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Romancing in Thin Air (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Sammi Cheng (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Crystal Huang (Actor) | Gao Yuan Yuan (Actor)
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After a lengthy absence from the romance genre, Sammi Cheng finally returns to star opposite Louis Koo in director Johnnie To and screenwriter Wai Ka Fai's Romancing in Thin Air, the team's first film together since 2003's Love for All Seasons. In contrast to their recent urban romantic comedy Don't Go Breaking My Heart, the latest To-Wai collaboration takes romantic drama to a new height in the mythical Shangri-La, supposedly located some 3,800m above sea level in China's Yunnan Province. The breathtaking high-altitude snowscape provides the backdrop to an entrancing tale that tugs at heartstrings like nothing before, thanks in part to the profound chemistry between the charming screen couple, and a great supporting cast that includes Gao Yuanyuan, Wang Baoqiang, Crystal Huang, Wilfred Lau, Tanny Tien, and Li Guangjie.

Movie superstar Michael (Louis Koo) is roundly humiliated when his bride, actress Yuanyuan (Gao Yuanyuan) ditches him at the altar to run off with her childhood sweetheart, a simple miner (Wang Baoqiang). Resorting to alcoholism to soothe his broken heart, a drunken and dejected Michael inadvertently ends up in a truck, which takes him to a small inn on the remote mountains of Shangri-La! The innkeeper Sue (Sammi Cheng) takes this unexpected guest in, and nurses him back to health. Meanwhile, Michael finds out that Sue used to be his biggest fan. Love gradually breeds between the two lonely hearts, but Sue still can't get over her lost husband Xiaotian (Li Guangjie), who disappeared into the forest nearby eight years ago and has never returned...

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Product Title: Romancing in Thin Air (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 高海拔之戀II (2012) (DVD) (香港版) 高海拔之恋II (2012) (DVD) (香港版) 高海抜の恋 (高海拔之戀II) (2012) (DVD) (香港版) Romancing in Thin Air (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Sammi Cheng (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Crystal Huang (Actor) | Gao Yuan Yuan (Actor) | Wilfred Lau (Actor) | Tanny Tien (Actor) | Sun Jia Yi (Actor) | Li Guang Jie (Actor) | Wang Bao Qiang (Actor) | Li Hai Tao (Actor) | Ji Chen (Actor) | Yang Yi (Actor) | Fu Chuan Jie Chuan Jie (Actor) 鄭秀文 (Actor) | 古天樂 (Actor) | 黃奕 (Actor) | 高圓圓 (Actor) | 劉浩龍 (Actor) | 恬 妞 (Actor) | 孫嘉一 (Actor) | 李光潔 (Actor) | 王寶強 (Actor) | 李海濤 (Actor) | 季晨 (Actor) | 楊奕 (Actor) | 傅傳傑 傳傑 (Actor) 郑秀文 (Actor) | 古天乐 (Actor) | 黄奕 (Actor) | 高圆圆 (Actor) | 刘浩龙 (Actor) | 恬 妞 (Actor) | 孙嘉一 (Actor) | 李光洁 (Actor) | 王宝强 (Actor) | 李海涛 (Actor) | 季晨 (Actor) | 杨奕 (Actor) | 傅传杰 传杰 (Actor) 鄭秀文 (サミー・チェン) (Actor) | 古天樂 (ルイス・クー) (Actor) | 黄奕(ホァン・イー) (Actor) | 高圓圓 (カオ・ユアンユアン) (Actor) | 劉浩龍(ウィルフレッド・ラウ) (Actor) | 恬[女丑](ティアン・ニウ) (Actor) | Sun Jia Yi (Actor) | リー・グアンジエ (Actor) | 王宝強 (ワン・バオチャン) (Actor) | Li Hai Tao (Actor) | Ji Chen (Actor) | Yang Yi (Actor) | Fu Chuan Jie Chuan Jie (Actor) Sammi Cheng (Actor) | 고천락 (Actor) | Crystal Huang (Actor) | Gao Yuan Yuan (Actor) | Wilfred Lau (Actor) | Tanny Tien (Actor) | Sun Jia Yi (Actor) | Li Guang Jie (Actor) | 왕보강 (Actor) | Li Hai Tao (Actor) | Ji Chen (Actor) | Yang Yi (Actor) | Fu Chuan Jie Chuan Jie (Actor)
Director: Johnnie To 杜琪峰 杜琪峰 杜琪峰 (ジョニー・トー)  Johnnie To
Release Date: 2012-03-30
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: I, IIA
Duration: 114 (mins)
Publisher: Intercontinental Video (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1030451453

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* Special Features:
- Trailer
- Making Of
- Behind The Scenes

Director: To Kei Fung

Like a scene straight out of a movie, on the day superstar Michael is to marry his actress sweetheart Yuan Yuan, a coal miner shows up and runs off with the bride.

While dodging the paparazzi, Michael inadvertently boards a truck driven by Sue and ends up in Shangri-la.

Sue is the innkeeper of a local inn and allows the rather depressed Michael to stay and get his life back together. During his stay Michael finds out Sue is a die-hand fan and Michael's movies are the links of Sue's marriage. Unfortunately, her husband, Tian, disappeared 7 years ago near the inn and hasn't been found ever since.

Year after year, the rescue team looks for Tian and Sue hasn't given up either. But when hope turns into despair, Sue commits suicide and Michael rescues her. As time goes by, Michael nurses Sue back to health and encourages her to put Tian behind her. When they both sense love is in the air, Sue gets word Tian's body has been found. Unable to forget her husband, Sue turns Michael down.

In memory of this magical journey, Michael turns it into a movie and personally persuades Yuan Yuan to star in the leading role of his film, "Romancing into Thin Air"....
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April 10, 2012

Although best known internationally for his action films and triad thrillers, legendary Hong Kong director Johnnie To has enjoyed huge popularity domestically with romantic comedies and dramas, having collaborated with screenwriter Wai Ka Fai on numerous occasions to great success. Following on from their 2011 outing Don't go Breaking my Heart, the duo team up again for Romancing in Thin Air which also sees the return to the genre of actress Sammi Cheng, who memorably starred for To and Wai in their classic Needing You back in 2000. The film also features a fine leading man in Louis Koo, and a top drawer supporting cast of familiar faces that includes Gao Yuanyuan (Don't go Breaking my Heart), Wang Baoqiang (Love for Life), Crystal Huang (East Meets West), Wilfred Lau (Overheard 2), Tanny Tien (The Jade and the Pearl), and Li Guangjie.

The film starts with Koo as megastar actor Michael, who is watched by the whole nation on live television as his wife to be, actress and co-star Yuanyuan (Gao Yuanyuan) abandons him at the altar and heads off with her childhood love (Wang Baoqiang). Hitting the road and the bottle, Michael wanders the country before ending up at the Deep Woods Inn deep in the wilds of China's Yunnan Province. The inn is run by a woman called Sue (Sammi Cheng), who allows him to stay, helps him to cut back his drinking and nurses him towards physical and emotional health. However, although the two inevitably become close, Sue is still haunted by the disappearance of her husband (Li Guangjie) some seven years back, who got lost in the forest, his body never found.

Romancing in Thin Air certainly has all the hallmarks of a Johnnie To-Wai Ka Fai collaboration, with a character driven approach and a more everyday vibe than most other recent wish fulfilment fantasy style Chinese romances. The film does feel old fashioned in this respect, and definitely in a good way, taking its time to allow the viewer to really connect with the two leads, patiently building up their background and showing a great eye for small but vitally important emotional details. The story itself, though familiar and prone to melodramatic tangents, is a strong one, and there's an air of tragedy to the proceedings which mixes well with the film's more playful aspects. Both Michael and Sue are appealing, sympathetic characters, and the script does a good job of littering their path to happiness with obstacles without ever getting too manipulative, even if the eventual truth regarding her husband stretches things a little.

To is as good at handling this kind of material as he is guns and knives, and the film looks gorgeous throughout, making excellent use of the stunning Yunnan scenery. The film is filled with aerial shots and views of the snowy mountains and forests, and though it verges at times on postcard tourism, it still maintains the grounded feel crucial to its down to earth, real life ambitions. To also manages to get the best out of his stars, and really, the film really does belong to Cheng, who still has the ability to be utterly charming, and is one of the few Hong Kong actresses who can truly light up the screen with her smile. Convincing and likeable, she adds warmth and depth to her role, which in turn makes her pairing with the charismatic Koo believable and affecting. Despite its title, the film isn't particularly romantic as such, though is moving and thoughtful in its depiction of two wounded people trying to move on from painful pasts and find happiness.

Unfortunately, the film doesn't quite get everything right, and falters during the third act, when it moves away from its earlier somewhat fun, bittersweet tone into heavier territory, taking itself more seriously than necessary in the process. Though there's nothing too ponderous, the script does take things a step too far, with a film theme that has the viewer watching the characters watching other characters play out their emotions on screen. This film within a film gambit is clever enough, and there's no doubting what To and Wai were aiming for, but it doesn't work quite as planned, not least since the film industry side of the script till that point had mainly been used for amusing gags and knowing winks.

Though this prevents Romancing in Thin Air from reaching the heights of other To-Wai romances, it by no means sinks the film, and it still has plenty to offer fans of their work. Given a major boost, as ever, by the presence of Sammi Cheng, its character driven approach and mostly effective storytelling certainly mark it as superior to most other Chinese genre films of the last year.

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Romancing moviegoers everywhere Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Every once in a while a movie makes me pause when it reaches its conclusion; I have enjoyed the film so much that I hate to leave it behind. "Romancing in Thin Air" is just such a movie. Sammi Cheng plays Sue, who as a university student travels to a remote hotel in the mountains of Yunnan for a school project. She enjoys the place so much that she returns during school breaks to work at the hotel. Xiaotian (Li Guangjie), the painfully shy proprietor of the hotel, has fallen head over heels in love with Sue, but finds it impossible to express his feelings to her. Sue finally forces his hand and the pair gets married. Soon after their marriage, a boy becomes lost in the trackless forests surrounding the hotel. Xiaotian goes in search of him, becomes lost himself, and never returns.

Years later, the grieving Sue continues to run the hotel and continues to await Xiaotian's return when, out of the blue, Hong Kong movie star Michael Lau (Louis Koo) turns up at the hotel, drunk out of his mind. Michael, too, is grieving; his film star fiancée literally left him standing at the altar when she abandoned him to return to her childhood sweetheart. Michael causes havoc at the inn. He consumes alcohol like water and breaks everything he touches. Sue and the hotel's staff nurse him back to sanity. Along the way, inevitably, Michael falls for Sue. Sue resists; she can't let go of the slim hope that Xiaotian might reappear. When Xiaotian's backpack is found in the forest, Sue loses hope and agrees to meet Michael in Hong Kong. However, upon her arrival in HK, Sue learns that Xiaotian's remains have been found and that at his death his only possession was a metal box containing a her photo. Sue's heart breaks; she realizes that she never can love another and returns to Yunnan.

The movie seemingly had reached its culmination, yet 25 minutes of running time remained. I couldn't imagine how the filmmakers could add anything more without it seeming false, but I underestimated the genius of director Johnnie To and screenwriter Wai Ka Fai. In the last 25 minutes, they take the viewer on an emotional rollercoaster leading to an entirely satisfactory ending. Kudos to Sammi Cheng and Louis Koo for their heartfelt performances. Plaudits to To and Wai for creating a film I won't soon forget.
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Sammi is back Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
This film is not the best we have seen from sammi cheng but its still a delight to see her back on screen. Its an entertaining movie though and a welcome break from all the period movies of late. The blu ray picture quality is not really up there with the best of them lacking definition at times partly due to the rather washed out blacks in the movie. The sound was decent enough with good bass extension on the dts 7.1 track that i played.
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