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A Hearty Response (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Chow Yun Fat (Actor) | Lui Fong (Actor) | Joey Wang (Actor) | Alan Tang (Producer)
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Although they didn't exactly become the Astaire and Rogers of Hong Kong comedies, Chow Yun Fat and Joey Wong made a winning comedic couple in a handful of mid-80s productions before moving on to more successful solo careers playing ghosts and gunmen. A Hearty Response, from 1986, is one of the pair's most engaging efforts. The film's wildly uneven tone, which veers from goofy situation comedy to brutally unflinching tragedy, is schizophrenic even by Hong Kong filmmaking standards, but Chow's and Wong's considerable charms rescue the picture. What might've been a melodramatic mess becomes an arresting emotional rollercoaster as rape and murder intrude on an otherwise lighthearted romantic comedy.

Sun, an illegal immigrant from the mainland, finds herself alone and on the run when the human trafficker who smuggled her into Hong Kong tries to rape her. Lucky for her, easygoing cop Bon accidentally hits her with his car, which gives Sun the golden opportunity she needs. Feigning amnesia, Sun claims to think she's Bon's wife! The guilt-ridden policeman plays along and brings the young lady home, a decision he comes to regret as Sun begins to turn his previously predictable life upside-down. But romance has a way of popping up in the most unexpected places. Unfortunately, so does Sun's former tormentor, who plans to enact a gruesome revenge.

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Product Title: A Hearty Response (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 義蓋雲天 (Blu-ray) (香港版) 义盖云天 (Blu-ray) (香港版) 傷だらけのメロディー (義蓋雲天) (Blu-ray) (香港版) A Hearty Response (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Chow Yun Fat (Actor) | Lui Fong (Actor) | Joey Wang (Actor) 周潤發 (Actor) | 呂方 (Actor) | 王祖賢 (Actor) 周润发 (Actor) | 吕方 (Actor) | 王祖贤 (Actor) 周潤發 (チョウ・ユンファ) (Actor) | 呂方(ロイ・フォン) (Actor) | 王祖賢 (ジョイ・ウォン)  (Actor) 주윤발 (Actor) | Lui Fong (Actor) | 왕조현 (Actor)
Producer: Alan Tang 鄧光榮 邓光荣 鄧光榮 (アラン・タン) Alan Tang
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: 2011-03-25
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin, Thai
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
Sound Information: 7.1, Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM), 6.1, Dolby TrueHD
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray, 25 GB - Single Layer
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Video Codecs: AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10)
Rating: II
Duration: 90 (mins)
Publisher: CMS Media Limited (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1024215454

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Director: Roman Tam

  Joey was helped by a man, Wayne, who made money by shipping people from China to Hong Kong illegally. Since Wayne had bad intention on Joey, she ran away; but unfortunately Joey was hit by the car of Fat and Fong. Fat and Fong were policemen, they sent Joey to hospital.

  When Joey woke up, she was afraid that her status would be revealed and that she would be sent back to China. She pretended that she had lost her memory during the accident and followed Fat as her own husband......
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Professional Review of "A Hearty Response (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

November 8, 2006

This professional review refers to A Hearty Response (Universe Version)
Dewdrop charmer, Joey Wong (star of A Chinese Ghost Story), appears here in this heavily-armed "Your Butt is Toast Story" singing the immigrant blues, an illegal guest from China who's already had a world of woe heaped on her head by the end of the first scene. Contrasting the struggle of illegal immigrants to Hong Kong (being molested by weirdos with snakes) to the hardships of the average Hong Kong citizen (being molested by lazy relatives who want to sponge off your paycheck) the movie sets up a crude but effective dichotomy early on.

Starring Chow Yun-fat as a lazy cop whose path of least resistance tactics gets results, this movie references backwards and forwards in time, playing as both a more contrived version of Wild Search and a dry run for Tiger on Beat. As in Wild Search, love grows between cop and country girl, and as in Tiger on Beat, Chow sports ugly clothes, hangs out with a short partner with a perm, and drives a mini. He also is very hard on women, particularly his girlfriend, Judy, who's no prize but who certainly deserves better than what she gets here. It's interesting that Chow Yun-fat is so rough with women in his early movies, and yet remained such a heartthrob.

Chow is up for a new partner and is assigned Long Man, the uncle of his Superior Officer, and a lazy, short bum of a cop whose only goal in life is to stay a cop ("Consider my height? How else will I bully people?" he whines). He and Chow are on a stake-out amidst the Lee Kum Kee bottles at the local supermarket looking for Addict Hung. Hung comes on the scene, as well as a hungry and lost Joey Wong, a speeding car, a pair of handcuffs and a head trauma which all conspire to put Joey in Chow's care. The two hit it off but, come on...he's a cop, she's an illegal immigrant. How will they ever come together.

With the aid of Chow's mom, it does blossom. The action scenes are minor but effective, relying on car stunts and actors falling from great heights to great effect. But what's best in this movie is how caught up you'll get in the sticky taffy of Joey and Chow's love story. Never has the chemistry generated by these two actors seemed so relaxed, and Joey Wong is at the top of her game. She may have her detractors, but this movie is a potent love drug. The story moves quickly, with Chow uttering such inarguable bits of wisdom as "I find being a jerk with you is better than being a jerk alone," but at the end of the day there's still a dirty-minded baddie who'll come between them in a harrowing scene. As well as a priceless cameo by Kent Cheng.

This is a movie that goes to the brink, and then chickens out. But there's no doubt that it goes there.

by Grady Hendrix

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