Passion Island (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3
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Simon (Simon Yam) is the boss of "Passion Island," an escapist island that produces "Passion Weed" for medicinal and/or hallucinogenic use. Simon's estranged ex-wife Joanna (Joan Chen) arrives on the island with the intention of investigating him and his mysterious purple plant for environmental violations. Chu Yu (Francis Ng) has brought his wheelchair-bound fiancee Fan Li (Song Jia) to the island to seek out the healing properties of Passion Weed. Angry Korean Chuell Kim (Chang Chen) is on the island looking for his missing car with the help of Simon's goddaughter, travel guide Janice (Janice Man). Oddities abound as the couples fight, bond and fight some more under the purplish haze of Passion Island.
|Product Title:||Passion Island (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 熱愛島 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) 热爱岛 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) 熱愛島 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) Passion Island (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Francis Ng (Actor) | Song Jia (Actor) | Simon Yam (Actor) | Joan Chen (Actor) | Chang Chen (Actor) | Victor Huang (Actor) | Janice Man (Actor) 吳鎮宇 (Actor) | 宋佳 (Actor) | 任達華 (Actor) | 陳沖 (Actor) | 張震 (Actor) | 黃維德 (Actor) | 文詠珊 (Actor) 吴镇宇 (Actor) | 宋佳 (Actor) | 任达华 (Actor) | 陈冲 (Actor) | 张震 (Actor) | 黄维德 (Actor) | 文咏珊 (Actor) 呉鎮宇 （フランシス・ン） (Actor) | 宋佳（ソン・ジア） (Actor) | 任達華 （サイモン・ヤム） (Actor) | 陳沖（ジョアン・チェン） (Actor) | 張震（チャン・チェン） (Actor) | 黄維徳（ビクター・ホァン） (Actor) | 文詠珊 （ジャニス・マン） (Actor) Francis Ng (Actor) | Song Jia (Actor) | 임 달화 (Actor) | Joan Chen (Actor) | 장첸 (Actor) | Victor Huang (Actor) | Janice Man (Actor)|
|Director:||Kam Kwok Leung 甘國亮 甘国亮 甘國亮（カム・クォックリョン） Kam Kwok Leung|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese|
|Country of Origin:||China|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Sound Information:||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Publisher:||Universe Laser (HK)|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1032497970|
On a magnificent resort in Cagayan, a bunch of people of different background and status will be arriving here for their own reasons and beliefs. It is on this island where they will paint three touching stories of love, family and friendship along with humor and passion. There three different stories will not only attract viewer’ enjoyment as they develop, many underlying values of positivism are messages for further pondering and self-reflection.
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April 30, 2013
"This is art," declares the fake tattoo above Chang Chen's eyebrow. Not quite, but Passion Island does offer the thoroughly unexpected and entertaining opposite of art. I enjoyed it probably way more than I should have.
Directed by actor-director-fashionista-media personality Kam Kwok Leung, Passion Island has the kind of plot that can't be recounted with a straight face. Simon Yam is the overlord of a certain Passion Island, which grows a certain possibly medicinal hallucinogenic called "Passion Weed." Said purplish plant is apparently also bad for the environment, so Joan Chen shows up as the batty activist ex-wife investigating the island. Simon Yam, for reasons unclear, wears flamboyant jackets and no pants, and lives in a strange mansion filled with disturbing monkey paintings.
Meanwhile, Francis Ng and his sickly wife Song Jia come to the island in search of medicinal miracles, and Chang Chen joins the island party as a chauvinistic Korean tourist searching for his missing car. Chang Chen spends the entire film speaking in some mangled, sneering interpretation of the Korean language with Janice Man, dressed head to toe in pink, as his translator and tour guide. To summarize, that's four very respectable actors – Simon Yam, Francis Ng, Chang Chen and Joan Chen – in a film revolving around an imaginary purple plant called Passion Weed.
While it may be tempting to dismiss Passion Island as some kind of low-budget phone-in, the film's background and quirks beg to say otherwise. Passion Island is filled with film geek references, strange parodies, abstract dialogue and arthouse-aspiring nuances, and the cast largely hams it up and plays along in knowing manner. Chang Chen's over-the-top performance alone already seals the purchase for me.
It's difficult to imagine this bizarrely hodgepodge attempt at magical drama and dysfunctional romance playing well to an arthouse audience or a mainstream audience, but if you're looking for a special film – movies don't get much more head-scratchingly special than Passion Island. The best part is, just when you think the film can't get any more inexplicable, it does.