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Sophie's Revenge (2009) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Peter Ho (Actor) | Zhang Ziyi (Producer, Actor) | Fan Bing Bing (Actor) | Ruby Lin (Actor)
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Zhang Ziyi is beautiful, lovable, and absolutely hilarious in her first comedic role as the eponymous heroine of Sophie's Revenge. The first film produced by Zhang, the Hollywood-style urban romantic comedy embraces the genre with heartwarming cinematic gusto, throwing beautiful people in beautiful places into hapless Bridget Jones-style dilemmas. Fan Bingbing (Shinjuku Incident) does a bit of image debunking herself as Zhang's gorgeous and manipulative onscreen nemesis. Competing for the hands of the leading ladies are two of Asia's biggest heartthrobs, Korean star So Ji Sub (Rough Cut) and Taiwan actor Peter Ho (My DNA Says I Love You). Ruby Lin (Princess Returning Pearl) and Yao Chen (All's Well Ends Well 2009) take supporting roles as Zhang's scheming buddies. Directed by Chinese-American director Eva Jin, Sophie's Revenge is a feel-good feast for the eyes and heart, from the dazzling art direction to the whimsical animation sequences to the tried-but-true story of love, laughter, and tears.

High-strung comic artist Sophie (Zhang Ziyi) is out for revenge after losing her fiance Jeff (So Ji Sub) to insufferable actress Joanna (Fan Bingbing). Chronicling her strategies to win Jeff back in her budding book "The Handbook of Love", Sophie lays out her war plan step by step, but things have a habit of backfiring in wacky ways. She enlists Joanna's ex, affable photographer Gordon (Peter Ho), to help break up the lovebirds. As their efforts to sway Jeff begin to take effect, Sophie and Gordon find themselves falling for each other instead.

This edition comes with director and cast profiles, trailer, and photo gallery.

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Product Title: Sophie's Revenge (2009) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 非常完美 (2009) (DVD) (香港版) 非常完美 (2009) (DVD) (香港版) ソフィーの復讐 (非常完美) (香港版) Sophie's Revenge (2009) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Peter Ho (Actor) | Zhang Ziyi (Actor) | Fan Bing Bing (Actor) | Ruby Lin (Actor) | So Ji Sub (Actor) | Yao Chen (Actor) 何潤東 (Actor) | 章子怡 (Actor) | 范冰冰 (Actor) | 林心如 (Actor) | 蘇 志燮 (Actor) | 姚晨 (Actor) 何润东 (Actor) | 章子怡 (Actor) | 范冰冰 (Actor) | 林心如 (Actor) | 苏 志燮 (Actor) | 姚晨 (Actor) 何潤東(ピーター・ホー) (Actor) | 章子怡(チャン・ツィイー) (Actor) | 范冰冰 (ファン・ビンビン) (Actor) | 林心如(ルビー・リン) (Actor) | ソ・ジソブ (Actor) | 姚晨(ヤオ・チェン) (Actor) Peter Ho (Actor) | 장쯔이 (Actor) | Fan Bing Bing (Actor) | Ruby Lin (Actor) | 소 지섭 (Actor) | Yao Chen (Actor)
Director: Eva Jin 金 依萌 金 依萌 Eva Jin Eva Jin
Producer: Zhang Ziyi 章子怡 章子怡 章子怡(チャン・ツィイー) 장쯔이
Release Date: 2009-11-28
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: China
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-5
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIA
Duration: 108 (mins)
Publisher: Edko Films Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1021642887

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* The Features:
- Theatrical Trailers
- Photo Gallery
- Cast And Crew Filmographies

Sophie is a talented cartoonist who seems to have it all, a successful career, great friends, and the perfect, handsome, fiance Jeff, a surgeon who her mother adores. So when Jeff is stolen away by Anna, a beautiful actress, Sophie wants revenge. With the help of Gordon, a photographer, who apparently has been recently dumped by Anna, Sophie continues to implement her Big Plan Gordon reluctantly agrees to help Sophie with “ Arousing Jealousy” ,where they both behave like lovers in front of Jeff and Anna. Finally it works: Jeff seems to be jealous. While a thrilled Sophie is conducting her final winning move, Gordon refuses to help and confesses that he has fallen in love with Sophie, who, sooner than expected, is confronted by a repentant Jeff who wants her back! Who should she choose for true love and happiness?
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Professional Review of "Sophie's Revenge (2009) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

December 1, 2009

It's derivative and exceptionally lightweight, but Sophie's Revenge manages a few feats. Number one, it's a China film production with a Hollywood-quality style and sheen that can probably play beyond just Asian territories. Number two, it makes Zhang Ziyi into a convincing comedienne, giving her the space and the material to cut loose in that crazy romcom heroine way. And three, it's actually pretty fun. As a commercial film, Sophie's Revenge is agreeable and enjoyable, if not original. And hey, it also features Peter Ho in a major motion picture role. The APB on his MIA movie career can now be cancelled.

Directed by Chinese-American filmmaker Eva Jin, Sophie's Revenge stars Zhang as Sophie, whose career as a successful comic artist takes second place to her loopy romantic life. Sophie has just split with her boyfriend Jeff (K-drama star So Ji-Sub), but her mother is expecting a wedding and Sophie hasn't the heart to tell her otherwise. Undaunted, Sophie resolves to win Jeff back from his new love, popular actress Joanna (Fan Bing-Bing), and chooses to chronicle her quest in her new book, The Handbook of Love. Her attempts at re-snagging Jeff are announced with intertitles and voiceover describing Sophie's elaborate – and usually unsuccessful - plans. Another wrinkle occurs with the arrival of nice-guy photographer Gordon (Peter Ho), who has a past with Joanna and soon becomes Sophie's confidante. Together, the two team up to regain their ex-partners, with burgeoning romance a predictable by-product between the two jilted lovers.

Sophie's Revenge doesn't attempt to deconstruct the romantic comedy, but the audience should have seen enough of this genre to do that job themselves. The film offers a number of twists and gags that could appear smart or irreverent to uninitiated audiences, but have been used before in other romcoms or even straight TV dramas. Sophie's Revenge tries so hard at being witty and creative that it pretty much guarantees an expectation-busting gag or twist when you most expect it. Nowhere can this be seen more clearly than in the shot of Zhang Ziyi walking down some stairs at a party in slow motion. The music swells, her dress is beautiful, she looks beautiful - of course she'll take a pratfall down the stairs in front of her shocked guests. Sophie's overdone quirkiness is also old hat, as is the candy-colored art direction, showy editing and nifty animated sequences. Hollywood invented this wheel years ago, and Sophie's Revenge does little to improve upon it.

However, all of the above isn't really a fault. Romantic comedy is pretty much a tired genre, with innovation a bonus if you can get it. Excused of actual inspiration, Sophie's Revenge proves enjoyable, as it provides enough for an amusing and light time at he movies. The surprise isn't in the actual story, but more in the novelty of the production. Shot gorgeously in a gloriously manufactured way, Sophie's Revenge presents a China you've never seen on cinema. The film's settings are upscale and meticulously dressed up, fashions are top notch, cars are luxury and we see nothing of the vast range of people, places and issues that make up modern China. Sophie's Revenge is like those New York romances that take place entirely on the Upper West Side. It's a part of New York that everyone wants to live in and Sophie's Revenge likewise sticks to the most attractive areas of Shanghai. We could knock the film for its fakery, but since we readily accept this sort of thing in Hollywood romcoms, we should accept it here too.

Of more interest is the casting. In Sophie, Zhang Ziyi is given a chance to shed her icy image and she does so splendidly. Zhang is ditzy and self-effacing, chewing up scenery as your standard romcom heroine who's quirky, insufferable and yet still worth loving. The character is far from realistic, but this movie is a fantasy anyway. Even better is Fan Bing-Bing. She essentially gets the Zhang Ziyi role - the temperamental beauty queen whose every glance transmits buckets of disdain. It's a fun comic turn, and between she and Zhang, the men get eaten alive. So Ji-Sub is handsome but suffers from being dubbed, while Peter Ho is simply Peter Ho - a likable enough guy who doesn't really convince when playing brooding or tortured men. The leading four are well complemented by Yao Chen and Ruby Lin, who play Sophie's stereotypical best buds. Oddly, Lin looks a little worse for the wear, her tanned skin making her look older than her early-thirties age. Still, looking older fits the character because she's essentially Sophie's Revenge's version of Sex and the City's Samantha. Presumably, Sophie is Carrie Bradshaw.

Sophie's Revenge ends in the expected fashion, with someone getting together with someone else and the happy couple strolling down a path littered with red-brown fall leaves. The scene is obligatory and never developed, and looks like it takes place in autumn in New York - or maybe a set dressed up to look like a scene from When Harry Met Sally. Still, for a Hollywood-aping commercial Chinese film (co-produced with Korea's CJ Entertainment), Sophie's Revenge is a successful and enjoyable trifle. Also, given the star wattage, the universal romcom devices and the attractiveness of the production, Sophie's Revenge seems tailor-made for international distribution. Zhang Ziyi is arguably the biggest Chinese actress in the world (apologies to Gong Li), and her image-busting turn here could add even more cachet to her international profile. Zhang also happens to be a producer on Sophie's Revenge, so maybe that was her plan all along.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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Customer Review of "Sophie's Revenge (2009) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.7 out of 10 (3)

Rhoda
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April 2, 2010

1 people found this review helpful

Good romantic comedy Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
If you want a wonderful good comedy and a good laugh. . . i recommend this movie. The lead actress is really pretty portraying her role.

Peter Ho and her looks good together ... the comedy and the naive romance is something to "kilig" about.

Get your copy.
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Kevin Kennedy
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March 2, 2010

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Who knew?!? Zhang Ziyi is funny! Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
"Sophie's Revenge" is a Hollywood-style, slapstick romantic comedy. Zhang Ziyi stars as Sophie, an illustrator and writer who is writing a book based on her efforts to win back her ex-boyfriend Jeff (So Ji Sub). Jeff now is dating movie actress -- and drama queen -- Joanna (Fan Bingbing) and Sophie is determined to split them up. Zhang Ziyi proves to be a surprisingly effective comedic actress and Fan Bingbing as the overly demanding girlfriend from hell manages to match Miss Zhang laugh for laugh. Unfortunately, the film's two male leads can't keep pace with Zhang and Fan. Peter Ho is frustratingly inexpressive in his role as photographer Gordon, who falls in love with Sophie and suffers as he is asked to assist Sophie in her efforts to win back Jeff. So Ji Sub is hunkily handsome, but his dubbed lines tend to fall flat.

The story uses lots of story-telling quirks that have become familiar through overuse in Hollywood comedies and perhaps overrelies on pratfalls and vomiting for humor. Zhang Ziyi throws herself into the physical comedy and seems willing to suffer any indignity to get a giggle, yet manages to remain girlishly endearing.

With the weak male characters, "Sophie's Revenge" becomes stuck in inconsistency, funny when it keeps Sophie and Joanna at the center and drifting when we get too much of Gordon. It provides a pleasant evening's entertainment and fans of Miss Zhang definitely should check her out in this wild comedic role. But don't expect a timeless classic.
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January 19, 2010

1 people found this review helpful

A delightful change of character Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Zhang Ziyi playing the buffoon??? You bet! If you are used to seeing Zhang Ziyi only in dramatic roles (i.e., The Road Home, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Memoirs of a Geisha), then prepare yourself for a huge surprise. This film surely turns the old practice of typecasting upside-down and then some. I still cannot believe my eyes seeing her in such a comedic role. Her pratfalls, mannerisms and facial expressions show her remarkable acting range. Just one of many examples is her sinister laugh in one of the gym scenes...understated, yet so...familiar, like when your best friend tries to pull a quick one over you. The production quality is a real cut above the typical Chinese comedy; even my American friends remarked at how "Western" this movie was, including the music soundtrack. The spoken Mandarin is very clear--great for those of us learning the language. Guys, even if you're not a fan of rom-com "chick flicks", trust me...not only will you impress your girlfriend/wife with your taste in cinema, it has enough comedy to keep you laughing throughout. (And for you ladies, having Korean heartthrob So Ji Sub in there doesn't hurt either.)
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