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Just Call Me Nobody (DVD) (China Version) DVD Region 6

Zhao Ben Shan (Actor) | Xiao Shen Yang (Actor) | Kelly Lin (Actor) | Eric Tsang (Actor)
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Just Call Me Nobody (DVD) (China Version)
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"I want Nobody, Nobody but you!"...Everybody sings in chorus to Just Call Me Nobody, whose stars are actually anything but! Arguably the most popular comedy duo in China, Zhao Benshan and his disciple Xiaoshenyang headline the costume comedy megahit that grossed around RMB160 million at the Mainland box office. Zhao also takes on producing duties for the laughfest helmed by Taiwan movie hitmaker Chu Yen Ping (Kung Fu Dunk), which is Xiaoshenyang's second starring vehicle after Zhang Yimou's A Simple Noodle Story. The China-Taiwan co-production boasts a host of other big names in its stellar cast, including Kelly Lin, Benny Chen, comedy veterans Jacky Wu, Eric Tsang, Wong Yat Fei, and Leung Ka Yan, plus TV child actor Xiao Xiao Bin in his movie debut. Audiences should also delight in the fact that the film's hilarious martial arts mayhem is the work of renowned action director Ching Siu Tung.

Xiaoshenyang plays young shoemaker Wu Di, who grows up a martial arts comic book geek but totally uninitiated in real martial arts. Dreaming of watching a spectacular duel between the best kung fu fighters in the world, he sets off on an adventure in the treacherous martial world, unaware that he would one day become the master of all kung fu masters! On his eventful journey, Wu Di encounters a variety of peculiar characters, including a Jedi pirate (Zhao Benshan), a blind swordsman (Eric Tsang), a kung fu hermit (Jacky Wu), the emperor (Benny Chen), and the princess (Kelly Lin) who becomes our hero's love interest.

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Product Title: Just Call Me Nobody (DVD) (China Version) 大笑江湖 (DVD) (中國版) 大笑江湖 (DVD) (中国版) 大笑江湖 (DVD) (中国版) Just Call Me Nobody (DVD) (China Version)
Artist Name(s): Zhao Ben Shan (Actor) | Xiao Shen Yang (Actor) | Kelly Lin (Actor) | Eric Tsang (Actor) | Chan Chi Pang (Actor) | Michael Chang (Actor) | Cheng Ye (Actor) | Jacky Wu (Actor) | Tanny Tien (Actor) | Leung Ka Yan (Actor) | Norman Tsui (Actor) | Wong Yat Fei (Actor) | Xiao Xiao Bin (Actor) | Chen Yang (Actor) | Mark Lee (Actor) 趙本山 (Actor) | 小 瀋陽 (Actor) | 林熙蕾 (Actor) | 曾志偉 (Actor) | 陳志朋 (Actor) | 張少懷 (Actor) | 程 野 (Actor) | 吳宗憲 (Actor) | 恬 妞 (Actor) | 梁家仁 (Actor) | 徐少強 (Actor) | 黃一飛 (Actor) | 小小彬 (Actor) | 沈陽 (Actor) | 李國煌 (Actor) 赵本山 (Actor) | 小 渖阳 (Actor) | 林熙蕾 (Actor) | 曾志伟 (Actor) | 陈志朋 (Actor) | 张少怀 (Actor) | 程 野 (Actor) | 吴宗宪 (Actor) | 恬 妞 (Actor) | 梁家仁 (Actor) | 徐少强 (Actor) | 黄一飞 (Actor) | 小小彬 (Actor) | 沈阳 (Actor) | 李国煌 (Actor) 趙本山(チャオ・ベンシャン) (Actor) | 小瀋陽 (シャオシェンヤン) (Actor) | 林熙蕾(ケリー・リン) (Actor) | 曾志偉 (エリック・ツァン) (Actor) | 陳志朋(チェン・ヅーポン) (Actor) | Michael Chang (Actor) | Cheng Ye (Actor) | 呉宗憲(ジャッキー・ウー) (Actor) | 恬[女丑](ティアン・ニウ) (Actor) | 梁家仁(レオン・カーヤン) (Actor) | 徐少強(チョイ・シウキョン) (Actor) | 黄一飛(ウォン・ヤッフェイ) (Actor) | Xiao Xiao Bin (Actor) | Chen Yang (Actor) | Mark Lee (Actor) Zhao Ben Shan (Actor) | Xiao Shen Yang (Actor) | Kelly Lin (Actor) | Eric Tsang (Actor) | Chan Chi Pang (Actor) | Michael Chang (Actor) | Cheng Ye (Actor) | Jacky Wu (Actor) | Tanny Tien (Actor) | Leung Ka Yan (Actor) | Norman Tsui (Actor) | Wong Yat Fei (Actor) | Xiao Xiao Bin (Actor) | Chen Yang (Actor) | Mark Lee (Actor)
Director: Chu Yen Ping 朱延平 朱延平 朱延平 (チュー・イェンピン) Chu Yen Ping
Action Director: Ching Siu Tung 程小東 程小东 程小東 (チン・シウトン) 정소동
Release Date: 2011-01-07
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: China
Picture Format: PAL What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 6 - China What is it?
Duration: 92 (mins)
Publisher: Liao Zhu Guang Bo Dian Shi Yin Xiang Chu Ban She
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1023938711

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  《大笑江湖》中的吳迪(小沈陽 飾炙是一個平凡的小鞋匠,從小迷戀武俠漫畫,平生最大的夢想就是看一場高手的決鬥。於是機緣巧合之下,他走上了闖蕩江湖之路。一路上不管是《九陰真經》還是《葵花寶典》,甚至是某位世外高人用畢生心血寫成的“無相神功”內功心法,他都不屑一顧地丟掉,反倒是一本惡搞了《星戰》當中尤達大師劍法的盜版小人書成就了他一身武藝!
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Professional Review of "Just Call Me Nobody (DVD) (China Version)"

August 29, 2011

This professional review refers to Just Call Me Nobody (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Top Chinese funny men Xiao Shenyang and Zhao Benshan return with period set comedy Just Call me Nobody poking fun at costume epics through the adventures of a lowly shoemaker who bumbles and fumbles his way through the martial arts world. With the twosome recently having been on screens together in Zhang Yimou's A Simple Noodle Story, this time around Xiao takes the lead role while Zhao also acts as producer, the film directed by Taiwanese helmer Chu Yen Ping (Kung Fu Dunk). As well as the headlining humorists, the film also has a vast and high profile supporting cast, which includes Kelly Lin (Reign of Assassins), Benny Chen, industry veterans Jacky Wu, Eric Tsang, Wong Yat Fei, Leung Ka Yan and others. The film also received a boost in the form of acclaimed action choreographer Ching Siu Tung (A Chinese Ghost Story), whose martial arts scenes helped propel it to massive Mainland box office success, where it was one of the biggest hits of the year.

The plot follows Xiao Shenyang as shoemaker Wu Di, a simple but decent young fellow obsessed with reading martial arts comics despite having absolutely no skills of his own. One day after trying to protect a beautiful young woman (Kelly Lin) from a brute in the marketplace, he accidently gets caught up in an adventure of his own, which takes him on an epic journey that crosses his path with a number of kung fu masters including pirates, swordsmen, hermits, scheming villains, and even the emperor himself.

Although there have been plenty of Chinese costume comedies of late, most have suffered from being far too scattershot, lacking any kind of plot or definable characters to hold them together. 밓ust Call me Nobody?however manages to avoid such pitfalls, thanks mainly to the immensely likeable Xiao Shenyang, who makes for a perfect everyman protagonist as Wu Di, playing things straight while essentially carrying the film and most of its comedy on his shoulders. In this respect, the script is extremely effective, making him very human and sympathetic, and allowing for the viewer to laugh at his countless misadventures and good natured nonsense without ever letting him become a simple figure of fun. Zhao Benshan and the rest of the cast are all on game form too and add to the film's overall sense of infectious amiability with a series of daft performances that successfully lampoon the kind of posturing figures that usually appear in martial arts epics.

The film also does a great job in balancing plot and gags, and though Wu Di's journey is basically a series of random encounters and strange coincidences, it makes for a surprisingly engaging and focused heroic character arc. As expected, the gags themselves range greatly from poking fun at other films through to broad slapstick, and though some of the modern pop culture references are a touch odd, there's nothing too tasteless or obscure that grates. At the same time, Chu Yen Ping manages to work in some pretty surreal humour and the film is creative and imaginative, with musical numbers, wacky set pieces and clever word play peppered throughout. The humour for the most part is on target, and the film definitely has a much better gag hit rate than other recent genre outings, showing genuine effort and craftsmanship rather than just throwing in everything but the kitchen sink is as so often the case. Ching Siu Tung's action choreography also gives things a boost, with some great martial arts scenes that help things to move along at a fair pace, and which for once feel like they might have been lifted from an actual kung fu film.

As a result, Just Call me Nobody is easily the best and the funniest of the recent Chinese period comedies, and it's easy to see why it was such a box office hit. Benefitting hugely from the appealing presence and good natured wackiness of Xiao Shenyang and Zhao Benshan, by the standards of the genre the film is well made and nicely judged, and works as far more than the kind of derisory gag-fest which audiences have been sadly offered of late.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "Just Call Me Nobody (DVD) (China Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10 (1)

Kevin Kennedy
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November 11, 2011

This customer review refers to Just Call Me Nobody (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Good cast, aimless story Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
Some things are hard to explain. Take string theory in physics, for example. Darn hard to explain. Take the fact that Chu Yen Ping continues to get hired to helm movies. Even more inexplicable. This is the man who, down through the years, has dropped such unwatchable bombs as "Fantasy Mission Force" and "Kung Fu Dunk". Well, I'm here to tell you that "Just Call Me Nobody" is nowhere near as bad as those messes. But, goodness knows, this is a movie that is all dressed up with no particular place to go.

"Just Call Me Nobody" is a spoof of martial arts movies in which the hero undertakes a great quest. Xiao Shenyang stars as Wu Di, a dimwitted but kindhearted cobbler more interested in perusing the pictures in kung fu novels than in finding customers. When Wu Di witnesses a fight between two martial artists, he drops everything to watch. When the righteous martial artist Moon (Kelly Lin) is about to lose the battle, Wu Di ineptly rallies to his defense [Wu Di mistakenly believes the female fighter to be a man]. In the course of the fight, Wu Di plants a sword in Moon's foot. After the fight, Wu Di repairs Moon's shoe, then goes on a great quest to find Moon (with whom he has become smitten) and return the shoe. The quest entails a series of random confrontations from which Wu Di escapes due to the unseen interventions of others. When Wu Di finally finds Moon, he learns that she actually is Princess Moon, the daughter of the emperor. Surely, a common cobbler cannot hope for the love of a princess, right? Ummm...

Many of the film's jokes simply don't pay off. The film's first half oddly is freighted with inappropriately vulgar language. And the movie has subplots that simply go undeveloped. For example, we learn that Wu Di's father, whom everyone thought had died at war, instead has assumed the identity of a great general. Seems like a big deal, but the movie does nothing with the revelation. Fortunately, the film revels in a wicked performance by Norman Tsui and delightful comic turns by such veterans as Eric Tsang and Zhao Benshan. (By the way, if you haven't yet seen Zhao Benshan's movie "Getting Home", you really owe yourself that great pleasure.)

"Just Call Me Nobody" ends much better than it begins, which leaves the viewer feeling positively about the experience. However, a steadier hand at the helm likely could have delivered a movie up to the standards of the fine cast and quality production values of this film.
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