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29+1 (2016) (Blu-ray + Keyholder) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Joyce Cheng (Actor) | Chrissie Chau (Actor) | Kearen Pang (Writer, Director) | Elaine Jin
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Hong Kong stage producer and actor Kearen Pang makes her directorial debut with 29+1, based on her own acclaimed one-person show about the experiences and mindset of women entering their thirties. From 2005 to 2013, Pang presented over 90 sold-out shows of 29+1 in Hong Kong, Beijing and Macau. She brings her signature work to the silver screen through a thoughtful nostalgia-tinged drama about two 29-year-old Hong Kong women, played by Chrissie Chau (Break Up 100) and Joyce Cheng (Special Female Force), and how they navigate life's decisions, disappointments, expectations and misgivings as they approach the big 3-0.

Marketing executive Christy (Chrissie Chau) has many of the worries common to women of her age group, like career pressure, nagging parents and a stagnant relationship. As she nears 30, she's suddenly faced with an onset of challenges and gripped with anxiety for her future. Born on the exact same day as Christy, happy-go-lucky Tin Lok (Joyce Cheng) has no career or love life to speak of, but she always seems to be optimistic about life. Before her birthday, Lok packs her suitcase and heads out to realize her childhood dream, while Christy moves into Lok's apartment by chance. When Christy comes across Lok's journal, these two women of opposite personalities begin to enter each other's worlds.

This edition comes with a keychain and special features, including trailer, making-of and interviews.

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Product Title: 29+1 (2016) (Blu-ray + Keyholder) (Hong Kong Version) 29+1 (2016) (Blu-ray + 巴黎鐵塔鎖匙扣) (香港版) 29+1 (2016) (Blu-ray + 巴黎铁塔锁匙扣) (香港版) 29+1 (2016) (Blu-ray + Keyholder) (Hong Kong Version) 29+1 (2016) (Blu-ray + Keyholder) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Joyce Cheng (Actor) | Chrissie Chau (Actor) | Elaine Jin | Ben Yeung (Actor) | Babyjohn Choi (Actor) | Jan Lamb | Lawrence Cheng | Eric Kot | Joey Leung | Gregory Wong | Catherine Chau 鄭欣宜 (Actor) | 周秀娜 (Actor) | 金燕玲 | 楊尚斌 (Actor) | 蔡瀚億 (Actor) | 林海峰 | 鄭丹瑞 | 葛民輝 | 梁 祖堯 | 王宗堯 | 周 家怡 郑欣宜 (Actor) | 周秀娜 (Actor) | 金燕玲 | 杨尚斌 (Actor) | 蔡瀚亿 (Actor) | 林海峰 | 郑丹瑞 | 葛民辉 | 梁 祖尧 | 王宗尧 | 周 家怡 鄭欣宜(ジョイス・チェン) (Actor) | 周秀娜 (クリッシー・チャウ) (Actor) | 金燕玲(イレイン・カム) | 楊尚斌 (ベン・ヨン) (Actor) | ベイビージョン・チョイ (Actor) | 林海峰(ジャン・ラム) | 鄭丹瑞(チェン・ダンソイ) | 葛民輝(エリック・コット) | Joey Leung | Gregory Wong | Catherine Chau Joyce Cheng (Actor) | Chrissie Chau (Actor) | Elaine Jin | Ben Yeung (Actor) | Babyjohn Choi (Actor) | Jan Lamb | Lawrence Cheng | Eric Kot | Joey Leung | Gregory Wong | Catherine Chau
Director: Kearen Pang 彭秀慧 彭秀慧 Kearen Pang Kearen Pang
Writer: Kearen Pang 彭秀慧 彭秀慧 Kearen Pang Kearen Pang
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2017-08-04
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Rating: IIA
Duration: 111 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 105 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1061274434

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This is a story in 2005.

Christy Lam (Chrissie Chau) is a typical city girl born and raised in Hong Kong. She is a month from turning 30, and has just begun to cope with the same struggles shared by most girls of the same age: the almost unbearable stress at work, her aging but annoying parents, and her seemingly stable yet stagnant relationship. All of these only add to her fear for this next chapter of her life.

Wong Tin-Lok (Joyce Cheng), on the other hand, is also turning 30 soon, but leads a vastly different life. She has never been in love, and her job is taking her nowhere. And yet, she has always kept an optimistic attitude towards life. On the verge of her next chapter, she makes a bold decision to just pick up her bags and fulfill her childhood dream.

They have never met each other, and their personalities are night and day. But as fate would haveit, Christy makes a temporary move into Wong's apartment. Through exploring Wong's diary, Christy not only discovers that they share the same birthday, but also learns about the bits and pieces of Wong's life.

As their virtual bond grows, Christy begins to appreciate Wong's alternate approach to life, so much so that it becomes an integral part of Christy's own. Who has entered Whose world?
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Professional Review of "29+1 (2016) (Blu-ray + Keyholder) (Hong Kong Version)"

December 7, 2017

This professional review refers to 29+1 (2016) (DVD + Keyholder + Booklet + OST) (2-Disc Special Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
The multi-talented actress, stage producer and writer Kearen Pang brings her popular one-person play 29+1 to the screen, making her debut as a director in the process, having toured the show from 2005 to 2013 to acclaim in Hong Kong, Beijing and Macau. Starring Chrissie Chau (Break Up 100) and Joyce Cheng (Special Female Force), the film is a bittersweet drama following the experiences of two very different women as they approach the daunting prospect of turning thirty, and had its premiere at the Osaka Asian Film Festival where it won the Audience Award, before going on to win Best Director of a Foreign Language Feature Film at the International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema in Nice.

Set in 2005, the film opens with Chrissie Chau as Christy, a marketing executive who seems to be doing very well in her life, enjoying a successful career and in a long-term relationship with a caring boyfriend (Benjamin Yeung, Three). Things change when she is kicked out of her apartment by her landlord, and with her 30th birthday fast approaching has to re-evaluate her future, facing up to a series of difficulties and challenges. By chance, she moves into an apartment previously inhabited by Tin Lok (Joyce Cheng), who was born on the same day as her, and who decided to fulfil her lifelong dream of travelling the world with her best friend (Babyjohn Choi, Vampire Cleanup Department). A cheerful soul, undeterred by her lack of a career or boyfriend, Lok seems a very different woman indeed, though after Christy finds and reads her diary, their lives and experiences begin to intertwine.

It's fitting that it's Kearen Pang herself who has adapted 29+1 for the screen, as it's clearly a very personal work, and one which feels refreshingly genuine, much more so than other similarly themed offerings. Though the themes dealt with are nothing new, the film covering life, love, relationships, friendship and the harsh fact that maturity usually means learning to deal with disappointment, Pang does a great job of making the film realistic and believable, and ensuring that its target audience will be able to relate to the characters and their experiences. The film is engaging and moving as a result, and while there are a few unnecessary sermon-like speeches – likely a hangover from the original stage version – and some fourth wall-breaking scenes of Christy addressing the camera and fantasy inserts don't really fit, it all hangs together well. Partly this is down to Pang's sharp and grounded script, which does somewhat recall the style of Pang Ho-cheung (Pang featured in his Vulgaria as well as writing Isabella), working in some observational comedy along with the character development.

What really gives the film a boost is the two fine lead performances from Chrissie Chau and Joyce Cheng – Pang played both roles in the stage play, which would have been less likely to work on the screen. Chau has come a long way as an actress over the last few years, and she manages to make Christy flawed but essentially likeable, and a more complex figure than those who often turn up in life lesson-heavy dramas of the type. Joyce Cheng is similarly charismatic, and though Tin Lok could potentially have been much more one-note and used mainly as a free-spirited counterpart to Christy, she adds depth to the role as well as a light-hearted sense of fun.

While probably none of this is going to convince audiences outside the demographic of female-themed life dramas, 29+1 has a lot going for it, and should certainly be enjoyed by fans of the form. Helped by Chrissie Chau and Joyce Cheng's winning turns and Kearen Pang's multi-layered script and heartfelt approach, it’s a film which succeeds in its modest ambitions, and which for the most part successfully navigates the tricky task of transplanting a stage play to the screen.

by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com

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