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Patrick Tang (Actor) | Yumiko Cheng (Actor) | Jason Chan (Actor) | Sherman Chung (Actor)
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Hong Kong indie director Vincent Chui (Fear of Intimacy) makes his first venture into commercial cinema with the star-studded youth romance Love is Elsewhere. Bringing together top Sony, Warner, EEG, and East Asia newcomers in one clean sweep, Love is Elsewhere provides a photogenic showcase of fresh young faces including Ken Hung, Jason Chan, Pakho Chau, Sherman Chung, Charmaine Fong, and Chelsea Tong. The ensemble cast of budding pop idols carry their debut film with remarkably solid performances, making Love is Elsewhere a minor but eminently agreeable watch. Singers Yumiko Cheng (The Drummer), Patrick Tang (Whispers and Moans), and Yan Ng (B420) provide the "veteran" presence in this light and charming portrait of urban life and romantic ripples.

Happy bickering couple Sung (Jason Chan) and Ching (Sherman Chung) run a cafe together in Soho, working to save up money and study abroad together. As a unique service to go with that cup of coffee, they offer a listening ear to customers in need of romantic guidance, like doting delivery boy Sing (Ken Hung) who is secretly in love with art gallery proprietor and "older woman" Sandra (Yumiko Cheng). Young doctor Joe (Pakho Chau) could also use some advice. After apathetically dropping his girlfriend (Charmaine Fong), he falls for new girl in town Kelly (Chelsea Tong). For once Joe is being serious about the relationship, but Kelly may have her own tricks up her sleeve. Even Sung and Ching aren't safe from relationship drama when Ching's ex-boyfriend shows up.

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Product Title: Love Is Elsewhere (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 愛情萬歲 (2008) (DVD) (香港版) 爱情万岁 (2008) (DVD) (香港版) Love Is Elsewhere (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) Love Is Elsewhere (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Patrick Tang (Actor) | Yumiko Cheng (Actor) | Jason Chan (Actor) | Sherman Chung (Actor) | Chelsea Tong (Actor) | Ken Hung (Actor) | Pakho Chau (Actor) | Charmaine Fong 鄧健泓 (Actor) | 鄭 希怡 (Actor) | 陳 柏宇 (Actor) | 鍾舒漫 (Actor) | 唐素琪 (Actor) | 洪卓立 (Actor) | 周柏豪 (Actor) | 方皓玟 邓健泓 (Actor) | 郑 希怡 (Actor) | 陈 柏宇 (Actor) | Sherman Chung (Actor) | 唐素琪 (Actor) | 洪卓立 (Actor) | 周柏豪 (Actor) | 方皓玟 鄧健泓(パトリック・タン) (Actor) | 鄭希怡(ユミコ・チェン) (Actor) | 陳柏宇(ジェイソン・チャン) (Actor) | 鍾舒漫(シャーマン・チョン) (Actor) | 唐素琪 (チェルシー・トン) (Actor) | 洪卓立(ケン・ホン) (Actor) | 周柏豪 (パコ・チャウ) (Actor) | 方皓玟 (カーメイン・フォン) Patrick Tang (Actor) | Yumiko Cheng (Actor) | Jason Chan (Actor) | Sherman Chung (Actor) | Chelsea Tong (Actor) | Ken Hung (Actor) | Pakho Chau (Actor) | Charmaine Fong
Director: Vincent Chui 崔 允信 Vincent Chui 崔允信 (ヴィンセント・チョイ) Vincent Chui
Release Date: 2008-05-30
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Sound Information: Dolby Digital
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Rating: IIA
Duration: 95 (mins)
Publisher: Universe Laser (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1011005167

Product Information

* Screen Format: Widescreen
* Sound Mix: Dolby Digital 5.1
* Special Features:
- Making Of
- Pakho Chau MV

導演: 崔允信
Director: Vincent Chui

整個故事圍繞着一間於Soho區的戀愛心理醫生店。此店古靈精怪,是cafe,亦是網吧,坐落一對小情人阿晴和阿生,每日開店就是與各人談心......是位無牌心理醫生。雖然年紀輕,但有很多有趣的角度去解決成年人口中的千愁萬怨。所有人都可以一進店便能把自己的秘密暢所欲言,正是此店生意興隆的秘密。他們是SOHO的朋友,也是大家的朋友。兩人用最簡單的想法為都市中人解決最不尋常的複雜關係。他們打算賺到第一個10萬,便會一道去北京遊學一年,這是他們的願望。

廿歲多的年輕的IT人,Joe本來有一位感情穩定的女友Maggie,但經過多年的日夕相對,厭倦漸生,為尋求新剌激,便毅然與Maggie分手。被Joe拋棄的Maggie一直存心向Joe發動一次報復行動,見友人Kelly剛從歐洲回來,無背景又無男友又滿有氣質的,這更讓Joe 感到吸引,所以Kelly正是最佳人選為她報仇。Kelly利用阿生激Joe,但是Kelly對Joe的愛理不理,Joe心又不甘向Kelly反擊,把Kelly激個半死, 鬥智就成為了發展關係的鎖匙。再次碰到Kelly正獨自坐着玩電腦Joe有一下一見鍾情的感覺。晚上野性,午後純情,Joe心裡知道自己墮入情網了,他誓要追到Kelly為止。二人因誤會而相遇,卻因了解而愛上,兩人深深被對方征服。Maggie突出現並當眾把真相踢爆,令Joe難堪, Kelly更心感內咎,原來付出過的是大家的真心真義...

阿如,三十多歲獨居鍾情畫畫,事業如日方中,家庭朋友照料得妥妥當當,缺乏對愛的勇氣,不懂得對愛情中付出。男朋友阿豪,樣貌、背景全都合格,對阿如如痴如醉,但阿如不是不愛他,只是不愛一個只得軀殼的人。阿如平常會在自己畫廊畫畫,遇上送湯外賣仔阿星,發現星常常在畫廊外偷望她,慢慢由奇怪不安變為對他好奇。有一次被自己喜愛的藝術大師Mr. Johnson趁醉行兇,幸被阿星救起。阿星送其回家更替其執屋,關心之情打動阿如,阿如約阿星出來吃飯以示答謝。阿豪再三道歉,也隆重其事第一百次求婚,希望求得原諒及盡訴愛意之時,但相比阿星,阿如更愛他的童心。時間人物地點配合,兩人共渡一夜...

Ah Ching (Sherman Chung) and Ah Sang (Jason Chan) operate an internet cafe called "Love Love Soho". The shop gives out psychological explanations to friends about love. Ah Ching and Ah Sang decided to go to China to continue their studies after they earned one hundred thousand. All of a sudden Martin (Louis Cheung)'s appearance made their relationship worsen.

A smart IT genius, Joe (Chau Pak Ho) used to have Maggie (Charmaine Fong) as his girlfriend. After a while he gets bored and breaks up with her. Later she gets jealous when Joe dates Kelly (Chelsea Tong) whom have returned home from abroad. Kelly then makes Joe angry by going out with Ah Sang. Joe then sets revenge on Kelly and makes her angry too. One day he sees her playing internet online and finally realises he likes her. He swears to himself that he need to make Kelly his girlfriend. When they both get together Maggie appears and exposed their stories which made them embarrassed. Kelly feels guilty and regretful while Joe feels sad about this matter...

Ah Yue (Yumiko Cheng) is a thirty something lady who loves painting but does not know how to sacrifice things for love. Her boyfriend (Patrick Tang) loves her a lot. However Ah Yue does not like a person who only has good looks and good background but not a good heart. Ah Yue always notices Ah Sing (Ken Hung) peeking at her when she paints in her shop. One time Mr Johnson, Ah Yue's favourite artist tries to rape her and Ah Sing saves her. Then Ah Yue invites Ah Sing over to lunch as a gesture of gratitude for saving her. After that Ah Ho keeps apologise to Ah Yue and asked her to marry him for the 100th time. But compared to Ah Sing, Ah Yue likes his kiddish personality more. Now Ah Yue is confused in choosing between the two guys....
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June 10, 2008

Even more new idols get a shot at the big screen in Love is Elsewhere, an agreeable though average take on the youth romance film. Former independent director Vincent Chui (Fear of Intimacy) takes his first shot at the mainstream, delivering a sweet little movie that should appeal to idol seekers and young adults maneuvering through the thorny briar patch of modern Hong Kong love. The film serves up attractive, though not always realistic situations, gives them a shiny upscale packaging, and loads on the self-absorption for easy audience identification. After all, aren't average modern young people totally self-absorbed when it comes to idealizing and fulfilling their desire for love? And isn't unrealistically learning to conquer one's own selfishness the very theme upon which many popular romance films have been built? I could be wrong, but I'm going to guess that the answers to those questions are "yes" and "yes" - so if you fall into the camp that enjoys these types of predictable youth romances, then Love is Elsewhere is for you. It's a movie with a demographic.

Sony Music singer Jason Chan is Sung, a likeable young dude who grins a lot and runs Soho with Love, a local bar/cafe, alongside girlfriend Ching (EEG singer Sherman Chung). Soho with Love is located in, duh, Soho (South Hollywood Road, Central) just off the midlevel escalators, and offers more than just a thirst quencher. For a measly HK$100 (about US$12.80), customers can engage the listening ear of either Sung or Ching, who offer counsel on romantic issues for the aforementioned fee. The service is apparently quite popular, with everyone in the film hitting up the duo for unlicensed therapy. Adorable, puppy-faced Sing (EEG singer Ken Hung) is one of their regular customers. He's a delivery boy and wannabe-singer, and secretly loves the older, sophisticated Sandra (EEG singer Yumiko Cheng, the lone "old idol" among the film's stars). She runs an art gallery, but has minor differences with boyfriend Fung Chi-Ho (Patrick Tang), who's always busy checking on the stock market instead of her. Sing pines and pouts from afar, while delivering food all over Central in trendy, fashion-forward outfits. Can Sing and his fabulous purple scarf win Sandra's heart?

Meanwhile, lothario doctor Joe (Warner Music singer Pakho Chow) dumps his girlfriend (East Asia Music singer Charmaine Fong), but soon turns his attentions towards Kelly (Chelsea Tong), a pretty young thing whose curious method of playing hard-to-get whips Joe into a frenzy. Joe has a history of callously tossing girlfriends aside, but for some reason Kelly has him rethinking his player ways. Joe turns to Sung and Ching for advice, and the two gladly help out in between counseling sessions with Sing and Sandra. At the same time, Sung and Ching have their own issues; they're supposed to be saving to study in Beijing, but Sung wants to carelessly blow money on a big trip. Ching also has an old boyfriend who wants her back, and Sung fights back by attempting to send her a message in some old code from their childhood. Yeah, that's a smart way to retain your relationship: communicate obliquely in a language meant to prove your personal, over-idealized connection with your partner. Apparently, the film is saying that relationships need to fit an individual's exacting standards, or they should be discarded like yesterday's Apple Daily. In modern love, self-absorption is the key.

Well, not really, and Love is Elsewhere does the expected and/or commercial thing by teaching these kids that their self-absorbed ways are not the best manner in which to hook up. In the end, you need to decide who you want and not just want you want, and then you've got to chase after that person so that they will become yours. Thanks to some handy realization, plus some cloying advice from Sing's batty uncle (musician Clarence Hui), the kids get the message and seek resolution to their romantic maladies during a protracted Christmas Eve finale that lasts a lot longer than it has to. Love is Elsewhere's exploration of young love is ultimately so minor that it's hard to become that involved. Characters experience quick changes of heart, coincidences occur far too frequently, and relationships are only superficially explored. This isn't a deep film requiring heavy attention; the film simply observes the minor push and pull of young love, and any identification felt is likely of the "Yeah, I can imagine that" variety. The film doesn't engender strong emotions at all, and instead keeps things light, pleasant, and agreeable. Those with high expectations will likely be annoyed at the vacuity of it all, but the easily entertained? Love is Elsewhere has their back.

Which is why it's really hard to knock Love is Elsewhere for being anything than what it is: solid fluff for a particular demographic. This is a film where an adorable EEG singer wearing a purple scarf delivers food for a living - it's not to be taken too seriously, and the film follows suit by making everything light and innocuous. Vincent Chui gives the film a sophisticated, attractive sheen, and milks his Hong Kong Island location for every ounce of urban charm that he can muster. The actors are likeable and fresh-faced (save Yumiko Cheng, who's likeable but has also been around for six years), with Ken Hung gaining instant qualification in a "most loveable" contest thanks to a cuddly, family-friendly cuteness that could rival that of any Sanrio character. The film's conflicts and problems are easily solved, everyone ultimately has the best of intentions, and all potential unhappiness is smoothed over easily. Love is Elsewhere is like the perfect fantasy of love in the big city: serendipitous and potentially exciting, but also safe and unrealistically uncomplicated. This is an urban fairy tale for young people who believe in true love but are too hip to admit it, and that probably accounts for a good portion of the paying Hong Kong movie audience.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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Well, I can certainly vouch for that. Although the title seems to suggest that love may be found in another place or heart - this light and likable gentle youth romance drama, is more keyed into love being on the doorstep. Specifically the doorstep of Ching and Sung's "Love Cafe" in the main. Certainly by all the goings on here with these trio of romantics, and of their unanticipated circumstances regarding mutual love. And although far away places are mentioned here, soul mates and true mutual hearts seem to find love at home in HK than anywhere else, even though love can be found anywhere between two compatible hearts, I would have thought. True Romance Unifies Everyone! But considering love is more subjective than objective and practical, there sometimes is the need for expectations to be met, and....but, this isn't any deep romantic type lesson about love to take too seriously. Its an 'enjoy' film.

Certainly I found this film very enjoyable and quite amiable watch and where ever you stand in the 'romance' stakes, this movie should all come across as gentle and palatable entertainment. Albeit loaded full of modern HK pop singer phenomena (which is great, really - I like them!) with pretty well all the cast here (Yumiko, Ken Hung, Sherman Tank, Jason Chan, Charmaine Fong), you get a sympathetic, kooky and decently acted satire about the growing pains of young romance. It features a very likable set of cool dudes, too, which makes it all very easy to like. Another 'Beautiful People' type of film! In fact, this film will be liked a lot for the pretty cast and can be enjoyed by this aesthetics alone, but still feels rewarding by all the added quality, production and overall romantic ambiance of it all. And there's nothing really wrong in nice aesthetics here and there. After all, aesthetics can be a bit like chocolate - nice but don't over do it.

The story revolves around 6 young people who all have, well, romance issues. Loving couple Ching (Sherman) and Sung (Jason Chan) run a "Love Cafe" together within a coffee spot in Soho, a small business venture to help broken hearted romantics get sorted, which Ching and Sung take a modest fee for and make additional money for them to eventually study together in Beijing. Their hearts are set on this. But their own personal relationship becomes frictional when Hung, an old flame of Ching's pops up, ands asks her out for a meal together with friends, and if Ching would like to get back together again with him. With Sung learning about this issue (and not feeling too happy) and with him also wishing to spend the money they have made on a trip abroad other than Beijing, puts Ching and Sung's 'togetherness' and study in Beijing in question.

Joe (Pakho Chau) and Kelly (Chelsea Tong), first meet up in a disco club. But Kelly is actually a craft ploy set up by Joe's ex-girlfriend (Charmaine Fong), as a means of 'girl revenge' on regular girl dater Joe, after he tells his girlfriend that their relationship has fizzeled out (brave boy!), and that they should split up (a revelation Joe discloses to her in Ching and Sung's "Love Cafe"). So Joe's 'ex', whilst in the cafe is quite happy to throw two full glasses of water into Joe's face in appreciation of his decision, and also then decides to get even by setting him up in a disco date with her friend Kelly - for Kelly then to ditch Joe in the same way that Joe had ditched his 'ex' (and many other girls). Although, like all cunning plans, the 'ex's' ploy backfires when Joe begins to like Kelly more than any girl he knew before. Kelly plays hard to get (which seems to make Joe more amenable), and the more they get to know each other, an inevitable romance begins to peculate.

Last but certainly not least, there is Yu, a career woman who runs an art gallery and who is constantly worshiped by her busy workaholic boyfriend, who constantly buys Yu gifts and proposes to her in marriage 90+ times. But Yu feels she can never agree to marry him, due to her being uncertain if he would really care for her needs truly, by his busy lifestyle. So he gets 90+ constant rejections to his marriage proposals, but lives in hope that Yu will one day agree to marry him - especially when he reaches the 100th proposal! (Although the only answer he might get is a letter from the Queen in the UK) He keeps trying too - Boyfriend "Yu, will you marry me?"........Yu: "No". 90+ refusals as well, this man as stamina! All changes, though, when local food supplier and soup errand boy Sing (Ken Hung), gets all gooey eyed and heart touched as he constantly watches Yu through her art shop window (no he's not a pervert - its worse, he's love sick!), and dreaming that Yu could be sharing his soup when making his daily deliveries. His daily secret love crush on Yu! Eventually, Sing makes his feelings known after Yu falls and injuries her leg and constantly brings Yu his 'soup remedies' (dog paw and backbone soup for instance - his dream comes true!) as a pretext to get to know her more - with his heart getting even more in a flutter! And who can blame him! After all, Yu is pretty lovely and gets plenty of male attention (aside to her 90+ marriage proposal beau), and even from an English painter artist contact she as, who when he visits Yu's gallery and gets the red wine flowing, seems to have more on his mind than mere paintings. Luckily, Sing (rarely taking his peepers off Yu) as a soup ladle ready, just in case Mr English gets too fruity with her! Unfortunately, Sing being 6 years younger than Yu, makes her feel that this relationship wouldn't be viable. Yu has reservations about her busy boyfriend and appreciates Sing's caring personality. But still feels that Sing as only a school boy type crush on her than 'real love', but finds his youthful and charming attention a new revelation to her emotions, and questions even more her relationship and possible capitulation with her 90+ marriage proposal boyfriend. So, lots of busy romantics in a lather here! And by all this mix and youth filled affairs, you get a quite charming "Love Actually" type romance filler.

I liked this film, even though its miles away from my arena. But its all gentle stuff and charm, features some funny undercurrents - and lots of pretty singer/actress, so I'm in! Maybe this could be looked upon as a bit of a vehicle for the pop parade of singers here, and it definitely may not be a prefect film of its type. But its uplifting, is well paced, is sweetly romantic, a decent HK film and filled with such likable people that you just cannot dislike this. I liked it similar to the recent Korean movie "My Love" and Ching and Sung's "Love Cafe" isn't far off the sentimentality of the hug campaign thematic that was featured in the K-movie. Its certainly for the younger demographic, for fans of the Stephy Tang/Alex Fong "Bobo" adventures and fans of all the singers here. But is also really worth seeing for it being a good quality romance film in its own right. Nothing deep, nothing serious, just a cosy fireside watch to make you feel lighter.

I had a few niggles though. One was with the disco scene (although I am writing this with my tongue in cheek here!), and of those scenes always having the same techno dance track played at the disco when anyone went there. Surly Mr DJ had other tracks and mixes in his collection (maybe "Dancing on the Cloud" by Yumiko from "Super Model" for instance - which is a good dance album if you ain't heard it yet - and maybe 5 songs from the other singers. Would have been befitting.). Otherwise, its like Guy : "do you remember when they played our favorite song in the disco?" Gal: "Yeah! But isn't it that bloody same dance beat everyone else is having at all times and every time! There's not much personal touch!" The disco with one dance track? I mean 6+ pop singers here and only 1 repeated disco beat - dahlings, this is so ironic! Also, Yu and her busy boyfriend relationship was also a bit brittle by the conclusion of the final Yu/Sing Happy-maybe-after scenario. Surly, even though her 90+ marriage proposal boyfriend wasn't perfect (or in the same room with Yu most of the time!), and of Yu being someone equally as busy having a business of her own (couldn't Yu have sympathized with her boyfriend's career situation here) and highly indecisive in settling down -made this ending with Sing a bit questionable (other than the fact that he would be Yu's toy boy!) And Yu's English cad..boyfriend. Puleesase! We're not all like that in the U.K. ya know! Well, not on weekends, anyway. But otherwise, all enjoyable stuff! Recommended film. It could even be possible for a sequel maybe (like the Bobo films). Its seems to be left open for one. As long as they aren't the different parallel universe type sequels that seem to be with Stephy and Alex's, which all 3 films seem to be set one reality away from the next.

The extras on Mr Disk here are a Making Of with various interviews of the cast and director (no subtitles unfortunately), MV video and some menu driven stills from the film.
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