Touch Of The Light (2012) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3
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Huang Yu Hsiang plays himself in this charming film inspired by his own experiences when he left home to attend university. On his own for the first time, Yu Hsiang quietly struggles to adjust to the new dorm and classroom environment and find a place for himself. He befriends a young woman, played by Sandrine Pinna (Miao Miao), who yearns to dance though she has given it up. The two kindred souls inspire each other to confront their insecurities and reach for the light. Touch of the Light also co-stars Da Mouth's MC40 and Harry Chang (My Queem), funnyman Na Dow (Black & White Episode 1: The Dawn of Assault ) and Li Lieh as Huang Yu Hsiang's nagging, loving mother.
|Product Title:||Touch Of The Light (2012) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 逆光飛翔 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) 逆光飞翔 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) Touch Of The Light (2012) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Touch Of The Light (2012) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Sandrine Pinna (Actor) | Huang Yu Hsiang (Actor) | Li Lieh (Actor) | Harry Chang (Actor) | Lin Yu Chih (Na Dow) (Actor) | Simon Hsueh (MC40) | Huang Lian Yu (Actor) | Samantha Ko (Actor) 張 榕容 (Actor) | 黃裕翔 (Actor) | 李烈 (Actor) | 張懷秋 (Actor) | 納豆 (Actor) | 薛仕凌 | 黃連煜 (Actor) | 柯淑勤 (Actor) 张 榕容 (Actor) | 黄裕翔 (Actor) | 李烈 (Actor) | 张怀秋 (Actor) | 纳豆 (Actor) | 薛仕凌 | 黄连煜 (Actor) | 柯淑勤 (Actor) 張榕容 （チャン・ロンロン／サンドリーナ・ピンナ） (Actor) | Huang Yu Hsiang (Actor) | Li Lieh (Actor) | Harry Chang (Actor) | 納豆（ナードウ） (Actor) | Simon Hsueh (MC40) | Huang Lian Yu (Actor) | Samantha Ko (Actor) Sandrine Pinna (Actor) | Huang Yu Hsiang (Actor) | Li Lieh (Actor) | Harry Chang (Actor) | Lin Yu Chih (Na Dow) (Actor) | Simon Hsueh (MC40) | Huang Lian Yu (Actor) | Samantha Ko (Actor)|
|Director:||Chang Jung Chi 張 榮吉 张 荣吉 チャン・ロンジー Chang Jung Chi|
|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, 6.1, DTS-HD Master Audio|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Publisher:||Edko Films Ltd. (HK)|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1033586965|
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Director: Chang Jung Chi
Based on true events related to the life of Taiwanese piano prodigy HUANG Yu Siang (Siang played by himself), this is a story of inspiration, discovery and love. Born to a rural family in Taiwan unprepared for the birth of a blind son, Yu Siang was a curious and precocious child. Touch and sound was everything to him. With the love of his mother and support of his family, he grew up with no barriers; that is until he had to face the real world as he left his family behind in order to attend university where he had to compete on the same playing field as the sighted students and to find his own way. He soon crossed paths with Jie (Sandrine Pinna), a beautiful but frustrated cold drinks vendor who dreams of being a dancer, but whose struggles against the harsh realities of her life render her helpless. However, when she witnesses Yu Siang's fearless determination and understood his optimism and inner peace, she is inspired and determined to hold on to her dream. TOUCH OF THE LIGHT -- a story of dreams, determination, love, and believing in yourself.
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This professional review refers to Touch Of The Light (2012) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Deluxe Edition) (Taiwan Version)
Touch of the Lightsees Taiwanese director Chang Jung Chi adapting his 2008 award winning short The End of the Tunnel into a full length feature, produced by Wong Kar Wai's Jet Tone Films. Based on a true story, the film follows the real life experiences of piano prodigy Huang Yu Siang, here played by himself, with award winning French-Taiwanese actress Sandrine Pinna, also known as Chang Yung Yung (Miao Miao) in the female lead role, both of whom featured in the original short. The film was a big hit with the critics, winning Best New Director for Chang at the Golden Horse Awards, as well as being selected for Taiwan's official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 85th Academy Awards.
The film begins with Huang Yu Hsiang preparing to leave the small town where he lives with his parents to study music at a university in the big city, a move which will see himself on his own for the first time. Though he quickly makes friends, including his jovial roommate Ching (Hsieh Kan Chun), his new environment and classroom life takes a lot of getting used to, as he struggles to find recognition for his piano playing talents on his own terms. One day he meets a young woman delivering drinks called Jie (Sandrine Pinna), who desperately wants to train as a dancer but has been held back by family difficulties. The two connect immediately, and start to inspire each other to overcome obstacles and fulfil their dreams.
The best thing about Touch of the Light is that it's really not the film you expect it to be, being far from the sentimentalist, disability of the week melodrama that its premise suggests. It doesn't take long to realise this, with Huang quickly making friends at the university and fitting in well with campus life, with only a few instances of minor discrimination. As such, the film from early on treats his blindness as a simple, unavoidable fact of his life, much as he does himself, and thankfully avoids cheap stabs at sympathy. This immediately, and very pleasingly, sets the narrative off in a different direction to the usual kind of struggle against cruel society type tale, Huang instead simply trying to succeed in his studies and to do what he loves doing without people giving him advantages for being blind. With Huang very impressive in the often awkward situation of playing himself, he's a likeable, hardworking and generally optimistic fellow, and his quiet determination wins the viewer over, making his story engaging and entertaining.
Jie is similarly an interesting character, and though her journey is somewhat more straightforward, it's nevertheless every bit as involving. An outwardly bad-tempered young woman who seems to be unhappy with her lot in life, the script successfully delves into her past and character as the film goes on, and watching her gradually, hesitantly flourish makes for very rewarding viewing. This is mostly down to the excellent turn by Sandrine Pinna, and it's easy to see why she has emerged as one of Taiwan's most praised young actresses, having won awards and nominations for not only Touch of the Light but her previous two films Miao Miao and Yang Yang.
Though the film is basically predictable, Chang still manages to steer clear of most cliches, most notably in the way that Huang and Jie's relationship develops. Rather than the usual romance or anything forced, the film instead simply treats them as two kindred souls who come together to help and support each other. This isn't to say that the film denies any possibility of future romance, and there's an obvious and very enjoyable chemistry between the two, made all the more effective for not being forced. This gives the film a very warm and gently humanistic feel, complimented by Chang's unobtrusive visual style, the director aiming for an appropriately bright and hazy look. Though the pace is slow, the film comes across as grounded and thoughtful, and it keeps the viewer engrossed throughout, and while it's mercifully free of needless subplots, there's always something going on.
Touch of the Light definitely has a lot to offer, and marks a very solid debut indeed for Chang Jung Chi. Well worth all of the praise and awards it has garnered to date, it's an appealing and moving film, bolstered by two fantastic central performances and a refusal to fall back on the same old cliches of the form.
by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com