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Love Lifting (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Chapman To (Actor) | Elanne Kwong (Actor) | Tanny Tien (Actor) | Jun Kung (Actor)
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Versatile Hong Kong director Herman Yau continues with his experimentation in various genres, and his latest is the athletic romance Love Lifting. Based on an inspirational true story, the film stars Chapman To (Mr. & Mrs. Gambler) in a refreshingly plain and sincere leading man role opposite idol singer/actress Elanne Kwong (Basic Love), who gained 20 pounds for her acting breakthrough playing a retired weightlifter. Their unexpected chemistry as a couple proved crucial in lifting the emotional power of the incredibly touching romantic drama.

Guangdong athlete Li Li (Elanne Kwong) is forced to give up weightlifting when she is diagnosed with diabetes. She moves to Hong Kong and scrapes a living doing manual labor jobs. Life is tough for sure, but she always holds her chin up with courage and optimism, which are exactly what Shi Yong (Chapman To) sorely needs. The man has nearly been crushed by the failure of his business and marriage, and meeting Li puts his life back on track. The two soon fall in love, and Shi Yong finds her a new job as a fitness coach and encourages her to get back into championship weightlifting. He's even willing to stay home as a househusband to support her, but a sudden accident threatens to undo what they've achieved to uphold her - or rather their - dream...

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Product Title: Love Lifting (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 高舉‧愛 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) 高举‧爱 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) 高舉‧愛 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) Love Lifting (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: Holding Love High 高舉愛情 高举爱情 Holding Love High Holding Love High
Artist Name(s): Chapman To (Actor) | Elanne Kwong (Actor) | Tanny Tien (Actor) | Jun Kung (Actor) | Cheung Tong Cho (Actor) | Lee Fung (Actor) | Huang Jian Xin (Actor) | Terence Siufay (Actor) | Bob Lam (Actor) | Zhang Song Wen (Actor) | Xu Zheng Xi (Actor) 杜汶澤 (Actor) | 江若琳 (Actor) | 恬 妞 (Actor) | 恭 碩良 (Actor) | 張同祖 (Actor) | 李楓 (Actor) | 黃建新 (Actor) | 小肥 (Actor) | 林盛斌 (Actor) | 張 頌文 (Actor) | 徐 正希 (Actor) 杜汶泽 (Actor) | 江若琳 (Actor) | 恬 妞 (Actor) | 恭 硕良 (Actor) | 张同祖 (Actor) | 李枫 (Actor) | 黄建新 (Actor) | 小肥 (Actor) | 林盛斌 (Actor) | 张 颂文 (Actor) | 徐 正希 (Actor) 杜汶澤 (チャップマン・トー) (Actor) | 江若琳(エレイン・コン) (Actor) | 恬[女丑](ティアン・ニウ) (Actor) | 恭碩良(ジュン・コン) (Actor) | 張同祖 (チョン・トンチョー) (Actor) | Lee Fung (Actor) | Huang Jian Xin (Actor) | 小肥 (テレンス・シウフェイ) (Actor) | 林盛斌(リン・シェンビン) (Actor) | Zhang Song Wen (Actor) | Xu Zheng Xi (Actor) Chapman To (Actor) | Elanne Kwong (Actor) | Tanny Tien (Actor) | Jun Kung (Actor) | Cheung Tong Cho (Actor) | Lee Fung (Actor) | Huang Jian Xin (Actor) | Terence Siufay (Actor) | Bob Lam (Actor) | Zhang Song Wen (Actor) | Xu Zheng Xi (Actor)
Director: Herman Yau 邱禮濤 邱礼涛 邱禮濤(ハーマン・ヤウ) Yau Lai To
Release Date: 2012-05-17
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0, 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: IIB
Duration: 92 (mins)
Publisher: Universe Laser (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1030864282

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Director: Yau Lai To

Li is a weightlifter in Mainland China who quits the field due to diabetes. It’s tough for Li as she lacks professional skills while with a heavy burden of medical expenses, she has to work as a laborer to earn a living. Yun failed in both business and marriage, he meets Li at the time he loses his direction in life. Yun falls into Li little by little, he determines to support Li to strive for her dream, and he later gets Li a job as a fitness trainer.

Yun realizes his wife still desires for national weightlifting champion. Yun pays a lot of of effort to convince Chen, the former national champion, to be the coach of Li. Li is moved by Yun and agrees to take up the challenge again, she start s intensive training in Guangzhou and tries to get back on track….
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Professional Review of "Love Lifting (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

May 28, 2012

A movie about a female weightlifter? And she's played by waif-like idol singer Elanne Kong? Who would believe this cinematic combination? Well believe it, because in Love Lifting, director Herman Yau makes his weightlifting heroine into a believable and enjoyable protagonist, and Elanne Kong is genuinely engaging in the role. Co-written by Yau, Yang Yee-Shan (Whispers and Moans) and Yang Ya-Wen, Love Lifting is a solidly inspirational and sometimes too-chipper sports drama that won't find a very large audience outside of Hong Kong. Credit or blame Herman Yau for that - the director has never been one to overplay a film's premise, meaning Love Lifting is not a manufactured zero-to-hero tale that will get audiences everywhere cheering in the aisles. The film is, however, worthwhile in its own agreeable, low-key way.

Li Li (Elanne Kong) is a female weightlifter with dreams of Olympic gold, but she's forced into early retirement by her diabetes. At a tough time in her life, Li Li makes ends meet with odd jobs requiring use of her physical strength, while constantly smiling and keeping a positive attitude. She catches the eye of failed bar owner Shek Yung (Chapman To), and before long he's finding her new jobs, then taking her to dinner and finally marrying her. The two start a happy home, and though her diabetes causes risk, she bravely goes through with a surprise pregnancy. Li Li and Yung are now proud parents with a seaside flat, steady working class jobs and stable, caring neighbors and friends. Life obviously is pretty OK, but Li Li still thinks about her weightlifting days, and Yung is far too sensitive not to notice.

At Yung's urging, weightlifting coach Chan Chiu (Zhang Song-Wen) takes Li Li under his wing, ushering her return to competition and potentially the 2012 Olympic Games. What follows is a relatively low-key look at how a person suffering diabetes might attempt an athletic comeback - a process that comes with red tape, prejudice and problems at home and in the gym. The script never fully explains what Li Li's fascination with weightlifting is, but that’s fine. Not everything in life requires explanation, and Herman Yau propels the film forward so assuredly that it never lacks convince. Love Lifting is dramatic but not melodramatic, and doesn't milk its tear-jerking twists more than it has to. The film does have narrative debits: some dialogue is pointed and cheesy, and a surprising third act event smells like a standard melodrama device. Thankfully, the film moves past those events quickly and cleanly, never lingering long enough to hinder the film or the audience.

There are a multitude of themes at play in Love Lifting, among them the power of love, and also how positive thinking can kick all sorts of ass. True to Yang Yee-Shan's other work, there’s a social conscience here but it’s not overbearing or too didactic. There's little darkness and really no enemies - no Cobra Kai bad guys show up to make Li Li's rise to contender a harrowing one, and the true villains of the piece are bad luck and life's vagaries. Yung's ex-wife is the only truly negative character, and she's just a disembodied phone voice asking for alimony payments. Everyone else is super cool and admits their errors instantly or eventually. Actually, everyone is probably too well-intentioned, but given the film's short running time and positive message, this lack of negativity is less a flaw and more of a feature. There's complexity in the film's subject matter but Herman Yau and his writers never really choose to address it.

Acting is solid if not complex. Chapman To’s Yung is flawed but clear-headed; he recognizes his mistakes and never seems ashamed to place his wife's needs and dreams in front of his own. To is a good enough actor that he can do earnest without winking too much, and he's got a fine screen partner in Elanne Kong, who convincingly makes Li Li into an engaging character. Kong seems like a bad fit for a weightlifter, but she so completely throws herself into the role that nagging doubts disappear quickly. Also, Kong convinces that there's emotion beneath her ever-present smile, a minor but welcome development in Kong's previously limited acting repertoire. Like some of Herman Yau's smaller efforts, the film has a local affection and sense of community that's warm and beguiling. International cineastes may not care all that much, but Kong, To and Yau convince that Love Lifting's characters are decent people well worth knowing. That may not be worth loud celebration, but quiet applause is appropriate.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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

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December 6, 2014

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Heavy lifting Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
Weightlifter Li Li (Elanne Kwong) is on her way to Olympic glory when, after a stunning collapse in competion, it is discovered that she has diabetes and her coach terminates her athletic career. Bar owner Yung (Chapman To) sees both his marriage and his business fail. Li Li (often called 'Strong Girl') and Yung end up as neighbors, with both working odd jobs to make ends meet. The amiable pair soon strike up a friendship that turns into romance, then marriage, then parenthood. The couple seems ready to build a simple, loving life together, yet Yung senses that, with the 2008 Olympics looming, his wife quietly yearns to return to athletic competition. Yung entices a high profile coach to train Li Li and see just how far she can go in competition with proper management of her diabetic condition.

That's the simple premise of director Herman Yau's romantic drama "Love Lifting", which apparently is based upon a true story. Perhaps because it was based in real events, the film suffers from over-earnestness and a general lack of subtlety. The problem lies with both the script and the techniques used to film that script. As for those techniques, the cinematography -- apart from a few lovely vistas of the Pearl River Delta -- suffocates with a claustrophobic tunnel vision; one seldom gets much sense of the physical context in which the action takes place. The film's often cheesy incidental music rarely serves to amplify the film's emotions. The heavy-handed script resolves all problems simply and quickly and delivers its plot points with the subtlety of a barbell to the head. There is precious little room for nuance.

Fortunately, "Love Lifting" is blessed with natural, affecting performances from Chapman To and Elanne Kwong. Their portrayals of genuinely kind, thoughtful people are the reason to watch this film. Parents should screen this film first before permitting their young children to see it; the movie includes a vehicular accident, the bloody aftermath of which might be too shocking for little tykes.
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