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The Falls (2021) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Alyssa Chia (Actor) | Gingle Wang (Actor) | Sung Shao Ching (Actor) | Yang Li Yin (Actor)
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Chung Mong Hong follows A Sun with another intimate and perceptive family drama in The Falls, which swept four prizes at the 58th Golden Horse Film Awards including Best Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Film Score and Best Actress. Exploring family, mental health and coming of age themes, the Taiwan drama depicts the strained relationship and changing dynamics between a mother and daughter during the COVID-19 pandemic. Alyssia Chia (The World Between Us) plays the mother in an award-winning performance, while new-generation talent Gingle Wang (Detention) co-stars as the teenaged daughter. Many familiar faces make supporting or special appearances in the film including Chen Yi Wen, Li Li Ren, Tiffany Ann Hsu, Liu Kuan Ting and singer Waa Wei.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Xiao Jing (Gingle Wang) is required to quarantine at home after a classmate tests positive. Because of this, Xiao Jing's mother Pin Wen (Alyssa Chia) is also told to stay at home by her company. Mother and daughter share a tense relationship that worsens during the quarantine period along with Pin Wen's deteriorating mental health.

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Product Title: The Falls (2021) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) 瀑布 (2021) (DVD) (台灣版) 瀑布 (2021) (DVD) (台湾版) The Falls (2021) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) The Falls (2021) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): Alyssa Chia (Actor) | Gingle Wang (Actor) | Sung Shao Ching (Actor) | Yang Li Yin (Actor) | Michael Chang (Actor) | Li Li Ren (Actor) | Deng Zhi Hong (Actor) | SU YI HONG (Actor) | Chen Yi Wen (Actor) | Tiffany Ann Hsu (Actor) | Huang Hsin Yao (Actor) | Jennifer Hong (Actor) | Liu Liang Zuo (Actor) | Waa Wei (Actor) | Queen Wei (Actor) | Liu Kuan Ting (Actor) 賈靜雯 (Actor) | 王淨 (Actor) | 宋少卿 (Actor) | 楊麗音 (Actor) | 張少懷 (Actor) | 李李仁 (Actor) | 鄧 志鴻 (Actor) | 蘇逸洪 (Actor) | 陳以文 (Actor) | 許瑋甯 (Actor) | 黃信堯 (Actor) | 洪小鈴 (Actor) | 劉亮佐 (Actor) | 魏 如萱 (Actor) | 魏 如昀 (Actor) | 劉 冠廷 (Actor) 贾静雯 (Actor) | 王净 (Actor) | 宋少卿 (Actor) | 杨丽音 (Actor) | 张少怀 (Actor) | 李李仁 (Actor) | 邓 志鸿 (Actor) | 苏逸洪 (Actor) | 陈以文 (Actor) | 许玮甯 (Actor) | 黄信尧 (Actor) | 洪小铃 (Actor) | 刘亮佐 (Actor) | 魏 如萱 (Actor) | 魏 如昀 (Actor) | 刘 冠廷 (Actor) 賈靜雯(アリッサ・チア) (Actor) | 王淨(ワン・ジン) (Actor) | 宋少卿(ソン・シウヒン) (Actor) | 楊麗音(ヤン・リーイン) (Actor) | Michael Chang (Actor) | リー・リーレン (Actor) | Deng Zhi Hong (Actor) | SU YI HONG (Actor) | 陳以文(チェン・イーウェン) (Actor) | 許瑋甯 (ティファニー・シュー) (Actor) | Huang Hsin Yao (Actor) | Jennifer Hong (Actor) | Liu Liang Zuo (Actor) | 魏如萱 (ウェイ・ルーシュアン) (Actor) | 魏如昀 (ウェイ・ルーユン) (Actor) | 劉冠廷(リウ・グァンティン) (Actor) Alyssa Chia (Actor) | Gingle Wang (Actor) | Sung Shao Ching (Actor) | Yang Li Yin (Actor) | Michael Chang (Actor) | Li Li Ren (Actor) | Deng Zhi Hong (Actor) | SU YI HONG (Actor) | Chen Yi Wen (Actor) | Tiffany Ann Hsu (Actor) | Huang Hsin Yao (Actor) | Jennifer Hong (Actor) | Liu Liang Zuo (Actor) | Waa Wei (Actor) | Queen Wei (Actor) | Liu Kuan Ting (Actor)
Director: Chung Mong Hong 鍾 孟宏 锺 孟宏 鍾孟宏 (チョン・モンホン) Chung Mong Hong
Producer: Chu Yu Ning | Dong Cheng Yu 瞿友寧 | 董成瑜 瞿友宁 | 董成瑜 Chu Yu Ning | Dong Cheng Yu Chu Yu Ning | Dong Cheng Yu
Release Date: 2023-05-12
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 2.0
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-5
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 129 (mins)
Publisher: AV-Jet International Media Co., Ltd
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1121900258

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Editor's Pick of "The Falls (2021) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)"

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April 30, 2023

This too shall pass
Misfortunes never come alone. The COVID-19 pandemic broke out in early 2020 and eventually affected every corner of the world, changing the way we lived and the way we died. In the years when life seemingly stood still with home isolation and social distancing, the public health crisis ushered in ripples of personal crises as many individuals and families struggled with stress, mental health and financial strain.

Chung Mong Hong's The Falls starts in March 2020, with daughter Xiao Jing (Gingle Wang) having to home quarantine due to a positive case in her class. Xiao Jing's stressed-out mother Pin Wen (Alyssa Chia) also gets told to stay home by her company. During the quarantine period, the tense relationship between mother and daughter simmers as Pin Wen tries to communicate with her testy teen and longs for her ex-husband to return. One night, Pin Wen has an episode and ends up in the hospital. Suddenly, the roles of mother and daughter reverse, as Xiao Jing matures overnight to take care of her unstable mother while bills pile up.

The Falls shines in its acutely realistic examination of how mental health problems can gradually and suddenly throw a family asunder. Pin Wen's fluctuating struggle and denial about her condition and Xiao Jing's fears and tenacity as a child putting on a brave front to protect her mother may feel all too familiar to those who have gone through similar experiences. The process is lonely, immediate and insular both for the mother trying to regain her grip on life, sometimes to counterproductive effect, and for the daughter determinedly trying to solve adult problems without asking for help. Alyssia Chia and Gingle Wang are magnificent in their portrayals of fragile, foolhardy yet fiercely resilient women who may fight but put each other first.

Chung Mong Hong's understated storytelling and DP's eye for atmosphere are ever present in The Falls. Since debut, Chung has been known for the distinct visual mood of his works. With A Sun and now The Falls, both co-written with Chang Yao Sheng, what stands out even more than the beautifully crisp cinematography is the tender understanding of the subtle interactions and emotions that make, break and rebuild a family in a time of crisis.

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