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Love Is Not Blind (2011) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Wen Zhang (Actor) | Bai Bai He (Actor) | Zhang Mo (Actor) | Wang Yao Qing (Actor)
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Love Is Not Blind (2011) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
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Breaking up may be hard to do, but one woman proves that there is light at the end of the tunnel in Love is Not Blind. Known for television dramas Dwelling Narrowness and Naked Wedding, director Teng Hua Tao adapts Bao Jing Jing's novel about a young woman's 33-day journey away from the pain of a broken heart. As he had done with his television dramas, Teng once again successfully captures the true attitudes and concerns of young Chinese urbanites, specifically towards the struggles of finding and maintaining a long-lasting romance.

Law of Attraction co-stars Bai Bai He and Wen Zhang (Ocean Heaven) reunite as the heartbroken woman and the sharp-tongued, metrosexual co-worker who lends her some much-needed support. Opening in time for "Singles Day" in China after a marketing campaign that included video testimonials of people tearfully recounting their own breakups, Love is Not Blind became the surprise hit of 2011 in Mainland China, grossing US$55 million from a modest budget of US$1.5 million.

27-year-old Huang Xiao Xian (Bai Bai He) thinks she's got it all: A steady job at a wedding planning firm, a loyal best friend, and an eight-year relationship that is surely heading towards marriage. However, when she catches her boyfriend with her best friend, Xiao Xian's life falls apart. Eventually, Xiao Xian finds the encouragement to pick up the pieces with the help of her boss and her effeminate co-worker/office rival Huang Yi Yang (Wen Zhang). After 33 days of heartbreak, Xiao Xian finally realizes that she is the only one who can truly help her step out of her pain.

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Product Title: Love Is Not Blind (2011) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 失戀33天 (2011) (DVD) (香港版) 失恋33天 (2011) (DVD) (香港版) 失戀33天 (2011) (DVD) (香港版) Love Is Not Blind (2011) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Wen Zhang (Actor) | Bai Bai He (Actor) | Zhang Mo (Actor) | Wang Yao Qing (Actor) | Liao Fan (Actor) | Chen Yu Fan (Actor) | Jiao Jun Yan (Actor) | Zhang Jia Yi (Actor) | Hai Qing (Actor) | Li Chen (Actor) | Yao Di (Actor) | Ma Yi Li (Actor) | Zhang Xin Yi (Actor) | Guo Jing Fei (Actor) 文 章 (Actor) | 白 百何 (Actor) | 張默 (Actor) | 王耀慶 (Actor) | 廖凡 (Actor) | 陳羽凡 (Actor) | 焦俊艷 (Actor) | 張嘉譯 (Actor) | 海清 (Actor) | 李晨 (Actor) | 姚笛 (Actor) | 馬伊琍 (Actor) | 張歆藝 (Actor) | 郭京飛 (Actor) 文 章 (Actor) | 白 百何 (Actor) | 张默 (Actor) | 王耀庆 (Actor) | 廖凡 (Actor) | 陈羽凡 (Actor) | 焦俊艳 (Actor) | 张嘉译 (Actor) | 海清 (Actor) | 李晨 (Actor) | 姚笛 (Actor) | 马伊琍 (Actor) | 张歆艺 (Actor) | 郭京飞 (Actor) 文章(ウェン・チャン) (Actor) | 白百何(バイ・バイハー) (Actor) | Zhang Mo (Actor) | Wang Yao Qing (Actor) | 廖凡(リアオ・ファン) (Actor) | 陳羽凡(チェン・ユーファン) (Actor) | Jiao Jun Yan (Actor) | Zhang Jia Yi (Actor) | 海清(ハイ・チン ) (Actor) | 李晨 (リー・チェン) (Actor) | ヤオ・ディー (Actor) | Ma Yi Li (Actor) | Zhang Xin Yi (Actor) | 郭京飛(グオ・ジンフェイ) (Actor) Wen Zhang (Actor) | Bai Bai He (Actor) | Zhang Mo (Actor) | Wang Yao Qing (Actor) | Liao Fan (Actor) | Chen Yu Fan (Actor) | Jiao Jun Yan (Actor) | Zhang Jia Yi (Actor) | Hai Qing (Actor) | Li Chen (Actor) | Yao Di (Actor) | Ma Yi Li (Actor) | Zhang Xin Yi (Actor) | Guo Jing Fei (Actor)
Director: Teng Hua Tao 滕華濤 滕华涛 滕華濤(テン・ホァタオ) Teng Hua Tao
Release Date: 2012-05-11
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: China
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM)
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 103 (mins)
Publisher: Edko Films Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1030849826

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* Special Features:
- Trailer
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Director: Teng Hua-Tao

Xiaoxian¡¦s life is right on track. She has a steady job at an upscale wedding planning company, a cute apartment, and most importantly, a loving boyfriend of 7 years. Any day now, Xiaoxian is sure that he¡¦ll pop the question. But everything comes crashing down when she discovers that he¡¦s actually cheating on her¡X with her best friend. How could things go so wrong?
Dumped and heartbroken, Xiaoxian is a total mess. It doesn¡¦t help that she has to face perky brides every day. Things go from bad to worse until her sassy, but jaded, co-worker Jian intervenes. It¡¦s not that Jian really cares. It¡¦s more that he¡¦s sick of witnessing her pathetic decline. Xiaoxian seriously needs to get a grip.
33 days into her breakup, Jian¡¦s brand of tough love is working, but Xiaoxian still can¡¦t help wondering: will she ever get a chance at love again?
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Professional Review of "Love Is Not Blind (2011) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

March 5, 2012

This professional review refers to Love is Not Blind (DVD-9) (English Subtitled) (China Version)
As part of their film's marketing plan, the team behind Love is Not Blind traveled across China and asked young people to recount their own break-ups. While most in the video spoke calmly, one girl - on the verge of breaking into tears - said that she hopes her ex-boyfriend will find someone to go to Jay Chou concerts with. While that may sound trivial to many (Jay Chou fans excluded), Love is Not Blind strives to connect to people on that wavelength - i.e., the people who take break-ups as the end of the world - and its ability to do so is the film's biggest strength.

Director Teng Huatao, here adapting the Internet novel by Bao Jingjing (who also co-wrote the script with Teng), is best known for television dramas that reflect the concerns of Chinese twenty-somethings towards relationships and their quality of life. About how a young urbanite who learns to stand up again after a traumatic break-up, Love is Not Blind obviously doesn't offer the social commentary Teng's television works do. However, by embracing the triviality of its subject matter and amplifying its importance, the film effectively captured the attitudes of its target demographic with the right balance of sentimentality and humor.

Another thing Teng and Bao succeed at is creating a likable heroine that audiences can relate to. That heroine is Wang Xiaoxian (Bai Baihe), a wedding planner in a stable seven-year relationship with Lu Ran (Guo Jingfei). One day, Xiaoxian catches Lu Ran with her best friend Jiaqi (Jiao Junran), effectively losing both her boyfriend and her best friend in one day.

Much of the conflict in Love is Not Blind lies in Xiaoxian's internal struggle to escape her post-break up funk. With a liberal use of voiceover and scenes of Xiaoxian moping about her home, the film could've become a boring, self-involved mess. However, Xiaoxan's dialogue effectively captures the genuine emotions of someone getting out of a relationship. At the same time, the writers are smart enough to add characters like troublesome client Li Ke (model Zhang Zixuan, speaking with a hilarious fake Taiwanese accent), her wealthy fiancee (David Wang), Xiaoxian's sympathetic boss (Zhang Jiayi) and metrosexual co-worker Wang Yiyang (a wickedly funny Wen Zhang) to drive the story forward.

Xiaoxian and Yiyang's office rivalry and eventual friendship become the film's core, as Yiyang's brand of tough love helps Xiaoxian regain her pride and move on with her life. Featuring one of the best onscreen odd couples in recent memory, Love is Not Blind is at its funniest and most charming when Bai and Wen share the screen. Their relationship is also surprisingly subversive for the genre, intentionally avoiding romance for a heavier emphasis on friendship. Even though Yiyang's sexual orientation is never explicitly mentioned in the film, the film is essentially about the importance of having a non-threatening male in your life. That alone makes Love is Not Blind a refreshing change from the usual romantic comedy.

However, Love is Not Blind is at its weakest when it veers away from Xiaoxian and Yiyang's friendship and Xiaoxian's journey out of heartbreak. While the subplots involving Li Ke's fiance and an old couple celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary work fine in the sprawling narrative structure of a novel, the film drags whenever it turns the focus on those subplots. Even at 110 minutes, the film could have benefitted from another 10 minutes of cuts. And this is despite the existence of a 150-minute extended version that was shown on Chinese television.

Love is Not Blind is worth watching for its two stars and its insights into break-ups. Beneath the glossy images of modern Beijing are genuine emotions and plenty of charm that make the film easy to like. While it doesn't play as well on repeat viewings due to the story's digressions, it is a pleasant, thoughtful urban romantic comedy that really does speak to people. Many Chinese blockbusters make money due to hype machines and advertising tactics, but Love is Not Blind is a rarity in that it's an enjoyable film that was also sold with a clever advertising campaign. In other words, it's a film that actually deserves its success.

by Kevin Ma - LoveHKFilm.com

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