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Jump Ashin! (2011) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Eddie Peng (Actor) | Lawrence Ko (Actor) | Zai Zai Lin (Actor) | Pan Lili (Actor)
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In 2005, Jump! Boys, a simple documentary about a boys' gymnastics team, swept numerous awards and emerged as a surprise box office hit in Taiwan. The coach in the documentary is director Lin Yu Hsien's older brother, Ashin. Six years later, Lin turns his gymnast brother's rough-and-tumble youth into a narrative film, with Eddie Peng taking on the title role of a wayward athlete coming of age in early nineties Taiwan. Eddie Peng, who also starred in Lin's previous Exit No. 6, underwent intense physical training for Jump Ashin!, results that can be seen readily onscreen. His performance garnered him a Best Actor nomination at the 48th Golden Horse Awards. One of Taiwan's highest-grossing films of the year, the inspiring sports drama also co-stars Ke Yu Lun (Au Revoir Taipei), Lin Chen Xi (Taipei Exchanges), and Chen Han Dian (Monga).

Gymnastics has been Ashin's (Eddie Peng) greatest love since childhood, but his mother sees no future in it and forces him to quit. After giving up gymnastics, Ashin spends his days lazing around the family fruit stand and picking fights and chasing girls with his volatile buddy Pickles (Ke Yu Lun). The two are forced to flee their hometown of Yilan when they fall into trouble with the local gang. Ashin strays farther and farther from himself in the big city, but his heart will eventually bring him back to the sport he loves.

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Product Title: Jump Ashin! (2011) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 翻滚吧!阿信 (2011) (DVD) (香港版) 翻滚吧!阿信 (2011) (DVD) (香港版) 翻滚吧!阿信 (2011) (DVD) (香港版) Jump Ashin! (2011) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Eddie Peng (Actor) | Lawrence Ko (Actor) | Zai Zai Lin (Actor) | Pan Lili (Actor) | Hsia Ching Ting (Actor) | Ho Kit (Actor) | To To (Actor) | Long Shao Hua (Actor) | Lee Kuan Yi (Actor) | Chen Han Dian (Actor) | Cai Yun You (Actor) 彭于晏 (Actor) | 柯宇綸 (Actor) | 林辰唏 (Actor) | 潘麗麗 (Actor) | 夏靖庭 (Actor) | 何傑 (Actor) | 多多 (Actor) | 龍劭華 (Actor) | 李冠毅 (Actor) | 陳 漢典 (Actor) | 蔡 昀佑 (Actor) 彭于晏 (Actor) | 柯宇纶 (Actor) | 林辰唏 (Actor) | 潘丽丽 (Actor) | 夏靖庭 (Actor) | 何杰 (Actor) | 多多 (Actor) | 龙劭华 (Actor) | 李冠毅 (Actor) | 陈 汉典 (Actor) | 蔡 昀佑 (Actor) 彭于晏(エディ・ポン) (Actor) | 柯宇綸(クー・ユールン) (Actor) | Zai Zai Lin (Actor) | 潘麗麗(パン・リーリー) (Actor) | 夏靖庭(シャー・ジンティン) (Actor) | Ho Kit (Actor) | To To (Actor) | Long Shao Hua (Actor) | 李冠毅(リー・グァンイー) (Actor) | Chen Han Dian (Actor) | Cai Yun You (Actor) 펑위옌 (Actor) | Lawrence Ko (Actor) | Zai Zai Lin (Actor) | Pan Lili (Actor) | Hsia Ching Ting (Actor) | Ho Kit (Actor) | To To (Actor) | Long Shao Hua (Actor) | Lee Kuan Yi (Actor) | Chen Han Dian (Actor) | Cai Yun You (Actor)
Director: Lin Yu Hsien 林 育賢 林 育贤 林育賢(リン・ユーシェン) Lin Yu Hsien
Producer: Li Lieh 李烈 李烈 Li Lieh Li Lieh
Release Date: 2012-02-02
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Taiwan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 127 (mins)
Publisher: CN Entertainment Ltd.
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1030272336

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Director: Lin Yu Hsien
Producer: Li Lie

Ashin, our hero, grew up in Yilan County during the 1980s; he is the elder of two sons raised by a single mother. As a child, Ashin's natural agility drew him to start practicing with the school's gymnastics team. Yet his mother increasingly expected him to be more involved in the family fruit stand business, and quit gymnastics.

Suddenly without a focus in life, Ashin took to street-fighting with his best buddy, Pickle. They eventually miffed other local gangsters, including another young man known as Papaya. Papaya started manipulating Pickle by supplying him amphetamine, and Pickle soon started craving the drug enough to do anything for more of it. Matters then spiralled out of control when Pickle killed a man during a brawl; now the duo, Ashin and Pickle, seemed to have no way back to their previous life.
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Professional Review of "Jump Ashin! (2011) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

December 8, 2011

This professional review refers to Jump Ashin! (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)
Ashin loves gymnastics. As a kid, he was quickly hooked and as an adult it’s his number one love. Yes, more than girls, and this is despite looking like Eddie Peng and probably having his pick of women in his rural Taiwan town. However, Ashin's mother (Pan Li-Li) disapproves of gymnastics and asks that Ashin give it up to run the family fruit stand for, well, eternity. Ashin does, but soon becomes a delinquent, hanging with buddy Pickles (Lawrence Ko Yue-Lun) and getting into all sorts of trouble. Pickles becomes a drug addict and the two run afoul of a gang boss’ son (Chen Han-Dian), so Ashin and Pickles flee to Taipei and continue their thug lifestyle. But gymnastics is always there, calling to Ashin like a long-lost love. Eventually, Ashin chooses to return home and back to the pommel horse, but can a loser like Ashin still find it in himself to become a medal-winning gymnast? And hey, isn’t this a totally ridiculous premise?

It sounds like one, but Jump! Ashin is based on a true story so, uh, there has to be truth here. The known facts: director Lin Yu-Hsien is the real Ashin's younger brother, and Lin Yu-Shin did quit gymnastics, run with a gang, see bad things and finally return to the gymnastics floor. However, did the real-life Ashin really witness a murder? Did he really use his gymnastics skills to kick ass in entertaining Jackie Chan-like ways? Did he really receive help from shady characters to return to the gymnastics floor? Jump! Ashin plays with facts to tell its inspirational tale but the parts that are likely manufactured stick out conspicuously. Ashin's tale moves too quickly, from his rural home to the mean streets of Taipei and back, and features too much convenience and too many far-fetched plot devices. Consistency is an issue, as the film jumps from light to dark and back again while still retaining a nostalgic, affectionate and presumably realistic tone. On the surface it may work, but further examination reveals numerous cracks.

Luckily, the film is very well acted. Eddie Peng has the right physicality for Ashin, and he certainly worked to achieve it. The actor honed his body to convincing athletic form, with the added bonus being that his sculpted bod will delight a certain portion of the audience. At the same time, his performance is emotionally grounded, and he's got screen charisma to spare. Peng balances quirky likability with heartthrob appeal, and continues to affirm his potential star status. As his pal Pickles, Lawrence Ko turns in the film's strongest performance, and creates a pathetic and also honorable character with convincing emotion. Other supporting performances are entertaining if not accomplished. Zaizai Lin possesses a fine sincerity as the likely manufactured love interest; she plays a call center operator who supports Ashin anonymously – a character that's narratively likable but also completely unbelievable.

It's these difficult-to-buy parts that mar Jump! Ashin. The film comes with the weight of a "true story," so losing credibility hurts more than if this were a purely fiction film. However, if one looks past the screenwriting shortcuts, odd narrative jumps and obvious commercialism, there is still much to like. The film's inspirational spirit remains strong, and the platitudes and conveniences are easier to swallow when the actors sell them with such conviction and sincerity. Also, the film's early nineties period is entertainingly recreated, and the film's largely rural setting evokes a genial warmth. The script may have narrative problems, but the direction is solid; Lin Yu-Hsien avoids the ham-handed or pretentious when doling out the drama, and even though the dialogue is sometimes on the nose, it's usually uttered at the right time and by the right actors. More discerning or cynical audiences could find Jump! Ashin to be too easy, too pat and too damn nice. But for the majority, Jump! Ashin's earnest and recognizable emotions should easily please.

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