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Crossing Hennessy (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Jacky Cheung (Actor) | Ivy Ho (Director) | Tang Wei (Actor) | Danny Lee
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No stranger to writing romantic comedies, screenwriter Ivy Ho (Comrades, Almost a Love Story) takes on her first romantic comedy as director in Crossing Hennessey. The film's title refers to Hennessy Road, a major roadway on Hong Kong Island that separates the two sides of Wan Chai district - one filled with nightclubs and hardware stores, and the other a middle-class residential district. It's also the symbolic line that separates Loy and Oi Ling, played by Canto-pop legend Jacky Cheung and Chinese actress Tang Wei, in her first film since her breakout role in Lust, Caution. With the two charismatic leads and a strong supporting cast that includes Paw Hee Ching and Danny Lee, Ho has crafted an intimate romance filled with memorable characters. Packed with breezy Hong Kong charm, it's not surprising that Crossing Hennessy served as the opening film of the 2010 Hong Kong International Film Festival.

Loy (Jacky Cheung) is 41 years old. He still lives at home, and he seems destined to spend the rest of his life stuck in the family electronics store. One day, Loy's overbearing mother (Paw Hee Ching) sets him up with Oi Ling (Tang Wei), the niece of a toilet store owner. The two, however, already have romantic interests elsewhere; Loy is beginning a not-so-platonic relationship with his ex-girlfriend (Maggie Cheung Ho Yee), and Oi Ling is faithfully waiting for her boyfriend (Andy On) to get out of prison. Despite the lack of potential for romance, Loy and Oi Ling do strike up a friendship. Will it blossom into something more?

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Product Title: Crossing Hennessy (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 月滿軒尼詩 (DVD) (香港版) 月满轩尼诗 (DVD) (香港版) 月滿軒尼詩 (香港版) Crossing Hennessy (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Jacky Cheung (Actor) | Tang Wei (Actor) | Danny Lee | Paw Hee Ching | Lowell Lo (Actor) | Maggie Cheung Ho Yee | MiMi Chu | Andy On (Actor) | Ekin Cheng (Actor) | Derek Tsang (Actor) | Gill Mohinderpaul Singh (Actor) 張 學友 (Actor) | 湯唯 (Actor) | 李修賢 | 鮑起靜 | 盧冠廷 (Actor) | 張 可頤 | 朱咪咪 | 安 志杰 (Actor) | 鄭伊健 (Actor) | 曾國祥 (Actor) | 喬寶寶 (Actor) 张 学友 (Actor) | 汤唯 (Actor) | 李修贤 | 鲍起静 | 卢冠廷 (Actor) | 张 可颐 | 朱咪咪 | 安 志杰 (Actor) | 郑伊健 (Actor) | 曾国祥 (Actor) | 乔宝宝 (Actor) 張學友(ジャッキー・チョン) (Actor) | 湯唯 (タン・ウェイ) (Actor) | 李修賢(ダニー・リー) | 鮑起靜 (パウ・ヘイチン) | 盧冠廷(ローウェル・ロー) (Actor) | 張可頤(マギー・チョン) | 朱咪咪 (チュー・マイマイ) | 安志杰(アンディ・オン) (Actor) | 鄭伊健(イーキン・チェン) (Actor) | 曾國祥(デレク・ツァン) (Actor) | 喬寶寶(ジル・シ) (Actor) 장 학우 (Actor) | 탕웨이 (Actor) | Danny Lee | Paw Hee Ching | Lowell Lo (Actor) | Maggie Cheung Ho Yee | MiMi Chu | Andy On (Actor) | Ekin Cheng (Actor) | Derek Tsang (Actor) | Gill Mohinderpaul Singh (Actor)
Director: Ivy Ho 岸西 岸西 岸西 (アイヴィー・ホー) Ivy Ho
Release Date: 2010-05-28
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: DTS Extended Surround(TM) / DTS-ES(TM), Dolby Digital
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIA
Duration: 105 (mins)
Publisher: Edko Films Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1022733573

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Director: Ivy Ho

The story of Crossing Hennessy takes place in one of the most colorful districts in Hong Kong — Wanchai. Loi's family owns an electric appliance store. Well over thirty, Lol is still like a carefree kid, living with his widowed but no less glitzy mother. His mom sets him up on a blind date with Oi-lin, a quiet and stubborn girl-next door. Neither she or him likes the idea of blind-dating, so on their first date they both go out of their way to make themselves as unattractive as possible to the other person. The truth is, Loi and Ol-lin both have someone else in their hearts. Oi-lin has eagerly waited for her boyfriend to complete his term in prison, but making up for the lost time is slightly harder than they've expected. Loi and Ol-lin, however, somehow meet up again, and this time the ice breaks. Now they may realize they are fond of each other more than they had initially bargained for ...
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Professional Review of "Crossing Hennessy (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

May 24, 2010

Hong Kong's Hennessy Road is not a very romantic place - but that's okay, Crossing Hennessy is not a very romantic movie. That could be a problem for some audiences, because Ivy Ho's new film has been marketed as a romantic comedy, especially with its accordion-scored trailer promising spirited romance between Jacky Cheung and Tang Wei, complete with a scene of Cheung running in the rain to confess his love. That scene does occur in Crossing Hennessy, but instead of capping a witty and pleasing romantic comedy, it's a movie-like romantic flourish to a languid dramedy filled with real and rather unglamorous characters and situations. Audience disappointment would be understandable. It would also be a bit misplaced, because despite its uneven qualities, Crossing Hennessy is a perfectly decent little movie.

The film details the arranged meeting between Loy (Jacky Cheung) and Oi Ling (Tang Wei), two singles who could use a little shove towards marital life - at least, that's the opinion of their respective guardians. In Loy's case, he needs some help because he's a 41 year-old bachelor who still has trouble getting up in the morning, though he does a decent job of working in the appliances shop run by his mother, Mrs. Chiang (Bau Hei-Jing). Oi Ling already has a boyfriend - a troubled, temperamental stud named Xu (Andy On), who's currently serving a short stint in jail - and when she's not tirelessly helping her uncle's home fixtures store, she's trying to plan for Xu's life post-prison. Loy and Oi Ling meet to appease their respective guardians and have no plan to ever meet again. But they do, first by chance and then by design, and slowly some semblance of friendship or more begins to bud.

The film's title refers to how Loy and Oi Ling work on opposing sides of Hennessy Road - shades of Crossing Delancey, if you're up on your culturally-focused romantic comedies. Crossing Hennessy's cast is obviously not Jewish, but the films are similar in that both feature matchmaking as well as colorfully characterized families. Ivy Ho loads Loy's family with massive history; Mrs. Chiang is a sassy widow, her sister (Mimi Chu) a lifelong spinster, and Loy the prodigal son who's still smarting over the loss of his childhood love (Maggie Cheung Ho-Yee), who resurfaces in Loy's life as a new divorcee. Rounding out the makeshift family is Uncle Ching (Danny Lee), the dog-owning family accountant and Mrs. Chiang's current flame. Subplots bubble within the family, some revealing the characters to be less likable than would be preferable. Still, the characters are recognizable and strongly defined, such that identifying and empathizing with them is quite easy.

In comparison to Loy, Oi Ling and her life aren't quite as developed. She dutifully lives with her uncle and aunt, but her main deal is with the hot-tempered Xu, whose life post-prison life isn't going too smoothly. Her friendship with Loy presents an alternative, though it's a barely felt one. Crossing Hennessy may be about a budding romance, but it's told in Claustrophobia-like terms, meaning less flirtation and interplay and more silent observation of the people involved. Ivy Ho's previous feature required audiences to read between the lines to see what her romantically-paralyzed characters were feeling, and she pretty much pulls the same trick here. Loy and Oi Ling show some common interests, but they barely spend any real time together, such that their love grows mostly off camera or within the performances of the actors. Ivy Ho isn't spoonfeeding anyone here.

That lack of explicit character development isn't much help for the audience, but it's great for actors looking to hone their skills with inner emotion. Jacky Cheung makes the most of the opportunity; Cheung ably demonstrates his character's changing feelings when dealing with his mother, his old flame, etc. The audience spends lots of time with Loy, so understanding him is very possible. On the other hand, Oi Ling's relationship with Xu seems to play out in only a few key steps, with devotion degrading into duty and finally exasperation. Tang Wei plays the situation well, but she's given less chance to really show that she prefers one guy to the other. Oddly, it's Andy On who makes the larger impact here, managing to show a guy trapped within his own explosive, uncontrollable emotions. Not much time is spent with On, but not much needs to be, as he's well-defined with the little screentime he's given.

It's the attention to character that ultimately lifts Crossing Hennessy from a disappointment into an enjoyable, if inessential character drama. Ivy Ho's script creates recognizable, identifiable characters out of people not usually glorified on film, like a 41 year-old middle-class bachelor who still lives with his mother and spinster aunt. Loy's family is a large highlight of the film; Bau Hei-Jing admirably chews scenery, while Danny Lee and Mimi Chu provide charming, felt support. It's also nice to see Lowell Lo make a screen return as Loy's appearing-only-in-dream-sequences father. Ivy Ho throws a few metaphysical red herrings into her screenplay, but their relation to the overarching story is ultimately not easily deciphered. Still, they do add color to Ho's tapestry of internalized urban romance, where individuals fall in love in the moments between their regular, mundane lives. Crossing Hennessy does not live up to its hype, but it's a thoughtful work with moments worth savoring. You just have to read between the lines to find them.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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Customer Review of "Crossing Hennessy (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)

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September 11, 2014

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Cross Hennessy to see this little treat Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
When his high school sweetheart dumped him, Loy (Jacky Cheung) in essence became frozen in time. Now 41 years old, Loy struggles to get out of bed in the morning and is babied by his aunt (Mimi Chu); he's a perpetual adolescent. He spends his days doing the least possible work at his family's appliance store in Wanchai. His domineering mother Queenie (Paw Hee Ching) periodically sets him up with young women, but Loy is disinterested; he continues to pine hopelessly for his old sweetie Mina (Maggie Cheung Ho Yee).

When Queenie arranges a get-acquainted meeting between Loy and Oi Ling (Tang Wei), both Loy and Oi Ling try their best to discourage the interest of the other. Bookish Oi Ling believes she already has found her knight in shining armor, a young man named Xu (Andy On) who defended her when she was being molested on a public bus. Unfortunately, before her relationship with this 'knight' can blossom, he is imprisoned for assault and battery. While Oi Ling now has only brief meetings with Xu at the prison, his absence has made her heart grow fonder.

In "Crossing Hennessy", writer/director Ivy Ho takes these two lonely disconnected people and shows how the loss of their illusions finally allows them to grow up and embrace life. Ho adds delightful subplots concerning Queenie's affections for her accountant Uncle Ching (Danny Lee) and whether Uncle Ching just might be two-timing Queenie with her sister. In the end the movie suggests that it's never too late to come of age. Highly recommended.
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