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Vicki Zhao (Actor) | Lu Yi (Actor) | Song Xiao Ying (Actor) | Sun Ming (Actor)
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A Time To Love (Hong Kong Version)
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Customer Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10 (2)
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The theme of impossible love is timeless. It is as touching in the Shakespearean era as in the 1980s. A boy and a girl grew up together and fell in love with each other in the early 80s. The strong hatred between their families was an obstacle to their love. Dating would bring disaster while separation would be torture. Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet inspired them to persist in their love, but that love was still too fragile to resist pressure from their families. He was sent abroad seven years ago and she has waited for seven years for him to return. Can the love between them be everlasting?

A Time to Love, released near Valentine's Day, is touted as a modern-day Chinese version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Popular idols Vicky Zhao Wei and Lu Yi both take on new images in this artistic film. Award-winning director Huo Jianqi designs the most aesthetic scenes to convey the intense romance. This film is another masterpiece from Huo after Nuan which won the Tokyo Grand Prix at the 16th Tokyo International Film Festival.

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Product Title: A Time To Love (Hong Kong Version) 情人結 (香港版) 情人结 (香港版) 情人結 (香港版) A Time To Love (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Vicki Zhao (Actor) | Lu Yi (Actor) | Song Xiao Ying (Actor) | Sun Ming (Actor) 趙薇 (Actor) | 陸 毅 (Actor) | 宋曉英 (Actor) | 孫 明 (Actor) 赵薇 (Actor) | 陆 毅 (Actor) | 宋晓英 (Actor) | 孙 明 (Actor) 趙薇 (ヴィッキー・チャオ) (Actor) | 陸毅 (ルー・イー) (Actor) | 宋曉英 (Actor) | 孫明 (Actor) Vicki Zhao (Actor) | Lu Yi (Actor) | Song Xiao Ying (Actor) | Sun Ming (Actor)
Director: Huo Jian Qi 霍建起 霍建起 フォ・ジェンチィ Huo Jian Qi
Release Date: 2006-03-16
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong, China
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-5
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Duration: 113 (mins)
Publisher: Joy Sales (HK)
Package Weight: 140 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004160755

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* Screen Format : 4:3
* Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
* DVD Type : DVD-5






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April 22, 2005

This professional review refers to A Time To Love (DVD) (China Version)
A Time to Love is a homage to William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. However, unlike many of the sorry film adaptations of this play, A Time to Love is one of the more touching versions, carrying with it a pure subtlety and innocence that one would only expect from a director who has graduated from the Beijing Film Academy.

A Time to Love tells the story of the tragic relationship between Hou Jia, (played by Lu Yi) and Qu Ran (played by Vicki Zhao Wei). The film is structured in a stock standard way: childhood friends grow up to become lovers and then must tragically part. However, director Huo Jian Qui adds life to this simple and clichéd plot with an amazing sense for imagery and narrative construction. What makes this film thoroughly infectious is the sense of intimacy felt towards the characters. It is evoked by placing the narrative in a microcosm, simply encompassing only the two lovers and their families. There are no wider issues there to complicate the story – no economical hardships and no wider societal problems – just love and family. It allows the viewer to easily focus on the subtleties of Hou Jia and Qu Ran’s relationship, making them appear much more intimate and ultimately more involving for the audience.

This narrative intimacy is also reinforced through the film’s formal elements. No doubt the most provoking formal element is Huo’s amazing imagery. Huo’s camera skilfully offers a variety of camera angles and compositions that make almost every image in the film easily frame-able. Similar to Christopher Doyle’s cinematography style, Hou’s colours are rich, his textures are emphasized and his mise-en-scene is intelligently used to provide frames. Along with a keen sense of camera movement, and an understanding of character staging, Hou reinforces the film’s sense of intimacy and romance. One shot that particularly stands out is of Hou Jia’s and Qu Ran’s shadows displayed against a white sheet as they hang their laundry. The shadows come together as if approaching to kiss, however, as the camera slightly pans we see that the two characters are only playing shadow puppets. This shot, like many others in the film, gently evokes a sense of intimacy while leaving the narrative at a comfortably playful distance.

Chinese pop idols Vicki Zhao Wei and Lu Yi give exceptional performances, at times carrying the film during slower moments. Their emotions seem genuine and their dynamics as an onscreen couple are stunning. Vicki Zhao has a rare ability to emote the most succinct of feelings without making them too overtly dramatic, which again reinforces the subtle touch that the film cleverly displays through its imagery. Surely though, if you don’t enjoy their acting, then both Vicki Zhao Wei and Lu Yi provide enough eye-candy to keep the strictest of film critics sated for the film’s 115 minutes running time.

A Time to Love is an entertaining tear-jerker that shouldn’t be overlooked simply because of its clichéd narrative. It skillfully transcends the usual pitfalls of this type of film by making the images and narrative actively engage with the audience in an unconventionally delightful way.

7.5 coloured rubber bands out of 10

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10 (2)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.2 out of 10 (19)

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January 1, 2008

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IT WAS A GREAT MOVIE!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I thought that Vicki and Lu Yi had GREAT chemistry! And Lu Yi IS HOT!! I didn't think that the movie was slow the first time I watched it but it was the second time. The intimate scene isn't bad at all...well, it wasn't in the cut version anyway. If you watch different trailors, you can see a lot of cut out parts. I need to find the uncut version and watch it!! I've seen a few scenes and I was dissapointed because it shows more affection between them than in the cut version. Well, I'll go look!! :P
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March 6, 2007

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beautiful Vicki Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
Vicki's outfits look pretty cheap but whatever she wears, she shines through. Lu Yi paired with her perfectly. The plot is a bit silly. The reason for their parents' objection is stupid, wasted 10 years of their lives. Like Romeo and Juliet, it is not all that sad but I am pleased with the ending.
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May 16, 2006

Good job Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
The best performance from Zhao Wei I've ever seen. Although the story is unsurprising, but the beautiful cinematography and lovely Zhao allure you to stick with it.
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May 3, 2006

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poor movie Customer Review Rated Bad 2 - 2 out of 10
Well, it's another one of those love story where it's full of selfish.
vicki zhao's acting isnt natural..
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August 15, 2005

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A beautiful movie Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
Romantic movies are usually a bit slow, but I didn't find this movie to be draggy. The story is simple, just like the synopsis said, a modern day chinese version of Romeo and Juliet, but the simplicity of the story really brought out the skills of the two main actors. Lu Yi and Vicki Zhao did an excellent job, the chemistry between them was great. This movie has many very beautiful shot scenes. I'd definitely watch it again.
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