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Hong Kong Nocturne
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Customer Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.4 out of 10 (5)
All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.4 out of 10 (7)

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Japanese director Inoue Umetsugu helms Hong Kong Nocturne, a lavish musical of striking color and infectious song! Shaw Brothers screen princesses Lily Ho, Cheng Pei Pei and Chin Ping are the three dancing, singing assistants of their father, who runs a magic show. Unfortunately, the arrangement goes kaput when their father abandons them for his gold-digging girlfriend. But the girls aren't finished - in fact, they've just begun! On their own, they find new careers and new lives, with boyfriends, husbands, and many more surprises waiting in the wings.

One of Shaw Brothers studios must successful musicals, Hong Kong Nocturne absolutely shines when the characters begin singing and dancing in glorious Shawscope. Brilliant use of color, dazzling sets, and the lovely lead actresses light up the screen whenever a musical number occurs. Cheng Pei Pei (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) would go on to become a female martial arts star, and Hong Kong Nocturne shows off the ballet training that made her Shaw Brothers' most famous kung-fu princess!

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Product Title: Hong Kong Nocturne 香江花月夜 香江花月夜 香江花月夜 Hong Kong Nocturne
Artist Name(s): Cheng Pei Pei | Ling Yun 鄭佩佩 | 凌雲 郑佩佩 | 凌云 鄭佩佩(チェン・プイプイ) | 凌雲(リン・ユン) Cheng Pei Pei | Ling Yun
Release Date: 2002-12-05
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Bahasa (Malaysia), Bahasa (Indonesia)
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Publisher: Intercontinental Video (HK)
Package Weight: 150 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1002392512

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  The tale of a female trio singing and dancing their way to happiness is internationally universal, and here the shaw Brothers Studio gives the great Hollywood musicals a run for their money thanks to a famed Japanese director and three of Shaw's most charismatic stars. This joyous, raucous, and colorful tunefest also showcases celebrated kung-fu swordswoman Cheng Pei-Pei (Come Drink with Me, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) as the dancer she trained and always wanted, to be.

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.4 out of 10 (5)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.4 out of 10 (7)

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September 4, 2015

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'Must see' musical for Shaw fans Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Director Inoue Umetsugu was hired by Shaw Brothers to bring a stylish brand of Japanese filmmaking to the studio. "Hong Kong Nocturne" was the first fruits of his labors for the Shaws and stylish it is. Cheng Pei Pei, the film's central character, called it a 'Japanese-Hong Kong-Hollywood musical' and that description nails it.

The movie tells of a trio of sisters - Chuan Chuan (Cheng Pei Pei), Tsui Tsui (Lily Ho), and Ting Ting (Chin Ping) - who perform song and dance numbers in support of their exploitative father's tired magic act. Their father Su Cheng (Jiang Guang Chao, at his sleazy best) wastes the family's earnings in his futile pursuit of golddigging girlfriend (Tina Chin Fei). Tsui Tsui and Ting Ting, fed up with their dad's squalid ways, leave the act, with Tsui Tsui heading to Japan for a promised film career and Ting Ting working her way through ballet school.

The new arrangements prove problematic. Tsui Tsui's adventure in Japan turns out disastrously, Ting Ting's ballet teacher is a tyrant, and dear old dad chooses to reward Chuan Chuan for her loyalty by making an unconscionable demand. As the plot unfolds, director Inoue's script pushes all the melodramatic buttons, but manages to keep things from becoming too dark by sprinkling in plenty of strikingly visual song and dance numbers.

Youthful stars Cheng Pei Pei, Lily Ho, and Chin Ping (who was only 17 years old during the film's production) brim with vitality, talent, and beauty, making "Hong Kong Nocturne" compulsively watchable. Parents should be aware that the film's adult subject matter (and a scene featuring Lily Ho's nude backside) make the movie unsuitable for younger viewers. Inoue Umetsugu provided Shaw Brothers with one of the studio's landmark films with his first effort for them.
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September 19, 2007

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Fun time capsule Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Inoue Umetsugu's Hong Kong Nocturne is a warm and fuzzy time capsule from the swinging sixties. Three showgirls(Lily Ho, Cheng Pei Pei, Chin Ping) try to survive on their own after they abandon their father. This is a Shaw Brothers produced remake of one of his Japanese films. As someone at another website points out, Hong Kong Nocturne is lightweight and colorful, yet it still has an undercurrent of melancholy and sadness. Another great thing about the film is it has this warm, fuzzy feeling of nostalgia(people smoke like fiends, Go Go music, toll phones, etc.). HKN isn't a masterpiece per se, but it is solid entertainment from a lost era in Hong Kong cinema.
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June 3, 2005

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One of the best movies by Inoue Umetsugu Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
This is the first batch of Shaw Brothers Movies which have turned into DVD/VCDs for sales at the year of 2000.
This movie is about a magician father and her three lovely daughters, Lily Ho, Cheng Pei Pei and Chin Ping.
This is one of the best dancing and singing movies which was directed by Inoue Umetsugu.
Definitely, it is a collection for Lily, Pei-Pei and Chin Ping fans, worth buying.
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December 29, 2002

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Hong Kong Nocturne - Thoughts in a Capsule Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
A now refreshing and visual feast to the eyes to those who only know Hong Kong Cinema of the last 15 years by young television trained turks who only knew the dull blue sepia tones of the Salon film stock, the 1.85 camera ratio and the hurried pace of pre-1997 cultural impatience. This was mannered film craftsmanship by studio import Inoue Umetsugu sensei, an underrated personality of Hong Kong films who lent his own gaudy high gloss Japanese Hollywood style reminiscent of the works of his fellow contemporaries Fukusaku, Masamura and Suzuki to the "Eastmancolour" trademark of Sir Run Run's legacy. Yes, the innocent sensibilities of the content is cliched and dated, but so was the content of Jacques Demy and Rodgers & Hammerstein. Except for the Go-Go numbers and anything crooned from that magical rooftop set, the tunes from Nocturne are not as catchy and memorable as those from Blue Skies or Hong Kong Rhapsody. This was not dramatic best for Peter Chen Ho (Sons of the Good Earth was), Lily Ho (My Dream Boat), Chin Ping (Price of Love) or Cheng Pei Pei (Lover's Rock) but this was signature for character actor Chiang Kwong Chao as one of his best. Hong Kong Nocturne is a befitting ensemble entre for the uninitiated and martial arts saturated to usher in the many lost classics that help define Shaw's Golden Age.
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December 17, 2002

Mandarin audio 1.0 ??? Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
Only the actors have saved this dvd, the fans have possibly fallen victim to the charms of Cheng Pei Pei, Lily Ho & Chen Ping in this musical. They gave an outstanding performance and left much to be desired.
The film was correctly remastered, but our Mandarin audio 5.1 has a serious problem. The center channel is too noisy and the sound reaches saturation point. The front & surround channels are as silent as the tomb. What a Pity ! Please, don't sacrifice anything ! Dvd is supposed to be a precious support. We have to respect its quality standard.
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