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Meeting Dr. Sun (2014) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Wei Han Ding (Actor) | Zhan Huai Yun (Actor) | Joseph Chang (Actor) | Nana Lee (Actor)
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Twelve years after Blue Gate Crossing, Yee Chih Yen finally returns with a new feature film in the comedy Meeting Dr. Sun! Doing triple duty as director, producer and scriptwriter for the film, Yee has already won Best Original Screenplay at the Golden Horse Awards for his efforts.

A-zuo (Zhan Huai Yun) is the self-proclaimed poorest high school student in Taipei. Unable to pay his school fees, he devises a plan with his friends to steal and then sell the school's Sun Yat Sen statue. While planning the heist, A-zuo meets the even poorer Xiao Tian (Matthew Wei). Soon after being invited into A-zuo's gang, Xiao Tian steals the group's plans and tools for the heist, which kicks off a battle between the boys for the claim to the statue.

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Product Title: Meeting Dr. Sun (2014) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 行動代號﹕孫中山 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) 行动代号:孙中山 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) 行動代號﹕孫中山 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) Meeting Dr. Sun (2014) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Wei Han Ding (Actor) | Zhan Huai Yun (Actor) | Joseph Chang (Actor) | Nana Lee (Actor) | River Huang (Actor) | Hondulas (Actor) | Bryan Chang (Actor) 魏漢鼎 (Actor) | 詹懷雲 (Actor) | 張孝全 (Actor) | 李 千那 (Actor) | 黃河 (Actor) | 洪都拉斯 (Actor) | 張 書豪 (Actor) 魏汉鼎 (Actor) | 詹怀云 (Actor) | 张孝全 (Actor) | 李 千那 (Actor) | 黄河 (Actor) | 洪都拉斯 (Actor) | 张 书豪 (Actor) Wei Han Ding (Actor) | Zhan Huai Yun (Actor) | 張孝全(ジョセフ・チャン) (Actor) | 李千那 (リー・チェンナー) (Actor) | River Huang (Actor) | Hondulas (Actor) | Bryan Chang (Actor) Wei Han Ding (Actor) | Zhan Huai Yun (Actor) | Joseph Chang (Actor) | Nana Lee (Actor) | River Huang (Actor) | Hondulas (Actor) | Bryan Chang (Actor)
Director: Yee Chih Yen 易智言 易智言 易智言(イ・ツーイェン) Yee Chih Yen
Producer: Li Lieh 李烈 李烈 Li Lieh Li Lieh
Release Date: 2015-04-15
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Taiwan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Publisher: Edko Films Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1039218863

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Lefty (Zhan Huai-yun) is convinced he is the poorest kid at his high school, and desperately needs cash to pay off a school bully. When he spies a bronze statue of Dr. Sun Yat-sen in the school storage room, he hatches a plan to steal and sell it, while another student, Sky (Wei Han-ting), has concocted a similar plan of his own, and before long the two are squaring off to determine who is the more impoverished - and therefore deserving - of the two! Playfully surreal, and quietly poignant, the celebrated director Yee Chih-yen's film manages to address the state of Taiwan's youth and the forgotten legacy of the nation's forefather that should play equally well to young and old audiences alike…
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February 25, 2015

This professional review refers to Meeting Dr. Sun (2014) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)
Director Yee Chih-Yen's last full-length feature was the neo-classic Blue Gate Crossing back in 2002, so the release of his new film Meeting Dr. Sun is cause for minor celebration. At first glance, the actual content of the film offers less to celebrate, as it covers previous Yee territory (i.e., it takes place in high school) and offers a ridiculous premise. High school student Lefty (Chai Huai-Yun) is too poor to pay his school fees, so he decides to steal a metal statue of Sun Yat-Sen stowed in a school storage room and sell it as scrap. Along with three friends, Lefty plots the heist but runs into a snag: He discovers a notebook detailing a plan to steal the exact same Sun Yat-Sen statue. Lefty eventually discovers the identity of his competitor in statue thievery, fellow student Sky (Matthew Wei), and makes contact. There's potential for friendship between the two, but a "stealing Sun Yat-Sen showdown" is imminent. Which of these two poor kids will liberate the replica of China’s founding father from its dusty storage room fate?

Meeting Dr. Sun is an exceptionally dry heist comedy, with laughs that are so deadpan that you almost have to do a double take before you giggle. Using repeated dialogue, obtuse characters and intentionally awkward performances, Yee Chih-Yen offers a clinic on droll absurdity that should tickle anyone who likes this type of humor. That said, there are people who don’t dig dry comedy, especially when it's attached to such prosaic-seeming messages. Meeting Dr. Sun offers simple and easily-discerned platitudes on friendship and cooperation, while avoiding the type of warm humanism that makes Japanese dry comedies so charming and relatable. It's easy to like Lefty and company because they seem innocent and dopey – even when they're planning on committing a crime – but the film doesn't delve deeply enough into their lives or personalities to make them compelling characters. Also, the film's discussion of poverty – at one point, Lefty and Sky compare household incomes – seems superficial. Likewise the heist plan never seems credible and too many scenes play like quirk for quirk's sake. This is a fun idea, but it's also painfully thin.

Still, the film's lightness and simplicity don’t stop it from being entertaining; the absurdity and droll chuckles come slowly but surely, and the characters never stray from being endearing doofuses. When the credits roll, it's easy to see this as just a dumb film about kids learning to do the right thing. However, that reading is deceptive. Beneath the silly premise there's a rich metaphor representing much more than dopey students engaging in a ridiculously-planned theft. The statue of Sun Yat-Sen is key; its status as a dusty object in storage is not just an attempt at topical laughs. Various statues of Sun have been removed from schools and public areas by Taiwan independence activists as a means of further separating Taiwan from its China roots. In a sense, many Taiwan citizens have "forgotten" about Sun Yat-Sen, even though he's the father of modern China, encompassing the mainland Communists, Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang and the newer democratic parties pushing Taiwan independence. Sun Yat-Sen is the father, and right now his children clearly don't get along.

Reading it this way, the film becomes about accord between opposing groups of Chinese – if not between Taiwan and the mainland (it's conspicuous that one kid is named "Lefty"), then between Taiwan’s bickering political factions. Besides the fact that stealing the statue involves "freeing" Sun Yat-Sen, the discussion of poverty runs similar to common political rhetoric. The kids compare who's suffered the most and who should be entitled to the statue. One kid says it's him, another says it's him, and before long they're duking it out ineffectually at the feet of the statue, the father watching his children as they comically come to terms with, well, each other. When the kids finally settle their differences, it speaks to far more than "boys getting along" – it represents the realization of shared experience, the rediscovery of an identity, and a hope for a better tomorrow. Meeting Dr. Sun may have a shallow story but its subtext is rich, thoughtful and surprisingly accomplished. Not bad for a movie that, at first glance, seems so very dumb.

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Poverty and...comedy?
At first thought, it may be hard to reconcile the idea of comedy being paired with a nuanced, respectful, non-exploitative depiction of poverty, but when the director is Yee Chih Yen, and the movie in question is his first since Blue Gate Crossing (a whopping 12 years ago), you just have to go along with it and trust that it'll turn out brilliantly. Lo and behold, that trust pays off handsomely in the charming Meeting Dr. Sun.

Starring a group of fresh-faced newcomers, Meeting Dr. Sun starts with A-zuo (Zhan Huai Yun), a Taipei highschooler so poor he has to duck into supply closets to avoid being asked to pay his class fees. During one of these hiding sessions, he discovers a neglected bronze statue of Dr. Sun Yat-sen. Eyeing the money that could be made by selling the statue as scrap metal, he hatches a plan for a heist, roping in three of his friends along the way. However, he soon discovers that he's not the only one with designs on the statue, with a rival heist being planned by Xiao Tian (Matthew Wei), who claims to be even poorer than A-zuo. After a "competition" to see who's truly the poorer of the two, a battle of dueling heists ensues.

Yee portrays the boys' situations matter-of-factly, driving home the poignancy without ever being preachy or cloying. The audience is never once manipulated or even asked to feel sorry for the boys. They are poor; that is a fact, and most of the action in the film is indeed driven by the fact that they are poor. Still, Yee is careful to make sure that poverty doesn't define these characters. Yee also never loses sight of the fact that this is a comedy, delivering joke after (extremely deadpan) joke to great effect, if you're into that sort of humor, which luckily I am. Repetition and callbacks reign supreme, and for their parts, Zhan and Wei ably hammer home the jokes with their intentionally awkward and stilted line readings that nonetheless allow their youthful energy to shine through.

Near the end of the film, a scene of the statue of Dr. Sun Yat-sen in transit spells out the thesis of the film in an understated manner. It's a wistful, somewhat melancholic scene, but the film maintains a hopeful, rather joyful note to the end, declaring that while poverty affects the boys, they, as people, are by no means defined by it.

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