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Duckweed (2017) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Eddie Peng (Actor) | Deng Chao (Actor) | Han Han (Director, Writer) | Zanilia Zhao (Actor)
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After the critical and commercial success of his 2014 directorial debut The Continent, writer-turned-filmmaker Han Han follows in 2017 with the even better received sophomore effort Duckweed, which passed the one billion yuan box-office benchmark in China. Starring Deng Chao (Mermaid) and Eddie Peng (Operation Mekong), the stirring comedy-drama incorporates many of the writer's pet narrative elements – young rebels without a cause, flights of fancy, nineties nostalgia and clever humor – into an original story about a wayward son reliving his father's legendary youth. Besides Peng and Deng as the father and son, Duckweed also co-stars top television actress Zanilia Zhao (The Journey of Flower), award-winning young actor Dong Zijian (Mountains May Depart), veteran King Shih Chieh and singer-songwriter Li Ronghao in his film debut.

Reckless race car driver Tailang (Deng Chao) has risen against the odds to the top of the racing circuit, all while carrying a chip on his shoulder about his hard-headed father who never supported his racing dreams. While driving full speed with his father by his side, Tailang gets into an accident and unexpectedly wakes up in 1998 in his father's provincial hometown. He soon runs into his father Zhengtai (Eddie Peng), a big-hearted small-time hooligan who is fiercely loyal to his buddies and girlfriend Xiao Hua (Zanilia Zhao). Zhengtai promptly recruits Tailang into his motley trouble-raising crew, which is feuding with another gang. Amid street brawls and scrappy adventures, Tailang comes to meet the mother he never knew and gradually discovers what molded his father into the man he is now.

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Product Title: Duckweed (2017) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 乘風破浪 (2017) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 乘风破浪 (2017) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Duckweed (2017) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Duckweed (2017) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Eddie Peng (Actor) | Deng Chao (Actor) | Zanilia Zhao (Actor) | King Shih Chieh (Actor) | Mason Lee (Actor) | Li Rong Hao (Actor) | Dong Zi Jian (Actor) 彭于晏 (Actor) | 鄧超 (Actor) | 趙麗穎 (Actor) | 金 士傑 (Actor) | 李淳 (Actor) | 李 榮浩 (Actor) | 董子健 (Actor) 彭于晏 (Actor) | 邓超 (Actor) | 赵丽颖 (Actor) | 金 士杰 (Actor) | 李淳 (Actor) | 李 荣浩 (Actor) | 董子健 (Actor) 彭于晏(エディ・ポン) (Actor) | 鄧超 (タン・チャオ)   (Actor) | 趙麗穎(チャオ・リーイン) (Actor) | 金仕傑(カム・シーキット) (Actor) | Mason Lee (Actor) | Li Rong Hao (Actor) | 董子健(ドン・ズージエン) (Actor) 펑위옌 (Actor) | Deng Chao (Actor) | Zanilia Zhao (Actor) | King Shih Chieh (Actor) | Mason Lee (Actor) | Li Rong Hao (Actor) | 동자건 (Actor)
Director: Han Han 韓寒 韩寒 ハン・ハン Han Han
Writer: Han Han 韓寒 韩寒 ハン・ハン Han Han
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2017-06-09
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: China
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Sound Information: Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM)
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Rating: IIA
Duration: 102 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1060260909

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The year is 2022, 23-year-old Lang (Deng Chao) is the newly crowned champion of the National Rally Championship. The racer seems to have an infinite future ahead of him, but all he wants is to prove himself to his father. Zheng, whom he blames for his mother's death. After the race. Lang takes Zheng on a joyride, one that is abruptly cut short when they collide with a train. Lang wakes up and finds hiimself magically transported to 1998 Shanghai, where he meets a young Zheng (Eddie Peng) as well as his best friends. Xieo Ma and Liu Yi.

Lang explores his father's youth with great curiosity. Zheng may seem like a two-bit hoodlum on the surface, but in reality he is a kindhearted, benevolent young man who is beloved by his neighbors. However, when Lang learns that Zheng is dating a girl who isn't his mother, he decides to derail the relationship by any means necessary in order to ensure his own birth.

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The growth of Han Han
When I wrote about superstar writer Han Han's directorial debut The Continent in 2015, I noted that the meandering vagabond road film employing tropes common to his novels was absolutely the film he was meant to make, but that the formula could grow old if he continued to use it for subsequent films. Two years later, his sophomore effort Duckweed came out of the competitive Chinese New Year box-office slot with a gross of over one billion yuan and strong reviews. Han Han will perhaps always write about headstrong young men on a journey of growth, discovery and destruction, but with Duckweed, he's taken that journey in another direction with a different tone.

Deng Chao and Eddie Peng serve as the troubled duo of Duckweed: hot-headed racing champion Tailang and his estranged father who regularly beat and dressed him down growing up. The wedge between father and son goes back far: Tailang's father was away in prison when he was born and his mother passed away. An accident sends Tailang back to 1998 where he befriends his father Zhengtai in his youth, back when he was the loyal hot-headed leader of a small-time gang that ends up in big-time trouble. The magical episode gives Tailang the precious opportunity to meet his mother and to better understand his father who paid a grave price for the hot-blooded actions of youth.

The aimless young men, suspended reality, nostalgic indulgences and sly references and humor common to Han Han's works are still present, but there is an unabashed warmth and sentimentalism to Duckweed that feels markedly different than his previous stories. Carried by strong themes of family, friendship and reconciliation, the film is characteristically clever and absurd in parts, but not aloof or cynical. Tailang and Zhengtai may be impulsive troublemakers, but they're both simple-hearted men with nary a sardonic thought.

Even with the frequent violence, Duckweed is softer and more audience-friendly than The Continent, while also being more focused and sharply directed. Further adding to the commercial appeal, Han Han upgraded the star power another notch with box-office forces Deng Chao and Eddie Peng and television queen Zanilia Zhao. The undeniably nice and sentimental core of Duckweed may indicate to some that the enfant terrible who shook China at age 18 has sold out, but it also signifies the natural growth of Han Han, who is now older, calmer and the doting father of an adorable daughter.

For years, Han Han was the post-80s literary icon who somehow has the cake and eats it too, the cynical wunderkind who achieved rock star status and enough riches to support a side career in auto racing, all while thumbing the establishment just enough to ruffle some feathers and resonate with the young and disaffected. Han Han the writer managed to be dissonant without being dissident, popular without pandering. His best-selling novels divided literary critics, but could not be dismissed in the way that Guo Jingming's young adult novels were. Now, he's doing the same as a director.

Is Han Han selling out? Maybe, but he's still creating quality work in the process. I would still prefer if Han Han was writing novels rather than making films. But if transitioning to the latter is where he's heading with his career, I will look forward to his films the same way I looked forward to his novels.

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