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A Secret Between Us (2013) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Angel Chiang (Actor) | Edward Ma (Actor) | Lo Hoi Pang (Actor) | Kiki Sheung (Actor)
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2013's A Secret Between Us marks a slight departure for director and screenwriter Patrick Kong, who is known mostly for his cynical romantic comedies. This time, he tackles the topic of first love. Bobo (Angel Chiang, The Best Plan is No Plan) and Ken (newcomer Edward Ma) are childhood friends who pursue a romantic relationship as teenagers. Their relatively peaceful existence is threatened when Bobo's mother (Elena Kong) is diagnosed with kidney disease. The teens both come from impoverished backgrounds and are at a loss for solutions until Bobo seeks the advice of her neighbor Wendy (Sharon Chan). It is then that Bobo decides to become a prostitute. Ken, unable to help financially, decides to support Bobo in her decision. However, it isn't long before cracks appear in the relationship, and the lovers lose contact with one another after a series of incidents. Many years later, Bobo and Ken accidentally meet again, and memories and feelings are stirred up...
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Product Title: A Secret Between Us (2013) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 第一次不是你 (2013) (DVD) (香港版) 第一次不是你 (2013) (DVD) (香港版) 第一次不是你 (2013) (DVD) (香港版) A Secret Between Us (2013) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Angel Chiang (Actor) | Edward Ma (Actor) | Lo Hoi Pang (Actor) | Kiki Sheung (Actor) | Elena Kong (Actor) | Jerry Gu (Actor) | Amanda Lee (Actor) | Luisa Maria Leitao (Lai Chi Shan) (Actor) | Evergreen Mak (Actor) | Jacqueline Chong (Actor) | Chen Min Zhi (Actor) | Jason Chung (Actor) | Dominic Ho (Actor) | Anjaylia Chan (Actor) | Kathy Yuen (Tong Yee) (Actor) | Bob Lam (Actor) | Jinny Ng (Actor) | Shiga Lin (Actor) 蔣 家旻 (Actor) | 馬 志威 (Actor) | 盧海鵬 (Actor) | 商天娥 (Actor) | 江美儀 (Actor) | 古 明華 (Actor) | 李蕙敏 (Actor) | 黎芷珊 (Actor) | 麥長青 (Actor) | 莊 思敏 (Actor) | 陳敏芝 (Actor) | 鍾 一憲 (Actor) | 何 浩文 (Actor) | 陳 嘉寶 (Actor) | 湯怡 (Actor) | 林盛斌 (Actor) | 吳 若希 (Actor) | 連 詩雅 (Actor) 蒋 家旻 (Actor) | 马 志威 (Actor) | 卢海鹏 (Actor) | 商天娥 (Actor) | 江美仪 (Actor) | 古 明华 (Actor) | 李蕙敏 (Actor) | 黎芷珊 (Actor) | 麦长青 (Actor) | 庄 思敏 (Actor) | 陈敏芝 (Actor) | 锺 一宪 (Actor) | 何 浩文 (Actor) | 陈 嘉宝 (Actor) | 汤怡 (Actor) | 林盛斌 (Actor) | 吴 若希 (Actor) | 连 诗雅 (Actor) Angel Chiang (Actor) | Edward Ma (Actor) | 廬海鵬(ロー・ホイパン) (Actor) | 商天娥(ション・ティンオー) (Actor) | Elena Kong (Actor) | Jerry Gu (Actor) | 李蕙敏 (アマンダ・リー) (Actor) | 黎[艸/止]珊(ライ・チーシャン) (Actor) | 麥長青(マック・チョンツィン) (Actor) | 莊思敏(ジャクリーン・チョン) (Actor) | Chen Min Zhi (Actor) | 鍾一憲(ジェイソン・チョン) (Actor) | Dominic Ho (Actor) | Anjaylia Chan (Actor) | 湯怡 (キャシー・トン) (Actor) | 林盛斌(リン・シェンビン) (Actor) | 吳若希(ジニー・ン) (Actor) | 連詩雅 (シガ・リン) (Actor) Angel Chiang (Actor) | Edward Ma (Actor) | Lo Hoi Pang (Actor) | Kiki Sheung (Actor) | Elena Kong (Actor) | Jerry Gu (Actor) | Amanda Lee (Actor) | Luisa Maria Leitao (Lai Chi Shan) (Actor) | Evergreen Mak (Actor) | Jacqueline Chong (Actor) | Chen Min Zhi (Actor) | Jason Chung (Actor) | Dominic Ho (Actor) | Anjaylia Chan (Actor) | Kathy Yuen (Tong Yee) (Actor) | Bob Lam (Actor) | Jinny Ng (Actor) | Shiga Lin (Actor)
Director: Patrick Kong 葉 念琛 叶 念琛 葉念琛(パトリック・コン) Patrick Kong
Release Date: 2014-06-05
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-5
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 91 (mins)
Publisher: Universe Digital Entertainment Limited
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1035743610

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Director: Patrick Kong

One day, Ken (Edward Ma), a hairstylist went to do the bridal’s hair. Much to his surprise, he bumped into his first lover, Bobo (Angel Chiang)…

Bobo was told that she could buy a kidney from the Mainland for about $60,000 – an enormous sum for a destitute family like Bobo’s. She was then referred by Wendy (Sharon Chan), her previous neighbour to work as a high-class prostitute to earn quick money. Unable to offer a better option for Bobo, Ken could only support her decision. After escorting Bobo to “work” for a week, Ken finally bursted and snapped at her in discontent and jealousy . Bobo then decided to go to work alone. Meanwhile, Ken also decided to go camping with his friends. When he got home, he was told b y his mother (Kiki Sheung) that Bobo’s mother had passed away unexpectedly. Bobo and her younger sister were taken away by her relative. Bobo‘s sudden disappearance ten years ago still lingered Ken’s heart. Their reunion forced them to walk through the time tunnel which stirred up every bit and piece of their past memories. Life is like a roller coaster with ups and down and is ever-changing. What exactly have ken and Bobo missed? Would they eventually have a happy ending?
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Professional Review of "A Secret Between Us (2013) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

July 8, 2014

When it comes to romantic comedies and the like, there's no doubting the dedication and determination of Hong Kong writer director Patrick Kong, who regularly churns out one or two genre films per year, generally to an appreciative local audience. With A Secret Between Us? Kong does take a slightly different route compared to his tried and tested formula, as seen recently in Love is the Only Answer, Natural Born Lovers and other outings, aiming for tears and tragedy rather than his trademark cynical laughs.

The film stars TVB actress Angel Chiang (also in Kong's recent The Best Plan is No Plan) and newcomer Edward Ma, who play former childhood friends and sweethearts Bobo and Ken. Despite her being married and his being engaged, they still feel a connection after meeting up by chance years later, and reminisce over their teenage first love relationship and the traumas they suffered after Bobo's mother (Elena Kong, Golden Chickenesss) was diagnosed with kidney disease - with both of them coming from poor backgrounds, it seems Bobo took the advice of her neighbour Wendy (Sharon Chan, Dream Team) and began working as a prostitute in order to pay for her treatment. Although Ken initially supports her, even walking her to and fro her work like a loyal boyfriend, it gradually becomes too much for him, and the couple start to argue.

The first love theme continues to be extremely popular in Asian cinema, most films basically sticking to the same time-honoured mix coming of age drama and innocent romance. To his credit, Patrick Kong does try something at least a little new here, working in plenty of cynicism and angst, with the focus firmly on the bitter rather than the sweet. A Secret Between Us certainly goes all out for tragedy, venturing into some dark and depressing territory as it recounts the trials of its young couple, and the flashback heavy film differs from others with similar themes in that it revolves around its characters pondering over events and memories that are frankly pretty unpleasant. Though it never really attains the level of gritty realism being aimed for, the film does manage to combine a level of insight with its thwarted romance theme, and it arguably has more substance than most of Kong's other recent efforts. It's moving and affecting enough in its own manipulative way, mainly due to solid performances from leads Angel Chiang and Edward Ma, and viewers looking for heartstring tugging and tales of woe should find the film generally satisfying and worthy of the odd tear or two.

On the other hand AS ecret Between Us is also fun watching thanks to the sheer bizarreness and wilfulness of Kong's quest for emotional porn. It's certainly true that the film makes little sense on closer inspection, with Bobo's decision to become a prostitute coming at the expense of considering other options, and with Ken's cheerful support for her choice lacking any kind of conviction or intelligence. Though dark, it's oddly cheerful and breezy at the same time, making for an strange tone that at times borders on the distasteful, and it's quite possible that Kong had planned the film as a piece of social commentary as much as a romantic tragedy, wrapped up with his usual slick production valves and teasing splashes of sex and semi-nudity.

Whatever the case, A Secret Between Us should be enjoyed by Patrick Kong aficionados or anyone looking for a somewhat glum take on the usual first love romantic drama themes. There's something to be said for Kong being one of the few Hong Kong directors making commercially friendly local films, and though he still has a ways to go before being considered a helmer of substance, it's another decent and entertaining entry on his CV.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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