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Cheong Kwai (Liu Kai Chi) enjoyed minor fame some 20 years ago playing a side character in the classic TV drama The Bund. No longer given much to act, the middle-aged has-been thespian now works a petty job in a convenience store, but still believes his chance to be a star could well be around the corner. His obsession has cost him dearly, as his wife has left him, and his daughter Kiki (Fiona Sit) thinks he is just pathetic. One day, the opportunity of a lifetime finally comes knocking - a film remake of The Bund is being produced, and Kwai is offered to star in it! Will he fight for his only shot at being a leading man, or rather sacrifice his dream in order to be the hero for Kiki?
|Product Title:||The Way We Were (2011) (DVD) (US Version) 算吧啦，老豆﹗ (2011) (DVD) (美國版) 算吧啦，老豆！ (2011) (DVD) (美国版) 算吧啦，老豆﹗(DVD) (US版) The Way We Were (2011) (DVD) (US Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Liu Kai Chi (Actor) | Fiona Sit (Actor) | Sin Lap Man (Actor) | Pakho Chau (Actor) | Tats Lau (Actor) | Danny So (Actor) 廖啟智 (Actor) | 薛 凱琪 (Actor) | 單立文 (Actor) | 周柏豪 (Actor) | 劉以達 (Actor) | 細So (Actor) 廖启智 (Actor) | 薛 凯琪 (Actor) | 单立文 (Actor) | 周柏豪 (Actor) | 刘以达 (Actor) | 细So (Actor) 廖啓智（リウ・カイチー） (Actor) | 薛凱琪 （フィオナ・シッ） (Actor) | 單立文（シン・ラッマン） (Actor) | 周柏豪 （パコ・チャウ） (Actor) | 劉以達（タッツ・ラウ） (Actor) | Danny So (Actor) 요 계지 (Actor) | Fiona Sit (Actor) | Sin Lap Man (Actor) | Pakho Chau (Actor) | Tats Lau (Actor) | Danny So (Actor)|
|Director:||Liu Jian Ping | Xu Shu Zhu 劉 鍵平 | 許 樹寧 刘 键平 | 许 树宁 Liu Jian Ping | Xu Shu Zhu Liu Jian Ping | Xu Shu Zhu|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese|
|Country of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.78 : 1|
|Disc Format(s):||DVD, DVD-5|
|Region Code:||All Region What is it?|
|Publisher:||Tai Seng Video (US)|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1024803525|
Opportunities are not equal to all; they are privileged to those who are always ready to take them. Gwal has been a recognizable-yet-not-recognized actor for the past twenty years, and his glamour fades against time. He has always been a serious man, so serious on his course whom his wife left him and his daughter distrusted him. Though he has always been so well-prepared for his yet-to-come opportunity on his career, confidence and competency contribute to nothing – Hero just is not his name. One day, a maniac came to him, at the edge of panic, he came up with a courageous plan. With his courage and wit, he has again captured the focus of the public again through shutter and ink. Kiki, the grown daughter of Gwai is already living her own life. She had never been close to Gwai, on one hand she loves Gwai as her father, but on the other hand she is shamed of being his daughter. The father-daughter wanted to reconcile, but everytime they are in confact, there are happenings around them, making them steps away from saying sorry to each other. The long awaited opportunity finally comes to Gwai, with sweat and blood he finally becomes the hero in his film, but due to a minor mistake he has burnt everything to ash. Kiki wanted to soothe him, but was returned staps in anger, Gwai turned dumb after the shock, but once no heard Kiki being kidnapped, he risked his life to save Kiki, they two finally reconciled. With family and career, Gwai fells in focus of the world, but……
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Instantly recognisable Hong Kong supporting actor Liu Kai Chi (recently in The Stool Pigeon, The Detective plus sequel, and more) gets a rare chance to headline with fanciful drama The Way We Were. Marking the debut of theatre director Hui Shu Ning and Lau Kin Ping, the film revolves around the amusing (though very believable) idea of remaking the seminal television drama The Bund with Liu as a one time actor still desperately hoping to hit the big time. Support comes from popular actress singer Fiona Sit (Break up Club) as his daughter, along with Sin Lap Man (Lan Kwai Fong), Tats Lau (Team of Miracle), singer Pakho Chau (Once a Gangster) and radio DJ Danny So.
Liu Kai Chi plays Cheong Kwai, a middle-aged man unable to forget the 15 minutes of fame he enjoyed 20 years back as a minor character in The Bund. Now working in a convenience store, he still clings to a dream of making it big as an actor, despite the fact that his obsession has already cost him his wife and has left his relationship with his neglected daughter Kiki (Fiona Sit) in tatters. After an unexpected bit of good fortune lands him with a considerable sum of money, Cheong Kwai decides to seize the bull by the horns and produce his own remake of The Bund to re-launch his career. However, he's soon up to his neck in problems, and when it becomes clear that Kiki has had enough of his nonsense, he finally has to re-evaluate what is truly important to him.
The Way We Were is actually a lot more oddball than expected, and takes a while for the viewer to get a handle on it, kicking off with some disorientating jumps between Cheong Kwai's past career as an actor, his fantasies, and his less exciting everyday life. This mixture continues throughout, with musical numbers and surreal sequences blurring the line with reality. In this, the directors' theatrical background comes through very strongly, and the film frequently has the look and feel of a wild stage production. Although a touch random in places, this generally works pretty well, making the film enjoyably unpredictable and giving it a very different and innovative air. The film's visuals are suitably colourful and energetic, with some unusual split screen work and creatively wacky sequences that at times hark back to the Hong Kong comedies of old.
The plot itself is similarly leftfield and fun, with the whole idea of revolving around his desire to remake The Bund neatly grounding the film in local culture as well as providing the opportunity for plenty of amusing observations on the entertainment industry. In this respect, the script is reasonably clever, throwing in some light hearted self parodying and benefitting from a post modern air without ever pushing things too far. Unsurprisingly, this does result in a fair bit of the expected lampooning of other films from Hong Kong and abroad, though these are for the most part successful, as are some satirical digs at product placement and the trials and pressures of commercial film making.
Ultimately, the film belongs to Liu Kai Chi, and it's certainly great to see the always likeable actor getting the opportunity to take a leading role. Although Cheong Kwai is a deeply flawed man, pursuing his dreams at the expense of his other responsibilities and relationships, he manages to keep him likeable and sympathetic, with a hangdog expression and unwavering determination that make him an easy protagonist to root for. The rest of the cast all seem to be having a good time, which helps to lift the general mood, and though Fiona Sit doesn't have a great deal to do until the final act, her subplot as Cheong Kwai's neglected daughter at least adds a touch of emotional meat.
These later dashes of melodrama aside, The Way We Were is an enjoyably silly and highly original effort that stands out from the crowd. With Liu Kai Chi on fine form, it's a must see for fans, and with a good cast all round and some imaginative direction from Hui Shu Ning and Lau Kin Ping, it's the kind of film which really should be seen more often.
by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com
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September 5, 2014
A very wild ride
Twenty years ago Cheong Kwai (Liu Kai Chi) had a bit part in "The Bund", a successful TV series. The intervening years have been unkind to Cheong. His acting career is moribund, his marriage is dead, and his daughter Kiki (Fiona Sit) has been alienated by his inattention to her. Now he runs the cash register at a convenience store, while continuing to nurse dreams of acting stardom. With this downbeat premise, the film "The Way We Were" begins a truly quixotic journey. Out of the blue, Cheong saves a little girl from harm. At a press conference, the girl's publicity-seeking father presents Cheong with a giant check for $50,000, which Cheong announces he will use to fund a remake of "The Bund". Unfortunately for Cheong, the girl's father has no intention of paying off the check.
Out of the blue (again), the shop owner next door to Cheong's convenience store volunteers to pay for Cheong's Bund remake. Cheong contacts another failed actor (Tan Lap Man) from the original TV series, who now works as a delivery boy for a tea house, and persuades him to join the cast for the remake. Cheong's convenience store colleague (Tats Lau) has made a few clever videos, so he becomes the project's director. Alas, Cheong inadvertently starts a fire and burns down the movie studio. The crestfallen Cheong is so overcome that he becomes catatonic, confined to a wheelchair. This is followed by an apparent kidnapping of Kiki, a crazy chase in which the revivified Cheong seeks to save her, more sudden good fortune and more sudden bad fortune. In short, it's just one darn thing after another for sad sack Cheong.
The peculiar storyline of "The Way We Were" is more than matched by the bizarre way in which the story is told. Fanciful scenes from the TV series are spliced with Cheong's fantasies of his dream acting roles. Song and dance numbers are interjected entirely out of any context. First-time directors Liu Jan Ping and Xu Shu Zhu clearly felt unconstrained by conventional movie-making notions. At times this free-form approach can be bewildering, but it seldom fails to amuse.