it's fair to say that for many viewers it will probably be more than a little too much.

Thankfully, and quite surprisingly, things undergo a dramatic shift with the beginning of Side B, the cassette symbolism working well in addition to adding a slightly charming retro feel. Although the plot twist itself is not necessarily particularly believable, it's nevertheless a good and highly effective one, turning the film neatly on its head, not to mention making the second act far more interesting and even a little cynical. Things get markedly more engaging from this point onwards, the characters being fleshed out beyond their early silliness, and there's a pleasing and unexpected depth to the way things develop. Of course, Han Yan can't resist throwing in a good few more revelations towards the end, several of which are coincidental enough to stretch the credulity nearly to breaking point, though this doesn't stop the film from building to a moving and genuinely emotional climax.

It definitely helps that the film looks absolutely gorgeous throughout, with excellent production values and tender use of light and colour. Although some of the set details are a little obvious, for example the way that most rooms seem to be filled with vaguely eccentric clutter and lit by strings of fairy lights, the film is atmospheric and easy on the eyes, with a suitably dreamy feel. Han Yan also manages to keep things moving at a respectable pace, and the film wins marks for never getting caught up too much in needless subplots or pointless cheap shot montages.

Though none of this is likely to make First Time terribly enjoyable for viewers not enamoured of the youth romance genre, for the fans it is undoubtedly one of the more accomplished and well put together examples of the form from China of late. Han Yan does a solid job as director, with both Angelababy and Mark Chao on appealing form, and the film has an overall air of quality, benefitting considerably from a neatly thought out script.

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August 2, 2012

First Time's the charm
A pure romance from Mainland China might seem a bit incredible, but First Time surprises with a refreshing take of the genre that manages to emulate the best from Korea and Japan. The film's young director Han Yan had made several low-budget films before, including the as-yet-unreleased China version of Winds of September, but this was only the First Time his film received a theatrical run. Now we've got a promising rookie director to watch out for, seeing that his major debut exhibits an assurance in the way it captures the essence of pure romance films, which we've probably seen too many of. Certainly, the charming pair of Angelababy and Mark Chao, who show palpable chemistry as the romantic leads, help a great deal, too.

At first glance, the story may feel like your average romantic tearjerkers (Han's script is based on the Korean film - a girl with terminal illness meets a boy from her past, and they soon fall madly in love with each other. Just when you think you've seen it for the umpteenth time already, the film pulls a major plot twist around 40 minutes in to present an alternative perspective of the events transpired. Truthfully speaking, the secret revealed doesn't sound very plausible to a cynical audience, but the director cleverly keeps the narrative engaging with his outstanding editing flair, so it's not too hard for a viewer to go along and make the suspension of disbelief. As the tone becomes less sugary and more poignant, the plots and dialogue that feel occasionally hokey in the first half gain added meaning thanks to an appropriate amount of exposition in the second. Then the film surprises yet again with another revelation towards the end that serves to shed new light on the story, and, hold on, you won't get the whole picture until the end credits rolls, when the film presents the final piece of the jigsaw puzzle.

First Time also excels on a technical level. The director makes painstaking effort to ensure the film's impeccable art direction can give any Japanese or Korean romances a run for their money. Each shot is so meticulously designed and colorfully lensed that you can literally pull any frame out and it'd be a beautiful picture. What's even better, the great visuals have a great soundtrack to match. Particularly impressive is Mark Chao, whose character is a rocker and is therefore given the opportunity to perform a number of songs, which he handles pretty well - don't be surprised when he signs a record deal one day.

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