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Chapman To (Actor) | Ronald Cheng (Actor) | DaDa Chan (Actor) | Miriam Yeung (Actor)
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Profanity can turn to gold in the hands of Pang Ho Cheung! The popular writer-director, fresh off his success with hit rom-com Love in the Buff, has outdone himself once again with Vulgaria, an uproarious satire starring Chapman To as a struggling producer who goes to extreme lengths to get a film made. Despite its abundance of crude language and raunchy gags like some intimate animal love and an innovative use of popping candy, the over-the-top Category-III comedy went on to become one of the highest-grossing Hong Kong films of 2012.

Featuring a stellar supporting cast that includes Ronald Cheng, Dada Chan, Kristal Tin, Simon Loui, Fiona Sit, Miriam Yeung, Vincent Kuk, Lam Suet, Jim Chim, Hayama Hiro and Susan Shaw, Vulgaria cleverly delivers biting commentary on the bizarre world of showbiz without forgetting its lowbrow roots. Entertaining audiences at various film festivals around the world, Pang's latest hit has received a number of international accolades as well as three nominations at the 49th Golden Horse Awards, namely Best Actor (Chapman To), Best Supporting Actor (Ronald Cheng) and Best Supporting Actress (Dada Chan).

Movie producer To Wai Cheung (Chapman To) shares his extraordinary filmmaking experiences with aspiring film students at a college seminar. Desperate to find funding for his project and the alimony to pay his lawyer ex-wife (Kristal Tin), To is introduced through his well-connected friend (Simon Loui) to Mainland mob boss T-Rex (Ronald Cheng), who has a very unusual preference in food and sex. After making the ultimate sacrifice, To manages to convince T-Rex to finance his movie, but on one condition – it has to be a remake of the 70s softcore classic Confession of a Concubine featuring T-Rex's childhood favorite sex bomb, Susan Shaw (as herself)! Even though To has secured the main casting with the 3D Sex and Zen star Hayama Hiro (as himself), and young sexy model "Popping Candy" (Dada Chan) standing in for Shaw, the ill-fated project is beset by one trouble after another...

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Product Title: Vulgaria (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 低俗喜劇 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) 低俗喜剧 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) 低俗喜劇 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) Vulgaria (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Chapman To (Actor) | Ronald Cheng (Actor) | DaDa Chan (Actor) | Miriam Yeung (Actor) | Lawrence Chou (Actor) | Simon Lui (Actor) | Nora Miao (Actor) | Lawrence Cheng (Actor) | Vincent Kok (Actor) | Siu Yam Yam (Actor) | Kristal Tin (Actor) | Chow Hoi Kwong (Actor) | Mak Ling Ling (Actor) | Lam Suet | Fiona Sit (Actor) | Jim Chim (Actor) | Hayama Hiro (Actor) 杜汶澤 (Actor) | 鄭中基 (Actor) | 陳靜 (DaDa) (Actor) | 楊千嬅 (Actor) | 周 俊偉 (Actor) | 雷宇揚 (Actor) | 苗可秀 (Actor) | 鄭丹瑞 (Actor) | 谷德昭 (Actor) | 邵音音 (Actor) | 田蕊妮 (Actor) | 鄒凱光 (Actor) | 麥玲玲 (Actor) | 林雪 | 薛 凱琪 (Actor) | 詹瑞文 (Actor) | 葉山 豪 (Actor) 杜汶泽 (Actor) | 郑中基 (Actor) | 陈静 (DaDa) (Actor) | 杨千嬅 (Actor) | 周 俊伟 (Actor) | 雷宇扬 (Actor) | 苗可秀 (Actor) | 郑丹瑞 (Actor) | 谷德昭 (Actor) | 邵音音 (Actor) | 田蕊妮 (Actor) | 邹凯光 (Actor) | 麦玲玲 (Actor) | 林雪 | 薛 凯琪 (Actor) | 詹瑞文 (Actor) | 叶山 豪 (Actor) 杜汶澤 (チャップマン・トー) (Actor) | 鄭中基(ロナルド・チェン) (Actor) | DaDa Chan (Actor) | 楊千嬅 (ミリアム・ヨン) (Actor) | 周俊偉(ローレンス・チョウ) (Actor) | 雷宇楊(ルイ・ユーヨン) (Actor) | 苗可秀(ノラ・ミャオ) (Actor) | 鄭丹瑞(チェン・ダンソイ) (Actor) | 谷徳昭(ビンセント・コク) (Actor) | 邵音音(シウ・ヤムヤム) (Actor) | 田蕊妮 (クリスタル・ティン) (Actor) | 鄒凱光(マット・チョウ) (Actor) | 麥玲玲(マック・リンリン) (Actor) | 林雪 (ラム・シュー) | 薛凱琪 (フィオナ・シッ) (Actor) | 詹瑞文(ジム・チム) (Actor) | ヒロ・ハヤマ (Actor) Chapman To (Actor) | Ronald Cheng (Actor) | DaDa Chan (Actor) | Miriam Yeung (Actor) | Lawrence Chou (Actor) | Simon Lui (Actor) | 묘가수 (Actor) | Lawrence Cheng (Actor) | Vincent Kok (Actor) | Siu Yam Yam (Actor) | Kristal Tin (Actor) | Chow Hoi Kwong (Actor) | Mak Ling Ling (Actor) | Lam Suet | Fiona Sit (Actor) | Jim Chim (Actor) | Hayama Hiro (Actor)
Director: Pang Ho Cheung 彭 浩翔 彭 浩翔 彭浩翔(パン・ホーチョン) Pang Ho Cheung
Writer: Lam Chiu Wing | Pang Ho Cheung | Lu Yi Xin 林超榮 | 彭 浩翔 | 陸以心 林超荣 | 彭 浩翔 | 陆以心 Lam Chiu Wing | 彭浩翔(パン・ホーチョン) | Lu Yi Xin Lam Chiu Wing | Pang Ho Cheung | Lu Yi Xin
Release Date: 2012-12-06
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: Letterboxed
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: III
Duration: 93 (mins)
Publisher: Universe Laser (HK)
Package Weight: 130 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1031952147

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榮獲提名2012年第49屆金馬獎:
最佳男主角:杜汶澤
最佳男配角:鄭中基
最佳女配角:陳 靜(Da Da)
第三十六屆香港國際電影節 世界首映 / 第十一屆紐約亞洲電影節 開幕電影 / 第十四屆烏甸尼遠東電影節 參賽作品 / 第十屆巴黎國際電影節 正式參展作品 / 第十四屆台北電影節正式參展作品 / 第十六屆韓國富川國際奇幻電影節 奪得「最佳亞洲電影大獎」(Netpac Award) / 第二十三屆斯德哥爾摩國際電影節 正式參展作品 / 第十六屆加拿大蒙特利爾奇幻電影節奪得「最佳亞洲電影銀獎」 / 第十二屆新德里亞洲及阿拉伯電影節 正式參展作品 / 獲得美國奇幻電影節最佳喜劇男主角-杜汶澤

電影監製杜惠彰(杜汶澤 飾),在電影圈混了多年仍是寂寂無名,窮途末路的他別說要有資金開拍新片,甚至連付給大律師前妻(田蕊妮 飾)的贍養費都要一拖再拖。前妻鄙視他,但難得女兒仍當他是偶像,更說希望能在電視上看到他接受訪問。為了達成女兒願望,杜惠彰勢要開拍新戲來個谷底反彈!
經好友雷永成(雷宇揚 飾)介紹下,杜惠彰結識內地投資人暴龍(鄭中基 飾),他是廣西黑社會老大,最愛吃野味及有另類性癖好。杜與雷為了得到開拍新電影的機會,為電影作出最終極、最壯烈犧牲……最後他們得到暴龍的鼎力投資,但暴龍指定找其兒時偶像邵音音,復出重拍經典春宮片《官人我要》,更命名為《官人我又要》。
杜惠彰排除萬難邀得邵音音(邵音音 飾)復出,以及因拍攝3D三級片而患上「人體爆炸恐懼症」的葉山豪(葉山豪 飾)擔任男主角,更有出名口技了得的「爆炸糖」嫩模徐家欣(陳靜 飾)不惜犧牲演出。可惜導演黑仔達(鄒凱光 飾)死性不改,照舊臨時改劇本,不但製作嚴重超支,更使談好了的保險套贊助化為烏有!
所謂禍不單行,此時暴龍提出一個無理要求、杜被助理Quin(薛凱琪 飾)告他性騷擾、葉山豪「人體爆炸恐懼症」復發辭演、杜又因拖欠贍養費而被前妻禁止見女兒……幾經辛苦把電影拍成,暴龍卻不滿意而下令燒片,杜面對如此嚴峻兼瘋癲的形勢,究竟如何收拾?而他到底又會為電影作出如何壯烈的犧牲呢……
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Professional Review of "Vulgaria (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

November 6, 2012

Hong Kong's naughtiest filmmaker Pang Ho-Cheung goes delightfully meta with Vulgaria, a hilarious love letter to Hong Kong movies that also functions as a cynical indictment of the industry and its culture. Producer To Wai-Cheung (Chapman To) gives a Q&A to an assembly of university students at the behest of old friend Professor Cheng (Lawrence Cheng), and immediately compares his job as a producer to human pubic hair – and his reasons for doing so are both hilarious and justified. From there, the film descends into increasingly off-color observations and depictions of the film industry, as To describes his latest project, a remake of the 1976 erotic film Confession of a Concubine (a.k.a. I Want More). To also talks about his "sacrifices" to get the film produced, which involve triads, mules and some activity involving the latter that To claims to have forgotten.

To's involvement with four-legged beasts of burden is the film's longest running joke, as he's constantly harangued by the students about the subject. To also wonders what happened that evening; he was set up by pal Lui Wing-Shing (Simon Lui) to meet mainland triad Tyrannosaur (Ronald Cheng), who expressed the desire to see his favorite erotic film get remade. Sour negotiations led to an instruction for To and Lui to make love to mules, after which To's memory failed. To's recall is somewhat irrelevant, as Tyrannosaur agreed to fund the project – yay! However, Tyrannosaur demands that the original film's lead actress Siu Yam-Yam return for the sequel. It's been over 30 years since the original Confession of a Concubine, so having Siu Yam-Yam strip for a sequel would be a difficult proposition. If you've seen Siu Yam-Yam's current visage you'd know that said proposition is also frightening.

Fear not, To has a fantastic plan to make Tyrannosaur's dream come true, involving new-fangled CGI and the help of wannabe starlet Popping Candy (Dada Chen of Lan Kwai Fong). However, following every solution is another problem, each digging a deeper hole and providing fodder for To's university lesson on the glory and inanity of filmmaking. Vulgaria is basically a ninety-minute swipe at the film industry, with numerous jokes throwing Hong Kong Cinema under the bus. It's all very smart, cynical and irreverent, and Pang earns his Category III rating handily with off-color subject matter (bestiality, masturbation, the mental image of Siu Yam-Yam naked) and probably the most creative profanity that Hong Kong Cinema has ever seen. The jokes translate well enough thanks to smart subtitles, but knowledge of Cantonese is a huge plus, as there's far more going on than constant F-bombs.

The ribald content is all verbal, however. Nearly all gags are left to the imagination, and despite being chesty, Dada Chen never shows more than pokies. Those who think that Category III is a genre and not a rating may be a bit disappointed with Vulgaria, as it never backs up its lewd words with corresponding images. Honestly, Pang's verboseness is just fine. Pang has a dirty mind but he doesn't need to pander to his audience. He gets enough mileage from his film-skewering gags, which include a director (Matt Chow) who insists on putting Al Qaeda references into his work, a leading man (Hiro Hayama, already lampooning himself) with a fear of exploding body parts, and film students who are more interested in stories of bestiality than actual filmmaking. Jokes about sexual harassment, the Hong Kong educational system, unusual fellatio techniques and other topics further demonstrate Pang's renowned irreverence.

Vulgaria was shot in old-school Hong Kong Cinema style, meaning an incomplete script and a rushed production schedule. The roughness shows as the story lacks focus, with only some storylines actually reaching a conclusion. Some scenes are obvious in their needlessness; Jim Chim's extended cameo exists only to deliver a drawn-out joke about masturbation. Still, Pang's creative crassness is enough to offset any narrative gripes, and he even creates some effective emotion. The romance between To and Popping Candy is only mildly interesting, but To's relationship with his daughter (Jacqueline Chan) and his clashes with his ex-wife (played by Chapman To's real spouse Crystal Tin) do manage surprising connection. The actors acquit themselves well; Chapman To gives a canny performance in the lead, while Dada Chen is engaging if not noteworthy as the always-willing Popping Candy. The standout, however, is Ronald Cheng, who owns the film as the urbane and deviant Tyrannosaur.

For what it intends to be, Vulgaria is a resounding success. It's a smart, entertaining and blisteringly funny film that should easily delight its intended audience. It's those other audience members who may not be so engaged. One possible complaint with Vulgaria is that it feels a little exclusive. This is a comedy for film-savvy hipsters who understand the lingo, the in-jokes and what it means to be a culture geek. Meanwhile, others may be turned off by the film's profanity, dirty humor or even its too-cool-for-school attitude. The observation is neither here or there, however, because the very subject matter of Vulgaria guarantees that grandma won't be going. This is a great movie for a target crowd, and it won't convert anyone outside that crowd into a Pang Ho-Cheung fan. So we end Vulgaria exactly where we started, with Pang Ho-Cheung as Hong Kong Cinema's most talented smartass filmmaker. It's a crown he should wear with pride.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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October 21, 2013

Just for laughs
Prepare yourself for a foul-filled, politically incorrect experience in one of hit-maker Pang Ho Cheung's best works, Vulgaria. Following the great success of his Love in the Buff series, Pang seems to have mastered the formula for local box office success. Writing, producing and directing this flat-out hilarious, foul-mouthed comedy himself, Pang took merely 12 days to finish the film's shooting. Featuring an abundance of indecent and raunchy language, the Category III movie grossed HK$30 million – triple its original budget! The cast of Chapman To, Ronald Cheng, DaDa Chan, Siu Yam Yam, Miriam Yeung and Fiona Sit openly acts out the taboo humor that obviously appeals to the Hong Kong market.

Sharing with college students the pains and hardships of being a film producer at a seminar, To Wei Cheung (Chapman To) recalls having to engage in immoral sex when attending an unimaginable feast so as to secure funding from Mainland mob boss T. Rex (Ronald Cheng). Requested to remake a classic erotic movie featuring T. Rex's childhood idol Siu Yam Yam, To bumps into one obstacle after another and ends up casting young model Popping Candy (DaDa Chen) as Siu's double. Disappointed by the result, T. Rex orders to withdraw the film while To goes to great lengths to get it out to the public in order to rebuild his career and win back the heart of his daughter.

The lack of sex scenes in Vulgaria is compensated by a plethora of sexual innuendo and foul language. Paying no mind to the international or Mainland Chinese markets, Pang digs to the bottom of Hong Kong's moral grounds and re-packages it in the dirtiest, most vernacular Cantonese possible, which has proven to perfectly fit the appetite of local audiences in Pang's previous works. In Vulgaira, Pang pushes the envelope by testing our limits with bold references to masturbation, oral sex and even bestiality (which personally, I think is a bit too much).

The movie explores cultural differences between people in Hong Kong and Mainland China from a Hong Kong-biased point of view. The role of a Guangzhou upstart portrayed by Ronald is rude, shameless and almost barbaric, turning To (Chapman To) into the hero, an unlikely moral-ground defender under such strong comparison. The gap in terms of power and wealth between the two characters can also be seen as a microcosm of the differences between these two places in recent years.

Vulgaria has picked up a number of trophies including the Netpac Award at PiFan and Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress at the Hong Kong Film Awards – definitely a surprise given it is a 12-day production. Some say Vulgaria is a movie with depth which looks at Hong Kong's film industry and degenerating culture; I say it's a comedy for laughs with inside jokes that blend well with crude language. It is not a movie trying to address social problems, but simply a lighthearted effort to portray the vulgar aspects of Hong Kong culture that we all agree exist.

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Definitely not for the kiddies Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
"Vulgaria" certainly lives up to its title ... or perhaps it would be more appropriate to say it lives down to its title. Bawdy, crude, and often laugh-out-loud funny, the film provides a no-holds-barred send-up of the world of Category III movies.

"Vulgaria" opens with Cat. III movie producer To Wai-Cheung (Chapman To) sitting before a class of film students, being questioned about his work by a highbrow professor (Lawrence Cheng) and the astonished students. To's responses to the questions are presented as a series of flashbacks detailing the development of a remake of a Shaw Brothers softcore flick. This story-telling device allows us to see the development process unfold, while giving To, the professor, and the students an opportunity to react to its outrageousness.

Through the flashbacks, we see To dining with a mainland China gangster (Ronald Cheng) who wants to bankroll the venture. From To's reactions to the horrifying dishes served at the meal to the dinner's unspeakable culmination, the scene goes way beyond the bounds of good taste while delivering side-splitting laughs. We next meet Popping Candy (Dada Chan), an aspiring actress who will become the star of the skinflick as well as To's new love interest, then see the film move into production in the dubious hands of director Blacky Tak (Matt Chow), who has been making ends meet by operating an illegal gambling den. Intermingled are scenes of To squabbling with his glacial ex-wife (Crystal Tin), mismanaging a subordinate (Fiona Sit) and, amid all the chaos, attempting to parent his adorable daughter (Jacqueline Chan).

Comparisons between "Vulgaria" and the similarly-themed "Viva Erotica" are unavoidable. For all its suggestiveness, "Viva Erotica" is a charming celebration of old-fashioned virtues. "Vulgaria" aims lower; it seeks belly-laughs and usually gets them, while offering terrific comic performances from Chapman To, Ronald Cheng, Matt Chow, and, as the film's 'straight man', Crystal Tin. What "Vulgaria" lacks is the equivalent of Shu Qi's fine performance as the female lead in "Viva Erotica"; Dada Chan brings no depth to her role and the 'popping candy' bit wears thin by the second, or third, or fourth, or fifth time we see it. Nonetheless, for mature audiences not easily offended by crude humor, "Vulgaria" is a hoot.
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