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Sex Appeal (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Vivian Hsu (Actor) | Amber Kuo (Actor) | Alyssa Chia (Actor) | Jade Chou (Actor)
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Based on a true story, Sex Appeal is directed by Wang Wei Ming and produced by Hsu Hsiao Ming (Blue Gate Crossing). It tells the story of how one devastating event brings four disparate women together and sends each of them on her own journey of self-understanding. Buoyed by powerful performances and taut direction, the critically acclaimed drama has garnered nominations at the Busan International Film Festival and the Golden Horse Awards.

Longing for freedom and independence, 23-year-old Bai Bai (Amber Kuo, Tiny Times) leaves Taipei to study music in Taitung. At school, she meets Mu Hong (Huang Yuan, Days We Stared at the Sun), a sunny 19-year-old Taitung native who develops a crush on her. Attracted to his spirit of freedom and purity, Bai Bai finds herself beginning to fall for someone for the first time. However, a traumatizing incident involving her professor Li Ren Fang (Leon Dai, Soul) derails her life. While guidance counselor Wang Wen Hui (Zhou You Ting, The Happy Life of Debbie) contacts her estranged schoolmate, lawyer Fang An Yu (Vivian Hsu, The Knot) to help Bai Bai, Ren Fang's wife, lawyer Lin An Ni (Alyssa Chia, The Palace: The Lost Daughter) steels herself for a battle that will determine the fate of her family.

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Product Title: Sex Appeal (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) 寒蟬效應 (DVD) (台灣版) 寒蝉效应 (DVD) (台湾版) 寒蟬效應 (DVD) (台湾版) Sex Appeal (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)
Also known as: 不能說的夏天 不能说的夏天
Artist Name(s): Vivian Hsu (Actor) | Amber Kuo (Actor) | Alyssa Chia (Actor) | Jade Chou (Actor) | Leon Dai (Actor) | Sean Huang (Actor) | Lee Ping Bin 徐若瑄 (Actor) | 郭 采潔 (Actor) | 賈靜雯 (Actor) | 周幼婷 (Actor) | 戴立忍 (Actor) | 黃 遠 (Actor) | 李屏賓 徐若瑄 (Actor) | 郭 采洁 (Actor) | 贾静雯 (Actor) | 周幼婷 (Actor) | 戴立忍 (Actor) | 黄 远 (Actor) | 李屏宾 徐若瑄 (ビビアン・スー)  (Actor) | 郭采潔 (アンバー・クオ) (Actor) | 賈靜雯(アリッサ・チア) (Actor) | 周幼婷(ジェイド・チョウ) (Actor) | 戴立忍(レオン・ダイ) (Actor) | 黄遠 (ホァン・ユエン) (Actor) | 李屏賓(リー・ピンビン) Vivian Hsu (Actor) | Amber Kuo (Actor) | Alyssa Chia (Actor) | Jade Chou (Actor) | Leon Dai (Actor) | Sean Huang (Actor) | Lee Ping Bin
Director: Wang Wei Ming 王維明 王维明 ワン・ウェイミン[王維明] Wang Wei Ming
Producer: Hsu Hsiao Ming 徐小明 (台灣) 徐小明 (台湾) シュー・シャオミン Hsu Hsiao Ming
Release Date: 2015-03-20
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Taiwan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: 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?
Duration: 109 (mins)
Publisher: Cai Chang International Multimedia Inc. (TW)
Package Weight: 105 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1038695203

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  在愛情裡 我們都曾殘酷




  這個事件將多年後不見的三個女強人:方律師(徐若瑄飾)、林律師(賈靜雯飾)與王老師(周幼婷飾)聚在一起。 各自在不同領域發展的昔日同學與校友,為了這樁情感糾葛事件,陷入一場在情感裡的信任、背叛與正義的風暴……


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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (2)

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August 12, 2015

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The Division Game Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Escaping her strict motherly upbringing Bai Bai (Amber Kuo) moves from Taipei to a prestigious music university in Taitung, seeking freedom and finding love by local Taitung boy Mu Hong (Hunag Yuan) who gets a crush on Bai Bai when first encountering her on her towards 'new life' train journey. After settling into her dorm and getting to know Mu Hong to the point of dating, Bai Bai then settles into her musical tutorage. Her music teacher Jen Fang Lin (Leon Dai) passes Bai Bai and others into the school orchestra, having favour to those somewhat under par, and by professor Lin's charismatic demeanour and rich knowledge of Mahlar, music and passion bring professor Lin and Bai Bai together. But the professor harbouring a strong stricture about lack of passion, a part reflective emptiness amidst Jen Fang Li's fractured marriage to his lawyer wife An Ni Lin (Huang Yuan) - identifies in himself a boring sense of character in Bai Bai. The professor admonishing Bai Bai for her lack of musical passion, and to administer his soul enriching 'antidote' decides to take the liberty in sexually abusing Bai Bai in his private office. Shocked and silently horrified at Lin's haughty misconduct, the only emotion Bai Bai at that abusive moment can offer are her fearful and disappointed tears. Tearing herself inwardly Bai Bai becomes emotionally locked into herself about the relationship with her music tutor, even favouring the sexual liaison by submission and self guilt - leading Bai Bai to various suicide attempts.

The University administrator Wen Hui Wang (Jade Chou) soon hears about Bai Bai's sexual ordeal after Bai Bai's first attempted suicide and urgently seeks legal aid from lawyer An Ni Lin regarding the situation. Due to An Ni Lin being married to professor Lin, creates the obvious complication of interests, so Wen Hui decides to contact her old school friend An Yu Fang (Vivian Hsu), also a prosecutor lawyer working in Taipei, to do her a favour. But complications are added further by Wen Hui and An Yu being estranged friends, ironically concerning their bitter differences about the Lin family. An Yu herself is also estranged from her husband and adverse to ever meeting up with her son. Suffering guilt and unhappiness An Yu seeks the passion of a young male lover at a motel, sexual solace to escape her personal troubles - ever emphasised by her constant reminders of neglected mother hood by Wen Hui's own child.
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A human appeal for something called normality Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
An Ni Lin mixed with bitterness at her husband's betrayal of misconduct is however determined to save their marriage, and An Yu's own personal divisions with An Ni and her own broken marriage, the two lawyers get all personal in a legal court battle over a music tutors' sexual intellectual oppression and the traumatised Bai Bai.

A movie concerning some women who suffer in silence from the fallout of sexual misconduct. In this girl student Bai Bai - performed well by pop music poppet Amber Kuo - is the tormented and betrayed representative. For me the interesting role is Leon Dai's professor Lin - a sexually troubled man who both demon and decent (with leanings more to the latter) is subject to his own intellectual prowess on vulnerable young students in forceful sex acts. As a title 'Sex Appeal' seems tacky, but blended with the plot's marital troubles and estrangements such as Vivian's pissed off lawyer An Yu Fang and the emotional depths charged beneath the dark persona of Lin and Bai Bai's psychological disturbances of love, despair and self loathing - make for a quite interesting movie. As well there is the determined Mu Hong having a deep love crush on Bai Bai, even bursting into Lin's teaching class and punching the professor when Mu Hong hears of his deceitful deed upon Bai Bai.

Certainly the key factor to this is mind games - a great curb of the spirit of freedom - control and regular order passed on like a relay baton from parent to child, strictures in order to insure that human quality of educated life is met, to please forces of dominant criteria - at the cost of natural freedom. Absorbed intellectualised power structures (An yu Fang's symbolic red and black squares of her bed head speak volumes) where even the music baton is a pressure symbolic upon Bai Bai, after she tries to escape becoming a 'perfect child' for her piano teaching mother back in Taipei. Bai Bai's brief heavenly and hippy fervour met as only a glimmer by the natural boyhood and honest love from Mu Hong - before her ordeal.

Sex Appeal is potpourri blame game (executed as part parody in a verses match in final law court scenes) - not just towards professor Lin taking the liberty, but characters reflecting over exerted and stressful expectations that spawn deeper divisions. Bai Bai yearns for freedom. An Yu years for some normality. Professor Lin wrongfully using his subtle control mixed with sexual passion is as much in crisis criteria as most populating the story.
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