Little Big Master (2015) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3
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Feeling drained by their high-pressure jobs, Lui Wai Hung (Miriam Yeung), a principal at an elite school, and Tse Wing Tung (Louis Koo), a museum curator, decide to hand in their resignations on the eve of their 10th wedding anniversary and travel the world together. However, their plan is delayed when Hung learns of the imminent closure of the 50-year-old Yuen Tin Kindergarten. Hoping to give the village school's five remaining students a quality education before relocating them to better schools, Hung signs up to be Yuen Tin's principal, teacher and caretaker. When she witnesses how familial and financial difficulties affect her new students, she realizes the enormity and importance of the task before her.
|Product Title:||Little Big Master (2015) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 五個小孩的校長 (2015) (DVD) (台灣版) 五个小孩的校长 (2015) (DVD) (台湾版) 五個小孩的校長 (2015) (DVD) (台湾版) Little Big Master (2015) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Miriam Yeung (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Rain Lau (Actor) | Richard Ng (Actor) | Philip Keung (Actor) | Kung Chi Yun (Actor) | Stanley Fung (Actor) | Sammy Leung (Actor) | Ng Yuen Yee (Actor) | LIN XIAO ZHAN (Actor) | WANG SHI YA (Actor) | Wong Man Wai (Actor) | Fire Lee (Actor) | He Wan Ying (Actor) | Fu Shun Ying (Actor) | Li Yong Shan (Actor) 楊千嬅 (Actor) | 古天樂 (Actor) | 劉玉翠 (Actor) | 吳耀漢 (Actor) | 姜 皓文 (Actor) | 龔慈恩 (Actor) | 馮淬帆 (Actor) | 森美 (Actor) | 吳浣儀 (Actor) | 林小湛 (Actor) | 王詩雅 (Actor) | 黃文慧 (Actor) | 火火 (Actor) | 何 涴瀠 (Actor) | 傅 舜盈 (Actor) | 李 詠珊 (Actor) 杨千嬅 (Actor) | 古天乐 (Actor) | 刘玉翠 (Actor) | 吴耀汉 (Actor) | 姜 皓文 (Actor) | 龚慈恩 (Actor) | 冯淬帆 (Actor) | 森美 (Actor) | 吴浣仪 (Actor) | 林小湛 (Actor) | 王诗雅 (Actor) | 黄文慧 (Actor) | 火火 (Actor) | 何 涴潆 (Actor) | 傅 舜盈 (Actor) | 李 咏珊 (Actor) 楊千嬅 （ミリアム・ヨン） (Actor) | 古天樂 （ルイス・クー） (Actor) | 劉玉翠（ラウ・ヨクスイ） (Actor) | 呉耀漢（リチャード・ン） (Actor) | 姜皓文（キョン・ヒウマン） (Actor) | 龔慈恩（ミニー・クン） (Actor) | 馮淬帆（スタンリー・フォン） (Actor) | 森美 （サミー） (Actor) | Ng Yuen Yee (Actor) | LIN XIAO ZHAN (Actor) | WANG SHI YA (Actor) | Wong Man Wai (Actor) | Fire Lee (Actor) | He Wan Ying (Actor) | Fu Shun Ying (Actor) | Li Yong Shan (Actor) Miriam Yeung (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Rain Lau (Actor) | Richard Ng (Actor) | Philip Keung (Actor) | Kung Chi Yun (Actor) | Stanley Fung (Actor) | Sammy Leung (Actor) | Ng Yuen Yee (Actor) | LIN XIAO ZHAN (Actor) | WANG SHI YA (Actor) | Wong Man Wai (Actor) | Fire Lee (Actor) | He Wan Ying (Actor) | Fu Shun Ying (Actor) | Li Yong Shan (Actor)|
|Director:||Adrian Kwan 關信輝 关信辉 Adrian Kwan Adrian Kwan|
|Producer:||Benny Chan 陳木勝 陈木胜 陳木勝（ベニー・チャン） Benny Chan|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese|
|Country of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.78 : 1|
|Sound Information:||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Disc Format(s):||DVD-5, DVD|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1049839721|
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If you refuse to buy into the life-affirming message of Little Big Master then you're an absolute monster. This is a drama about a noble woman who operates a failing kindergarten despite low pay and poor health, and yet goes on to become an inspiration to many. Miriam Yeung stars as Lui Wai-Hung, a principal at a highly-ranked kindergarten who tries to hold back an overwhelmed student. However, her decision is overturned by ladder-climbing "dragon parents" who wish to see their child put on the most prestigious path regardless of the child's well-being. Frustrated and fed up, Lui quits her job. The commercialization of childhood education is a growing concern in Hong Kong, so Lui's disillusionment absolutely rings true. Her next move, to become the headmistress of the failing Yeung Tin Kindergarten in Yuen Long for only HK$4500 (about US$580) a month also rings true because, well, the movie was based on a true story. So if you don't like this film, you're dismissing the trials of a real noble woman. Your guilt should consume you.
Little Big Master arrives courtesy of Adrian Kwan, the filmmaker who turned the Christian film The Miracle Box into a solid box office hit. Kwan also made 6 AM and A Dream Team so he's not exactly a consistent filmmaker. No matter: With Little Big Master, Kwan delivers a pleasing family film filled with earnest if overbearing hope. The movie follows Lui as she takes over a meager student body of five at Yeung Tin Kindergarten while encountering resistance from all sides, not to mention a few personal issues. She's initially supported by her husband Dong (Louis Koo), but her increasing dedication to the school causes marital friction. Dong builds exhibits for a museum and his latest project is a 1:1 scale replica of a guillotine. With fancy-schmancy tech exhibits gaining ground on his practical work, Dong could use Lui's support in his quest to build European execution devices. These details may sound ridiculous, but the real Lui Wai-Hung's husband actually was building a guillotine while she was toiling away at Yeung Tin Kindergarten. Wow. Stranger than fiction and all that.
The rest of Lui's story requires less suspension of disbelief. Besides dealing with a health issue and growing media attention on her activities, Lui strives to earn the trust of her five students and their families. Consisting of three Chinese girls and a pair of Pakistani sisters, Lui's students are a diverse bunch and it's genuinely enjoyable to watch Lui become a part of their everyday lives. Likewise, it's engaging to see her deal with the kids' parents, as she helps each family out in some small way. Unfortunately, there's a downside to these encounters. Each meeting resolves itself rather quickly with an emotional crescendo; Lui senses problems with one girl, visits the family, nudges them to deal with their problems, gets tears to flow, and then repeats the cycle with the next girl. It's a narrative formula that's predictable and more than a little mawkish. The scenes do touch upon different Hong Kong social issues, and are frequently quite touching, but the parade of emotional climaxes gets monotonous.
Helping to compensate for the thickly-applied emotions are the actors, who turn in effective performances. As Lui Wai-Hung, Miriam Yeung is perfectly cast. Yeung brings warm presence and multiple layers to the role, and never once makes us doubt that she's anything but the determined and principled woman she's playing. It's a surprising performance in part because the character lacks any real edge – Lui is just a decent, admirable person and Yeung handily convinces. The supporting cast consists of veterans and character actors who acquit themselves well, either with venerable presence (Richard Ng, Stanley Fung, Anna Ng) or rakish charisma (Keung Ho-Man, Sammy). Louis Koo provides unobtrusive support though he does get to exercise his propensity for tortured overacting. The feels would be fewer without the child actors, who exude innocence and are adorable and watchable. The culturally-diverse depiction of Hong Kong is also a plus, though pointing out the diversity is kind of redundant because it merely reflects real life. Basically, we're giving the filmmakers points for telling the truth.
Little Big Master could have addressed media, politics or more complex social issues, but it chooses not to, and instead trots out tropes like the evils of cashing out (Lui can quit Yeung Tin for a lucrative tutoring gig) or the warm fuzzies of universal acceptance (the girls play happily in the park with special needs kids). The film's ultimate tension – if the school can stay open beyond the current term – is dependent on Lui recruiting more students, with the climax involving an open house event that, despite being sparsely attended, moves the entire neighborhood to tears because it's just so damn touching. Which it is, but the strings are so obvious that one might feel compelled to swipe at the puppets just to get at the puppeteer. Little Big Master isn't good filmmaking, as it's too unabashed in its sentiment and technique to be anything more than that. It is, however, good advocacy, and has strong value to Hong Kongers and indeed anyone who enjoys an engaging and positive family film. That it actually happened only makes it more so.
by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com