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Love In The Buff (2012) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Miriam Yeung (Actor) | Shawn Yue (Actor) | Xu Zheng (Actor) | Mini Yang (Actor)
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A story about a love affair between two smokers in Hong Kong's alleyways, 2010's Love in a Puff became one of director Pang Ho Cheung's most popular works due to its enjoyable blend of hilarious foul-mouthed humor and timely commentary on modern relationships. After receiving enthusiastic responses from the film's fans, Pang reunites the team two years later for Love in the Buff, the first sequel in the career of Hong Kong cinema's enfant terrible. Set six months after the end of the first film, Love in the Buff sees Puff lovers Jimmy and Cherie break up in Hong Kong, only to patch things up in Beijing behind the backs of their respective new significant others.

Having relocated to the Chinese capital himself after the production of Puff, Pang once again uses the love story to depict the northward shift of contemporary career-obsessed Hong Kongers, the complications of modern dating, and of course, the beauty of foul-mouthed Cantonese humor. Pang's script (co-written by Luk Yee Sum) pulls off the amazing task of successfully juggling the tastes of both Hong Kong and Mainland Chinese audiences, creating a critically acclaimed box office hit in both regions.

Cosmetics girl Cherie (Miriam Yeung) and ad man Jimmy (Shawn Yue) have been together for six months, and their honeymoon period has ended. After several disagreements, Jimmy decides to move to Beijing to advance his career, causing the two to break up. As fate would have it, Cherie is also assigned to Beijing several months later, and they eventually reunite. Touched by seeing familiar faces in a strange land, Cherie and Jimmy eventually become lovers again. However, Jimmy is now dating gorgeous flight attendant You You (Mini Yang), and Cherie is being courted by Sam (Xu Zheng), a businessman who is clearly more mature and more successful than her ex-boyfriend. As their relationship turns into an affair, the two Hong Kongers now realize that making up is hard to do.

This edition includes a director and cast commentary, deleted scenes, making of, trailers, and other bonus content.

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Product Title: Love In The Buff (2012) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 春嬌與志明 (2012) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 春娇与志明 (2012) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 春嬌與志明 (2012) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Love In The Buff (2012) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Miriam Yeung (Actor) | Shawn Yue (Actor) | Xu Zheng (Actor) | Mini Yang (Actor) | Vincent Kok (Actor) | Jo Koo (Actor) | Charmaine Fong (Actor) | Chan Yat Ling (Actor) | Jim Chim (Actor) | Szeto Roy (Actor) | Hao Lei (Actor) | An Lan (Actor) | Yuan Ting (Actor) | Ekin Cheng (Actor) | Linda Wong (Actor) | Siu Yam Yam (Actor) | Kristal Tin (Actor) | Huang Xiao Ming (Actor) | Derek Tsang (Actor) | Wilfred Lau (Actor) | Mia Yim (Actor) | Hinson Chou (Actor) | Jimmy Wan (Actor) 楊千嬅 (Actor) | 余文樂 (Actor) | 徐崢 (Actor) | 楊 冪 (Actor) | 谷德昭 (Actor) | 谷祖琳 (Actor) | 方皓玟 (Actor) | 陳逸寧 (Actor) | 詹瑞文 (Actor) | 司徒慧焯 (Actor) | 郝蕾 (Actor) | 安瀾 (Actor) | 袁霆 (Actor) | 鄭伊健 (Actor) | 王馨平 (Actor) | 邵音音 (Actor) | 田蕊妮 (Actor) | 黃曉明 (Actor) | 曾國祥 (Actor) | 劉浩龍 (Actor) | 閻清 (Actor) | 周子揚 (Actor) | 尹志文 (Actor) 杨千嬅 (Actor) | 余文乐 (Actor) | 徐峥 (Actor) | 杨 幂 (Actor) | 谷德昭 (Actor) | 谷祖琳 (Actor) | 方皓玟 (Actor) | 陈逸宁 (Actor) | 詹瑞文 (Actor) | 司徒慧焯 (Actor) | 郝蕾 (Actor) | 安澜 (Actor) | 袁霆 (Actor) | 郑伊健 (Actor) | 王馨平 (Actor) | 邵音音 (Actor) | 田蕊妮 (Actor) | 黄 晓明 (Actor) | 曾国祥 (Actor) | 刘浩龙 (Actor) | 阎清 (Actor) | 周子扬 (Actor) | 尹志文 (Actor) 楊千嬅 (ミリアム・ヨン) (Actor) | 余文樂(ショーン・ユー) (Actor) | Xu Zheng (Actor) | 楊冪(ヤン・ミー) (Actor) | 谷徳昭(ビンセント・コク) (Actor) | 谷祖琳 (ジョー・コク) (Actor) | 方皓玟 (カーメイン・フォン) (Actor) | Chan Yat Ling (Actor) | 詹瑞文(ジム・チム) (Actor) | Szeto Roy (Actor) | 郝蕾 (ハオ・レイ) (Actor) | An Lan (Actor) | Yuan Ting (Actor) | 鄭伊健(イーキン・チェン) (Actor) | 王馨平(リンダ・ウォン) (Actor) | 邵音音(シウ・ヤムヤム) (Actor) | 田蕊妮 (クリスタル・ティン) (Actor) | 黄暁明 (ホァン・シァオミン) (Actor) | 曾國祥(デレク・ツァン) (Actor) | 劉浩龍(ウィルフレッド・ラウ) (Actor) | 閻清 (ミア・ヤン) (Actor) | 周子揚 (ヒンソン・チャウ) (Actor) | Jimmy Wan (Actor) Miriam Yeung (Actor) | 여 문락 (Actor) | Xu Zheng (Actor) | Mini Yang (Actor) | Vincent Kok (Actor) | Jo Koo (Actor) | Charmaine Fong (Actor) | Chan Yat Ling (Actor) | Jim Chim (Actor) | Szeto Roy (Actor) | Hao Lei (Actor) | An Lan (Actor) | Yuan Ting (Actor) | Ekin Cheng (Actor) | Linda Wong (Actor) | Siu Yam Yam (Actor) | Kristal Tin (Actor) | Huang Xiao Ming (Actor) | Derek Tsang (Actor) | Wilfred Lau (Actor) | Mia Yim (Actor) | Hinson Chou (Actor) | Jimmy Wan (Actor)
Director: Pang Ho Cheung 彭 浩翔 彭 浩翔 彭浩翔(パン・ホーチョン) Pang Ho Cheung
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2012-07-18
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen, 1.78 : 1, 2.35 : 1
Sound Information: 7.1, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray, 50 GB - Double Layer
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Video Codecs: AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10)
Rating: IIB
Duration: 111 (mins)
Publisher: Intercontinental Video (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1031130393

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* Special Features:
- Audio Commentary By Director and Actors
- Trailer
- Making of (I,II)
- Play in Play

Director: Pang Ho Cheung

In this sequel to the hit movie (Love in a Puff), Jimmy and Cherie start a new life in Beijing after they ended their relationship, Despite meeting someone else, they can’t seem to forget each other and are torn between fidelity to wards their new partners and following their hearts. Find out what happens to Jimmy and Cherie 9 months after where we left them in (Love in a Puff).
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Professional Review of "Love In The Buff (2012) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

July 16, 2012

A sequel is often a commercial decision that occurs when it's financially viable to repeat the formula of the original film – thus, Love in the Buff was from its very conception Pang Ho-Cheung's most commercial project. One can't blame Pang for bringing his Love in a Puff characters back for the first sequel of his career; the writer-director has gained a following in Mainland China thanks to his films as well as his social media exposure. What better way to get further legitimacy in China than with a crowd-pleasing romantic comedy? Fortunately, Love in the Buff is not a complete commercial sellout. It's a romantic comedy that also reflects the economic realities of Hong Kong filmmakers and Hong Kongers in general. Essentially, it does what Andrew Lau's A Beautiful Life failed to do: briefly address the plight of Hong Kongers in China while telling a believable love story.

At once an extended epilogue and a continuation of Love in a Puff, Love in the Buff begins by shattering the first film's "happily ever after" ending. Six months into the relationship between advertising man Jimmy (Shawn Yue) and cosmetics shop girl Cherie (Miriam Yeung), the two are living together. However, their honeymoon period is just about over, as Jimmy puts work over his commitments to Cherie, and even places her second to a job offer in Beijing from a former boss (Jim Chim). Cherie and Jimmy soon break up, and Jimmy takes off to Beijing for a new life.

Months later, Cherie herself is sent to the Chinese capital when her company decides to withdraw from the Hong Kong market. Cherie and Jimmy eventually run into each other but any chance of reconciliation is quashed when Cherie finds Jimmy already shacked up with flight attendant You You (Mini Yang). By any measure, Cherie is at a disadvantage: You You is younger, prettier and not the type of woman any man would leave for someone like Cherie (more on that later). On her end, Cherie finds a new romance with rich electrical engineer/Best Man Ever™ Sam (Xu Zheng). However, neither Jimmy nor Cherie can let go of their past.

This being Pang Ho-Cheung's first Hong Kong-Mainland China co-production, one might wonder whether Hong Kong cinema's new bad boy has been sanitized by the powers that be, and the answer to that is "yes" with a "but." Love in the Buff still contains much of the crude verbal humor that made Cantonese speakers giggle with delight the first time around, but Miriam Yeung's clean pop star image once again prevents her from using any offensive language or sharing any kisses with her male co-stars. SARFT also appears to have a subtle influence over the film's content, as sex – a major catalyst in the story - remains only implied and never explicitly or seriously discussed.

Fortunately, SARFT's meddling is only a mild distraction, as Pang is more concerned with the film's romance. If Love in a Puff was a light take on how urban relationships begin, then Love in the Buff is a cautionary tale about how complicated they can get. Pang and co-writer Luk Yee-Sum deal with far more complex emotions in this installment, as the characters are no longer just smoking in alleyways and taking strolls around the city. This time, Jimmy and Cherie face life-changing decisions and difficult dilemmas with no easy way out.

The underlying message of Love in the Buff is that there are no simple choices in relationships, but you have to make them anyway and bear the consequences. Jimmy and Cherie may truly love one another, but Pang also makes it clear that love and sentimentality for the good old days cannot sustain a solid relationship. While toilet humor and foul language are still present, the fact that Pang can depict a believable adult relationship with all its complications makes Love in the Buff the filmmaker's most mature work yet.

However, audiences who liked the playful nature of Love in a Puff may find the sequel too heavy for their tastes. Pang bites off more than he can chew with the Beijing element, juggling cultural tourism, the Cherie-Jimmy relationship, plus You You and Sam all at the same time. Potentially interesting topics are missing; Pang doesn't devote much time to culture clash and culture shock, and Jimmy and Cherie are already fluent in Mandarin for unknown reasons. While it's true that such issues don't have to be dealt with in a light romantic comedy, it seems particularly important here considering that the characters' respective careers played such a huge part in getting them to Beijing in the first place.

That bit of criticism does come with an asterisk, as savvy audiences may read that You You and Cherie actually represent Mainland China and Hong Kong in the eyes of a Hong Konger. It's true that You You (or China) is a more attractive choice that would make Jimmy's situation into any heterosexual man's fantasy, but Jimmy also has a sense of attachment and sentimentality towards Cherie (or Hong Kong) that's nearly impossible to shake. Pang is a smart filmmaker, and it wouldn't surprise if that allegory is indeed his way of dealing with his own internal struggle following his move up north.

Love in the Buff is the director's most commercial film in other ways besides being a sequel; not only does Pang bring back lines of dialogue from the first film as fan service, he intentionally verbalizes his characters' epiphanies with monologues. This narrative device allows Pang to measure the success of his film with the China audience, as Mainland fans like to quote their favorite lines on social media sites to express how much it resonates with them. The script's heavy reliance on dialogue is fine for a typical romcom audience, but it may prove distracting for those who know Pang as a director who has never relied on narrative shortcuts. Thank goodness he hasn't resorted to using voice-overs.

Pang serves more than the China audience, and smartly employs enough Hong Kong pop culture humor to satisfy the home crowd. In addition to the return of Cantonese foul language (downgraded here to a teen-friendly category IIB), Love in the Buff features multiple pop culture references (including one involving some guy named Ekin Cheng) that Hong Kongers will instantly recognize. Succeeding where many Hong Kong directors have failed, Pang Ho-Cheung has created a film that can satisfy both Hong Kong and Mainland Chinese audiences. The film will undoubtedly find even more fans than its predecessor, as all the elements are in place to make this Pang's most satisfying film.

The film's biggest problem is that it's not as good as it could have been. Dealing with complex themes and characters, Buff is actually Pang's most ambitious film to date, but he fails to realize that potential. Pang seems content with letting his film remain a crowd-pleasing romantic comedy, only addressing weightier issues in a sly and roundabout way that only its creator will truly understand. Nevertheless, it's almost guaranteed that Love in the Buff will be recognized as one of the best Hong Kong films of 2012 and Pang Ho-Cheung's most popular film for years to come. It has taken ten years for Pang to get real commercial recognition (Men Suddenly in Black is Pang's only bonafide hit), and there are far worse ways to achieve that than with a smart, funny romantic comedy like Love in the Buff.

by Kevin Ma - LoveHKFilm.com

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Customer Review of "Love In The Buff (2012) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (2)

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August 20, 2013

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Love Bluff and Commitments (A) Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
I enjoyed the first Jimmy and Cherie movie ‘Love in a Puff’ and the itchy feet duos second mis-adventure here into brief separation is a pretty heartwarming sequel. Considering LIAP was category III for its crude swearing and dirty joke conversations and every other scene having cigarette smoke, this sequel is less so, as ad-man Jimmy and beautician Cherie give up their smoking habit. Not that Cherie and Jimmy are no longer nervous of change and commitment (Jimmy even freaks out about Cherie wanting a dog about their home) and their true emotional attachments are tested when they go separate ways by job circumstances and…rival opportunity. Yep, Cherie and Jimmy break up on the movie’s onset after Jimmy is asked by his old boss (Jim Chim) to work for him in Beijing, so Jim reluctantly splits up with Cherie 6 months into their relationship. With Cherie and her friends considering it wont be long before Jimmy finds another woman – which he does when he shacks up with You You (Mini Yang) a young Chinese air stewardess living in Beijing. Meanwhile Cherie is pestered by female friends and relatives to find another man to settle down with, has she’s, eh, getting on a bit to play the waiting game. But Cherie doesn’t want to permanently split up with Jimmy and constantly worries about him being away - telling Jimmy on the phone to eat pears and sit on wet towels so he can avoid getting constipation in Beijing’s dry climate. But as Cherie’s own cosmetics vocation later brings her into…well, Beijing, she there finds Jimmy and You You as an item. And meeting up again both accuse each other of cheating.

Musing with friends about her future (and You You’s pectoral ‘assets’ in comparison), Cherie nevertheless is roped into the dating game, where Cherie serendipitously discovers Sam (Xu Zheng), a rich electrical engineer, who rescues Cherie’s hand phone after she clumsily drops it down a toilet. This incident happens when Cherie and a long time friend both go together to meet Cherie’s new blind date at a hotel. But Cherie is called short rushing to the ladies, leaving her friend at a table who then meets up with Cherie’s dashing date. Cherie’s friend failing to find her own amour on a shiny night, is charmed by a cloistered but dashing fella (think Daniel Henny with a bit of Jeff Goldblum) who believes her to be Cherie. Soon the latter leave the hotel as a loving item leaving Cherie with a broken wet phone, a lonely table and a very interested man named Sam.
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Love Bluff and Commitments (B) Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
But after Sam’s kindness, Cherie then agrees on a date after Sam buys her a new phone and brings it personally to her cosmetic shop. But although Sam is a good man (who also doesn’t want to get burnt again after his own ‘failed’ relationship), Cherie just cannot get Jimmy and his kooky antics out of her system (even Sam rescuing her phone down the toilet reminds her of Jimmy’s favorite boyish pastime of putting dry ice down his own loo), albeit he cheated on her. And being with Sam just keeps reminding her of Jimmy. On the other side, You You also adores Jimmy and wants them to settle down together, but Jimmy’s mental feelings about Cherie (and his independence) are far too strong for that.

Again SMS and phone technology play a big supporting role and the secret world of secret dating. But mostly all of this makes Cherie and Jimmy more lovable for their more reasonable honesty and grit, about dating couples contradictive foibles and pressures of commitment. Or anyone really. J and C want to settle down, but should two people really get pestered so much by siblings, mothers and friends to get married off against their will? But to Jimmy and Cherie sentiment toys more with both's crucial inner bond and commitment to the other, more so than their two side dishes. Deep down they cannot stop thinking about each other, and infatuations are always subjective, compromising and pushing those unsettling emotions. Luckily for Jim and Cherry though they both happen upon two understating other people, as the choices could have been fatal attractions - unless Pang Ho-Cheng makes a third film called ‘Love is so Tough’ and You You and Sam kidnap Cherie and Jimmy after reconsidering their lost loves. From ciggies to a horror romance?

This edition has 4 coasters (incase you want to have a mug of tea with your cigarette?) and the DVD is inside a red packet and plastic disk holder. I did wonder if the one coaster had a naughty image, although to be honest I thought it looked more like a coat hanger. Again it all sounds a bit naughty by the title but LITB is more a ‘needing space’ but ‘cannot get you out of my mind’ movie and of nervously approaching commitments than romps in the bed (although, undercover, there is bit of that, too). Shawn and Miriam team well in these movies and certainly an enjoyable while, no matter if imperfect LITB is a lip bitingly rollicking good film.
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