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Diva, Ah Hey! (Taiwan Version) DVD Region All

Jordan Chan (Actor) | Joe Ma (Director) | Charlene Choi (Actor) | Shawn Yue
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Diva, Ah Hey! (Taiwan Version)
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Product Title: Diva, Ah Hey! (Taiwan Version) 下一站…天后 (台灣版) 下一站…天后 (台湾版) Diva, Ah Hey! (Taiwan Version) Diva, Ah Hey! (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): Jordan Chan (Actor) | Charlene Choi (Actor) | Shawn Yue | Niki Chow | Wyman Wong | Qian Li Mei 陳小春 (Actor) | 蔡卓妍 (Actor) | 余文樂 | 周麗淇 | 黃偉文 | 茜利妹 陈小春 (Actor) | 蔡卓妍 (Actor) | 余文乐 | 周丽淇 | 黄伟文 | 茜利妹 陳小春 (ジョーダン・チャン) (Actor) | 蔡卓妍(シャーリーン・チョイ) (Actor) | 余文樂(ショーン・ユー) | 周麗淇(ニキ・チャウ) | 黄偉文(ウォン・ワイマン) | Qian Li Mei Jordan Chan (Actor) | Charlene Choi (Actor) | 여 문락 | Niki Chow | Wyman Wong | Qian Li Mei
Director: Joe Ma 馬偉豪 马伟豪 馬偉豪(ジョー・マー) Joe Ma
Release Date: 2005-08-20
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Duration: 100 (mins)
Publisher: Xin Sheng Dai (TW)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004056966

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*Sound Mix:Dolby Digital 2.0

Director: Joe Ma


  Charlene Choi (Just One Look, Funeral March) from the super hot pop group Twins Star in this rags-to-riches struggle table that is also a homage to the hit American TV series American Idol. Ah Hey (Choi) comes from a fisherman's and dreams of a career in singing. She happily accepts an offer to work as an assistant for Shadow, one of today's hottest singers. As a big scandal erupts and jeopardizes Shadow's career, Ah Hey unexpectedly gets the chance of a lifetime when she has to sing on behalf of the diva.
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April 2, 2008

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As every Asian cinema fan knows, Hong Kong film market is shrinking constantly, the number of production is getting lower and lower. But there is one filmmaker that didn't seem to be affected, and this is director Joe Ma. In the past six months, he has directed and produced about three to four feature movies, and most importantly, most of these films, including Diva, Ah Hey, were generally welcome by the audience and did pretty well at the box office. How did he manage to do that?

If you have seen any of his previous films, you'll probably agree that Joe Ma knows what the audience wants. Viewing from an artistic perspective, films like Feel 100% and Summer Breeze of Love are definitely not qualified in any aspects, but the box office results were extremely well. Why? Because this kind of movie is what the mainstream market demands, and certainly stardom effect is another critical factor that leads to the success of such films. In his latest work Diva, Ah Hey, Joe Ma basically reiterates this successful formula again. The protagonist is still portrayed by one of the most popular idols among the teenagers. Charlene Choi plays the role of Ah Hey, a young and naive girl who always dreams of being a singer. With the help of her father, she becomes an assistant in a star management company. Because of some coincidence, she ends up being the dubbing artist for pop idol Shadow (Niki Chow), whose singing voice is a disaster... This story seems to have drawn some inspirations from the 1952 Hollywood classic Singin' in the Rain, in which Debbie Reynolds also plays a similar "Ah Hey-alike" role. But Joe Ma was wise enough to renew this old plot by incorporating domestic and fashionable elements with it, so that it became a comedy for the Hong Kong audience in the 21st century.

The first half of the movie is quite interesting. Through Ah Hey's encounter in the star management company, we are exposed to the dark side of the business. But everything is treated in a comical and humorous way, most of these scenes are merely made to make you laugh, it is definitely not a caricature of any sort or supposed to mock anyone. Ah Hey's harsh experience may actually pose a warning on those kids who are always dreaming to be a star. Apart from the main plot of Ah Hey's encounter in the business, there are several sub-plots in this movie including Niki Chow and Shawn Yu's romance and Jordan Chan and Belinda Hon's affair. These two sub-plots are carried out quite effectively, especially the romance between Chow and Yu. Although their characters are not too well developed, the interactions of these two are captivating. It is something that makes you feel comfortable to watch, I was surprised to see how Joe Ma has totally subverted the usual playboy image of Yu and turned him into an innocent and cute young man. Nonetheless, one disappointment is that none of these sub-plots tend to work together as a whole. They function well in their respective moments, but when they are put together, they just don't seem to look very coherent or actually help the plot to advance smoothly. And just like many other typical Hong Kong movies, plotholes are still easy to spot. For instance, it is quite hard to believe how Ah Hey, a nobody that has no reputation at all, could have her image posted as big as the pop idol Shadow in Icy (Belinda Hon)'s concert poster...

Charlene Choi is as cute as usual. but don't expect anything new from her. In terms of the acting, it is just more or less the same Choi you see in Summer Breeze of Love or My Wife is 18. Jordan Chan as the reserved agent is very good. His stony face fits this role perfectly.

With a typical plot development and a highly forced happy ending, Diva, Ah Hey isn't something that will give you surprises. But Joe Ma is no doubt a master of packaging. He really knows his stuff. Once again, he demonstrated his exceptional talent and produced a movie that he knows the audience would love to watch.

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.7 out of 10 (87)

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October 31, 2009

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Eight out of ten people are good guys... Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Most Twins movies are, sorry to say this, absolute rubbish, and, having sat through a few of them in a relatively short while, I didn`t have my hopes up for this one. But I was wrong. It`s funny and touching, with every character being of importance to the story that is being told. Diva, Ah Hey is an inspirational movie which will make you laugh but weep too. Charlene does a very good job acting (and singing.) The movie theme is one of my favourite Twins songs. I own this one on VCD but for Christmas I want the DVD...are anyone who knows me reading this?:)
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October 26, 2007

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She Who Dares....sings! Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
The essence of this film is a sort of innocent Cinderella to Star Girl tale, as Ah Hey (Charlene) leaves her mundane life as a fishmonger's daughter, and with her sympathetic father's blessing, decides to make her dream of becoming a pop canto singer come true (Charlene working in bus woman's holiday mode), due to her cousin having connections with a top entertainment director. Its all pastiche and jibes about the entertainment industry in general, with lots of tongue in cheek stuff about performers (both singers and actors), but certainly reflecting the pitfalls and competition of striving in the pop arena. Betrayals and jealousies also raise their heads here. Charlene, though, performs as a cute and lovable good Samaritan type, as she gets taken under the directorial and mentor tutorship of Sha Li (Jordan Chan), her entertainment director. But she additional helps the love lorn Shawn Yue's Wing character develop a relationship with the singer Shadow (played by Niki Chou), and generally trys to favor the positive angle at life, with all the people in the industry surrounding her. Jordan Chan is great as the deadpan director Sha Li (I just cannot forget JC's excellent role in "Escape from HK Island"!), and also in part, his character hints at a possible relationship with Ah Hey in the process. Although, he has past love issues with a former singer client named Ice, who, Ah Hey tries to help him sort out. Shawn Yue is really impressive as Shadow's slightly un-hinged chauffeur, Wing (having a slightly loose wing nut here, too), but also shows a coy and affectionate heart for Shadow (who prefers to make people laugh and dreams of becoming a stand up comedian, than sing and record a load of ballads). Due to her half hearted approach, Shadow performs off key as a singer, and could lose a record contract for her promoters. To ensure that she can deliver, Ah Hey, after being discovered a good singer in a recording studio take, is then requested to perform as a ghost singer and record her own voice for recordings for Shadow. All this possibly jeopardizing Ah Hey's chances of becoming a singer in her own right. The drama!

The main aspect that struck me about all of this, as a film parody of singer stardom, makes it open towards reflections of what singers and performers, like The Twins experience themselves (live concert mishaps or re-recorded overdubs, etc. It happens!) than it all being a tale about a bedroom singer eventually becoming the Queen of Song, reaching for coveted echelons of stardom. Niki Chou's Shadow character also mirrors this 'overdub betrayal' of a top Star Singer, not actually providing a proper 'live' singing vocal, and reflects the 'bad performance' issue of a singer. But looking at Ah Hey, when first faced with a live audience, could have given a nervous shaky song output, and get judged upon it, but that wouldn't be her free voice at that specific time - but a false voice of nervous emotion. Ah Hey, does perform well, however, but the theme of this show suggests singing prowess, in itself, is the only objective to becoming acceptable as a singer/artist. Not that I think this is how it should be, as expressive and talented artists who don't have the greatest of voices in a technical sense, nevertheless, do have high inspirational gifts and merits to give - albeit not pitch perfect. Karaoke proves the point in that. The competition aspect, too, with the fine art of singing, gets churned out too much like a mad machine, leaving a lot of expressive young singers pushed aside in the treadmill of pedantic agenda listed requirements, for the music industry. Showcased here, somewhat, in Sha Li's industry arena. Thats why I have also found it important to appreciate 'indie' music talent since the 80s, for its fresh output and less demanding requirement. Not that this effects me with appreciating the Twins (I love them), as their unique blend and personality shine through that veneer of the glitz and glamor of plastic stardom - and thats just as important as singing per se. Certainly Charlene is merited with a lovable and honest individuality, also reflected here as Ah Hey's spunky and charismatic girl with a heart, and her expression of love in song - which can be a giving to those on the outside of the theater goldfish bowl. The Twins care about who love them, and makes them more likable beyond only the musical output, which galvanizes their musical art into soul. Couldn't an indie song express this hardship of a voice striving to be heard as art, too, aside to a song only echoing the need for a love to be heard?

In this, however, Shadow appears only in image as a Top Singer, and her heart isn't really into what she supposed to do - sing. Overall, this movie is a very entertaining one, with fine performances and some various cameos included and a pause for thought on what could be more important in the singing world. Its not obvious, though, you have to look for it. The song used in this film is "Viva Ah Hey" which can be found on the Twins album "Touch of Love" with a Charlene solo and a Twins duo version. For the technical bits, this DVD is a nice slip case edition, now with two separate DVDs instead of the previous flip-me-over DVD10, with one disk showcasing the movie and the other including the usual extras of Making Of, Trailer, Photos and interviews, but no English subtitles to the extras, though. Excellent for the price (although Charlene's priceless, right?) and definitely worth seeing!
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November 4, 2006

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GREAT MOVIE Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Watched it because of Ah Sa and this is probably one of the best movies she has done. She wants a job and ends up singing for Shadow, she hates hiding the fact that Shadow is selling all of these records under her voice... there is a happy ending.
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October 22, 2006

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a shocker Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Diva Ah Hey is pretty good movie. It was a shocker 'cause did not think this was going to be a good movie. Watched it for the sole fact of wanting to see Charlene Choi. She is the cutest Hong Kong actor on the scene. She's got spunk and she's perky and lively. She's got personality. She shines in this movie. As Ah Hey a girl working alongside with her father in the fish market of their little village. She has dreams to becoming a famous singer. Her uncle works as an entertainment manager in the city. She gets a job as an assistant to Shadow a popular idol played by Niki Chow. Shadow is set to record a first music album. The problem is Shadow is not interested in singing. She is interested in being a stand-up comedian. She is forced to record. One evening at the studio they were experiencing techincal difficulties and the lights went out. Ah Hey sings and they think it is Shadow. When they find out it is Ah Hey, they ask her to record. They try to fool the public by letting them think it is Shadow singing when it is Ah Hey singing. The story is good. The movie is good. The acting is good. Charlene is best.
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September 18, 2005

charlene is hot!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
charlene is soooo hot in this movie!!! this movie is real touching and nice that i almost cried. yes buy it coz it is excellent!! oh, the theme song is "xia yi zhan tian hou" is also sooooo nice!! charlene is cute..she rocks totally!!
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