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Mermaid (2016) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Stephen Chow (Writer, Producer, Director) | Deng Chao (Actor) | Jelly Lin (Actor) | Show Luo (Actor)
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Comedy king Stephen Chow emphatically reclaimed his throne during the 2016 Lunar New Year period with the blockbuster fantasy romance comedy Mermaid, which broke every Chinese box office record on the books on its way towards becoming the biggest Chinese film of all time. Besides its record-breaking box office, Mermaid garnered positive reviews from audiences and critics alike hailing the return of Stephen Chow-style comedy. Chow's off-the-wall modern-day fairy tale revolves around an innocent mermaid on a mission to assassinate the businessman destroying her home, but the plan falls to the wayside amid side-tickling gags. Starring breakout newcomer Jelly Lin, Deng Chao (The Four), Show Luo (Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons) and Kitty Zhang (CJ7) with cameo appearances from Tsui Hark, Wen Zhang and Kris Wu, the magical tale is filled with Chow's signature nonsensical humor, a heartfelt love story and strong environmental themes.

Rich and rude businessman Liu Xuan (Deng Chao) is raking in the money through a sea reclamation and redevelopment project on the coast of Green Gulf. To secure the environmental seal of approval, he uses a sonar device to drive ocean creatures away from the coast. Unbeknownst to the world, however, Green Gulf is the home of the merpeople. The sonar device has gravely injured the mermaid population and forced what remains of them out of the sea and into an abandoned bunker where they plot to take out Liu Xuan in order to reclaim their home. Their grand plan is to send out young mermaid Shan (Jelly Lin) into the human world to seduce and kill Liu Xuan. With her strange shuffling walk and backwaters naivete, Shan succeeds in attracting Liu Xuan's attention but unexpectedly, they find themselves falling in love with each other.

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Product Title: Mermaid (2016) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 美人魚 (2016) (DVD) (香港版) 美人鱼 (2016) (DVD) (香港版) 美人魚 (2016) (DVD) (香港版) Mermaid (2016) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Deng Chao (Actor) | Jelly Lin (Actor) | Show Luo (Actor) | Kitty Zhang (Actor) | Wilson Chin | Tsui Hark (Actor) | Wen Zhang (Actor) | FAN SHU ZHEN (Actor) | Lam Tze Chung (Actor) | Tenky Tin (Actor) | Li Shang Zheng (Actor) | Lu Zheng Yu (Actor) | Kris Wu (Actor) 鄧超 (Actor) | 林 允 (Actor) | 羅志祥 (Actor) | 張 雨綺 (Actor) | 錢 國偉 | 徐 克 (Actor) | 文 章 (Actor) | 范淑珍 (Actor) | 林子聰 (Actor) | 田啟文 (Actor) | 李尚正 (Actor) | 盧 正雨 (Actor) | 吳 亦凡 (Actor) 邓超 (Actor) | 林 允 (Actor) | 罗志祥 (Actor) | 张 雨绮 (Actor) | 钱 国伟 | 徐 克 (Actor) | 文 章 (Actor) | 范淑珍 (Actor) | 林子聪 (Actor) | 田启文 (Actor) | 李尚正 (Actor) | 卢 正雨 (Actor) | 吴 亦凡 (Actor) 鄧超 (タン・チャオ)   (Actor) | 林允(ジェリー・リン/リン・ユン) (Actor) | 羅志祥(ショウ・ルオ) (Actor) | 張雨綺 (キティ・チャン) (Actor) | 錢國偉(ウィルソン・チン) | 徐克(ツイ・ハーク) (Actor) | 文章(ウェン・チャン) (Actor) | FAN SHU ZHEN (Actor) | 林子聰(ラム・ジーチョン) (Actor) | 田啓文 (ティン・カイマン) (Actor) | Li Shang Zheng (Actor) | Lu Zheng Yu (Actor) | 吳亦凡(クリス・ウー) (Actor) Deng Chao (Actor) | Jelly Lin (Actor) | Show Luo (Actor) | Kitty Zhang (Actor) | Wilson Chin | 서극 (Actor) | Wen Zhang (Actor) | FAN SHU ZHEN (Actor) | Lam Tze Chung (Actor) | Tenky Tin (Actor) | Li Shang Zheng (Actor) | Lu Zheng Yu (Actor) | Kris Wu (Actor)
Director: Stephen Chow 周 星馳 周 星驰 周星馳(チャウ・シンチー) 주성치
Producer: Stephen Chow 周 星馳 周 星驰 周星馳(チャウ・シンチー) 주성치
Writer: Stephen Chow 周 星馳 周 星驰 周星馳(チャウ・シンチー) 주성치
Release Date: 2016-05-25
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong, China
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM)
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIA
Duration: 94 (mins)
Publisher: Edko Films Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1049932379

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Hin’s real estate project involved reclamation of the sea, threatening the livelihood of the residents who relied on the sea to make a living. Bearing family secrets, Shan was dispatched to stop Hin. During their encounters, they fall in love with each other. Even though Hin stopped the reclamation plan out of his love for Shan, Shan got injured in an accident and vanished into the sea.
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Professional Review of "Mermaid (2016) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

May 10, 2016

This professional review refers to Mermaid (2016) (Blu-ray) (2D + 3D) (Hong Kong Version)
Despite being set somewhere in China and featuring non-Hong Kong actors, eco-fantasy-romantic-slapstick-comedy The Mermaid is a true Stephen Chow film. Sure it was shot in Mandarin (the Hong Kong release is dubbed into Cantonese) and there's no cross-dressing dude picking his nose, but the film is filled to the brim with Chow's unique sense of humor, and oozes his pet themes and obsessions from every pore. The film also has an obvious environmental message about how human beings are messing up the ocean but it's handled without proselyting and actually serves the story and characters very well. In every way, Mermaid is a worthy addition to Stephen Chow's beloved library of comedy classics. No, he doesn't act in it. Get over it.

Mermaid tells the story of Shan (newcomer Jelly Lin), a pretty mermaid who serves as the bait in a honey trap targeting super-rich businessman Liu Xuan (Deng Chao). Liu is the douchebag owner of the Green Gulf coastal area, which was once protected but is now earmarked for development thanks to Liu's shady dealings, not to mention the fact that he employs deadly sonar devices to keep away protected wildlife. Now Green Gulf is eligible for the environment-mucking housing developments of Liu Shan and his business partner, the smoking hot Ruo-Lan (Kitty Zhang). However, unbeknownst to Liu Shan, the sonar affects the mermaids too, and is dooming them to a slow and painful death.

Now confined to a derelict oil tanker in Green Gulf, the mermaids plan to have Shan charm Liu Xuan before dispatching him with prejudice. To get to her target, Shan has modified her tail to fit into human shoes and walk on land, though she can only take small steps like a wobbly toddler. However, she doesn't really get how to entice men; she applies makeup horribly and is clumsy and unconvincing as an object of desire. After a disastrously hilarious first meet, Liu Xuan has no intention of contacting Shan, but he eventually does to spite Ruo-Lan, who's willing to bed Liu Xuan but regards him with disdain due to his humble beginnings. Despite being a powerful self-made billionaire, Liu Xuan will always be "a lowlife" in Ruo-Lan's eyes.

And yet it's Liu Xuan's lower-class origins that end up bringing him and Shan together, which sets up a romance and then the ultimate conflict: Can Shan go through with the plan to kill Liu Xuan? And how will Liu Xuan react to Shan being a mermaid? The Mermaid doesn't possess a particularly original or complex story. The script features conspicuous swathes of unearned exposition, the story is riddled with plot holes and weak scene transitions, and logic is frequently thrown out the window in favor of narrative convenience. However, the film's robust cartoonish tone and increasing stakes help to paper over the rough spots. Also, the comedy is consistently funny and surprising; each scene is essentially a successful comic set piece pushing different types of comedy from mo lei tau to situation to slapstick. There are story problems everywhere, but no shortage of laughs.

There's heart too, though it's tempered by Stephen Chow's trademark self-aware romanticism and many laugh-out-loud moments. Chow loosely adheres to Walt Disney's "one laugh, one tear" guideline, though he leans far more on the laughs. When things get too maudlin Chow amps the silliness, like when Shan and Liu Xuan finally share a quiet connection, the film launches into a hilarious musical sequence involving heroic Chinese songs. Meanwhile, the action can get surprisingly dark; there's abundant comic violence that gets bloody, with both Shan and Liu Xuan being put through the wringer for their troubles. The edgy violence dovetails well with one of Chow's familiar themes – sacrificing for love – but it also has the effect of making the audience suffer in exchange for their expected happy ending. Stephen Chow offers you no free lunches.

The performances are effective and in keeping with Chow's eclectic comic sensibilities. Deng Chao is over-the-top as a slimeball but still manages moments that make him worthy of redemption. As the Octopus, one of Shan's allies, Show Lo is the unsubtle and enjoyable butt of many jokes, while Kitty Zhang oozes sex and condescension with every décolletage-baring step. Promising newcomer Jelly Lin makes for a very sympathetic herione and shows Shu Qi-like qualities with her emotional range and ability to project wordlessly. The cast features a few Chow regulars, but also plenty of newer faces, and as usual Chow chooses his supporting players not for their acting ability, but for their fit in his low-class, low-brow yet high-comedy world. The film isn't great to look at; production design trends towards juvenile and tacky, and visual effects are glaringly shoddy. Considering the effort spent on VFX in past Chow films, Mermaid is a backwards move visually.

Bad visual effects don't keep The Mermaid down though, because the draw is not VFX-enhanced action, it's Stephen Chow. Besides his unique comedy stylings and the "sacrifice for love" thematic nugget, Mermaid basically features the real Stephen Chow. Deng Chao's Liu Xuan is a not-too-subtle stand-in for Chow, what with his journey from humble lowlife to master of the universe – mirroring Chow’s real-life ascent – and Liu Xuan's mean-spirited behavior and much-mentioned loneliness are obvious pieces of the Stephen Chow personality puzzle too. Maybe it lacks the outward signifiers of his previous works, but on the inside The Mermaid is pure Stephen Chow. It shows us who he is and what he cares about, and is absolute proof of his auteur status. That he was able to put together such an entertaining and representative work while adjusting to the larger China market makes The Mermaid an accomplishment. The film is currently China's highest-grossing film, so Chow’s effort has reaped rewards. For audiences, their reward is the movie.

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Customer Review of "Mermaid (2016) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)

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July 28, 2021

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Perhaps Chow's most ambitious film Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
The reviews tell us that, with 'Mermaid', director Stephen Chow has created another zany laugh riot, another madcap adventure through Chow's inspired brand of humor. All that is true. But Stephen Chow actually is after a bigger kettle of fish in this film, for Chow has salted 'Mermaid' with a fierce environmental message.

Mega-rich developer Liu Xuan (Deng Chao) has plans to reclaim the bay at Green Gulf and turn it into a Disney-like theme park. In order to get environmental approval for his project, he secretly deploys a sonar system which wreaks havoc on the local sea creatures, chasing the survivors away from the bay. Unbeknownst to Liu, the remnant of one species of sea creature -- mermaids and mermen -- finds haven in the wreck of a giant tanker ship within the bay. These merpeople plan to send out innocent mermaid Shan (Jelly Lin) to assassinate the greedy developer.

Shan proves to be entirely inept at her mission, but her guileless and unselfish purity captures Liu's heart. However, before Liu can terminate his development project, his femme fatale business partner Li Ruolan (Kitty Zhang) learns of the presence of the merpeople and sends overwhelming forces to wipe them out. Can the merpeople survive or will the evil development company wipe them out?

Stephen Chow mixes both wild and gentle humor, an affecting romance, and graphic action scenes in a winning film which never loses its hold over the audience. WARNING: The graphic action sequences do turn shockingly bloody and violent. (Chow used these scenes to drive home his environmental message.) In the United States, the violence earned the film an 'R' rating; children 17 and under were not permitted to view the film unless accompanied by a parent or other adult guardian.
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