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Brought up in a strict middle-class family in Hong Kong, Frankie (Justin Cheung) has grown up a well-behaved but sexually repressed boy. He owed his sexual enlightenment to his only friend at high school, Jing, who even helped to arrange a camping trip for him and the beautiful girl he fancied (although the expected cherry-popping night didn't happen quite as planned). After coming back from his education in the UK, Frankie, now in his 20s, begins dating this girl named Zeta (Celia Kwok). The couple is a good match in every aspect except one – the most crucial one unfortunately – which spells demise for their relationship. Under the influence of Jing (Gregory Wong) and James (Mark Wu), a worldly friend he met in England, the frustrated Frankie begins traveling north to the nearby town of Dongguan to seek pleasure. He becomes addicted to finding satisfaction and solace in the Mainland red-light districts, in particularly with a prostitute named Xiaosi (Daniella Wang), who expertly gives him a taste of extreme ecstasy. But Frankie's heart really belongs to Zeta, even his body longs for Xiaosi instead. Struggling between morals and desire, will he find his way out of the labyrinth of love and lust?
|Product Title:||Due West: Our Sex Journey (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 一路向西 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) 一路向西 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) 一路向西 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) Due West: Our Sex Journey (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Justin Cheung (Actor) | Gregory Wong (Actor) | Jeana Ho (Actor) | Celia K (Actor) | Tony Ho (Actor) | Tenky Tin (Actor) | Kizaki Jessica (Actor) | Wylie Chiu (Actor) | Mark Wu (Actor) | Daniella Wang Wang Li (Actor) | Aliza Mo Mo (Actor) | Celia Kung Gong (Actor) | Vicky Hsu Shu (Actor) | Angelina Zhang (Actor) 張 建聲 (Actor) | 王宗堯 (Actor) | 何珮瑜 (Actor) | 郭 穎兒 (Actor) | 何華超 (Actor) | 田啟文 (Actor) | 希崎 Jessica (Actor) | 趙碩之 (Actor) | 胡 耀輝 (Actor) | 王李 丹妮 (Actor) | 莫 綺雯 (Actor) | 龔 婉慈 (Actor) | 舒 沁妍 (Actor) | 張 暖雅 (Actor) 张 建声 (Actor) | 王宗尧 (Actor) | 何佩瑜 佩瑜 (Actor) | 郭 颖儿 (Actor) | 何华超 (Actor) | 田启文 (Actor) | 希崎 Jessica (Actor) | 赵硕之 (Actor) | 胡 耀辉 (Actor) | 王李 丹妮 (Actor) | 莫 绮雯 (Actor) | 龚 婉慈 (Actor) | 舒 沁妍 (Actor) | 张 暖雅 (Actor) Justin Cheung (Actor) | Gregory Wong (Actor) | ジョアナ・ホー (Actor) | Celia K (Actor) | 何華超（トニー・ホー） (Actor) | 田啓文 （ティン・カイマン） (Actor) | 希崎ジェシカ (Actor) | Wylie Chiu (Actor) | Mark Wu (Actor) | Daniella Wang Wang Li (Actor) | Aliza Mo Mo (Actor) | Celia Kung Gong (Actor) | Vicky Hsu Shu (Actor) | Angelina Zhang (Actor) Justin Cheung (Actor) | Gregory Wong (Actor) | Jeana Ho (Actor) | Celia K (Actor) | Tony Ho (Actor) | Tenky Tin (Actor) | Kizaki Jessica (Actor) | Wylie Chiu (Actor) | Mark Wu (Actor) | Daniella Wang Wang Li (Actor) | Aliza Mo Mo (Actor) | Celia Kung Gong (Actor) | Vicky Hsu Shu (Actor) | Angelina Zhang (Actor)|
|Director:||Mark Wu 胡 耀輝 胡 耀辉 Mark Wu Mark Wu|
|Producer:||Christopher Sun 孫 立基 孙 立基 Christopher Sun Christopher Sun|
|Writer:||Mark Wu 胡 耀輝 胡 耀辉 Mark Wu Mark Wu|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese|
|Country of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.78 : 1|
|Sound Information:||Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM)|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1032149321|
Frankie is brought up in a strict middle clas family and lives a disciplined life. Yet in adolescence, he is curious about sex, so he turns to his “sex mentor” – porn magazines and his only friend from high school, Jing. With his help, Frankie got the chance to go camping with his crush Zoey in the hope of losing his virginity to her. He turns out to have done the ugliest girl from school!
Time flies, Frankie works in Hong Kong after his studies in UK, and is in a stable relationship with Zeta. Their only yet fatal problem is their sex life, which eventually leads to their breakup. He finally accepts Jing’s invitation to the mainland for prostitution. As a newble, Frankie sees every detail fo the brothel in surprise and excitement. He is spellbound when he sets his eyes on Celie who gives him pleasure he has never experienced before. Frankie understands his passion for Celia is merely physical, while it is spiritual for Zeta. What will be his final decision on the struggle between love and lust?
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The revival of category III rated Chinese erotic cinema continues with Due West: Our Sex Journey based on the popular internet writings of Xiang Xi Murakami Haruki. Like the recent global hit Sex & Zen: Extreme Ecstasy, the film was shot in 3D, and comes from the same team, again written by Mark Wu, who also worked on the screenplay for Lan Kwai Fong and who here makes his directorial debut. Taking the male lead is Justin Cheung, a man with plenty of genre experience, having starred in both Sex and Zen and the ridiculous but enjoyable The 33D Invader backed by Wu himself, plus, of course, an impressive number of attractive actresses from across Asia, including Jeana Ho (Hong Kong Ghost Stories), Celia Kwok, Angelina Zhang, Daniella Wang, and Japanese AV idol Kizaki Jessica.
Justin Cheung stars and narrates as Frankie, a young Hong Kong man brought up in a strict middle class family, his every move closely monitored by his authoritarian mother. The film first charts his school years and sexual awakening, when his best (not to mention only) friend Jing sets him up with his dream girl on a camping trip, only for him to get drunk and lose his virginity to someone far less appealing. Skip forward a few years, and the twenty something Frankie is back from studying in the UK, working hard and in a relationship with a beautiful flight attendant called Zeta (Celia Kwok). Unfortunately, Zeta isn't really a girl who enjoys bedroom fun, and so when on a pleasure-seeking trip across the border to Dongguan with Jing (Gregory Wong) and colleague James (Mark Wu), Frankie finds himself tempted by the delights of Mainland prostitutes, in particular the gorgeous and kindly Xiaosi (Daniella Wang). Conflicted by his feelings for Zeta and these newfound sexual possibilities, Frankie tries his best to do the right thing, while learning more about himself and life.
Even without being familiar with the source material, Due West: Our Sex Journey comes across as being faithful to the writings of Xiang Xi Murakami Haruki (presumably a pseudonym). Given that the film is based on what is essentially a series of short stories, vignettes and essays, the idea of writing in a central protagonist in the form of Frankie is a perfectly acceptable one, and though his voice over can at times feel rather redundant, it does allow for a few biting jabs. To its credit, Mark Wu seems to be aiming for more than just sex and gags, working in some social commentary and vaguely cynical observations on modern dating and male desires. On this score, the film and its script walk an odd line between satire, realism and cheap male wish fulfilment, with a tone that's hard to pin down, Wu seeming to be both espousing the values of frequenting prostitutes, and laughing at the men who do so - and by extension, at the more titillation-seeking members of the film's own audience.
Still, though a little uneven at times, for any category III rated sex film to show even hints of a social conscience is a welcome move, and Due West manages to combine this with an enjoyable coming of age story, charting Frankie's journey to a manhood of sorts. Although there's admittedly not much in the way of drama, or a big build up to anything revelatory, this actually benefits the film, giving it a kind of laid back, amiable feel. Frankie is a likeable enough dolt, and while it's hard to really care about what happens to him, the script does at least lift him and his friends a few human notches above the usual kind of sleaze-hounds who usually populate such films. This helps to keep the film moving between its action scenes, and to justify its surprisingly long running time of nearly 2 hours, enough so to keep fans of the form and of Xiang Xi Murakami Haruki entertained, and everyone else awake.
Needless to say, all other considerations aside, there's only one reason the vast majority of viewers will take an interest in the film, namely its scenes of sex and nudity. Thankfully, thrill seekers can rest easy, as Wu packs in a huge amount of racy content, with many long sequence of stripping and coupling, pretty much the entire female cast appearing naked and in various states of undress. Pleasingly, aside from a few moments of gross out humour here and there, the film is far less offensive and misogynistic than most other category III outings. Much of the sex is comically awkward, clumsy, Justin Cheung going through more humiliation than most of the actresses, and this helps make the film much more of a guilt free and harmless exploitation fun, even if its moral compass is rather random and askew.
Due West: Our Sex Journey is definitely a more generally accessible piece of Chinese eroticism, and despite lacking the wackiness of Sex and Zen, it should be enjoyed by the same crowd. Though its stab at social commentary may at times feel misguided, the film certainly delivers in terms of sex and nudity, and combined with a generally good humoured approach, it makes for fun and entertaining viewing.
by James Mudge – BeyondHollywood.com
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July 25, 2014
First-time director sought to create a Hong Kong version of the "American Pie" movies in making "Due West". Let's face it -- that's setting the bar pretty low. Unfortunately, the film fails to attain even that ersatz level.
Justin Cheung stars as Frankie, an everyman who has suffered a lifetime of sexual humiliations with a series of surprisingly gorgeous girlfriends. Upon the collapse of his relationship with the lovely but annoyingly germophobic Zeta (Celia Kwok), Frankie decides to give up hope of finding a meaningful relationship and joining his old pal Jing (Gregory Wong, whose silly posturing wears out its welcome) in exploring the illicit pleasures on offer in Dongguan.
The film plays out as a series of not-very-comic vignettes that fail to engage until Frankie meets Xiaosi (Daniella Wang), a hooker with a heart of gold, for a very long and explicit sex scene. The astoundingly endowed Miss Wang manages to create a quite appealing character in the few moments in which she is given an opportunity to act. (The DVD's special features include a deleted scene in which Miss Wang delivers a truly endearing reaction.)
"Due West" ends on an unresolved note, which clearly is intended to set up a sequel. However, I can't imagine that anyone is yearning for more of this mediocrity.
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March 16, 2013
|The DVD I received is NOT all region. Even though the box said ALL region, the DVD doesn't play in my DVD players (USA region 1) and CPU. Luckily I have a few hacked open region dvd players and was able to watch this movie.|