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Liao Fan (Actor) | Mo Xiao Qi (Actor) | Simon Yam (Actor) | Hai Yi Tian (Actor)
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Screening in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, Ocean Flame is the second film from Mainland China filmmaker Liu Fendou, the director of Green Hat and screenwriter of Spring Subway and Shower. Based on a Wang Shuo novel, this sexually charged and ponderously violent arthouse hybrid is wholly different from most Hong Kong-set films as it's shot primarily in Mandarin, with a Mainland China main cast led by newcomer beauty Monica Mok and scenery-chewing actor Liao Fan. The film's producer, Simon Yam, checks in with a small supporting role along with Hong Kong character actors Lam Suet, Hui Siu Hung, Leung Ka Yan, Guk Fung, Him Law, and Derek Tsang.

Leggy waitress Li Chuan's (Monica Mok) normal life takes a fateful turn when she falls for maniacally charismatic conman Wang Yao (Liao Fan). Wang runs a swindling ring in which his female cohorts lure men to hotel rooms, and then he bursts in as the angry husband and violently coerces compensation. Blinded by her desperate love, Li Chuan reluctantly joins the gang, but she turns out to be a stubborn handful, even for the controlling and dangerously temperamental Wang Yao. With the police hot on their tracks and infighting settling in, they descend into a spiral of madness and bloodshed.

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Product Title: Ocean Flame (2008) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 一半海水.一半火焰 (2008) (DVD) (台灣版) 一半海水.一半火焰 (2008) (DVD) (台湾版) 一半海水.一半火焔 (台湾版) Ocean Flame (2008) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)
Also known as: 一半海水一半火焰, 1半海水.1半火焰, 1半海水1半火焰 一半海水一半火焰, 1半海水.1半火焰, 1半海水1半火焰
Artist Name(s): Liao Fan (Actor) | Mo Xiao Qi (Actor) | Simon Yam (Actor) | Hai Yi Tian (Actor) | Lawrence Cheng | Leung Ka Yan | Hui Siu Hung | Nina Paw | Lam Suet | Zhao Hui Nan | Ha Da | Zhou Chu Chu | Him Law 廖凡 (Actor) | 莫 小棋 (Actor) | 任達華 (Actor) | 海一天 (Actor) | 鄭丹瑞 | 梁家仁 | 許紹雄 | 鮑起靜 | 林雪 | 趙會南 | 哈達 | 周楚楚 | 羅仲謙 廖凡 (Actor) | 莫 小棋 (Actor) | 任达华 (Actor) | 海一天 (Actor) | 郑丹瑞 | 梁家仁 | 许绍雄 | 鲍起静 | 林雪 | 赵会南 | 哈达 | 周楚楚 | 罗仲谦 廖凡(リアオ・ファン) (Actor) | Mo Xiao Qi (Actor) | 任達華 (サイモン・ヤム) (Actor) | Hai Yi Tian (Actor) | 鄭丹瑞(チェン・ダンソイ) | 梁家仁(レオン・カーヤン) | 許紹雄(ホイ・シウホン) | 鮑起靜 (パウ・ヘイチン) | 林雪 (ラム・シュー) | Zhao Hui Nan | Ha Da | 周楚楚(チョウ・チュウチュウ) | Him Law Liao Fan (Actor) | Mo Xiao Qi (Actor) | 임 달화 (Actor) | Hai Yi Tian (Actor) | Lawrence Cheng | Leung Ka Yan | Hui Siu Hung | Nina Paw | Lam Suet | Zhao Hui Nan | Ha Da | Zhou Chu Chu | 나중겸
Director: Liu Fen Dou 劉奮鬥 刘奋斗 Liu Fen Dou Liu Fen Dou
Release Date: 2009-02-26
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong, Taiwan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-5
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Duration: 101 (mins)
Publisher: Deepjoy
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1014379907

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Wang Yao was a very shameless person and a blackmailer until one day he met a waitress named Lichuan. He thought Lichuan was like any other girls that could be controlled by him, but her stubbornness was way beyond his imagination. As time goes by, they both lost their soul in the process. Wang Yao lost his freedom, while Lichuan lost her life.

Eight years later, Wang Yao stepped out from the jail. he carried a gun and went to look for Lichuan's mother at her home wishing to fulfill his own will....
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Customer Review of "Ocean Flame (2008) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)

Kevin Kennedy
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April 26, 2010

This customer review refers to Ocean Flame (DVD) (Uncut Version) (Hong Kong Version)
1 people found this review helpful

Euro-style underworld romance Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Viewers of "Ocean Flame" should understand what they are getting into; this is not your typical HK gangster fare. The filmmakers specifically set out to create a movie that would appeal to judges and audiences at film festivals in Europe and North America. As a result, "Ocean Flame" is violent arthouse fare, resembling the cruelly amoral anarchy of an old Gerard Depardieu/Patrick Dewaere vehicle like "Going Places". Fans of John Woo's or Johnnie To's films may find it slow-moving and uneventful, with nothing resembling 'heroic bloodshed'.

Liao Fan stars as Wang Yao, who together with his longtime pal Zheng Zhong (Hai Yi Tian) and a couple of hookers pull a scam in which the girls lure affluent strangers to their hotel room, then Wang and Zheng enter and demand blackmail money. When Wang Yao strays into her restaurant, waitress Li Chuan (gorgeous Mo Xiao Qi) is both smitten and repulsed by the magnetic Wang. They soon develop an intense relationship in which both are drawn to each other like the proverbial moths to the flame, filled with dread and self-loathing. After the girls with whom Wang Yao usually works are arrested, Li Chuan is drawn into Wang Yao's scams, with all the tawdriness that task entails. When Li Chuan realizes that no matter how she abases herself to please Wang Yao, their relationship is headed nowhere, she turns to Zheng Zhong, who harbors an unspoken love for her and the triangular relationship becomes combustible.

The nasty appeal of "Ocean Flame" lies in watching these self-destructive relationships simmer slowly until, inevitably, they overheat. The film is beautifully lensed in a style similar to the work of Christopher Doyle. Its incidental music is richly atmospheric. And, as Wang Yao, Liao Fan creates an astonishingly charismatic yet repugnant antihero. Be warned: The film includes some nudity and a few very unerotic sex scenes. It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but I found "Ocean Flame" very compelling.
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