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Zoom Hunting (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Janine Chang (Actor) | James Wen (Actor) | Jack Kao (Actor) | King Shih Chieh (Actor)
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Antonioni and Hitchcock meet Taiwanese melodrama in the mystery-thriller Zoom Hunting. Winds of September producer Cho Li makes an ambitious directorial debut with this suspenseful story of two sisters, played by Ning Chang (Black and White, What on Earth Have I Done Wrong?) and Zhu Zhi Yin (Lust, Caution), getting more than they bargain for when they become spectators to a possible murder happening across the street from their home. Cho and co-writer Kelly Yang craft an elaborate puzzle in which reality and illusion blend together seamlessly, keeping the audience constantly guessing along the way until its shocking conclusion. Jack Kao (Shinjuku Incident, James Wen (My Queen), Zhou Hen Yin, and Michelle Krusiec (Saving Face) also co-star in the voyeur mystery.

Out of curiosity, fashion photographer Ru Yi (Ning Chang) takes a photo of a couple (James Wen and Zhou Hen Yin) having sex in an apartment across the street from her home. Through further investigation, she finds out that the two are having an extramarital affair. When Ru Yi's novelist sister Ru Xing sees the pictures, she uses them to get over her latest bout with writer's block by incorporating it into her latest novel. However, Ru Yi later suspects that the man may have killed his lover and her sister may even have something to do with it.

This edition contains 50 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage.

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Product Title: Zoom Hunting (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) 獵豔 (DVD) (台灣版) 猎豔 (DVD) (台湾版) 獵艶 (DVD) (台湾版) Zoom Hunting (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): Janine Chang (Actor) | James Wen (Actor) | Jack Kao (Actor) | King Shih Chieh (Actor) | Michelle Krusiec (Actor) | Zhu Zhi Ying (Actor) | Chou Heng Yin (Actor) 張 鈞甯 (Actor) | 溫 昇豪 (Actor) | 高捷 (Actor) | 金 士傑 (Actor) | 楊雅慧 (Actor) | 朱 芷瑩 (Actor) | 周 姮吟 (Actor) 张 钧甯 (Actor) | 温 升豪 (Actor) | 高捷 (Actor) | 金 士杰 (Actor) | Michelle Krusiec (Actor) | 朱 芷莹 (Actor) | 周 姮吟 (Actor) 張鈞甯 (チャン・チュンニン) (Actor) | 温昇豪 (ウェン・シェンハオ/ジェームス・ウェン) (Actor) | 高捷(ジャック・カオ) (Actor) | 金仕傑(カム・シーキット) (Actor) | Michelle Krusiec (Actor) | Zhu Zhi Ying (Actor) | Chou Heng Yin (Actor) Janine Chang (Actor) | James Wen (Actor) | Jack Kao (Actor) | King Shih Chieh (Actor) | Michelle Krusiec (Actor) | Zhu Zhi Ying (Actor) | Chou Heng Yin (Actor)
Director: Cho Li 卓 立 卓 立 Cho Li Cho Li
Release Date: 2010-09-21
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: China
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: 87 (mins)
Other Information: 2DVDs
Package Weight: 150 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1023453474

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◎特別收錄 精采幕後花絮 (51分鐘)

祕密.隱藏殺機 誰也躲不掉

導  演:卓立

真相.沒有底線!

時尚攝影師楊如儀 (張鈞甯 飾演) 無意間偷拍到一對男女 (溫昇豪與周姮吟 飾演) 在窗邊做愛,追查下發現這是一對偷情男女,引發了她的偷窺慾,並邀請陷入創作瓶頸的推理作家的姐姐楊如行 (朱芷瑩 飾演) 加入偷窺的行列。沒想到居然引起了料想不到的連鎖反應:姐姐的小說預言了偷情男女所面對的危機,而他們身後,似乎又有其他人在監控這一切,甚至將捲入謀殺陰謀……。

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Professional Review of "Zoom Hunting (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)"

November 17, 2010

The voyeuristic Taiwanese suspense drama Zoom Hunting marks the directorial debut of Cho Li, who previously worked as producer on the likes of Winds of September and Singing Chen's excellent God Man Dog Co-written by Kelly Yang, the film is an elaborate puzzle revolving around half seen images of sex and murder, with Ning Chang (recently in Black and White and What on Earth Have I Done Wrong?) and Zhu Zhi Yin (Lust, Caution) as two sisters living in an apartment block, who start spying on a couple living opposite and get more than they bargained for. The film also features a strong supporting cast that includes Jack Kao (Shinjuku Incident), James Wen (My Queen), Zhou Hen Yin, and Michelle Krusiec (Saving Face).

The plot kicks off as a fashion photographer called Ru Yi (Ning Chang) accidentally takes a picture of a couple (James Wen and Zhou Hen Yin) having sex in the building opposite her sister's apartment. After Ru Yi spots the woman and her family while out shopping, she deduces that the man in the picture was actually her lover, and decides to investigate further, spending her nights on the balcony with her camera. Her detective novelist sister Ru Xing (Zhu Zhi Yin) also gets involved, basing her new book around the steamy scenario and using it to help put an end to a prolonged bout of writer's block. Although it initially seems like a bit of harmless fun, Ru Yi soon realises that there may be something more complicated and sinister going on, quite possibly implicating the increasingly secretive Ru Xing.

Unsurprisingly, the two most immediate points of reference for Zoom Hunting are Hitchcock's Fear Window and Antonioni's Blowup, both of which it draws upon quite openly with its tale of ambiguous photographs and voyeuristic surveillance. Of course, if handled correctly, this kind of gambit can be very effective, and thankfully Cho Li does a very good job of keeping the viewer guessing and disoriented. Most of the film is seen from Ru Yi's perspective as she investigates, and as such the drama unfolds through her eyes, or more precisely through the lens of her camera. The film plays upon this for an effective air of uncertainty, as well as making the most of Ru Xing's writing the apparent extra marital affair into her novel, which leads to all kind of switching between fact and fiction, not to mention several cases of mistaken identity. The assertion that "peeping is the mother of creativity" is repeated many times throughout the course of the film, and it certainly includes a great deal of illicit spying, with photos, hidden video cameras, CCTV and wiretaps all being used. In-keeping with its themes, the film is a fairly racy affair, with a number of sex scenes, and though these suggest more than they actually show, they do give the proceedings a fittingly adult feel.

Thankfully, the plot itself never gets too caught up in the details, and although it does get fairly manipulative in places, it remains well structured and engagingly told. There are quite a few twists along the way, and the film does undergo a significant shift around the hour mark, though this is navigated successfully, with Cho laying the cards on the table whilst raising more questions. Things do get very tense towards the end, with several unexpected developments and character shifts, and as the pieces of the puzzle slowly creep into place the film becomes more of a traditional suspense thriller. Although this does mean that it eventually abandons some of its early art house leanings for more obvious and generic devices, most glaringly an old doorman who clearly is going to end up providing at least some of the answers, these all work pretty well, and the film benefits from a satisfying and intelligent wrap up without too much in the way of coincidence or melodrama.

All of this combines to make Zoom Hunting a superior slice of modern urban drama, with Cho managing to balance its potentially weighty themes and premise with solid entertainment values. A good and well thought out piece of efficient storytelling, the film successfully keeps the viewer on edge through to the end, offering more twists and turns than most of the year's bigger budgeted and flashier suspense outings.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "Zoom Hunting (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (2)

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August 25, 2011

1 people found this review helpful

Window Sex – A closer look at voyeurism (A) Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
In the future, if we’re really unlucky, robots may become paparazzi type hunters. One crafty look at a girl’s gym slip and suddenly an Excite Neurone Detect synth will jump out and record the admiring glance, and also look out for misbehaving married couples having secret sexual affairs like in “Zoom Hunting” here. Fortunately, we haven’t got annoying ‘rain on your parade’ paparazzi synths yet, but fashion photographer Ruyi (Ning Chang) isn’t far off as she gets snap curious taking photos of a frolicking couple seen in her friendly neighbourhood. Ruyi lives with her writer sister Ruxing (Zhi-ying Zhu) in their shared apartment, overlooking the neighbouring block where Ruyi spots sexually illicit goings on through a window, and causing this torrid affair to become Ruyi’s personal hobby. Ruyi after her initial curiosity of a couple’s simple sex session later discovers both the man/woman are adulterers, causing Ruyi to then vigorously capture more consecutive sweaty moments of the two on her camera. Ruyi informs her sister Ruxing about the hot liaison, but Ruxing’s only intense reaction is to clear up her writer’s block by weaving the man/woman affair into her own fictitious story. But to add exotic flavour, Ruxing darkly decides to portend that a murder will ensue from the foolish illicit affair. Which funnily enough happens in real circumstance to the apartment lovers, when hawk eyed Ruyi spots the adulterers arguing, having violent sex followed by the man getting murdered.

Ruxing also becomes more oddly interested in the man/woman, leaving a pondering Ruyi about her sister’s intent, especially when Ruyi discovers Ruxing appearing in one of Ruyi’s blow up photos she takes of the lovers apt room. Curiosity then turns to paranoia, as two sisters get hot under the collar about sweaty goings on! “Zoom Hunting” isn’t just about infidelity, illicit sex and betrayal (and murder), but the interweaving of real life/fiction. Although focused on an observed sexual affair, this focal plot eventally reveals a larger tapestry of complexity. Ruxing is a writer with a book deadline, suffers writer's block and her publisher refutes her murder plot twist as far fetched. But by ironic coincidences and character connections in the plot - the secret affair everything else pivots on - reflects back and forth real life possibilities and imagined fiction. There’s also the crazy speed of daily life, reflected in the cinematic pulse of the fast night traffic.
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Window Sex – A closer look at voyeurism (B) Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
The main two themes of “Zoom Hunting” are adrenalin fix and life disappointments, cheating couples being dissatisfied in marriage, due to repetitious boredom and staleness of marriage (or the perception of personal monotony) seeking out a sexual fling, and a woman who wishes for marriage/babies only finds the cruelty of fate (a cold affair) an harbinger of correct living (to say more about this ‘woman’ is spoiler). Initially, Ruyi’s curiosity about the neighbouring sleazy affair, snapping photos in her unconscious ‘paparazzi’ style stake-out, is a way for Ruyi to de-fuse her own daily boredom. But as Ruyi photographs a bird in flight, which alluringly flies towards the lover’s apartment, leads and awakens Ruyi to observe the ‘torrid’ affair and the dark mind of her sister. Maybe Ruyi desired the same lustful experience as the cheating woman. But as the plot intertwines into a locale situation of ironic connections with the main characters, a strange concoction and a ‘birds eye view’ of irony, fate, revenge and murder are slowly revealed.

A pinnacle point is when Ruyi captures on camera a violent sex scene between the adulterous couple and the cheating man’s murder, which then relates to the written themes in Ruxing’s novel. Eavesdropping by electronic bugs adds allure, but (apart from ‘revenge’) emphasises a striking sense of idiosyncratic banality over the curious social hypocrisy for ‘exposure’ of infidelities. The characters have ‘needful reasons’ in their motivations (photos, books, sex and revenge); ‘hunt’ out their deviations and betrayals that are self logical but sadly futile. But ‘sin’ of lust and exposure can turn into ‘food’ for the masses; reflected in a raunchy novel, Ruyi’s ‘paparazzi’ type sex photos and a voyeuristic sense within a society media to feed a ‘sin condemned’ populace the desire to fulfil their curiosity by proxy. Is a ‘dirty affair’ a crucial release from stressful anxiety? In Ruyi’s naive zoom hunting approach by her own boredom killing photo snapping, it can easily exploit the people she views from her higher standpoint (morality?). Clever and interesting, “Zoom Hunting” could be much more. But aside to the character’s unfortunate events a wider picture (when zoomed out) is still revealing. Of incidental notes (apart from mild sex scenes) music by Jeremy Cheng is very good, especially the end credits. Ning Chang reminded me of Ye-jin Son and cinematography is good. It’s a stimulating film when you think about it.
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