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Chow Yun Fat (Actor) | Alex Man (Actor) | Cecilia Yip (Actor) | Shek Kin
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Hong Kong 1941 (DVD) (Taiwan Version)
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All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (3)

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Even before starring in the John Woo movie A Better Tomorrow, Chow Yun Fat has already demonstrated an unparalleled charisma in Hong Kong 1941 which won him the Best Actor awards at both Taiwan's Golden Horse and the Asian Pacific Film Festival in 1985. The film also captured the Best Cinematography award at the Hong Kong Film Awards. A film directed by Leong Poh Chi with believable characters, Hong Kong 1941 examines human nature and survival during wartime, apart from merely offering engaging storytelling.

Chow Yun Fat is Fay, a Peking opera actor who wants to get smuggled into the States. He gets stuck in Hong Kong and worked as a part-time coolie for a rice distributor, where he knows Keung (Alex Man) and his fiancee Nam (Cecilia Yip), and the three gradually develop a subtle love triangle. In December 1941, Hong Kong falls into the hands of the Japanese army, and Fay joins the Japanese army as a Chinese recruit. Losing his honor and his friends' trust as an "enemy collaborator", Fay secretly helps his people to escape from Japanese army - after all acting was once his profession.

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Product Title: Hong Kong 1941 (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 等待黎明 (台灣版) 等待黎明 (台湾版) Hong Kong 1941 (DVD) (Taiwan Version) Hong Kong 1941 (DVD) (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): Chow Yun Fat (Actor) | Alex Man (Actor) | Cecilia Yip (Actor) | Shek Kin | Ku Feng | John Sham | Chan Koon Chung 周潤發 (Actor) | 萬梓良 (Actor) | 葉童 (Actor) | 石堅 | 谷峰 | 岑建勳 | 陳冠中 周润发 (Actor) | 万梓良 (Actor) | 叶童 (Actor) | 石坚 | 谷峰 | 岑建勋 | 陈冠中 周潤發 (チョウ・ユンファ) (Actor) | 萬梓良(アレックス・マン) (Actor) | 葉童(イップ・トン) (Actor) | 石堅(シー・キエン) | 谷峯(クー・ホン) | 岑建勲(ジョン・シャム) | Chan Koon Chung 주윤발 (Actor) | Alex Man (Actor) | Cecilia Yip (Actor) | Shek Kin | Ku Feng | John Sham | Chan Koon Chung
Director: Leong Po Chih 梁普智 梁普智 梁普智(レオン・ポーチ) Leong Po Chih
Release Date: 2005-09-22
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 97 (mins)
Publisher: Xin Sheng Dai (TW)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004071458

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* Screen Format : 16:9 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
* Sound Mix : Dolby Digital



  Yip Kim Fay, an orphan, grew up in an opera troupe where his uncle and aunt were performer. Yip, without formal education and jobless, tried to sneak on board an ocean liner for U.S.A. His plot failed and took up a job for a rice distributor as a part-time coolie. During a riot inside the storage, Yip befriended Wog Hak Keung, a temperamental but righteous young man. Hak Keung was in love with Ha Yuk Nam the daughter of the rice distributor. Yuk Nam's father opposed to their marriage. Her father tried to marry Yuk Nam to rich family. Their dreams were stattered on the day of their departure by the japanese invasion of Hong Kong....
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Professional Review of "Hong Kong 1941 (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

April 1, 2006

This professional review refers to Hong Kong 1941 (DTS Version) (Digitally Remastered) (Joy Sales Version) (Hong Kong Version)
Po Chi-leung is probably the best director you've never heard of. Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam, John Woo, Sammo Hung maybe even Stanley Kwan, Wong Jing and Lee Lik-chee if you're real smart but Po Chi-Leung - who? Technical savant with an avante garde brain rooted in theatrical experimentation, a conjuror of 18 karat performances, a vaudevillian showman equally at home with low farce and high art, he's the director of the superlative He Lives By Night and The Island. Hong Kong 1941 is a World War II drama telling the homefront story at a time when the world was at war and everyone went just a little crazy for a while.

The British have virtually abandoned Hong Kong to the Japanese, leaving behind a skeleton garrison of Canadian soldiers. In the lull between the recession of the British Empire and the intercession of the Japanese Empire Hong Kong's citizens enjoy a brief, magical state of grace. Preserved in amber, that magic twenty minutes in class when the teacher's late and no one's sure what might happen. In this stifling summer air thick with mold and humidity a coolie with dreams of immigrating stumbles into the illicit love affair between scrappy, epileptic Cecilia Yip from the right side of the tracks and scrappy "bunk of muscle" Alex Man from the wrong side. The two are kept apart by Yip's rice magnate father, but as Chow, Man and Yip become fast friends, anarchy rises up, parents lose their hold on children and people lose their hold on their senses.

With his eye for visual absurdity and his feel for pop music and pop narrative, Po Chi-leung steers his story around the standard cliches and makes it feel new. Chow becomes a Japanese collaborator in order to survive and the simultaneous savvy, survival skills and self-loathing he projects is as heady as his acting gets. The high concept ideas flow fast (Cecilia Yip's epilepsy tends to act up as the world falls apart) but what sticks in your mind is the way the gently loping, elliptical scenes shot in a late afternoon timelessness suddenly congeal into graphic setpieces out of a POW's nightmares.

Winner of several awards, Hong Kong 1941 should be more widely known in the West. Falling outside standard notions of the HK movie, it fits firmly in the realm of the art flick, but such a glib branding buries its unique charms under an awkward label. For the viewer ready to experiment Hong Kong 1941 offers a movie as mature and mercurial as Chow Yun-fat's performance, soaking wet from rain and sweat, the final story of a colony scorching in the brilliant sun of two empires at war.

by Grady Hendrix

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Customer Review of "Hong Kong 1941 (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (3)

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June 21, 2008

This customer review refers to Hong Kong 1941 (DTS Version) (Digitally Remastered) (Joy Sales Version) (Hong Kong Version)
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CYF's Early Drama Classic Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Although Chow Yun Fat did win a Best Actor Award at the Golden Horse Awards for this film, it remained forgotten and underappreciated for many years, which considering the film, is a real shame. Now fortunately this Low Budget Epic has been given the treatment it deserves with it's latest DVD Incantation, and is a Must for fans of Chow Yun Fat.

In his best Pre-Mark Gor Role by far, Chow Yun Fat plays Yip Kim Fay, an out of work actor who wants to leave Hong Kong during the years leading up to the Japanese Occupation. Finding himself out of work, Fay decides to take a job at a rice factory, where he befriends local thug Keung (Alex Man) and during a dispute between the workers and the Factory owners, Fay helps Keung escape.

The Dispute was caused by the cruel and unsympathetic business practices of it's owner (The Legendary Sek Kin) who's daughter, Nam (Cecilia Yip) is in love with Keung, but due to the strictness of her father, cannot see him, let alone marry him.

Following the dispute at the factory, and Nam's increasing dissatisfaction with her father, the three of them meet at an ancestral shrine. Fay talks about finding Gold in Australia and America, and he convinces his two new friends to leave Hong Kong Tomorrow Morning.

They Picked the Wrong Day...

The Morning they planned on leaving is the same Day the Japanese forces invade Hong Kong and put it under Martial Law, Fay and Nam rush to the docks, but Keung is unable to make the boat. Rather than abandon his friend, Fay and Nam jump off the boat and decide to stay in Hong Kong with their friend.

The rest of the film is about the three characters and how they interact during Occupied Hong Kong with the Japanese Occupiers and the Changed Attitude of the Hong Kong people around them, much to the dismay and disgust of the three main characters. Their Friendship is tested through Various adversities, but by the very end of the film, it's clear that their bond remains as strong as ever, as one of the three friends gives their life for the other two.

All in all this is a moving and poetic film by director Po Chi Leung, with fine performances by Chow, Alex and Cecilia. This film is not so much Graphic as other films, but features some scenes which describe the Horrors of Chaos and War.

Highly Recommended for a Mature Audience.
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August 10, 2005

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Ordinary Chinese under Japanese Co-Prosperity Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
This film dramatizes the experience of the Chinese people under Japanese aggression. Chow Yun Fat, Cecilia Yip & Alex Man turn in bravura performances, but only Chow & Cecilia attained more distinguished film careers after this. The young Chow is the self-sacrificing, street-wise and tragic hero who does so much for others, an archetype of the characters that he would go on to play in so many HK movies. HK1941 is a bittersweet remembrance of a turbulent time as recollected by Cecilia Yip. It shows the Imperialist Japanese warmongers and their running dog opportunists as the cruel, harsh and evil oppressors that they were and it also shows the ordinary people who struggled to survive and fight back. A sad movie but it ends on a note of hope.
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November 19, 2002

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Hong Kong 1941 (Deng Dai Li Ming) Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
A film you should watch. With Chow Yun-fat and Cecilia Yip: the best partner role. Alex Man is also good. A dramatization of Hong Kong's darkest year in WWII. Remember Black Christmas?
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