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A Family Tour (2018) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Nai An (Actor) | Gong Zhe (Actor) | Pete Teo (Actor) | Tan Xin Yue (Actor)
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In 2012, Chinese filmmaker Ying Liang was forced to relocate to Hong Kong after his controversial film When Night Falls ran afoul of authorities at home. Unable to return to the mainland, the uprooted dissident filmmaker has lived in Hong Kong since. Ying Liang filters his own experiences and conflicted feelings into A Family Tour, the opening film of the 71st Locarno Film Festival.

Director Yang Shu (Gong Zhe) has been living in de facto exile in Hong Kong since she made a film five years ago that was censured by the Chinese government. She has not been able to see her mother (Nai An) back home who is in poor health. When Yang Shu gets invited to a film festival in Taiwan, she uses the chance to arrange a family reunion. Her mother travels to Taiwan as part of a guided tour group, and finally gets to see not only Yang Shu but also her husband (Pete Teo) and son for the first time. It will also likely be their last time seeing each other.

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Product Title: A Family Tour (2018) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 自由行 (2018) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 自由行 (2018) (Blu-ray) (香港版) A Family Tour (2018) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) A Family Tour (2018) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Nai An (Actor) | Gong Zhe (Actor) | Pete Teo (Actor) | Tan Xin Yue (Actor) 耐安 (Actor) | 宮哲 (Actor) | Pete Teo (Actor) | 譚 心悅 (Actor) 耐安 (Actor) | Gong Zhe (Actor) | Pete Teo (Actor) | 谭 心悦 (Actor) Nai An (Actor) | Gong Zhe (Actor) | Pete Teo (Actor) | Tan Xin Yue (Actor) Nai An (Actor) | Gong Zhe (Actor) | Pete Teo (Actor) | Tan Xin Yue (Actor)
Director: Ying Liang 應亮 应亮 Ying Liang Ying Liang
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: 2019-04-18
Language: Mandarin, Original Soundtrack
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Sound Information: Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM)
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Rating: I
Duration: 109 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1073480801

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THE MOTHER OF ONE RECLUSE was the work of Chinese Film director Yang Shu. She made the film five years ago, and in doing so offended the Chinese government. Since then, she has been forced to remain in exile in Hong Kong. Her mother in Sichuan has had a relapse of her stomach cancer from years ago, and the family, having only known her grandson via online chats. Therefore, Yang Shu takes the opportunity of a film festival event in Taiwan to go with her husband and son to meet her mother, whom they have arranged to cross paths while her mother is there on a mainland company leisure tour. To ensure this family reunion can take place under the strict itinerary of the Chinese tour company, the young family checks into the same hotel and follows the tour group to the various scenic spots they visit.
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June 26, 2019

Dispatch from a Chinese filmmaker in exile
In 2012, indie Chinese director Ying Liang completed the film When Night Falls based on the controversial 2008 case of Yang Jia, who stormed a Shanghai police station and killed six police officers. The case drew great attention not only for the shocking violence, but also for how the authorities handled the case. Yang Jia, who was previously mistreated by the police and tried behind closed doors, drew sympathy from pockets of the Chinese internet that aired their discontent with China's opaque justice system. Ying Liang brought When Night Falls, which recounts the case from the perspective of Yang's mother, to overseas film festivals without official permission and refused to yield to censors. The price for his artistic defiance was exile.

Unable to return to mainland China where he would likely be arrested, Ying Liang stayed in Hong Kong. A Family Tour is his first feature-length film since When Night Falls, and the simple story brims with the complex feelings and experiences of a director in exile. Ying uses the character of female director Yang Shu (Gong Zhe) as his proxy in this semi-autobiographical drama.

Like Ying Liang, the protagonist Yang Shu has lived in Hong Kong ever since her last film ran afoul of Chinese authorities. She cannot return home to see her mother (Nai An), and her mother cannot come to Hong Kong to see her, but they find an opportunity to meet in Taiwan. Yang Shu's mother joins a guided tour to Taiwan while Yang Shu, who is showing her banned film at a Taiwan film festival, tags along the tour itinerary with her husband and son.

Filmed in Ying Liang's staple naturalistic, docudrama-like style, A Family Tour keeps the whirlwind of emotions under the surface, save for Yang Shu's occasional outward bursts of frustration. The reunion of mother and daughter is wonderfully understated and highlights the common suffering and different mindsets of two generations. Yang Shu is indignant and irritable, her hard edges only slightly softened by a supportive husband and cute son. Her helplessness over the current situation is laced with anger and bitterness. In contrast, the mother, who is regularly monitored and visited by authorities because of Yang Shu, is a picture of calm resignation as she relays major updates and acknowledges that she will likely be unable to meet her daughter again.

A Family Tour is clearly Ying Liang's own deeply personal account about his displacement and bittersweet family reunion, but the personal is also inevitably political considering his background and themes. This understated self-reflexive film by a dissident Chinese director in a changing Hong Kong is especially stirring and relevant in the current climate.

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