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McDull, Prince de la Bun (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
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Hong Kong animation production McDull, Prince De La Bun might feature a cute looking pig, but if you think this is all McDull is, think again. McDull was never intended just for children, and this film, the second McDull movie after My Life as McDull, is a satirical allegory of life and change in Hong Kong society. Travelling back to Hong Kong in the 1960s, the animation provides photo-realistic drawings to depict an old Hong Kong that has since faded away.

The film is voiced by some wonderful talent, including Andy Lau, Anthony Wong, and Sandra Ng. Experience the magic of McDull with this heartwarming story about life in Hong Kong.

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Product Title: McDull, Prince de la Bun (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 麥兜.菠蘿油王子 (Blu-ray) (香港版) 麦兜.菠萝油王子 (Blu-ray) (香港版) McDull, Prince de la Bun (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) McDull, Prince de la Bun (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Andy Lau | Anthony Wong | Sandra Ng | Brian Tse | Alice Mak | Jan Lamb | the pancakes | McDull | Eman Lam | Cedric Chan 劉 德華 | 黃 秋生 | 吳君如 | 謝立文 | 麥家碧 | 林海峰 | the pancakes | 麥兜 | 林二汶 | 陳浩峰 刘 德华 | 黄 秋生 | 吴君如 | 谢立文 | 麦家碧 | 林海峰 | the pancakes | 麦兜 | 林二汶 | 陈浩峰 劉徳華 (アンディ・ラウ) | 黄秋生 (アンソニー・ウォン) | 呉君如 (サンドラ・ン) | ブライアン・ツェー  | アリス・マク | 林海峰(ジャン・ラム) | the pancakes (ザ・パンケークス) | McDull | 林二汶 (イーマン・ラム) | Cedric Chan 유덕화 | Anthony Wong | Sandra Ng | Brian Tse | Alice Mak | Jan Lamb | the pancakes | McDull | Eman Lam | Cedric Chan
Director: Toe Yuen 袁建滔 袁建滔 Toe Yuen Toe Yuen
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2009-10-17
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Closed Captioning: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Rating: I
Duration: 78 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1021464130

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Director: Yuan Jian Tao

  To make way for a better tomorrow, in McDull's hometown, a sprawl of old housing is coming down like ten pins. To ensure a secure future for herself and family, Mrs. Mac is buying up insurance policies, U.S. dollars, gold and toilet paper. Except for McDull's father, who long ago abandoned all interest in what lies ahead and set off to find a fantasy in his life. Obsessed with delusions of grandeur as The Pineapple Bun Prince, McDull's father is lost to his kingdom, his love, and his awesome rose in his memory...
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Professional Review of "McDull, Prince de la Bun (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

September 5, 2005

This professional review refers to McDull, Prince de la Bun
One is almost inclined to forgive McDull, Prince de la Bun if it had been anything other than pretty good. After all, the original was such a good film, and its epic telling of the life and times of one piglet named McDull would seem to make a sequel quite irrelevant. Not so, as Prince de la Bun proves to be a winner in many ways. While still retaining its whimsical and funny side, the sequel has also kept the realities of life, but presents it through the façade of animation. Somehow, things just seem a lot easier to swallow when animated.

With all the cast and crew back for the second go 'round, it's easy to see why the film has such a strong continuity with the first. Elementary school student McDull is once again back in action, stumbling through life with his quirky, acid-tongued mother while at the same time trying to uncover answers to why his leg keeps shaking. The school Principal, voiced by Anthony Wong, is no help, and neither is good-natured teacher Miss Chan. And the doctor is too preoccupied with listing all the things he doesn't do as a general practitioner to be much help. Maybe the answer lies in the story McDull's mother (voiced by Sandra Ng) tells, about a certain moronic prince who became a moronic bloke.

If you liked My Life as McDull, there's absolutely no reason why you shouldn't love the sequel. If possible, the sequel might just be better than the original in some ways. (Hey, it was possible with Spider-Man 2, why can't it be possible with McDull?) With Toe Yuen once again behind the camera (so to speak), and the script by original McDull creators Alice Mak and Brian Tse, there's no sense that the sequel was made for the sake of making a sequel to a highly popular and commercially successful film. (Although profit was no doubt a major motivation, but I digress.)

In many ways, the story about the prince of buns, which is actually a story about McDull's father (voiced by, of all people, Andy Lau), helps to solidify our impressions of McDull's mother. We understand her a lot more, as well as sympathize with the poor woman, whose only hope nowadays seems to be waiting for the urban renewal program to reach her apartment so she can sell out as quickly as possible.

Once more, much is made of the Hong Kong skyline. Buildings topple and crash to the streets in the middle of traffic under the worship of Urban Development, and it's all done with the kind of elaborate choreography only possible in animation. When the film flashes back to its past, there's an idyllic feel to the city as it existed once upon a time. Which brings me to the tonal shift in the film, which is not quite as abrupt as was the case with the original. Whereas the original mentioned the death of McDull's mother as almost a curious passing, the change from a fantastical story about a "moronic bun" that lost his way and became a "moronic bloke" is done with much more maturity, resulting in an easier transition when it becomes obvious that the story about young McDull is actually that of his wayward father.

Not to worry, because the cute factor is still present to gush over. The little creatures that stand in for young children are still cuddly and cute (although curiously there is still no effort to explain why some characters are drawn as animals). McDull himself hasn't changed a bit, which seems about right since little time has passed between the sequel and the original. The comedy is still fresh, not to mention riotously funny. Anthony Wong, once again (literally) donning many hats, gets to provoke even more laughter this time around. His scenes with Sandra Ng are just brilliant, and how the two actors can flow with the prodigious dialogue they are given is quite a marvel.

Although its animation seems to be geared towards children, McDull, Prince de la Bun can easily be enjoyed by adults. In fact, adults would probably get more out of the films than kids ever could. The scenes with McBing, McDull's father, in particular are quite heavy at times. A mixture of the fantastical with some grounded storytelling, this interlude into the past is most effective when there is no dialogue. A portrait of a man who can't face the present much less the future, McBing comes across as a very tragic figure. Equally tragic is McDull's mother, who has soldier on to raise a son by herself. To see her as the young girl, brimming with life (as well as a mouth that just won't quit) is quite a departure from the solemn and serious Mrs. McDull that we have come to know.

In a lot of ways, the McDull movies remind me of the films of Hayao Miyazaki, whose own films always managed to reveal great humanity underneath their cuddly animals and wild storytelling. Toe Yuen and company have made another terrific film that they can be proud of. It's not everyday that "cartoons", if you will, can be this entertaining, funny, and still teach you a lesson or two about being all too human. Movie Grade: 4 out of 5 stars

By Nix - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "McDull, Prince de la Bun (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4.7 out of 10 (3)

Kevin Kennedy
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June 15, 2010

This customer review refers to McDull, Prince de la Bun (DTS Version) (Regular Version)
Prince de la snooze Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
As a huge fan of "My Life As McDull" (I described it as "one of the funniest, most heart-breaking, and most heart-warming animated films I've ever seen"), I was excited to finally get a look at its sequel, the fancifully-entitled "McDull Prince de la Bun". Perhaps the viewing experience is different for those who speak Cantonese and reside in Hong Kong, but for me "Prince de la Bun" was quite a letdown. It was as if the filmmakers were determined not to repeat any of the elements that made the first film so uniquely charming; what replaces those elements tends to be quite depressing and even tedious.

The central theme of the film is shaped by a story that McDull's mother tells him as a way of teaching McDull about his absent father McBing, who is depicted as a young prince who grows up to be a 'bloke', a very average and not particularly responsible man. Elements of the film work wonderfully. There is a hilarious scene in which a doctor seeks to explain why a specialist is needed to diagnose the cause of McDull's shaking leg. (Sandra Ng and Anthony Wong work wonders with this motor-mouthed dialogue.) There's a very touching and funny sequence in which the child prince and a pizza delivery boy go on a journey. And the film's soundtrack music is priceless. However, "McDull Prince de la Bun" leaves one with the impression of buildings being knocked down and a delightful little prince growing up to be rather boring drudge.

Because so much of the story consists of the fantasy tale that McDull's mom spins, the film contains much less of the sense of place that so enriched the first McDull film. And the wonderful characters of McDull and his classmates are almost beside the point in this movie. "Prince de la Bun" gives the viewer an opportunity to learn more about McDull's parents, but it fails to capture the joyfully naive optimism of its predecessor.
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Jacky
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September 9, 2006

This customer review refers to McDull, Prince de la Bun (DTS Version) (Regular Version)
DISAPPOINTING Customer Review Rated Bad 1 - 1 out of 10
Sorry, but I'm not too keen on this film, a real disappointment despite the wealth of talented HK actors who provide the voices of the characters.

I found the story to be disjointed and incomprehensible and the quality of the animation to be poor.
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Anonymous

October 6, 2004

This customer review refers to McDull, Prince de la Bun (DTS Version) (Deluxe Version)
What a Great...Pig? Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
Great Humour, Great Characters, a little hard to follow and longer than it needs to be, but all in all a great film.
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