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Happiness (2016) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Kara Hui (Actor) | Carlos Chan (Actor) | Lawrence Chou (Actor) | Teresa Mak (Actor)
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Two lonely souls form an unlikely bond in the moving Hong Kong drama Happiness starring Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actress winner Kara Hui and Carlos Chan (To The Fore). Seasoned screenwriter Andy Lo Yiu Fai, whose writing credits include My Name is Fame, Crazy N`the City and Enter the Phoenix, directs the poignant grassroots story of an angry young man who gradually changes for the better through his chance acquaintance with a landlord suffering from dementia.

Short-tempered youth Yuk (Carlos Chan) moved from Mainland China back to Hong Kong after his mother's death, but he's had no luck reaching his estranged father. After losing his job and his room, he invites himself into the home of Aunt Fanny (Kara Hui), an absentminded older woman he met by chance on the street. Though still prone to angry outbursts, Yuk gradually gets his life together as he starts working at a community center and forms a bickering makeshift family with his eccentric landlord. However, they soon learn that Fanny's memory lapses are actually dementia symptoms that will worsen over time, and Yuk is her only possible caregiver.

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Product Title: Happiness (2016) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 幸運是我 (2016) (DVD) (台灣版) 幸运是我 (2016) (DVD) (台湾版) Happiness (2016) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) Happiness (2016) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): Kara Hui (Actor) | Carlos Chan (Actor) | Lawrence Chou (Actor) | Teresa Mak (Actor) | Chin Siu Ho (Actor) | Siu Yam Yam (Actor) | Yan Ng (Actor) | Louis Cheung (Actor) | Lam Siu Ha (Actor) | James Ng (Actor) | Liu Ya Se (Actor) | Stephanie Che (Actor) | Celia K (Actor) 惠 英紅 (Actor) | 陳家樂 (Actor) | 周 俊偉 (Actor) | 麥家琪 (Actor) | 錢小豪 (Actor) | 邵音音 (Actor) | 吳日言 (Actor) | 張 繼聰 (Actor) | 林 兆霞 (Actor) | 吳 業坤 (Actor) | 劉 雅瑟 (Actor) | 車婉婉 (Actor) | 郭 穎兒 (Actor) 惠 英红 (Actor) | 陈家乐 (Actor) | 周 俊伟 (Actor) | 麦家琪 (Actor) | 钱小豪 (Actor) | 邵音音 (Actor) | 吴日言 (Actor) | 张 继聪 (Actor) | 林 兆霞 (Actor) | 吴 业坤 (Actor) | 刘 雅瑟 (Actor) | 车婉婉 (Actor) | 郭 颖儿 (Actor) 恵英紅(クララ・ワイ) (Actor) | Carlos Chan (Actor) | 周俊偉(ローレンス・チョウ) (Actor) | 麥家[王其](テレサ・マク) (Actor) | 錢小豪(チン・シウホウ) (Actor) | 邵音音(シウ・ヤムヤム) (Actor) | 呉日言(イェン・ン) (Actor) | 張繼聰 (ルイス・チョン) (Actor) | Lam Siu Ha (Actor) | James Ng (Actor) | Liu Ya Se (Actor) | 車婉婉(ステファニー・チェー) (Actor) | Celia K (Actor) Kara Hui (Actor) | Carlos Chan (Actor) | Lawrence Chou (Actor) | Teresa Mak (Actor) | Chin Siu Ho (Actor) | Siu Yam Yam (Actor) | Yan Ng (Actor) | Louis Cheung (Actor) | Lam Siu Ha (Actor) | James Ng (Actor) | Liu Ya Se (Actor) | Stephanie Che (Actor) | Celia K (Actor)
Director: Andy Lo 羅 耀輝 罗 耀辉 羅耀輝 Andy Lo
Writer: Andy Lo 羅 耀輝 罗 耀辉 羅耀輝 Andy Lo
Release Date: 2017-05-25
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-5
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 112 (mins)
Publisher: AV-Jet International Media Co., Ltd
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1060052771

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導演:【香港新銳導演】羅耀輝 Andy Lo
《無間道Ⅱ》《殭屍》《北京遇上西雅圖之不二情書》《武俠》惠英紅Kara Wui
《破風》《保持通話》陳家樂 Carlos Chan
《陀地驅魔人》《葉問3》張繼聰 Louis Cheung
《暫時停止呼吸》《殭屍》錢小豪 Chin Siu-hou
《致我們終將逝去的青春》劉雅瑟 Yase Liu




陳介旭(陳家樂 飾)自小父母離異,當母親因病去世後,他希望尋回唯一親人─爸爸。獨居的芬姨(惠英紅 飾)靠著分租房屋維持生計。她將房子分租給阿旭,二人仿如親人的關懷,溫暖了對方的孤寂。阿旭找到爸爸,但爸爸早已另組家庭,對他極為冷淡。此時,芬姨記憶力差的情況愈來愈嚴重,社工人員發現情況不對,建議她到醫院檢查而被證實患了失智症。芬姨無兒無女,為免負上照顧責任,阿旭決定連夜離開,卻意外看見芬姨在大街上焦急的尋找他…。
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December 30, 2016

This professional review refers to Happiness (2016) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Director Andy Lo Yiu-Fai makes a fine feature debut with the flawed yet quietly effective drama Happiness. A longtime screenwriter for the good (Crazy n' the City), the bad (The Park) and the ugly (Here Comes Fortune), Lo previously wrote and directed "Can’t Stop the Killing", a segment of the omnibus film Hardcore Comedy. As a director, Lo did a decent job with the thirty-minute segment, and showed that he can handle different characters and tones. However, his screenplay was terribly overwritten, with too much voiceover and too many unnecessary details that required even more voiceover. "Can’t Stop the Killing" was rife with Hong Kong screenwriting problems, but they're problems that Lo manages to correct for Happiness. This grounded drama is notable for its lack of voiceover and overt exposition, and finds its greatest strengths in character interaction and growth. Here we get to see things happen instead of listening to someone tell us that they did. If you consider what medium we're talking about – moving pictures a.k.a. cinema – Lo's improvement is a welcome development.

Happiness tells the story of Chan Kai-Yuk (Carlos Chan), who arrives in Hong Kong from China after his mother dies to search for his father Chan Fung (Chin Siu-Ho). However, Chan Fung pointedly avoids his son, and in trying to exist day-to-day, Kai-Yuk forms a connection with the aged and addled Tse Yuen-Fan (Kara Wai), who informally goes by Aunt Fanny. At first, the disaffected Kai-Yuk selfishly exploits Aunt Fanny. He arranges to become her lodger through minor dishonesty, and achieves major dishonesty by taking advantage of her cognitive impairment to swindle her. However, a bond eventually forms between the two that grows stronger by the day. Kai-Yuk finds a job at a charity community center and befriends Xiaoyue (Cya Liu), a visiting student from the mainland. Meanwhile, Aunt Fanny grows more forgetful and finally visits a doctor for an evaluation. Eventually, Kai-Yuk and Aunt Fanny discover that they can give one another something that the other quietly and desperately needs. And that's pretty much all that happens in Happiness. I just saved you two hours.

However, the barebones story of Happiness isn't what makes it work – it's the development and depth of the relationship between Aunt Fanny and Kai-Yuk, and also Kara Hui's sublime performance, that make the film worthwhile. Hui finds a remarkable balance in her portrayal of Aunt Fanny. Depending on the situation, Aunt Fanny can be obstinate, vulnerable, distrustful, sweet or fiery, and Hui infuses every emotion with decency and humanity. Her performance ultimately creates most of the film's tension, as the audience is left to wonder just how advanced Aunt Fanny's issues are. Is she going to slip further into dementia, and will the film culminate in her passing? These questions aren't posed explicitly, and yet naturally arise because it's so easy to care about Aunt Fanny. Unfortunately, Carlos Chan is no match for Kara Hui. Chan is OK in some scenes, but he can't string every moment together credibly. Sometimes it feels like Chan is serving individual scenes instead of using each scene to serve his character, leading to his performance feeling shallow and disconnected.

What's remarkable about the disparity in the performances is that Kai-Yuk is the film's protagonist, but because of Kara Hui's acting it feels like the main character is actually Aunt Fanny. Kai-Yuk participates in every subplot, and he gets the character arc on which the whole narrative turns. However, it's Aunt Fanny who holds all the attention, and delivers the subtle, affecting moments that make you care where the story is heading. Some storylines serve Kai-Yuk decently; the one involving his father leads to some surprising emotional moments, and Chin Siu-Ho is strong in a brief but spot-on performance as Chan Fung. Of all Kai-Yuk's subplots, the relationship with Xiaoyue has the most potential as it's an opportunity for growth instead of more reflection or contemplation. However, that storyline – the most the film can muster for a romantic subplot – reuses hackneyed devices involving fate and serendipitous connection. This is stuff that's common to many other Hong Kong dramas or romances and feels ill-fitting with Happiness’s largely subtle story and development.

Also, some of the film's quirky touches don't entirely work. Louis Cheung plays Kai-Yuk's workmate, a chef who seems to take exceptional pleasure in just about everything that he does, and while Cheung's performance is generally fine, the character isn't developed enough to make his scenes into more than tangential distractions. On the plus side, Happiness never tries too hard for significance, which makes its plot turns more effective and resonant than similar films dealing with age, loss and relationships (a good example would be the 2010 film Merry-Go-Round). The script also touches on some social issues and yet doesn't proselytize, and manages to never become egregiously sappy or sentimental – though it does come close on occasion. Nothing quite shores up the film's biggest flaw – that Kai-Yuk doesn’t feel like the main character even though that's what he’s supposed to be – but thanks to Kara Hui's indelible work, Happiness still feels like a win for director-screenwriter Andy Lo. A low-key and surprising Hong Kong Cinema success.

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