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Diva (2012) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region All

Joey Yung (Actor) | Chapman To (Producer, Actor) | Hu Ge (Actor) | Mag Lam (Actor)
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Currently on a run of sparkling form, Chapman To (Vulgaria) produces and stars in Diva, in which his marvelous turn as an unscrupulous talent manager has earned him a nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the 49th Golden Horse Awards. Promising writer-director Heiward Mak (Ex) lays bare the complex symbiotic relations between the manager and his artists, played convincingly by Canto-pop star Joey Yung (Crazy N' the City) and up-and-coming singer Mag Lam (Live in Flames). Offering a candid look at the inner workings of the showbiz world and the sacrifices and compromises one makes in exchange for fame and success, the film benefits from a solid supporting cast that includes Hu Ge, Carlos Chan, Wilfred Lau, and Bonnie Xian, with Fiona Sit, William So, and Kara Hui making cameo appearances.

Singer J (Joey Yung) has worked her way up to become the reigning pop queen, but she owes much of her success to the machinations of her manager Man (Chapman To). Seemingly enjoying a glamorous life of fame and fortune, J actually feels like a caged bird, secretly yearning to retire as Man pulls her strings and controls even her private life. All this life in the fast lane has taken its toll on her, and the pressure eventually reaches a breaking point, resulting in J losing her voice at a live show! To keep it from being blown into a scandal by the media, J is sent to the Mainland for a short spell of recovery, during which she meets blind masseur Hu Ming (Hu Ge). On this unassuming simple man, J sees hope of a blissful life away from the spotlight, but their budding romance is met with strong opposition from Man. Meanwhile, Man is grooming young singing sensation Red (Mag Lam) to be the next big diva, but her dream of stardom will only come true at the expense of her relationship with boyfriend Lok (Carlos Chan)...

The Hong Kong Version Blu-ray comes with special features: making-of, behind-the-scenes, deleted scenes, trailer, and photo gallery.

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Product Title: Diva (2012) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 華麗之後 (2012) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 华丽之后 (2012) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 華麗之後 (2012) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Diva (2012) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: 一天之後 / DIVA華麗之後 一天之后 / DIVA华丽之后
Artist Name(s): Joey Yung (Actor) | Chapman To (Actor) | Hu Ge (Actor) | Mag Lam (Actor) | Wilfred Lau (Actor) | Bonnie Xian (Actor) | Carlos Chan (Actor) | William So | Kara Hui | Chow Hoi Kwong | Fiona Sit | Heiward Mak 容祖兒 (Actor) | 杜汶澤 (Actor) | 胡歌 (Actor) | 林 欣彤 (Actor) | 劉浩龍 (Actor) | 冼色麗 (Actor) | 陳家樂 (Actor) | 蘇永康 | 惠 英紅 | 鄒凱光 | 薛 凱琪 | 麥 曦茵 容祖儿 (Actor) | 杜汶泽 (Actor) | 胡歌 (Actor) | 林 欣彤 (Actor) | 刘浩龙 (Actor) | 冼色丽 (Actor) | 陈家乐 (Actor) | 苏永康 | 惠 英红 | 邹凯光 | 薛 凯琪 | 麦 曦茵 容祖兒 (ジョイ・ヨン) (Actor) | 杜汶澤 (チャップマン・トー) (Actor) | 胡歌(フー・ゴー) (Actor) | 林欣彤 (マグ・ラム) (Actor) | 劉浩龍(ウィルフレッド・ラウ) (Actor) | 冼色麗(ボニー・シァン) (Actor) | Carlos Chan (Actor) | 蘇永康(ウィリアム・ソー) | 恵英紅(クララ・ワイ) | 鄒凱光(マット・チョウ) | 薛凱琪 (フィオナ・シッ) | 麥曦茵 (ヘイワード・マック) Joey Yung (Actor) | Chapman To (Actor) | Hu Ge (Actor) | Mag Lam (Actor) | Wilfred Lau (Actor) | Bonnie Xian (Actor) | Carlos Chan (Actor) | William So | Kara Hui | Chow Hoi Kwong | Fiona Sit | Heiward Mak
Director: Heiward Mak 麥 曦茵 麦 曦茵 麥曦茵 (ヘイワード・マック) Heiward Mak
Producer: Chapman To 杜汶澤 杜汶泽 杜汶澤 (チャップマン・トー) Chapman To
Writer: Heiward Mak 麥 曦茵 麦 曦茵 麥曦茵 (ヘイワード・マック) Heiward Mak
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2012-10-25
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Sound Information: 7.1, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray, 25 GB - Single Layer
Rating: IIB
Duration: 102 (mins)
Publisher: Vicol Entertainment Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1031811446

Product Information

* Special Features (Approx. 38 mins):
- Trailer
- Making-of
- Interviews
- Slideshow

Director / Script Writer: Heiward Mak
Producer: To Man Chak

When an accident temporarily robs her of her voice, Diva J flees to a small deserted village to heal both her mental and physical wounds. Her life changes when she meets and falls in love with the blind Hu Ming, Who inspires her to make a comeback. But, in her absence, a new diva has risen. R has become an overnight sensation that everyone sees as the main contender for J’s crown. Yet, their successes have come at a high price. J s secretly pining for a forbidden love that seems destined to wither, and R has found that the road to stardom is littered with estranged friends and painful break-ups. But in the midst of this, both divas rise to find their own voice.
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This film has received 5 award nomination(s). All Award-Winning Asian Films

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Professional Review of "Diva (2012) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

January 2, 2013

This professional review refers to Diva (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
The Hong Kong music industry comes under the spotlight in Diva from hotly tipped director Heiward Mak, who received praise and attention for her earlier outings High Noon and Ex and for co-scripting Pang Ho Cheung's excellent Love in a PuffCrazy N' the City) and new pop talent Mag Lam (Live in Flames) as two rival songbirds trying to navigate the pitfalls of the business, a premise ripe for a scandalous expose.

The film opens with manager Man (Chapman To) taking a young singer called J (Joey Yung) under his wing. Fast forward to the present day, and J is now one of Hong Kong's top Canto-pop stars, her outwardly glamorous life completely controlled by the shrewd Man, who even manipulates her relationships to his benefit. Eventually the pressure and stress get to J, and she breaks down during a live show, being secretly shipped off by Man to the Mainland to recover away from the media, where she meets and falls for kindly blind masseur Hu Ming (Hu Ge, 1911). As she fights to juggle her new love and the craziness of her career, Man takes on another younger singer called Red (Mag Lam), setting her up as the next big thing. Red quickly learns the sacrifices required to rise to the top, running into trouble with boyfriend Lok (Carlos Chan, Split Second Murders) and being confronted with the seedier side of the music industry.

Diva sees Heiward Mak going for a balance of melodrama and documentary style realism, mixing shaky camerawork and attractive visuals, and this works well, resulting in a nice looking, yet grounded film that fits its subject matter perfectly. The music industry theme is an intriguing one, with plenty of potential for controversial revelations and digs at real life figures, and Mak does go some way in achieving this, landing a fair few punches and touching on sleaze, sexual assault and all-round cynicism. However, perhaps unsurprisingly given that the film was funded by EEG (Emperor Entertainment Group), she never quite goes for the jugular, choosing mainly to focus on the toll that being a star takes on the two singers' personal lives rather than pointing too many telling fingers. While the film is still interesting and insightful, it's hard not to be a little frustrated that it doesn't lift the lid quite far enough.

This combines well enough with the character drama, and though there's nothing unpredictable or earth shattering the film does engage through its tale of two singers. Interestingly, rather than trying to whip up a bitchy rivalry between J and Red, the film instead focuses on their shared trials and tribulations, and when they do meet, it's more of a mentor/pupil type dynamic. Whether or not this is truly believable, it does help the film to remain grounded, and to avoid the kind of hysterics and catfights expected. Mak spends a great deal of the running time following their relationships with their respective beaus, and of the two it's Red's pairing with Lok that's the more effective, mainly since both J and Hu Ming are too decent and nice to really convince.

Unsurprisingly, Diva is very much a performance film, and one that relies largely upon the star presence of its music industry leads. While Joey Yung does a solid if unremarkable job, seeming to basically be playing herself, Mag Lam stands out with a down to earth and naturalistic turn that makes Red a far more engaging and authentic figure. The film really does belong to Chapman To however, who steals pretty much every scene with his powerful show as the slippery, though possibly decent at heart Man, earning himself a well-deserved nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the 49th Golden Horse Awards. Man's relationship with J is at the film's core, providing its best and most substantial moments, To again proving himself one of Hong Kong's most talented stars.

Though ultimately a bit lacking in the kind of bite which would have made it great, Diva is nevertheless an entertaining and worthwhile look at the darker side of the Hong Kong entertainment industry. Likely to be enjoyable for anyone with an interest in either the leads or the subject matter in general, it's another solid outing for Heiward Mak and another feather in Chapman To's increasingly feathered hat.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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