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Hot Summer Days (2010) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Jacky Cheung (Actor) | Nicholas Tse (Actor) | Vivian Hsu (Actor) | Rene Liu (Actor)
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The hottest heat wave in history is the perfect time for love for the star-studded cast of Hot Summer Days. The first feature-length film co-directed by Wing Shya, the renowned Hong Kong-based photographer who also created the posters of several Wong Kar Wai films, the ensemble romantic comedy is also the first Chinese-language film produced by Hollywood studio 20th Century Fox. Combine that kind of artistic and financial backing with an attractive cast that includes Jacky Cheung, Rene Liu, Nicholas Tse, Barbie Hsu, Angelababy, Daniel Wu, Vivian Hsu, pop duo BoBo, and a special cameo by Maggie Cheung, and Hot Summer Days is easily one of the best-looking romantic comedies to come out of Hong Kong in years. Even though it was released during the freezing Lunar New Year period, Chinese audiences flocked to the cinemas, making it one of the highest-grossing films during the traditionally competitive time slot.

Produced by director Fruit Chan, the sizzling ensemble film connects several romance happening concurrently during a massive heat wave. A professional driver in Hong Kong (Jacky Cheung) strikes up a cross-border romance via text messaging with an aspiring pianist (Rene Liu), a writer (Vivian Hsu) returns to Hong Kong to convince a sushi chef (Daniel Wu) that they should be together, a young village boy (Jing Boran) pursues a local factory girl (Angelababy) by standing under the noon sun for 100 days, and an air conditioning repairman (Nicholas Tse) literally pursues a mysterious girl (Barbie Hsu) on a motorbike across town. Beat the heat and catch this entertaining romantic comedy with the air conditioning all the way up.

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Product Title: Hot Summer Days (2010) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 全城熱戀熱辣辣 (2010) (DVD) (香港版) 全城热恋热辣辣 (2010) (DVD) (香港版) ホット・サマー・デイズ (DVD) (全城熱戀熱辣辣) (香港版) Hot Summer Days (2010) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: 全城熱戀 全城热恋
Artist Name(s): Jacky Cheung (Actor) | Nicholas Tse (Actor) | Vivian Hsu (Actor) | Rene Liu (Actor) | Daniel Wu (Actor) | Gordon Liu (Actor) | Barbie Hsu (Actor) | Duan Yi Hong (Actor) | Jing Bo Ran (Actor) | Fu Xin Bo (Actor) | Angelababy (Actor) | Michelle Wai (Actor) | Maggie Cheung Man Yuk 張 學友 (Actor) | 謝 霆鋒 (Actor) | 徐若瑄 (Actor) | 劉若英 (Actor) | 吳彥祖 (Actor) | 劉家輝 (Actor) | 徐熙媛 (Actor) | 段奕宏 (Actor) | 井柏然 (Actor) | 付辛博 (Actor) | 楊穎 (Actor) | 詩雅 (Actor) | 張 曼玉 张 学友 (Actor) | 谢 霆锋 (Actor) | 徐若瑄 (Actor) | 刘若英 (Actor) | 吴彦祖 (Actor) | 刘家辉 (Actor) | 徐熙媛 (Actor) | 段奕宏 (Actor) | 井柏然 (Actor) | 付辛博 (Actor) | 杨颖 (Actor) | 诗雅 (Actor) | 张 曼玉 張學友(ジャッキー・チョン) (Actor) | 謝霆鋒(ニコラス・ツェー)  (Actor) | 徐若瑄 (ビビアン・スー)  (Actor) | 劉若英(レネ・リウ) (Actor) | 呉彦祖 (ダニエル・ウー)  (Actor) | 劉家輝(リュー・チャーフィー) (Actor) | 徐熙媛(バービー・スー) (Actor) | 段奕宏(ドアン・イーホン) (Actor) | 井柏然(ジン・ボーラン) (Actor) | 付辛博(フー・シンボー) (Actor) | Angelababy (アンジェラベイビー) (Actor) | 詩雅 (ミシェル・ワイ) (Actor) | 張曼玉 (マギー・チャン) 장 학우 (Actor) | 사 정봉 (Actor) | Vivian Hsu (Actor) | Rene Liu (Actor) | Daniel Wu (Actor) | Gordon Liu (Actor) | Barbie Hsu (Actor) | Duan Yi Hong (Actor) | Jing Bo Ran (Actor) | Fu Xin Bo (Actor) | 안젤라베이비 (Actor) | Michelle Wai (Actor) | 장만옥
Director: Tony Chan | Wing Shya 陳國輝 | 夏永康 陈国辉 | 夏永康 陳國輝(トニー・チャン) | 夏永康(ウィン・シャ) Tony Chan | Wing Shya
Producer: Fruit Chan | Zheng Zhen Bang 陳果 | 鄭 振邦 陳果 | 郑 振邦 陳果(フルーツ・チャン) | Zheng Zhen Bang Fruit Chan | Zheng Zhen Bang
Release Date: 2020-10-21
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIA
Duration: 93 (mins)
Publisher: Deltamac (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1022530568

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Director: Chan Kwok Fai, Wing Shya

It is the hottest summer on record. A chauffeur and a foot masseuse romance through text messages, unaware of each other's identities. An innocent factory girl asks her admirer to stand outside in the heat for 100 days to prove his love. A sushi chef prepares the perfect meal so that the food critic he loves will stay with him forever. A blinded photographer must locate the beautiful model he insulted. An old man desperately searches for an antique light bulb for the shrine of his late wife. And each night, an air conditioner repairman challenges a mystery girl to a road race. When a blackout spreads across the city, the city turns to chaos. Can love shine through?
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Professional Review of "Hot Summer Days (2010) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

July 13, 2010

After last year's Love Connected, Hot Summer Days is this year's Chinese-language entry into the ensemble romance genre. Appropriately, it's also Hollywood studio 20th Century Fox's first entry into the Chinese film market, meaning it's a handsomely produced piece of romantic fluff that eschews reality for a whole lot of charm. Through the eyes of famous photographer Wing Shya (who previously directed a segment in the omnibus Heroes in Love) and Tony Chan, the only thing prettier than their colorful and polished images is their photogenic cast, who spend almost the entire film sweating. Just that image alone makes it sound better than Love Connected.

From Hong Kong to Beijing, what appears to be the worst heat wave in the history of man (apparently the result of global warming) has everyone in a romantic fever. While recovering from a heat stroke, a Hong Kong single father (Jacky Cheung) accidentally starts up a romance with an aspiring pianist-turned-foot masseuse in Shenzhen (Rene Liu) via the wonders of cross-border text messaging.

Elsewhere in Hong Kong, a foodie writer (Vivian Hsu) returns to Hong Kong to convince a successful sushi chef (Daniel Wu, sporting a porn star mustache to look older) that they should finally be together. An air conditioner repairman (Nicholas Tse) literally pursues a mysterious motorcycle girl (Barbie Hsu) with a penchant for philanthropy, while his beach vendor father (Gordon Liu) runs around the beach telling bad jokes to girls in bikinis.

Across the border in the mainland, a young village boy (Chinese boy group Bobo's Jing Boran) pursues a local factory girl (Angelababy, almost unrecognizable here) by standing outside the factory at noon for 100 dayss. Meanwhile, an arrogant photographer (Duan Yihong) and his loyal assistant (Fu Xinbo, the other half for Bobo) travel across the country to hunt down a model (Michelle Wai) after they suspect her of cursing the photographer into blindness. In a world that could only exist in the movies, all these plots naturally connect, and in incredible ways that would surely make John Locke proud.

The only way to buy into this mass of coincidences is to simply assume that these stories take place in an alternate, prettier world. However, the problem is that the filmmakers also expect us to relate to the characters. Thanks to the immediately likable cast, identifying with the characters is easy most of the time, especially in the Jacky Cheung-Rene Liu story. The two actors spend most of their screentime apart, but their story is the one most grounded in reality, and their naturally likable, everyperson qualities make them easy to root for as well. The hyperactive acting by the cast as a whole (Jacky and Rene included) does get a little grating, but they are obviously having so much fun in their roles that it's easy to play along.

Hot Summer Days works best when it doesn't take itself too seriously. While the production values are seriously good, the film follows a recognizable Lunar New Year comedy formula, with plenty of cameos (one of them made my audience react in audible surprise), a brisk pace, and a bombastic Latin-style score. However, every story eventually hits a point of seriousness that goes against the tone set by the film, and the emotions that the filmmakers attempt to achieve rarely convince.

The blame for any unconvincing emotions falls upon the script by Chan and Lucretia Ho, which uses tired melodramatic clichés to achieve its emotional ends. The worst case is in the photographer story, which replies so much on expository dialogue in lieu of visuals that whenever the film shifts to that story, the brisk pace set by editor Wenders Li is abruptly stops. The Nicholas Tse-Barbie Hsu plot suffers from an overuse of a melodramatic device, but the two lead performances (especially from the Taiwanese Hsu, who speaks almost entirely in Cantonese here) and the actors' shared chemistry make up for it.

Surprisingly, the most balanced story of the bunch is the one between Angelababy and Jing Boran. The usually glamorous model sheds her hip image here to play an innocent village girl, and she shows enough comic timing and acting ability to make her underdeveloped character a convincing romantic target. Jing Boran is a little over-the-top as the desperate pursuer, but the story itself has enough light comic charm to carry it through its own tired set of melodrama cliches.

Hot Summer Days sounds and looks great most of the time, making it much easier to overlook its flaws. As long as the audience can accept the film's flaws as they would those in the film's Hollywood equivalents, then a good time is almost guaranteed. Hot Summer Days doesn't undo the fact that the ensemble romance genre has reached a point of excess, but it's fun enough to justify the genre a temporary reprieve.

by Kevin Ma - LoveHKFilm.com

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Customer Review of "Hot Summer Days (2010) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10 (2)

Kevin Kennedy
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July 6, 2015

1 people found this review helpful

Uneven mosaic of romance Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
It was a hot summer night, so "Hot Summer Days" seemed the suitable choice for my evening's entertainment. Alas, this ensemble romance left me cool. Its treacly, grossly manipulative storytelling proved a great disservice to a handful of solid acting performances. Telling a story in which an out-of-the-blue catastrophic health problem drives the narrative requires a delicate touch. Including two such stories in the same film becomes inadvertently ridiculous. Juggling four different story lines and one significant sub-plot in the same film compounds the problem.

The most fully developed of the stories, and by far the most satisfactory, is a long-distance relationship between chauffeur and single father Wah (Jacky Cheung) and pianist-turned-masseuse Li Yan (Rene Liu). Their friendship begins with the dialing of a wrong number, is built upon exaggerations, and finds two lonely people reluctantly reaching out for love. Cheung is at his most effortless in this role, which means he's at the top of his game.

The sweetest of the stories involves everyman Da Fu (Fu Xinbo) yearning for the attentions of pretty seamstress Xiao Qi (Angelababy). Da Fu's persistence slowly wins Xiao Qi's heart, but his low self-esteem leads to a surprise (and somewhat confused) ending. The sourest story features sushi chef Master Soy Sauce (Daniel Wu) and travel-and-cuisine author Wasabi (Vivian Hsu); their cute nicknames belie a dour storyline that just doesn't work. Vivian Hsu is given nothing to do; her character ends up seeming merely peevish.

The most frustrating story wastes excellent performances by Nicholas Tse and Barbie Hsu. Tse's character Ah Wai is the film's most compelling and Hsu's is its most ineffable. To have their intriguing relationship handled as manipulatively as it is here was the film's biggest mistake. The other hugely manipulative story line, involving fashion photographer Leslie (Duan Yi Hong) and his search for a model he offended, fails to engage the viewer and ought to have been left on the cutting room floor.

The winning moments and capable performances found in "Hot Summer Days" make it worth a look, but approach it with expectations appropriately lowered.
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January 5, 2011

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Its Like a Heat Wave! Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
With temperatures soaring so high in HK and Beijing that people literally fry eggs on their car bonnets, it’s also apt weather for some broken love relationships in need of cool gentle repair. Enter differing and alternating romance vignettes with loads of familiar HK/Chinese actors and their protagonists, all wishing for a personal ice cream seller with agony aunt skills. Well, such a combo provider in short supply, chauffer/singe dad Wah (Jacky Cheung) odd jobs as a human ice cube to sell ‘free’ water drinks to cool things down a bit (apart from his embarrassed little daughter). Wah’s love life heats up, though, when he texts piano tinkler Li Yan (Rene Liu), a foot massager who texts/tells Wah she’s a professional concert pianist. Wah needing to amaze, texts Li Yan he’s a Ferreira racing driver (no Ice Cube Inc, eh?). But these ‘down to Earths’ are not alone. Food critic Wasabi (Viv Hsu) isn’t pleased with Master Chief’s (Danny Wu) sushi style (a.k.a his romantic conduct). A fashion photographer goes blind after criticising his model gf’s posing techniques. He doesn’t point the camera at himself with the flash going off, his angry model gf pokes eyeholes on his face on a magazine cover causing metaphysical issues. Ah Wai (Nic Tse), motorbike races (with a “Fast and The Furious” jet exhaust race) with distressed T-shirt street gal Ding Dong (Da S) and villager Xiao Fang (Jing Boran) stands outside little miss Xiao Qi’s (Angelababy) work factory, each day for 100 days, to prove his love (luckily the police don’t arrest him for loitering)…all in the Big Heeeat!

“Hot Summer Daze” is breezy (would you believe it!), fun, manic, fatal, tight and mixed but Fruit Chan blends it well. Rene’s live wire pianist Li Yan nicely matches the chemistry with Jacky Cheung’s Wah. Barbie and Nic look beamed down from planet “Grease” (Summer Nights, ya see), but Nic looks comfortable in his sympathetic Mr fit-it Danny Zuko role, fixing bust AC systems and propping up emotionally Ding Dong’s troubled psyche (Ding Dong? Should Ah Wai be fixing doorbells?). Ding Dong’s ‘candy striper’ looking after sick terminal patients at hospitals, adds pathos. Da S, normally togged out in historical wear, sports some cool smoky make up here, too. Shawn Yu, Charlene Choi and Joey Yung’s voice as an animated fish (wot? not Fish Leong?) make cameo. At the firework-befitting finale, you can’t help feeling a cold shower would come in handy if passion is on the cards (all that heat).
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