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Natural Born Lovers (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region All

Julian Cheung (Actor) | Annie Liu (Actor) | Oscar Leung (Actor) | Mandy Wong (Actor)
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Hong Kong romance director Patrick Kong's (Love Is The Only Answer) latest film Natural Born Lovers pairs up handsome singer-actor Julian Cheung Chi Lam (The Grandmasters) with gorgeous actress Annie Liu (Exodus). Reportedly inspired by a true story, the lighthearted urban romance has a bigger emphasis on comedy compared to the director's past films, but still features loads of his unique insights on relationship. When pastry chef Lam (Cheung) meets nurse Bo (Liu), he is instantly attracted to her by her angelic beauty and ladylike grace. They soon fall madly in love with each other, but Lam begins to see the not-so-desirable side of her: that she is a control freak prone to jealousy, paranoia and violence! Bo obsessively spies on him all day, invading his privacy with unauthorized access to his phone calls and online accounts. Unable to escape this "love maniac," Lam counter-investigates her, leading him to the surprising discovery of the secret behind her outrageous behaviors...
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Product Title: Natural Born Lovers (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 天生愛情狂 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) 天生爱情狂 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) 天生愛情狂 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) Natural Born Lovers (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Julian Cheung (Actor) | Annie Liu (Actor) | Oscar Leung (Actor) | Mandy Wong (Actor) | Philip Keung (Actor) | Jacqueline Chong (Actor) | Anna Kay (Actor) | Jason Chan (Actor) | Zhu Xun (Actor) | Kathy Yuen (Tong Yee) (Actor) | Mandy Lieu (Actor) | Ava Yu (Actor) | Ciwi Lam (Actor) | Jinny Ng (Actor) | Justin Cheung (Actor) | Mark Wu (Actor) | Linah M. (Actor) | Christine Kuo (Actor) | Sukie S (Actor) 張智霖 (Actor) | 劉 心悠 (Actor) | 梁 烈唯 (Actor) | 黃 智雯 (Actor) | 姜浩文 (Actor) | 莊 思敏 (Actor) | 葉 子淇 (Actor) | 陳 柏宇 (Actor) | 朱薰 (Actor) | 湯怡 (Actor) | Mandy Lieu (Actor) | 廖羽翹 雨僑 (Actor) | 林司敏 (Actor) | 吳 若希 (Actor) | 張 建聲 (Actor) | 胡 耀輝 (Actor) | 松岡李那 (Actor) | 苟 芸慧 (Actor) | 石 詠莉 (Actor) 张智霖 (Actor) | 刘 心悠 (Actor) | 梁 烈唯 (Actor) | 黄 智雯 (Actor) | 姜浩文 (Actor) | 庄 思敏 (Actor) | 叶 子淇 (Actor) | 陈 柏宇 (Actor) | 朱薰 (Actor) | 汤怡 (Actor) | Mandy Lieu (Actor) | 廖羽翘 雨侨 (Actor) | 林司敏 (Actor) | 吴 若希 (Actor) | 张 建声 (Actor) | 胡 耀辉 (Actor) | 松冈李那 (Actor) | 苟 芸慧 (Actor) | 石 咏莉 (Actor) 張智霖(チョン・チーラム) (Actor) | 劉心悠 (アニー・リウ) (Actor) | Oscar Leung (Actor) | Mandy Wong (Actor) | 姜皓文(キョン・ヒウマン) (Actor) | 莊思敏(ジャクリーン・チョン) (Actor) | 葉熙祺 (アンナ・ケイ、イエ・シーチー) (Actor) | 陳柏宇(ジェイソン・チャン) (Actor) | 朱薰(ヂュウ・シュン) (Actor) | 湯怡 (キャシー・トン) (Actor) | Mandy Lieu (Actor) | 羽翹 (アヴァ) (Actor) | Ciwi Lam (Actor) | 吳若希(ジニー・ン) (Actor) | Justin Cheung (Actor) | Mark Wu (Actor) | Linah M. (Actor) | 苟芸慧(クリスティン・クオ) (Actor) | Sukie S (Actor) Julian Cheung (Actor) | Annie Liu (Actor) | Oscar Leung (Actor) | Mandy Wong (Actor) | Philip Keung (Actor) | Jacqueline Chong (Actor) | Anna Kay (Actor) | Jason Chan (Actor) | Zhu Xun (Actor) | Kathy Yuen (Tong Yee) (Actor) | Mandy Lieu (Actor) | Ava Yu (Actor) | Ciwi Lam (Actor) | Jinny Ng (Actor) | Justin Cheung (Actor) | Mark Wu (Actor) | Linah M. (Actor) | Christine Kuo (Actor) | Sukie S (Actor)
Director: Patrick Kong 葉 念琛 叶 念琛 葉念琛(パトリック・コン) Patrick Kong
Release Date: 2013-01-25
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM)
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 106 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1032297270

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Director: Patrick Kong

Inspired by a true story, it tells an implausible love experience with insanity.
Popular pastry chef Tyler acquaints with murse Bobo, and falls in love with her. Not too long before Tyler realizes Bobo is an oversensitive girlfriend; being suspicious, jealous and controlling. She keeps track on Tyler’s whereabouts 24/7, and even secretly installs a GPS system on his mobile phone to spy on his private life.

Tyler is desperate to get rid of his crazy love, but it turns out they are a perfect match.
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Professional Review of "Natural Born Lovers (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

February 15, 2013

Patrick Kong, Hong Kong's top purveyor of cynical urban romantic comedy, returns with more of the same in Natural Born Lovers. It's easy enough to see why Kong has proved so popular with audiences, as in trying to balance rom-com fluffiness with skepticism and darker touches, he does offer something a little different and less patronising than most genre fare. After a brief flirtation with horror with Hong Kong Ghost Stories, his latest outing sees him returning to more familiar territory, following up on Love is the Only Answer with another tale of love torture and rocky relationships.

The plot is certainly very Patrick Kong, following actor and singer Julian Cheung Chi Lam (The Grandmasters) as Tayler, a pastry chef and former child star, who meets and falls for gorgeous nurse Bo (Annie Liu, Exodus). Although everything seems to be going well at first, Lam soon comes to realise that there's something lurking behind her lovely smile, as Bo shows her true colours as a crazed control freak dead-set on taking over every aspect of his life. Robbed of his privacy and finding himself being stalked every minute of the day, he tries to get to the bottom of her strange behaviour, though it looks increasingly unlikely that their relationship will survive.

With Natural Born Lovers Patrick Kong again celebrates the complexity of modern romance, with much of the film revolving around his characters lying to and deceiving each other, and finding out unpleasant truths about the ones they love. This does add a welcome amount of realism, and as with most of his other films, there's a pleasing lack of moralising on show, even if the tone is at times a little uncertain. The film has somewhat more of a comedic bent than other of his recent efforts, with a fair amount of farce and gags at the expense of poor Lam as he gradually comes to realise the extent of Bo's madness. Most of the humour is dialogue based rather than slapstick, and the script is reasonably witty throughout, enough so to raise a decent quotient of laughs. Kong also shows a more wilful eccentricity in terms of some very bizarre throwaway plot details that pepper the film, including Tayler's child star past (which rears its head only once before being swept under the carpet), a cursed lift and his ability to bake "memory cake" (cue flashbacks), none of which make any sense or play any real narrative purpose, but which serve to make for an agreeably oddball feel.

It's probably just as well that the film doesn't take itself too seriously, since its central coupling is hampered by the fact that Bo is clearly a bit of a nightmare, something which doesn't naturally lend itself to cinematic romance. This isn't really a bad thing, again helping the film to stand out from the usual genre sappiness, and it benefits from the fact that things actually do get quite dark, especially for any viewers who have experienced the same kind of possessiveness and borderline stalking. To be fair, the characters themselves are generally likeable or at least amusing, and the film balances drama and comedy well enough to make it engaging despite the lack of emotional payoff, and Kong does win points for not for going for simple explanations or a dot-connecting wrap up. Both Julian Cheung and Annie Liu do solid work in their roles, and this also helps make up for some of the film's clumsiness, Kong still not quite yet having honed his craft to the level of being considered more than a competent film maker.

Natural Born Lovers is certainly up to the standard of his other films of the last few years, and comes as both a straightforward recommendation for fans and a perfectly reasonable place to start for Kong newcomers. Though flawed, the film offers an interesting take on the scheming at the heart of many modern relationships, and this healthy and amusing dose of cynicism does make for entertaining and occasionally sharp viewing.

by James Mudge – BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "Natural Born Lovers (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)

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October 15, 2015

Pretty people with peculiar problems Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Writer/director Patrick Kong is drawn to telling love stories and is maturing in his storytelling ability. Unfortunately for the lovebirds depicted in his films, Kong sees people as being so deeply flawed as to make them incapable of enjoying enduring relationships. In the prototypical Kong film, an attractive couple meets sweetly, falls hard for each other, then finds creative ways to undermine their love. Welcome to the world of "Natural Born Lovers".

Taylor (Julian Cheung), a successful pastry chef, and Bobo (Annie Liu), a caring nurse in an HK hospital, are a perfectly imperfect Kongian couple. Both are gorgeous, smart, and capable. They seem well-suited for each other, and their mutual attraction becomes irresistible. But once they have expressed their affection for each other, their flaws begin to emerge. Bobo becomes cataclysmically clingy, while Taylor begins spinning lies to escape Bobo's unceasing attentions.

Is there hope for our languishing lovers? Kong relates his tale with a warmth and quirky good humor that keeps viewers happily engaged even as his characters become unhappily disengaged. Much of the film's charm is owed to Julian Cheung and Annie Liu, both of whom give remarkably natural, unaffected performances ... and did I mention that they are gorgeous? While the film's closing scenes feel a bit manipulated and manipulative, "Natural Born Lovers" is my favorite so far of the Kong canon.
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