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Lost In Time (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) VCD

Cecilia Cheung (Actor) | Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Louis Koo | Derek Yee (Director)
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Lost In Time (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
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Directed by Derek Yee, Lost In Time tells the touching story of Siu Wai (Cecilia Cheung, in an award-winning performance), a woman who loses her husband (Louis Koo) to a tragic traffic accident soon after their marriage. Siu Wai takes up responsibilities for the son and the mini-bus he leaves behind, but things aren't easy for a single mother making a living as a bus driver. She meets a fellow driver (Lau Ching Wan) who lends her a helping hand and gradually becomes an important part of her and her stepson's lives.
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Product Title: Lost In Time (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) 忘不了 忘不了 忘れ得ぬ想い (忘不了) (香港版) Lost In Time (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Cecilia Cheung (Actor) | Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Louis Koo | James Yuen | Paul Chun | Nina Paw | Elena Kong 張柏芝 (Actor) | 劉 青雲 (Actor) | 古天樂 | 阮 世生 | 秦沛 | 鮑起靜 | 江美儀 张柏芝 (Actor) | 刘 青云 (Actor) | 古天乐 | 阮 世生 | 秦沛 | 鲍起静 | 江美仪 張栢芝(セシリア・チャン) (Actor) | 劉青雲(ラウ・チンワン) (Actor) | 古天樂 (ルイス・クー) | 阮世生(ジェームズ・ユエン) | 秦沛(チョン・プイ) | 鮑起靜 (パウ・ヘイチン) | Elena Kong 장 백지 (Actor) | Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | 고천락 | James Yuen | Paul Chun | Nina Paw | Elena Kong
Director: Derek Yee 爾 冬陞 尔 冬升 爾冬陞(イー・トンシン) Derek Yee
Release Date: 2004-01-20
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Disc Format(s): VCD
Rating: IIA
Duration: 109 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 80 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1003119204

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Director: Derek Yee

Cecilia Cheung (Running on Karma, Cat and Mouse), Lau Ching Wan (Running Out of Time) and Louis Koo (La Brassiere) are the ill-fated lovers in this heartbreaking romance. Siu Wai (Cheung) is a newlywed who suddenly finds herself widowed when her husband was killed in a car accident. Knowing that she still had to go on living and raise her stepson, Siu Wai decides to inherit her late husband's job and become a mini-bus driver herself. She gradually finds comfort in Dai Fai (Lau), a fellow driver who took pity on Siu Wai. As Dai Fai falls in love with Siu Wai, however, he also begins to doubt whether his love for her and her stepson was just an act to compensate his own wrong doings in the past.
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February 19, 2020

This professional review refers to Lost in Time (2003) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Director Derek Yee returns after a four-absence with Lost in Time, a remarkably subtle and restrained romantic drama which could mark a major turning point for controversial actress/singer Cecilia Cheung. Cheung is Siu Wai, a willful young woman who gets thrown a curve ball when her dashing fiancee Man (Louis Koo) is killed in a two-car collision. Man was a minibus driver, and the bus (numbered 1314) was totaled in the fatal accident. Against her parents' wishes—and probably the common sense of most—Siu Wai decides to have the bus repaired, and takes on Man's job as her own. Her reasons are understandable, if not a little unrealistic. The bus was where Man and Siu Wai first met, and also where they apparently conducted the majority of their romance. In keeping the bus around, Siu Wai is also keeping alive the memory of her true departed love.

But there's another wrinkle: Man left behind a son, five year-old Lok Lok (Daichi Harashima). Caring for herself and the minibus is tough enough, but with Lok Lok in the picture things are decidedly tougher. Siu Wai stubbornly refuses to compromise, and tries to balance her new life as a minibus driver/single mother. Sadly, it's not as easy as it looks. Being a minibus driver involves lots more than driving around, picking up people and collecting fares. There are blisters, lousy customers, unsavory competitors (the local triads bust Siu Wai for working on their turf), and the local traffic cops to contend with. What's more, bills start piling up, and while Siu-Wai's mother wants to help, the rest of the family is not so forthcoming. Siu-Wai's sister (Elena Kong) browbeats her constantly, asking that she give Lok Lok up, and she's apparently estranged from her father (the great Paul Chun) too. Going at it alone does not look to be an easy option.

Luckily there's Dai Fai (Lau Ching-Wan), a former colleague of Man's and seemingly the world's most together guy. Dai Fai was the first person on the scene of Man's accident, and from that small connection, their lives seem to be irrevocably intertwined. When Siu Wai attempts to run her own minibus business, it's Dai Fai who shows her the ropes. He also takes a shine to Lok Lok, and the feeling seems to be mutual. Dai Fai starts making his way slowly into Siu Wai's life, as both a friend and then possibly more. One has to wonder how a guy like Dai Fai would have the patience and free time to spend on a single mother. While not as dreamy as Man was, Dai Fai can clean and cook with the best of them, and is so supportive and giving as to be a near-cartoon. Single mothers out there would pounce on the guy, and Siu Wai eventually sees the opportunity too. The guy seems too good to be true.

Which he sort of is, though the film manages to dodge that bullet with surprising dexterity. We eventually do learn just why Dai Fai is such a giving guy, but even before that he seems real, which is probably no surprise since it's Lau Ching-Wan in the role. Long HK's most under-appreciated actor (Will this guy EVER win a Hong Kong Film Award?), Lau brings the correct balance of restrained concern and hidden emotion to what has typically been a poorly-written stock character. Unlike Liu Ye's similar character in The Floating Landscape, Dai Fai is not obviously enamored with the grieving young woman, nor is known all around the neighborhood as the world's greatest guy. He's simply a human being whose choices are rooted in very believable experiences, and when they come to light, they feel appropriate and not manufactured. There's always a danger that a character like his will turn out to be a plot device, i.e. the "understanding gentleman who helps the grieving widow past her personal tragedy." That's not the case here.

But Lau Ching-Wan's acting is no big surprise, given his long and versatile career. If anyone surprises here, it's Cecilia Cheung, who's remarkable as Siu Wai. The character is called upon to be tough, but vulnerable, and Cheung rises to the challenge. Her stubbornness hides weakness and despair, and Cheung manages to show that beneath her lovely face and charmingly rough voice. Her abilities shouldn't be surprising at all; her winning debut in King of Comedy showed an actress with remarkable emotion, and since then she's been lost in too many cheesy comedies (Honesty) or ill-advised "girl" roles (Para Para Sakura). Cheung has always been best when we're asked to feel what she's feeling, and not when she's delivering some three-minute speech on how some guy hurt her, etc., etc., blah blah. Derek Yee wisely lets Cheung's emotions do the talking.

Lost in Time is probably not up to par with Derek Yee's best work, the touching and romantic C'est La Vie, Mon Cherie, but it manages to hit loftier heights than any Hong Kong romantic drama in a long while. It takes a loaded situation (girl loses fiancee, and is now saddled with fiancee's son), and does unexpected things with it. The characters and their lives carry the drama, and more is learned about them through their day-to-day experiences than stock revelatory speeches. The details of Siu Wai's life—caring for Lok Lok, and most especially running the minibus—are surprisingly involving and compelling, and give genuine weight to her plight. The film also poses difficult choices, and manages to find a believable honesty and some refreshingly real emotions. Lost in Time could have been incredibly manufactured and manipulative, and indeed, the way in which certain details and incidents get tied up are a little too obvious—the mark of the screenwriter, if you will. But at the same time, it pulls back and lets the characters and emotions reveal themselves to the viewer. Derek Yee demonstrates that hackneyed adage of all storytelling, "show not tell", with admirable skill, and he does it here in the best possible way.

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August 23, 2014

This customer review refers to Lost In Time (DTS Version)(US Version)
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A Minibus Named Desire? Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
It is hard to imagine that "Lost In Time", a fine Derek Yee-directed drama, has gone out of print. The film has an appeal that is universal and ageless. Let's hope that someone rescues it from oblivion. Fearless 23 year old Cecilia Cheung stars as Holly, whose willful conduct has alienated her family but won the heart of Man (Louis Koo), a minibus driver and single dad. As the movie opens, Holly waits for Man to pick her up after she has collected the dress she plans to wear at her imminent wedding to Man. Fate intervenes when Man is killed in a traffic accident.

A grieving Holly decides she will pick up the pieces of her broken life and care for Man's young son Laurie (Harashima Daichi) by making a living driving Man's repaired minibus. Unfortunately, Holly is ill-equipped for the new life she has undertaken. She annoys riders, upsets other minibus drivers, and collects traffic tickets instead of earning enough money to make ends meet. Fellow minibus driver Hale (Lau Ching Wan), who was the last person to see Man alive, intervenes to help Holly learn the ropes. Holly comes to rely upon Hale not only for driving tips, but also for help in managing her money and caring for Laurie. However, even with Hale's help, Holly finds herself overwhelmed and considers placing the boy in an orphanage. Hale, due to his own sad past, balks at the notion of saving Holly and Laurie by having the three of them live together as a family.

The film immerses the viewer in the unglamorous but compelling challenges of life faced by Hong Kong's minibus drivers. (It was a real eye-opener for me, since during my trips to HK I mistakenly had assumed that the minibuses were government-owned and the drivers government employees.) The honesty of the performances by Cheung and Wan and by the excellent supporting cast make "Lost In Time" a rewarding experience.
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May 24, 2005

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The Best Movie I've Ever Seen Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This is the BEST movie I'ver seen. Cecilia Cheung's acting is so brilliant, no wonder she won the BEST ACTRESS Award for this movie. She deserves it. Her acting is flawless! Excellent movie. Two Thumbs Up. Don't miss this gem. This is A MUST Buy DVD.
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May 11, 2005

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Lost in time Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This is the right movie to BUY!!!! Garanteed you will love it. Made me cry. For sure it will make you cry, Ceilia is so lovely in this movie. They guy looks alittle old, but I've seen him other movies, He is a good actor. Makes me love Cecilia even more.
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August 21, 2004

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great! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Hi!! i'm from london, uk. i watched this film on dvd, and i think it is absolutly great! the story line touches your heart, makes you laugh and cry. the little boy is so, so cute! he's so sweet =) a definite one to watch! the kids a star! the other actors were good, cecilia has improved. louis koo looks gorgeous as always, hee hee. lau ching wan was quite funny in this film. well that's my review!! bye! peace out!
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August 10, 2004

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True to life Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This movie is about true to life situation when bad things happened and how do you go on. Cecilia gave a good performances showing us how hard to do it alone. Too bad for Louis Koo's early departure but then this wouldnt be a story. Everything happen for a reason and she will always have a piece Louis trying to raised his son. She was like a real mother to him. It was heart breaking to see her suffered and trying to do the right thing. But I enjoy the movie just looking at Louis KOO!!
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