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So Young (2013) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Mark Chao (Actor) | Yang Zi Shan (Actor) | Han Geng (Actor) | Bao Bei Er (Actor)
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Top actress Vicki Zhao makes her directorial debut with the blockbuster feature So Young, a coming-of-age romantic drama about a group of college friends, then and now. Starring Yang Zishan (In Case of Love), Mark Chao (Caught in the Web) and pop star Han Geng (My Kingdom), the film has turned into one of China's biggest box office hits of 2013. Based on Xin Yiwu's novel, So Young follows a circle of friends from their bright, rambunctious campus adventures in the mid-90s to their post-university trials in the oughties, linked together by the emotional struggles that transcend the years. An ode to youth – and to youth lost – So Young is the story of a young woman's love and growth, the story of a group of friends over time and the story of a generation mired in change.

Small-town girl Zheng Wei (Yang Zishan) moves to the big city to attend university and reunite with her childhood sweetheart Li Jing (Han Geng), but it turns out he has left for the States without a word. Though broken-hearted, Zheng Wei makes do and makes friends quickly thanks to her loud, outgoing personality. With her roommates, she forms a lifelong bond through thick and thin. But there's one person who rubs her the wrong way: serious classmate Chen Xiaozheng (Mark Chao), who has little patience for Zheng Wei's feisty, willful ways. She mocks him and fights with him – and then she realizes she likes him. Forming an unlikely couple, Zheng Wei and Xiaozheng become the beacon of each other's college days. When college comes to an end, however, life will send friends and lovers in different directions... and then back together years later as different people.

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Product Title: So Young (2013) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 致我們終將逝去的青春 (2013) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 致我们终将逝去的青春 (2013) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 致我們終將逝去的青春 (2013) (Blu-ray) (香港版) So Young (2013) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: 致青春 致青春
Artist Name(s): Mark Chao (Actor) | Yang Zi Shan (Actor) | Han Geng (Actor) | Bao Bei Er (Actor) | Ryan Zheng (Actor) | Huang You Ming (Actor) | Tong Li Ya (Actor) | Zhang Yao (Actor) | Maggie Jiang (Actor) 趙 又廷 (Actor) | 楊子姍 (Actor) | 韓庚 (Actor) | 包貝爾 (Actor) | 鄭愷 (Actor) | 黄宥明 (Actor) | 佟 麗婭 (Actor) | 張瑤 (Actor) | 江 疏影 (Actor) 赵 又廷 (Actor) | 杨子姗 (Actor) | 韩庚 (Actor) | 包贝尔 (Actor) | 郑恺 (Actor) | 黄宥明 (Actor) | 佟 丽娅 (Actor) | 张瑶 (Actor) | 江 疏影 (Actor) 趙又廷 (マーク・チャオ) (Actor) | ヤン・ズーシャン (Actor) | 韓庚 (ハンギョン) (Actor) | バオ・ベイアル (Actor) | Ryan Zheng (Actor) | 黄宥明(ホアン・ヨウミン) (Actor) | 佟麗婭(トン・リーヤー ) (Actor) | ジャン・ヤオ[張瑶] (Actor) | 江疏影(ジャン・シューイン) (Actor) Mark Chao (Actor) | 양자산 (Actor) | 한경 (Actor) | Bao Bei Er (Actor) | Ryan Zheng (Actor) | Huang You Ming (Actor) | Tong Li Ya (Actor) | Zhang Yao (Actor) | Maggie Jiang (Actor)
Director: Vicki Zhao 趙薇 赵薇 趙薇 (ヴィッキー・チャオ) Vicki Zhao
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2013-10-31
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: China
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Sound Information: Dolby Digital
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Rating: IIA
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1034446146

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In the brink of the 90s, 18-year-old Zheng Wei steps into her university life with a hopeful heart for love. She forms a great friendship with her roommates and united as a group, they embark on their university life together. Wei meets Chen Xiao-Zheng in a chance encounter, and despite initial reluctance, Chen accepts Wei as his girlfriend and the two become inseparable.

Four years of university life pass and Wei looks forward to establishing a life together with Chen. However, Chen is forced into an impossible decision to leave Wei. Devastated, Wei decides to start afresh. A decade later, Wei’s previous lovers Lin and Chen both find their way back into her life and she has to make a choice of her next step in life.
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Professional Review of "So Young (2013) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

September 27, 2013

This professional review refers to So Young (2013) (DVD-9) (English Subtitled) (China Version)
So Young sees Chinese actress Zhao Wei stepping behind the camera to make her directorial debut, backed by veteran producer Stanley Kwan (Rouge, Centre Stage). For her first outing as helmer, the popular Red Cliff and Painted Skin: The Resurrection star chose to adapt a novel by Xin Yiwu, which follows a collection of friends as they experience love and loss at college and then again in later life. A surprise smash hit at the domestic box office (and recently having been chosen to screen at the 2013 London Film Festival), the film has a top ensemble cast of appropriately youthful talent, headed by Yang Zishan (In Case of Love), Mark Chao (Caught in the Web) and singer Han Geng (My Kingdom).

The film begins in the mid-1990s, with Yang Zishan as Zheng Wei, a small town girl who heads to a big city university with hopes of reuniting with her childhood love Li Jing (Han Geng). Unfortunately, when the poor girl arrives she finds out that he has apparently left for the US, leaving her alone and heartbroken. Things start looking up when she befriends her new roommates, campus beauty Ruan Guan (Maggie Jiang), the ambitious and practical Li Weijuan (Zhang Yao) and short-haired tomboy Xiaobei (Cya Liu), and quickly has a new man in her sights in the form of her hard working classmate Chen Xiaozheng (Mark Chao). Though the two of them don't exactly hit it off at first, mainly due to her aggressive and rowdy ways and his stern personality, they enter into a hesitant romance, before the realities of life intrude.

Admittedly, another nostalgic youth drama romance doesn't sound too promising, and it's perhaps partly these reduced expectations which make So Young so enjoyable. Either way, Zhao Wei has done a pretty fantastic job here, and the film really is several notches above the majority of similarly themed genre films, managing to make the usual formula fresh, fun, and surprisingly substantial. For the first hour and a half or so, Zhao successfully captures the feel of youth, with a real air of vibrancy, hope and energy that makes it a pleasure to watch. Visually, the film is very strong in general, and shows a great and very pleasing attention to small details, winning points not only for a highly evocative and atmospheric depiction of a time and place, but for doing this without falling back on the usual cheap rose-tinted sentiment. Zhao directs with a real sense of rhythm, and some solid production values also contribute to the film looking great as it bounces along.

Though the story and setup are nothing new, where the film stands out is through a script that really nails its characters and their development, making them far more convincing and sympathetic than usually seen in the genre. Both Yang Zishan and Chen Xiaozheng are well written and reasonably multi-layered figures, and their shifting romance is all the more believable for its continuing awkwardness. The film is both involving and moving as a result, and the question as to whether or not they'll end up together is given extra bite by Zhao showing from early on that she doesn't intend to pull punches when it comes to the cruel and bitter side of love. While it mainly does focus on its two central lovers, the film also benefits from a varied and interesting supporting cast, each with their own stories and relationship problems. Although it can at times seem like there's a little too much going on, Zhao generally weaves the various threads together to satisfying effect, and this helps to hold the attention and to add a few instances of social commentary here and there.

Where the film really takes an interesting turn is the final act, the last forty five minutes or so skipping forward to the present day and following up on how the characters have turned out. Zhao shifts the tone really quite skilfully, focusing instead on the ways in which the dreams and vitality of youth have been worn down by the harsh realities of life. Self-reflective and somewhat bitter, the film doesn't offer any easy answers or heart-warming wrap ups, and though it maintains a realistic sense of character development, the way things turn out might well leave some audience members let down, especially those expecting the usual kind of neat romantic conclusion. To be fair, this section isn't quite as accomplished as the first couple of acts, and does feel a touch rushed, not all of the plot twists and character revelations having enough time to comfortably stretch their wings - even clocking in at a lengthy two hours and ten minutes, the film could probably have done with another half hour.

Still, given the way most other Chinese romantic dramas of late have played out in such saccharine and cliche fashion, there's definitely something to be said for Zhao's approach, and while So Young might not leave viewers with the same smile they had on their face at the beginning, it's far more substantial and mature than most of its peers. It's also a genuinely impressive debut for the fledgling director, hinting at great things to come, and should be a must-see even for those not usually enamoured of the genre.

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