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When A Wolf Falls In Love With A Sheep (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Kai Ko (Actor) | Chien Man Shu (Actor) | Kuo Shu Yao (Actor) | Tsai Chen Nan (Actor)
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You Are the Apple of My Eye's breakout star Ko Chen Tung makes his second turn as a romantic lead in writer-director Hou Chi Jan's (One Day) When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep. Featuring the silver-screen debuts of emerging actress Chien Man Shu (10+10) and "otaku's goddess" Kuo Shu Yao, the youth romantic comedy endears with its whimsical fantasy scenarios, imaginative visual style and a heartwarming pure romance set in Taipei's Nanyang Street, a neighborhood known for its tutorial classes.

When his girlfriend (Nikki Hsieh) suddenly vanishes from his life with a note saying she's gone cramming, the heartbroken Tung (Ko Chen Tung) naturally goes searching for her on Nanyang Street. What he finds there instead is a job at the photocopy shop, making copies of exam papers for the students. One day, he notices on the back of an exam paper a cartoon drawing of a little sheep shown murmuring to itself, and in response, he draws a big wild wolf next to it with his foolish talks. As more and more students join in the sheep-wolf conversation adding their own animals, a budding romance takes shape between Tung and quirky teaching assistant Xiao Yang (Chien Man Shu) from the tutorial class, the one who started this "South Sheep Farm" in the first place...

The Hong Kong Version DVD comes with trailer and TV spot.

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Product Title: When A Wolf Falls In Love With A Sheep (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 南方小羊牧場 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) 南方小羊牧场 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) 南方小羊牧場 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) When A Wolf Falls In Love With A Sheep (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Kai Ko (Actor) | Chien Man Shu (Actor) | Kuo Shu Yao (Actor) | Tsai Chen Nan (Actor) | Lin Ching Tai (Actor) | Peggy Tseng (Actor) | Lu Ting Wei (Actor) | Bryan Chang (Actor) | Nikki Hsieh (Actor) 柯 震東 (Actor) | 簡 嫚書 (Actor) | 郭 書瑤 (Actor) | 蔡振南 (Actor) | 林慶台 (Actor) | 曾珮瑜 (Actor) | 陸 廷威 (Actor) | 張 書豪 (Actor) | 謝 欣穎 (Actor) 柯 震东 (Actor) | 简 嫚书 (Actor) | 郭 书瑶 (Actor) | 蔡振南 (Actor) | 林庆台 (Actor) | 曾佩瑜 (Actor) | 陆廷威 (Actor) | 张 书豪 (Actor) | 谢 欣颖 (Actor) 柯震東(コー・チェントン) (Actor) | ジェン・マンシュー (Actor) | 郭書瑤 (グオ・シューヤオ) (Actor) | 蔡振南(ツァイ・チェンナン) (Actor) | 林慶台(リン・チンタイ) (Actor) | Peggy Tseng (Actor) | Lu Ting Wei (Actor) | ブライアン・チャン (Actor) | 謝欣穎(ニッキー・シエ) (Actor) Kai Ko (Actor) | Chien Man Shu (Actor) | Kuo Shu Yao (Actor) | Tsai Chen Nan (Actor) | Lin Ching Tai (Actor) | Peggy Tseng (Actor) | Lu Ting Wei (Actor) | Bryan Chang (Actor) | Nikki Hsieh (Actor)
Director: Hou Chi Jan 侯 季然 侯 季然 Hou Chi Jan Hou Chi Jan
Release Date: 2013-02-05
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Taiwan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 85 (mins)
Publisher: Intercontinental Video (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1032296024

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* Bonus Features:
- Trailer
- TV Spot

Director: Hou Ji Ran

Tung is a young photocopy shop assistant in Nanyang Street, One day, His eyes are caught by cram school papers with South Sheep comics, which turn out to be the creation of a teaching assistant who dreams of becoming an illustrator. Intrigued by the girl’s perseverance. Tung scribbles a Big Wolf with some humorous nonsense to begin a conversation with he, and the subsequent exchanges cause a sensation amongst all students! However, The Big Wolf isn’t aware of the hidden messages come with South Sheep’s drawings….
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Professional Review of "When A Wolf Falls In Love With A Sheep (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

January 28, 2013

Well-made though questionably substantial, When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep still has enough in its youth romance tank to charm and entertain. You Are the Apple of My Eye up-and-comer Ko Chen-Tung stars as Tung, who gets served with a passive-aggressive break-up Post-It from Ying (Nikki Hsieh). She says she's off to cram school but what she really means is "Hasta la vista," and the heartbroken Tung initially does nothing about it. After spending days in a stupor, he's evicted from his apartment, so he gathers his belongings and heads to Nanyang Street, where all the cram schools in Taipei are located. His goal is to find Ying because she isn't answering her phone and seems to not have friends, family or a Facebook account. Ying is obviously a rare bird (She doesn't have Facebook? Amazing!), so no wonder Tung is hot to get her back.

While looking for Ying, Tung bides his time at a printing shop, where he earns meager bucks photocopying test papers for the cram schools. On the job, Tung meets Yang (Jian Man-Shu), an employee at "Sure Win" cram school who draws little cartoons featuring sheep on the school's test papers. Yang (which translates to English as "sheep") is quirky and cute, and Tung regards Yang and her cram school colleagues with a bemused distance. Tung and Yang begin a friendly affinity when he spies her sleepwalking at night, but the big event is when Tung becomes "the Wolf." Tung draws a cartoon wolf on a test paper next to Yang's cartoon sheep, and after the drawing gets mistakenly distributed to her entire cram school, a local meme is born. The Wolf meets the Sheep, but will Ying turn up before love can blossom between Tung and Yang — where it obviously really should?

The outcome is a foregone conclusion, but writer/director Hou Chi-Jan (One Day) creates some suspense along the way. When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep is one of those elliptical takes on love, where beginnings and endings matter more than grind-it-out relationships. Whimsical, quirky, magical, beguiling — these are adjectives that easily describe Hou's characters and world, with fun characters and details popping up regularly. Love and heartbreak are portrayed here with a safe and colorful charm made-to-order for fans of postmodern youth romance. Hou does go overboard with his objects-as-metaphor trope; one of Tung's jobs is looking for lost things (a lost dog figures in heavily), and he also attempts to reunite people with their neglected, left behind possessions. These are easy-to-please and familiar concepts — after all, who hasn't discarded a bitter reminder of lost love, only to regret losing that once-cherished possession later?

At the same time, Hou goes out of his way to imply that perhaps a person should leave things in the past, a contradictory but sensible idea since Tung getting over Ying is necessary if he's to hook up with Yang. When a Wolf features an abundance of voiceover from Tung, giving us a view into his heart but also jumping often from subject-to-subject. There are lessons and observations here, there, everywhere — and the abundance of info can overwhelm, with new stories and routine wisdom cropping up every few minutes to amuse or potentially annoy. Some minutiae are explored while others are not, e.g., why is Tung's boss (a funny Tsai Chen-Nan) such a childish busybody, and why does a street hawker (Seediq Bale's Lin Ching-Tai) appear mysteriously to dispense wisdom and noodles whenever needed? At some point, everything becomes a bit too coyly whimsical and precious.

When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep belongs to a specific youth romance genre, where elliptical resolutions and faux-substantial musings are standard operating procedure. With that in mind, When a Wolf proves a decent success, and its charm and cuteness are buoyed by terrific production values, quirky style and genuine-seeming if sometimes too-cutesy performances. Non-threatening Ko Chen-Tung makes for an ideal male lead, while Jian Man-Shu is a nice surprise, easily inhabiting her appealing and delightfully odd character. The chemistry between the two is strong enough that it's a bit off-putting to see Tung assert himself so weakly at the run-through-the-streets-after-love climax. Still, tentative steps forward are what When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep wants. Hou Chi-Jan delivers a pleasing end with self-amused, non-committal feeling — what an appropriate way for unsure, irresponsible youth to celebrate love! Or the beginning of love, anyway.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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January 30, 2013

Life after Apple
Kai Ko follows You are the Apple of My Eye with the less blockbuster but no less charming When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep. For his second film, the actor is again an earnest youth trying to figure out a love that's just out of his grasp, this time a girlfriend who leaves one day and never comes back. Her last message for him is a post-it note saying she's going to tutorial school so he naturally heads to Taipei's Nanyang Street, which is famously lined with tutorial schools. He doesn't find his MIA girlfriend (Nikki Hsieh), but he does find a job at a copy shop and comes across a quirky tutorial school assistant (pixie-like television actress Chien Man Shu in her film debut) who draws cute sheep illustrations on exam papers. On a whim, he responds with his own wolf drawings, which become a big hit on Nanyang Street.

Another entry in the pop art youth cinema that Taiwan does so well, When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep is light, cute and whimsical, but also perceptive and deliberate in its meandering storytelling. The doe-eyed protagonists of Wolf occupy a small world in a small moment of time, both seemingly aimless youth who have chosen to briefly take refuge at Nanyang Street for reasons of their own. Their minor encounters play out in a few long weeks, during which time Nanyang Street becomes its own bustling sphere of existence – a colorfully local neighborhood of loud cram schools crammed with students and boxes and boxes of exam papers that need to be copied.

It's hard to know where Wolf is going with its story, but it doesn't really matter because the journey is so pleasant and filled with wonderful details. Colorful supporting characters, like Seediq Bale's Lin Cheng Tai as a wisdom-dispelling street vendor and otaku favorite Guo Shu Yao as the heroine's mouthy friend, offer small episodes and smiling diversions at every turn. In addition to the generally bright art direction and cinematography, the film employs visual devices like stop-motion and animated drawings, creating a vibrant backdrop for the mellow, likable leads. After the abstract musings of One Day, When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep marks a less ambitious but more enjoyable effort from director Hou Chi Jan, as well as a promising step forward for both the up-and-coming filmmaker and the two young leads.

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