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Beyond the Dream (2020) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Cecilia Choi (Actor) | Terrance Lau (Actor) | Poon Chan Leung (Actor) | Nina Paw (Actor)
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Written, directed and produced by Kiwi Chow (Ten Years), Beyond the Dream was nominated in six categories at the 39th Hong Kong Film Awards and won Best Adapted Screenplay at the 57th Golden Horse Film Awards. Leads Terrance Lau and Cecilia Choi (Detention) also won Best Actor and Best Actress from the Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards. Based on Chow's own award-winning short film, Beyond the Dream is an unexpected and acute romantic drama that navigates the effects of mental health on relationships.

Elementary school teacher Lok (Terrance Lau) has struggled with schizophrenia in the past, and hesitates to start relationships despite his desire for love. By chance, he meets Yan Yan (Cecilia Choi) and falls in love at first sight with her. Lok is unsure about whether he should reveal his mental health history, but he soon suffers a relapse and experiences delusions. Yan Yan, however, is also not what she seems to be.

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Product Title: Beyond the Dream (2020) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 幻愛 (2020) (DVD) (台灣版) 幻爱 (2020) (DVD) (台湾版) Beyond the Dream (2020) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) Beyond the Dream (2020) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): Cecilia Choi (Actor) | Terrance Lau (Actor) | Poon Chan Leung (Actor) | Nina Paw (Actor) | HUANG LAN (Actor) | Wei Qi Shan (Actor) | Sparrow Zhang (Actor) | Chen Rui Qiang (Actor) | Thor Lok (Actor) 蔡 思韵 (Actor) | 劉俊謙 (Actor) | 潘燦良 (Actor) | 鮑起靜 (Actor) | 黃嵐 (Actor) | 魏綺珊 (Actor) | 張 滿源 (Actor) | 陳銳強 (Actor) | 駱振偉 (Actor) 蔡 思韵 (Actor) | 刘俊谦 (Actor) | 潘灿良 (Actor) | 鲍起静 (Actor) | 黄岚 (Actor) | 魏绮珊 (Actor) | 张 满源 (Actor) | 陈锐强 (Actor) | 骆振伟 (Actor) 蔡思韵(セシリア・チョイ) (Actor) | 劉俊謙(テランス・ラウ) (Actor) | 潘燦良(パン・ツァンリョン) (Actor) | 鮑起靜 (パウ・ヘイチン) (Actor) | HUANG LAN (Actor) | Wei Qi Shan (Actor) | Sparrow Zhang (Actor) | Chen Rui Qiang (Actor) | Thor Lok (Actor) Cecilia Choi (Actor) | Terrance Lau (Actor) | Poon Chan Leung (Actor) | Nina Paw (Actor) | HUANG LAN (Actor) | Wei Qi Shan (Actor) | Sparrow Zhang (Actor) | Chen Rui Qiang (Actor) | Thor Lok (Actor)
Director: Chow Kwun Wai 周 冠威 周 冠威 Chow Kwun Wai Chow Kwun Wai
Release Date: 2021-02-05
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 120 (mins)
Publisher: Deltamac (Taiwan) Co. Ltd (TW)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1098593379

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【幻愛】改編自導演周冠威的短片《樓上傳來的歌聲》,由來自香港劇場的耀眼新星劉俊謙與【返校】等片在台受到矚目的蔡思韵主演。故事描述個性善良憨厚的小學老師阿樂(劉俊謙 飾),是一名精神分裂症復原者,渴望愛情但從來不敢與人有更進一步的關係,某日在街頭偶遇了清新脫俗的欣欣(蔡思韵 飾),對她一見鍾情卻掙扎是否該託出自身病史。但阿樂又再次復發後,此時發現她的真正身分,竟然是位工於心計的心理系研究生,在幻覺與真實世界,兩人陷入了一場如幻似真的禁戀中…。 精神病患者的愛情故事 【幻愛】以周冠威導演2006年執導的得獎短片《樓上傳來的歌聲》為藍本, 把故事延伸下去拍成長片。過去與精神病相關的電影多著墨於患者不被主流社會理解和接受,但導演更希望【幻愛】是一個單純的愛情故事。 在接觸不同精神病患者的過程中,導演表示能夠感受愛情的美好單純,他說:「在他們的感情世界裏,愛情是真摯、極其難得,為了一生一世的愛情,他們願意學習犧牲,明白需要雙方共同努力維繫。這正正是愛情最扣人心弦的部分」。 導演的話 在資料搜集期間,與很多康復者會面,我感覺他們很孤獨,面對再次病發的壓力,得到愛情的機會很困難,無可奈何要與精神病糾結共生。可是,成功的例子,卻讓我看到愛情的承擔,可以如斯充滿著勇氣,還有那份得來不易的珍重,令人很是動容。 另一個令我充滿好奇的地方,是心理輔導員與被輔導者的曖昧關係。輔導之間私密卻疏離,要打開心扉但要壓抑情感,他們相戀,就是禁忌。精神病患者與心理輔導員,一段疑幻似真的愛情故事。每個人都會幻想愛情,幻想成真就是浪漫!

特別收錄
製作特輯
周冠威導演:失戀成就創作
劉俊謙與角色對話:我要愛自己
蔡思韵哭訴:我害怕愛情
蔡思韵崩潰一幕:從排練到拍攝現場
劉俊謙:從排練開始的大爆發
四段遺珠鏡頭

導 演:周冠威
演 員:劉俊謙、蔡思韵、鮑起靜、潘燦良
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Professional Review of "Beyond the Dream (2020) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

December 30, 2020

This professional review refers to Beyond the Dream (2020) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
As is the case with most film industries around the world, 2020 has not been a good year for Hong Kong cinema. However, there was one bright spot that nobody expected.

The odds seemed to be against Beyond the Dream from the start – it's a heavy, emotionally intense story about mental illness; it's by a director who doesn't have a proven commercial track record; and it's led by two actors who have never had starring roles in a film before. Thanks to its nominations at the Hong Kong Film Awards, positive word-of-mouth from audiences over several months of preview screenings, and tabloid attention on the two stars after they admitted publicly that they started dating after the shoot, Beyond the Dream became the surprise hit of 2020 in Hong Kong.

And the attention is absolutely warranted. Beyond the Dream is a haunting star-crossed romance featuring two career-making lead performances. Directed with a delicate touch, it marks a major artistic leap for director and co-writer Kiwi Chow, best known for his Self-immolator segment in controversial award-winning omnibus Ten Years.

Beyond the Dream is the extension of Chow's award-winning 2006 short film Upstairs. The first 20 minutes is essentially a remake of that film, showing primary school teacher Lok (Terrance Lau) falling in love with Yan (Cecilia Choi), a pure girl-next-door that almost seems too ideal to be true. It turns out that she is, because Lok suffers from schizophrenia, and Yan is merely a figment of his imagination.

The story resets as it jumps forward in time. Yip Nam is a clinical psychologist in training, and her latest subject is none other than Lok. In a twist right out of Hitchcock's Vertigo, Yip Nam is also played by Choi, meaning that she's virtually a dead ringer for Yan. While Lok tries to come to grips with reality and fantasy, Yip Nam finds herself also opening up to him about her own psychological trauma. As their bond grows, a serious conflict of interest also emerges.

But Beyond the Dream is hardly an incisive, morally ambiguous look at the ethics of psychotherapy. Based on sufferers of mental illness whom Chow met during his research, the film is a romantic melodrama showing the struggles that the mentally ill face when they fall in love. The mental illness theme adds gravitas and weight to the story, but the film is really about what happens when people learn about their romantic partner's unsavory past, whatever it may be. Finding that universality in a topic that's rarely discussed in Hong Kong cinema is partly why the film has resonated with such a wide audience.

Despite a modest budget of HK$6.2 million (US$800,000), Chow and his cinematographer Danny Szeto (on his first feature film) tell their story with refined and sumptuous visual language. Every composition and camera movement feel rigidly planned and controlled. As if trapped between reality and fantasy like Lok, the film features dreamy visuals bathed in golden sheen. The film's use of picturesque locations in the satellite town of Tuen Mun even sparked a new wave of film tourism to the district. It's hard not to find yourself spellbound by the visuals of the film.

The biggest story of Beyond the Dream is the breakthrough of its two stars. Previously seen as the lead in TV mini-series My Very Short Marriage and as a schoolteacher in Taiwan horror hit Detention, Cecilia Choi excels in her challenging dual-role performance, creating a convincing contrast between Yan the Manic Pixie Dream Girl and Yip Nam, the pragmatist psychologist with a dark past. A long-time stage actor, Lau makes an incredibly successful transition to film with his emotionally draining performance as the mentally unstable Lok. The Golden Horse-winning script by Chow and co-writer Felix Tsang takes its time to sketch out its characters, giving juicy roles for these two new actors to work with. Seeing them rise to the challenge is the joy of watching this film.

by Kevin Ma

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