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She Remembers, He Forgets (2015) (DVD + CD) (Special Edition) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Jan Lamb (Actor) | Miriam Yeung (Actor) | Cecilia So (Actor) | Teddy Robin (Producer)
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Following the critical and commercial success of The Way We Dance which turned into a sleeper hit in 2013, director Adam Wong and writer/producer Saville Chan team up again to tell another wistful, youthful Hong Kong story in She Remembers, He Forgets. Set in the present day and the early nineties, the film contrasts the now and then of a married couple, who first met in high school and face a midlife relationship crisis after years together. Miriam Yeung (Little Big Master) and popular Hong Kong personality Jan Lamb play the adult protagonists while newcomers Cecilia So, Nick Yau and Ng Siu Hin anchor the teenage years.

Married for ten years, Gigi (Miriam Yeung) and Shing Wah (Jan Lamb) have reached a stalemate in their relationship, with both consumed by work and barely communicating. A high school reunion prompts Gigi to flash back to memories of her school days when she was close with the rowdy, outgoing Shing Wah and another boy, the smart and serious Bok Man. Back then, the three of them were all members of the school's aviation club, and mired in the dreams and angst of adolescence. Confronted with what her life has become, Gigi begins to wonder what ever happened to Bok Man, and what lies ahead for her and Shing Wah.

This edition comes with the film's soundtrack CD and a paper airplane.

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Product Title: She Remembers, He Forgets (2015) (DVD + CD) (Special Edition) (Hong Kong Version) 哪一天我們會飛 (2015) (DVD + CD) (夢想飛行版) (香港版) 哪一天我们会飞 (2015) (DVD + CD) (梦想飞行版) (香港版) 哪一天我們會飛 (2015) (DVD + CD) (夢想飛行版) (香港版) She Remembers, He Forgets (2015) (DVD + CD) (Special Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Jan Lamb (Actor) | Miriam Yeung (Actor) | Cecilia So (Actor) | Nick Yau (Actor) | Ng Siu Hin (Actor) 林海峰 (Actor) | 楊千嬅 (Actor) | 蘇 麗珊 (Actor) | 游 學修 (Actor) | 吳 肇軒 (Actor) 林海峰 (Actor) | 杨千嬅 (Actor) | 苏 丽珊 (Actor) | 游 学修 (Actor) | 吴 肇轩 (Actor) 林海峰(ジャン・ラム) (Actor) | 楊千嬅 (ミリアム・ヨン) (Actor) | Cecilia So (Actor) | Nick Yau (Actor) | Ng Siu Hin (Actor) Jan Lamb (Actor) | Miriam Yeung (Actor) | Cecilia So (Actor) | Nick Yau (Actor) | Ng Siu Hin (Actor)
Director: Adam Wong 黃修平 黄修平 黄修平 (アダム・ウォン) Adam Wong
Producer: Teddy Robin | Saville Chan 泰迪羅賓 | 陳 心遙 泰迪罗宾 | 陈 心遥 秦迪羅賓(テディー・ロビン) | Saville Chan Teddy Robin | Saville Chan
Release Date: 2016-03-24
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: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIA
Duration: 110 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 160 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1049341579

Product Information

Unfulfilled at work and dissatisfied with her marital life, a middle-aged woman attends a high school reunion and finds a floodgate of flashbacks of her salad days open before her mind’s eyes. She was inseparable with two boys 20 years ago but married one of them eventually. All the memories eventually zero in on one critical incident that changed her life and those of the boys forever.

CD:
01 We Are Young - performed by Feanna Wong
02 Opening
03 Do We Love Each Other
04 Ying Yan School Hymn Live version
05 Is Him
06 Do We Love Each Other (Midnight version)
07 Magic Moment
08 Flying In The Class
09 Girls Talk
10 Don’t Turn My Light Off - performed by Lydia and Day Tai
11 Our Wonderland
12 We Are Young
13 Feather Head
14 We Should Be Happy
15 Today Should Be Happy
16 Is Our Tomorrow
17 Would You?
18 What You Want From Me - performed by Never N
19 School Hymn (Practice version)
20 Bokman Is Flying
21 Nothing Is There
22 Hello - performed by TABI
23 You And I - performed by Amy Tsang
24 He Remembers
25 We Almost Fly
26 We Remembers
27 Forget And Forgive
28 We Almost Fly Theme Song - performed by Feanne Wong
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Professional Review of "She Remembers, He Forgets (2015) (DVD + CD) (Special Edition) (Hong Kong Version)"

February 24, 2016

This professional review refers to She Remembers, He Forgets (2015) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Director Adam Wong and producer Saville Chan, the filmmaking team behind the hit The Way We Dance, get back to work with She Remembers, He Forgets, and everyone's going to be tougher on them this time. Sorry guys, but that's what happens when you’re a couple of unheralded filmmakers who basically come out of nowhere and hit it big. Despite having no stars, The Way We Dance was a surprise critical and box-office hit, and demonstrated that Hong Kong Cinema still had local stories to tell outside of cynical romcoms and self-aware genre callbacks. Like Dance, She Remembers, He Forgets features young actors and a school setting, but the larger budget, big-name leads and adult themes of regret and reconciliation mark this as a more complex and difficult endeavor than an upbeat teen anthem. Good luck, fellas! I'm honestly rooting for you.

She Remembers, He Remembers opens in the present day, following married couple Gigi (Miriam Yeung) and Shing-Wah (Jan Lam) as they muddle through daily life. Gigi works as a travel agent while Shing-Wah runs an interior design firm, and their conflicting work schedules and faltering communication show a marriage mired in a midlife malaise. After attending a college reunion, a nostalgic Gigi recalls her college days, when teen versions of herself (Cecilia So) and Shing-Wah (Nick Yau) met amidst endless lectures and school activities. There was a third party, however: So Bok-Man (Ng Siu-Hin), whose serious intelligence and dreams of flying contrasted with Shing-Wah's irreverent attitude and more grounded creative ambitions. For a while the three were inseparable friends, discussing their future dreams and bonding over a shared pet (Gigi found an abandoned white cockatoo). However, Gigi could only choose one of them.

Of course Gigi eventually chose Shing-Wah, and their fate apparently hinged on a single event: the Ying Yan College Open Day, when Shing-Wah built a miniature Hong Kong while Bok-Man had his own special flight project. Both tried to gain Gigi's attention that day, and periodic flashbacks build towards a climactic reveal of how exactly Gigi chose Shing-Wah over Bok-Man. That's one of the film's two big questions, the second one being, "Where is Bok-Man now?" As the present-day Gigi begins to suspect that Shing-Wah is having an affair, she becomes more active in looking for Bok-Man's whereabouts. Her search requires little more than some Internet surfing and a particularly convenient meeting, but through these actions, Gigi is able to find some realizations about herself and both men. That said, it's pretty easy to figure out where Gigi and Shing-Wah finally end up. The film attempts narrative tension with its structure, but delivers little actual surprise.

Despite its common themes and story elements, She Remembers, He Forgets may be too ambitious. Its non-linear storytelling introduces too many running threads, and Adam Wong can’t keep all of them active or immediate. Shifts between the past and present are inconsistent; sometimes a past scene will relate directly to something in the present, but other times the film simply cuts with no apparent rhythm. The pivotal Open Day event creates suspense but the final reveal doesn’t really justify its use. Gigi's decision of who to love seems like a random happenstance more than a deliberate decision – which may be the filmmakers' intention, as fate's vagaries are a worthwhile subject. However, She Remembers, He Forgets doesn’t work like a Sliding Doors, where the "what if" matters. When the film reveals how Gigi chose Shing-Wah, the response is just, "Oh, that’s how it happened," and we don’t see what was really lost besides one person being sadder than the others.

Also, the reveal removes Gigi's agency, making the younger version feel somewhat like a cipher. Newcomer Cecilia So has a fresh, endearing presence that's hurt by her passivity, while Nick Yau performs decently as the comparatively lesser-developed Shing-Wah. Of the young actors, Ng Siu-Hin makes the strongest impression as Bok-Man, though that may be because the camera focuses on his expressions more, giving him a stronger inner life. As the adult versions of the main characters, Miriam Yeung and Jan Lam are fine. Yeung is immediately believable as a mature woman nearing midlife, while Lam possesses an undercurrent of bitterness that subtly conveys his character's slow, almost begrudging maturation. Unfortunately, the adults do little of real import. They make small moves to find new positivity in their lives, but few decisive actions are taken. For a film about so many identifiable emotions, She Remembers, He Forgets is oddly not that good at making them resonate with the audience.

The film does possess marvelous details. The tone is pleasant, the art direction is great, and the soaring aerial camerawork of Hong Kong shows the city in a stirring, rare light. The depiction of nineties school life is enjoyable; Adam Wong has a real talent for capturing youthful energy, and brings it to the screen with remarkable affect. Select cameos and references add appeal for local audiences, though Wong adds a reference to himself and The Way We Dance that's cringeworthy. Also, the classroom scenes are entertaining. The script offers relevant discussion of youthful dreams, but only partially addresses the practical reality that comes with them. This theme is actually very appropriate, especially given some of the plot turns in the present, but it's ultimately something that just kind of falls by the wayside. She Remembers, He Forgets seems to possess everything that it needs, from themes to emotions to situations, but it can't put everything into its proper place, resulting in a work that, no matter how much it yearns to, doesn’t fully take flight. I admire the effort, though.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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