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Hear Me (2009) (DVD) (2019 Reprint) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Eddie Peng (Actor) | Ivy Chen (Actor) | Michelle Chen (Actor) | Cheng Fen Fen (Director)
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Taiwan heartthrob Eddie Peng (All About Women, Honey & Clover) teams up with Black & White's Ivy Chen and Miss No Good's Michelle Chen for the sweet summer romance Hear Me. Produced to align with the 2009 Summer Deaflympics in Taipei, the warm youth romance about the budding love and sports dreams of two hearing-impaired sisters defied expectations to become the highest-grossing Taiwan film of 2009. Directed by Keeping Watch director Cheng Fen Fen, Hear Me stays true to its inspiration as most of the film's dialogue is carried out in sign language.

Cheerful delivery boy Tian Kuo (Eddie Peng) delivers lunchboxes to a local hearing-impaired swimming team. He holds a torch for hearing-impaired cutie Yang Yang (Ivy Chen), who's often at the pool to cheer on her older sister Xiao Peng (Michelle Chen). Yang Yang wholeheartedly supports Xiao Peng's dream of competing in the Deaflympics, even if it means working multiple jobs and giving all her time to her sister. Yang Yang slowly falls for Tian Kuo's goofy charms, but the burgeoning romance opens a rift in the sisters' relationship.

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Product Title: Hear Me (2009) (DVD) (2019 Reprint) (Taiwan Version) 聽說 (2009) (DVD) (2019再版) (台灣版) 听说 (2009) (DVD) (2019再版) (台湾版) 聽說 (2009) (DVD) (2019再版) (台灣版) Hear Me (2009) (DVD) (2019 Reprint) (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): Eddie Peng (Actor) | Ivy Chen (Actor) | Michelle Chen (Actor) | Lin Mei Shiu (Actor) 彭于晏 (Actor) | 陳意涵 (Actor) | 陳妍希 (Actor) | 林 美秀 (Actor) 彭于晏 (Actor) | 陈意涵 (Actor) | 陈妍希 (Actor) | 林美秀 (Actor) 彭于晏(エディ・ポン) (Actor) | 陳意涵 (アイビー・チェン) (Actor) | 陳妍希(ミシェル・チェン) (Actor) | 林美秀 (リン・メイシウ) (Actor) 펑위옌 (Actor) | Ivy Chen (Actor) | Michelle Chen (Actor) | Lin Mei Shiu (Actor)
Director: Cheng Fen Fen 鄭芬芬 郑芬芬 チェン・フェンフェン Cheng Fen Fen
Producer: Peggy Chiao 焦雄屏 焦雄屏 Peggy Chiao Peggy Chiao
Release Date: 2019-07-12
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Taiwan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 109 (mins)
Publisher: AV-Jet International Media Co., Ltd
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1021941374

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導演 : 鄭芬芬

秧秧為了完成姊姊小朋參加聽障奧運的夢想,在游泳池旁為小朋加油打氣,天闊送便當來給都是聽障隊員的游泳隊,看見秧秧和小朋用手語對話,遂主動上前用手語攀談,對秧秧留下深刻印象,甚至跟她要了MSN帳號。 為了製造見面機會,天闊到體育館前賣便當,每次都特地留一個便當給秧秧,也因此知道秧秧的經濟拮据,常常餓到沒錢吃飯,遂開始替秧秧製作愛心便當,食料不但超乎一般便當的豐富,而且不跟秧秧收取分文。秧秧感動不已,但還是詳細畫下愛心便當的內容並標上不同的價錢,堅持待日後手頭寬裕再一併償還。 透過送便當的過程,天闊對秧秧和小朋的生活有愈來愈多的了解,也被秧秧全心照顧小朋的手足之情觸動,利用秧秧在百貨公司中庭廣場做街頭藝人的契機表白自己的心意。兩人對彼此的好感急速加溫,卻因溝通上的誤會發生無聲口角,加上秧秧自責沒照顧好小朋,決定斷絕跟天闊的連絡。抵擋不住對秧秧的思念,天闊用盡辦法尋覓秧秧,想恢復往日的情感…。
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January 6, 2010

This professional review refers to Hear Me (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
A simple romance about a happy-go-lucky delivery boy who pursues a young deaf girl, director Cheng Fen-Fen's Hear Me is pleasant and well performed, and understandably became a hit in its native territory of Taiwan. Cheng's previous two features ranged from intriguing (Keeping Watch) to alarming (Finding Her), and Hear Me shares some of their flaws. For the most part, however, the film is an improvement if not an outright accomplishment by the promising director. The cynical need not apply, but teens and even not-so-young adults should warm to this enjoyable little movie.

Taiwanese youth Tian Kuo (Eddie Peng of Exit No. 6 and All About Women) is a sloppy but lovable delivery boy who works in a Hong Kong-style restaurant for his nagging parents (Lin Mei-Shiu and Luo Be-An). For reasons initially unknown, Tian Kuo knows sign language, which helps him at the local pool where he sells lunchboxes to hard-of-hearing athletes training for competition. It's there that the deaf Yang Yang (Ivy Chen) catches Tian Kuo's eye. Yang Yang is perpetually dropping by the pool to cheer on elder sister Xiao Peng (Chen Yan-Xi), who trains at the pool and also possesses a hearing disability.

Xiao Peng dreams of competing in the Deaflympics, and her chances are high, as she's one of the most talented swimmers on the team. Yang Yang helps her by doing everything that's humanly possible to make her elder sister's dream come true. She works multiple jobs to make ends meet, including performing some bohemian street theater, leaving little time for anything resembling a personal life. All the while, she's positive and kind, filial and upbeat, and when she smiles her eyes widen to anime heroine-like levels. Yang Yang is obviously one super sweetheart, so it's no wonder that Tian Kuo is smitten. The big question: how does he win her heart?

Hear Me is largely non-verbal, its dialogue taking place mostly via sign language. The silent communication stretches the film's conversations to overlong extremes, but it also allows the actors a wonderful expressiveness, as they use body language as often as hand signs to convey their thoughts. Ivy Chen and Eddie Peng make a very watchable pair, their expressive eyes and exaggerated gestures making perfect sense for the film's situations. Peng overdoes the mugging on occasion, and in those moments the film swings perilously close sitcom territory. However, Peng is a charming and able enough performer to sell his character's over-the-top behavior. Besides, Tian Kuo is decent and righteous, and his unconditional love for Yang Yang makes him easy to root for.

It helps that Yang Yang is also genuinely kind, loyal and giving - and to such a degree that it starts to beggar belief. Such an unbelievably good character usually screams screenwriter fantasy, but the Cheng Fen-Fen and especially the adorable Ivy Chen convince of Yang Yang's innate decency, strong character, and even her purity. The character does have minor faults, but they seem to be human ones, and the push and pull between Yang Yang and Tian Kuo ultimately proves remarkably affecting. These are two very likable and decent characters and even when things get contrived, the gap between screen and audience has closed so much that the contrivances and occasional pandering moments are easy to forgive.

Also engaging are Tian Kuo's parents, who are portrayed as nagging but also genuinely loving. Cheng's focus on lower-class, unprivileged protagonists is noteworthy, as her characters' positive work ethic and simple, earnest values makes them easily identifiable. These characters work small, even menial jobs simply to keep their daily lives going - and they seem happy to do so. Hear Me portrays these ground-level Taiwanese in a very warm manner, such that getting to know them feels quite comfortable. Technically, the film echoes that warmth; art direction and cinematography are decidedly realistic, and capture Taiwan's urban charm exceptionally. Hear Me may not be a glossy youth romance, but it still manages an attractive glow.

Cheng Fen-Fen's tendency for overwriting does show up, however. Like in Finding Her and Keeping Watch, Hear Me has overused themes and obvious messages, and at a certain point they're pushed so forcefully that audience exasperation is easy. The film sags a bit when it focuses on the relationship between the two sisters, with their big sign language heart-to-heart conversation proving as labored as it is inherently affecting. The fact that they never verbalize their canned platitudes does help somewhat, but in the end obvious screenwriting is still obvious screenwriting - even when it's conveyed via sign language.

Also, the film takes far too long for end, and chooses to go with an extended coda spotlighting one of the film's major causes: the Deaflympics. That's yet another obvious message, but calling out Hear Me for catering to such a worthy cause feels inherently wrong - and anyway, it comes at the end of a largely quality film. The film's romance is ultimately satisfying enough to compensate for any nagging doubts, with all of Cheng Fen-Fen's elements - her story, actors, and characters - complementing each other exceptionally. Hear Me doesn't have the super-glossy romance or epic story of last year's beloved Taiwanese megahit Cape No. 7, but its charming rough edges, endearing characters and focus on simple values make it perhaps more of an accomplishment.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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

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March 7, 2010

This customer review refers to Hear Me (DVD) (English Subtitled) (2-Disc Edition) (Taiwan Version)
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Lovely movie! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I enjoyed this movie very much! Both the nice story, cute actors and light music.
It was fun to watch a whole movie nearly only with dialogue with sign language ^o^ The actors did so well, I almost believed they were hearing-impaired in real life xD
It's definitely worth a watch!

PS: The calendar cards and DVD cassette are really great!
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