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Partners in Crime (2014) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Jenny Wen (Actor) | Wu Chien Ho (Actor) | Cheng Kai Yuan (Actor) | Li Lieh (Actor)
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Following Touch of the Light, which served as Taiwan's 2012 entry for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Chang Jung Chi returns with his sophomore feature, Partners in Crime. This time around, the Golden Horse Award-winning director explores the abject loneliness that pervades modern society through a mystery involving a group of high school students.

Huang Lihuai (Wu Chian He, Days We Stared at the Sun) is an unassuming loner. Ye Yikai (Zheng Kai Yuan) is an athletic rebel. Lin Yongqun (Deng Yu Kai) is a popular model student. These three boys had nothing in common until the day they witnessed fellow student Xia Weiqiao (Yao Ai Ning) fall to her death. In order to investigate the circumstances behind her death, the three strangers come together in secret and eventually conclude that Weiqiao ended her own life after being bullied by another student. Just as the boys think they've unraveled the mystery, an accident changes their lives forever.

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Product Title: Partners in Crime (2014) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 共犯 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) 共犯 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) 共犯 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) Partners in Crime (2014) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Jenny Wen (Actor) | Wu Chien Ho (Actor) | Cheng Kai Yuan (Actor) | Li Lieh (Actor) | Alice Ko (Actor) | Deng Yu Kai (Actor) | Yao Ai Ning (Actor) | Hong Yu Qing (Actor) 溫貞菱 (Actor) | 巫建和 (Actor) | 鄭開元 (Actor) | 李烈 (Actor) | 柯 佳嬿 (Actor) | 鄧育凱 (Actor) | 姚愛甯 (Actor) | 洪于晴 (Actor) 温贞菱 (Actor) | 巫建和 (Actor) | 郑开元 (Actor) | 李烈 (Actor) | 柯 佳嬿 (Actor) | 邓育凯 (Actor) | 姚爱甯 (Actor) | 洪于晴 (Actor) Jenny Wen (Actor) | Wu Chien Ho (Actor) | Cheng Kai Yuan (Actor) | Li Lieh (Actor) | 柯佳嬿 (アリス・クー) (Actor) | トン・ユィカイ (Actor) | Yao Ai Ning (Actor) | Hong Yu Qing (Actor) Jenny Wen (Actor) | Wu Chien Ho (Actor) | Cheng Kai Yuan (Actor) | Li Lieh (Actor) | Alice Ko (Actor) | Deng Yu Kai (Actor) | Yao Ai Ning (Actor) | Hong Yu Qing (Actor)
Director: Chang Jung Chi 張 榮吉 张 荣吉 チャン・ロンジー Chang Jung Chi
Release Date: 2015-04-30
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Taiwan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
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: 99 (mins)
Publisher: Deltamac (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1039299905

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* Special Feature : Theatrical Trailer

Director: Chang Jung Chi

On his way to school, Huang witnesses the death of Hsia Wei-Chiao, a popular teenager of the same high school, along with Lin and Yeh. He has never known these 2 students from the same school, either. Even though the three teenagers tried to save her by calling the police, she is now gone forever. Her dead body lies in front of them, and this shocking image ties their fates together, and this twisted fate is going to change their high school lives forever?
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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (2)

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June 23, 2015

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Without a sense of belonging Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
You anticipate by Chang Jung-chi's deeply dark dreamlike opening credits with 'Partners in Crime' to be surreal and otherworldly in style which it certainly is. The movie credits superimposed over a drowning boy who descends to deep waters below. Sinking along with a bag full of abstract things that surly to materialize as significant aspects of what is to come. The body of the boy is then pulled from a lake as police try to ascertain who he is and what happened. The plot suddenly resets to the past. The present night darkness switching to past daylight as Huang (Wu Chien-ho) travels by train to his school - swift electric memories of him being bullied by other male youths - the sombre lad afterwards walks slowly to his school. Looking towards a narrow alleyway, Huang's deadpan face turns and spots the dead body of a school girl. He kneels beside her bloodied head and touches her face. Simultaneously by coincidence two other boys pass, also with muted shock - Yeh (Cheng Kai-yuan) a sporty, tough looking youth and Lin (Deng Yu-kai) a bookish and quiet student cross their paths with Huang, who the latter silently looks up to the building above and wonders - why did this girl jump to her death? His thoughts merging with the droplets of water rain and the girl's blood on the alleyway floor.

After interviewed by local police and attending several school counselling sessions, the three boys Huang, Lin and Yeh, who knew nothing about each other before the fatal day, suddenly form a bond ship as they decide to find the truth about the dead girl and why she could have killed herself. Huang is the most curious and the boys discover from other students the dead girl's name - Hsia (Yao Ai-ning). Hsia from a wealthy family kept herself to herself, had no classmates other than possibly one girl - Chu Chong-yi (Wen Chen-ling) - the latter's photo the only person amongst Hsia's social media photo gallery, other than pictures of cats. But Hsia had differing aspects - she was remote but also went to late night dance clubs. Attending Hsia's funeral Huang, Yeh and Lin meet Hsia's mother (Lee Lieh) who is surprised that her daughter had close friends who would pay such respects. Hsia's mother a business woman, is regularly away from home and who had left Hsia alone to her own devices. Huang had lied to Hsia's mother about the three boys knowing her daughter, and later told Lin and Yeh that this falsity could soon be believed when people accepted this as truth.
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Don't let misinformation get you down Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Determined to find the truth, the three boys enter Hsia's bedroom apartment at night, her mother being away. Locating Hsia's computer they study her social media and spot one photo of Chu Chong-yi. Later leaving Hsia's apartment block Huang gives Lin and Yeh his secret that Hsia was bullied by Chu by a note he discovers in Hsia's bedroom. The torn note from Hsia's diary is however suggestible but obscure, but Huang is convinced Hsia's classmate Chu was the culprit to Hsia's suicide. Lin and Yeh suggest this information should be given to the police, but Huang only desires to teach Chu a lesson.

Three boys laughing, swimming and scooping water over each other in the small lake had played their prank on Chu Chong-yi, just a funny little scare with a mannequin dummy hung from one of the lake's neighbouring forest trees. Three boys happy but with subconscious guilt had mirrored the very 'bullying' that Hsia might have endured from Chu. But Lin wasn't sure Chu was a bully at all. Suddenly Lin thrashes the water and begins to sink as Huang swims towards Lin to help him. By panicking Lin's arm violently and accidently smacks into Huang's head knocking him unconscious. Huang sinking down to the lake bottom. Yeh quickly rescues Lin from drowning and both reach shore, but with no sign of Huang, Yeh desperately dives back into the lake. But to no avail. Another tragic accident. Lin and Yeh overcome with guilt at the death of Huang, wonder what other students would believe of them. An accident? Bullying? Murder? Suicide? Just like Chu Chong-yi and Hsia, probably any plausibility other than the intangible raw truth.

Partners in Crime is more about misinformation of hearsay than bullying itself. Huang is bullied, but the focus is how everything the main protagonists believe about someone else is distorted by personal and emotional suffering. It's that old adage - see no evil, hear no evil - speak no evil with aspects of Murphy's law. At the centre the girl Hsia is found dead, with Huang perceiving, identifying and convincing himself that Hsia was bullied and committed suicide; paranoid scenarios replicated by Lin and Yeh. Bearing loneliness in isolated abstraction but with connected merit. More than anything PIC well reflects and understands the perceptions of severe loneliness and teen angst. Ultimately it's the lack of the sense of belonging that is at stake. Social creatures we humans are.

A very recommended movie with a cast of find good actors.
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