Lacuna (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3
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One early morning, Shen Wei (Shawn Yue) and Tong Xin (Zhang Jingchu) are shocked as they wake up in bed together in a furniture mall, not knowing each other and without a clue why they are even there. Out of embarrassment, the two quickly flee the scene and go their separate ways. Xin realizes that the big stash of cash her boss entrusted to her is missing. Meanwhile, Wei has lost the company car and become the laughing stock of his co-workers when photos of his shenanigans begin spreading online. In their desperation, Wei and Xin receive calls from the police with the news that the pet they reported missing last night has been found, and that brings them together again on a journey to find out all about their drunken escapades...
|Product Title:||Lacuna (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 斷了片 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) 断了片 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) 斷了片 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) Lacuna (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)|
|Also known as:||醉後一夜 醉后一夜|
|Artist Name(s):||Shawn Yue (Actor) | Zhang Jing Chu (Actor) | Lawrence Chou (Actor) | Zhu Yu Chen (Actor) | Yu Nuo (Actor) | Yoga (James) Lin (Actor) | Wang Yi (Actor) | Wang Mei Qian (Actor) | Yan Wen Xuan (Actor) 余文樂 (Actor) | 張 靜初 (Actor) | 周 俊偉 (Actor) | 朱 雨辰 (Actor) | 于娜 (Actor) | 林宥嘉 (Actor) | 王一 (Actor) | 王 美茜 (Actor) | 閻 汶宣 (Actor) 余文乐 (Actor) | 张 静初 (Actor) | 周 俊伟 (Actor) | 朱 雨辰 (Actor) | 于娜 (Actor) | 林宥嘉 (Actor) | 王一 (Actor) | 王 美茜 (Actor) | 阎 汶宣 (Actor) 余文樂（ショーン・ユー） (Actor) | 張静初（チャン・ジンチュウ） (Actor) | 周俊偉（ローレンス・チョウ） (Actor) | Zhu Yu Chen (Actor) | 于娜 （ユー・ナー） (Actor) | 林宥嘉 （ジェイムズ・リン） (Actor) | Wang Yi (Actor) | Wang Mei Qian (Actor) | Yan Wen Xuan (Actor) 여 문락 (Actor) | Zhang Jing Chu (Actor) | Lawrence Chou (Actor) | Zhu Yu Chen (Actor) | Yu Nuo (Actor) | Yoga (James) Lin (Actor) | Wang Yi (Actor) | Wang Mei Qian (Actor) | Yan Wen Xuan (Actor)|
|Director:||Derek Tsang | Jimmy Wan 曾國祥 | 尹志文 曾国祥 | 尹志文 曾國祥（デレク・ツァン） | Jimmy Wan Derek Tsang | Jimmy Wan|
|Producer:||Pang Ho Cheung 彭 浩翔 彭 浩翔 彭浩翔（パン・ホーチョン） Pang Ho Cheung|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese|
|Country of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.78 : 1|
|Sound Information:||DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Publisher:||Kam & Ronson Enterprises Co Ltd|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1031456236|
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Pang Ho Cheung, arguably most the talented and exciting Hong Kong film maker of the last decade, serves as producer on Lacuna directed by his regular collaborators Derek Tsang and Jimmy Wan, who wrote his superb slasher Dream Home. The film sees the duo following up their unexpectedly on the money 2010 romantic ensemble drama Lover's Discourse with more of the same, another very contemporary life and love story of sorts, revolving around the wild antics of a (very) drunken night out in Beijing. For its lead couple the film stars top Hong Kong actor Shawn Yue, who combined with Pang to great effect on the charismatic Love in a Puff plus sequel, and Mainland actress Zhang Jingchu, recently seen in the likes of Flirting Scholar 2 and City Under Siege
The film gets off to a disorienting start, with Shen Wei (Shawn Yue) and Tong Xin (Zhang Jingchu) waking up naked in bed together in a furniture store with raging hangovers and no idea how they got there. Understandably feeling a bit awkward, the pair say their goodbyes, though are soon brought back together by the events of the night before after pictures of them together start turning up on the internet, and with Xin having lost the US$300,000 dollars given to her by her film director boss to pay off an actress and Wei having left his car somewhere in the city. Joining forces to try and pick up the pieces and find out exactly what happened, they uncover a bizarre trail of chaos, possibly falling for each other in the process.
Lacuna (a word meaning a missing section of text or music) is certainly a very modern and urban affair, with good use of internet technology and references to things like Weibo micro-blogging giving it a very current feel. This feeds through to the film's visuals as well, Derek Tsang and Jimmy Wan going for a down to earth but slick and brightly-lit depiction of Beijing's nightlife, with lots of shots of hip clubs and bars and other such appealing locations. This all works surprisingly well, and the film succeeds where countless other glossy Chinese would-be relevant romances and dramas and have failed in creating a picture of the fast moving life of the modern young Chinese upper middle class that's both engaging and believable.
This to an extent helps mask some of the failings of the plot, which is basically a more romantic and less bad taste version of Hollywood hit he Hangover? even copying a few of its twists. Although well-constructed and paced, the narrative feels a little at times like joining the dots, and geographically doesn quite ring true, covering a huge amount of ground and events in one evening when the two protagonists were likely too drunk even to stagger to the next bar. Everything comes together very neatly, Wei and Xin ultimately not having too much trouble in figuring things out or having to do much detective work, and whilst the film is frequently very funny there's a strange lack of any shocks or real surprises.
On the plus side, this does keep the film somewhat grounded, and it benefits from a kind of laid back air which keeps the focus primarily on its characters and their burgeoning relationship. Given that the two have already hooked up from the first scene, the film is pleasingly different to most romances, avoiding many of the usual cliche and forced tension that comes from keeping the viewer waiting for the inevitable. Both Shawn Yue and Zhang Jingchu are immensely likeable in their roles, and there's a genuine chemistry between the two throughout. Tsang and Wan do a great job of slowly allowing their attraction and feelings grow, and by relying mainly on meandering banter and conversation rather than melodramatic set pieces, the film taps into the same kind of engagingly naturalistic vibe as Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise and Before Sunset.
Although there's nothing too edgy or emotionally substantial here, Lacuna is easily one of the more enjoyable Chinese romances of the last year. Anchored by solid lead performances and presenting an inviting portrait of Beijing nightlife, it's a fun and reasonably intelligent film that, like Lover's Discourse suggests that Derek Tsang and Jimmy Wan are directors worth keeping an eye on.
by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com
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October 31, 2012
A man and a woman wake up in bed together at a furniture store with no idea who the other is and how they got there. They part awkwardly, neither able to remember what happened last night. Embarrassing photos and videos of their drunken clubbing antics pop up online, but they have bigger things to worry about from their blackout night. He is missing his car, not to mention his buddy. She is missing a bag full of cash that her boss asked her to pass to someone else. The two team up to retrace the steps of their drunken night and recover their memories and possessions.
While the setup of Lacuna sounds more than a little like The Hangover, the film itself is a far more subtle urban misadventure - though there is frog-licking involved. The journey is episodic as the pair follow the clues from point A to point B to point C and back, encounter acquaintances (and animals) they don't remember, get roped into some benignly amusing situations, and piece together their missing memories.
There are funny surprises and offbeat revelations at every stop, but Lacuna never does anything wild and outrageous, always ready to promptly steer things back to a plausible, almost mundane answer. While this could be viewed as a missed opportunity to make a loud and fun movie, the film earns points for keeping it real. Zhang Jingchu and Shawn Yue make sensible, likable protagonists: the work-hard-play-hard type who may let loose after too many drinks, but aren't about to do anything out of character while sober and trying to sort out the mess they created. Simply put, they seem like real people reacting in believable ways to their foolish predicament, and the leads muster enough star power to make their unflashy characters worthy of the spotlight. Shawn Yue basically does a less mouthy variation of his Love in the Buff Hong Konger-in-Beijing alter ego - the perennially sarcastic, occasionally douchey, often exasperated, and overall decent everyman who walks and talks like someone you know.
Produced by Pang Ho Cheung, Lacuna does somewhat echo the style and setting of the Love in the Puff/Buff movies, although Pang obviously would have taken the movie to more outlandish places if he was at the helm. Writer-directors Derek Tsang and Jimmy Wan, however, seem content to take a low-key route with Lacuna, and let minor conflicts play out in a trivial but pleasant fashion. There's risk, but no rush. There's romantic chemistry, but no outright romance. There's commentary about the party-hearty, social-media generation, but no judgment. Yet, Lacuna manages to make what it has - and not what it doesn't have - matter the most during its running time, showing that solid script and direction with good details and good people can make a minor escapade feel meaningful.
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December 7, 2014
Being foolish in Beijing
The word "lacuna" means a gap. In the movie "Lacuna", the gap is an entire night's memories which have gone missing for business exec Shen Wei (Shawn Yue) and movie director's assistant Tong Xin (Zhang Jingchu). Early Sunday morning the two awake naked in each others arms in a bed in a department store's furniture showroom. Neither has any memory of who the other is, what they did the preceding night, how they came to be in this bed, or whether they had been physically intimate with each other. First separately then together they spend the day seeking to untangle the mystery of what occurred during their night of drunken revelry.
"Lacuna" also means a missing piece. For Shen Wei, there are two missing pieces. He is unable to find out what has become of his pal Baimao (Laurence Chou) with whom he'd spent his drunken spree and he can't find his car. For Tong Xin, the missing piece is a bag filled with US$300,000 which her mercurial boss demanded she deliver to his ex-girlfriend. As the pair seeks to recover what they had lost, they develop a bond which suggests why they ended up in that bed together.
"Lacuna" first and foremost means an empty space. The empty space in the film "Lacuna" is its lack of common sense. The movie, while benefiting from likable performances from its attractive leads and delivering plenty of goofy drunken shenanigans, ends up suggesting that one can become drunk out of one's mind in a city like Beijing and wake up the next day only to learn that (spoiler alert!) one has suffered no harmful consequences, has found one's soulmate, and has acquired a considerable sum of cash. "Lacuna" offers little sense of the foolish risks this pair was taking. I have a different experience; on my last trip to Beijing, a friend told me about women who spent the night in drunken partying with strangers and never again were seen alive.
In an uncanny coincidence, at about midnight last night, when I was half-way through watching this film, an unknown drunken man knocked on my door. During his night of mindless partying, he had lost his keys and his phone. He was chilled to the bone, locked out of his home, and no one other than me was responding to his knocks. Fortunately for him, I rescued him from his drunken lacuna and found someone to let him into his apartment. As we learned in "Animal House", fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life. Thin, drunk and stupid is not much better.