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Team of Miracle: We Will Rock You (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region All

Gigi Lai (Actor) | Eric Suen (Actor) | Max Zhang Jin (Actor) | Tats Lau
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Based on the true story of Hong Kong's homeless soccer team, the 2009 Christian sports film Team Of Miracle: We Will Rock You follows the moving journey of a motley group of homeless souls and zealous social workers, and their bid to participate in the Homeless World Cup. A heartwarming tale from the makers of The Miracle Box, the film stars singer Eric Suen and popular TVB actress Gigi Lai in her final movie, along with a supporting cast full of familiar faces like Mainland star Max Zhang, Wong Yau Nam (Ip Man), TV actor Kenny Wong (Gong Tau), Tats Lau, Donald Tang of I Love You Boyz, and veterans Yuen Wah and Hui Siu Hung. Helmed by The Miracle Box director Adrian Kwan, Team Of Miracle: We Will Rock You is a sincere and affecting feature with an inspiring message that reaches out to audiences of all ages and faiths.

"Lantern Street" is a place for the forgotten. As night falls, street lights shine on a homeless population that call the sidewalks home. But they're not forgotten by everyone. Inspired at a young age by a priest (Yuen Wah), enthusiastic social worker Tung (Eric Suen) has dedicated his life to helping the homeless. To raise the spirits of his charges, he decides to organize a soccer team for the homeless. Can this ragtag team of society's forgotten make it to the first ever Homeless World Cup?

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Product Title: Team of Miracle: We Will Rock You (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 流浪漢世界盃 (Blu-ray) (香港版) 流浪汉世界盃 (Blu-ray) (香港版) 流浪漢世界盃 (香港版) Team of Miracle: We Will Rock You (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Gigi Lai (Actor) | Eric Suen (Actor) | Max Zhang Jin (Actor) | Tats Lau | Yuen Wah | Hui Siu Hung | Man Chin Sui | Lam Ka Wah | Kenny Wong | Wong Yau Nam | Cheng Zi Shing | Otto Wong | Donald Tong | Matt Wu 黎姿 (Actor) | 孫耀威 (Actor) | 張晉 (Actor) | 劉以達 | 元華 | 許紹雄 | 文千歲 | 林嘉華 | 黃德斌 | 黃又南 | 鄭子誠 | 王志安 (EO2) | 唐劍康 (I Love You Boyz) | 吳中天 黎姿 (Actor) | 孙耀威 (Actor) | 张晋 (Actor) | 刘以达 | 元华 | 许绍雄 | 文千岁 | 林嘉华 | 黄德斌 | 黄又南 | 郑子诚 | 王志安 (EO2) | 唐剑康 (I Love You Boyz) | 吴中天 黎姿 (ジジ・ライ) (Actor) | 孫耀威(エリック・ソン) (Actor) | 張晉(マックス・チャン) (Actor) | 劉以達(タッツ・ラウ) | 元華(ユン・ワー) | 許紹雄(ホイ・シウホン) | 文千歳(マン・チンソイ) | 林嘉華(ラム・カーワー) | 黄徳斌(ケニー・ウォン) | 黄又南(ウォン・ヤウナム) | Cheng Zi Shing | 王志安(EO2/オットー・ウォン) | Donald Tong | 呉中天(マット・ウー) Gigi Lai (Actor) | Eric Suen (Actor) | Max Zhang Jin (Actor) | Tats Lau | Yuen Wah | Hui Siu Hung | Man Chin Sui | Lam Ka Wah | Kenny Wong | Wong Yau Nam | Cheng Zi Shing | Otto Wong | Donald Tong | Matt Wu
Director: Adrian Kwan 關信輝 关信辉 Adrian Kwan Adrian Kwan
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2011-03-25
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby TrueHD
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Rating: IIA
Duration: 131 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1024199780

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Director: Kwan Shin Fai

Lantern Street represented a nickname for abandonment. Under the shadow of the neon lights, you would come face to face with those living on the streets, sleeping without any shelters. They were loners ciming from all walks of lives. here, the time clock seemed to freeze, and people were trapped here from the outside world.
But as a Chinese old pastor saying, "Under the heaven, there is no dead end, God already prepares a way out". At the other corner of Lantern Street, a zealous social worker "Tung" persevered to lead the hopeless ones to find their way out, in return, he brought dignity and hope back to these people's lives again. Tung pledged his life to help those hard core homeless folks, who were among the hardest ones to reach and change, because they had already given up on themselves. one day, Tung was inspired with the idea that football games could be a good opportunity to seek out the "Lost Sheep Away From Home". Even though Tung was an amateur to football, and there was no substantial support, he determined to pioneer a football team, like a "light" to shine upon Lantern Street's homeless souls. Tung took up the challenge and recruited the homeless folks to form the football team, which was truly an extraordinary team. Hoping that they would venture out of Hong Kong, they bravely took up the challenge to enter the tournament of the World Cup.
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Professional Review of "Team of Miracle: We Will Rock You (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

August 26, 2009

This professional review refers to Team of Miracle: We Will Rock You (DVD) (3-Disc Special Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Directed by Adrian Kwan, previously responsible for the likes of The Miracle Box and the Sam Lee horror Scaremonger, turns his attention to the age-old sports underdog story with Team of Miracle: We Will Rock You. The film is based on the true story of the Hong Kong homeless football team, following them and their Christian social worker as they try to beat the odds and make it to the Homeless World Cup Finals in Germany. Featuring an amiable cast of familiar Hong Kong and Mainland faces, including Eric Suen and TVB actress Gigi Lai in her last cinema role, the film attempts to inspire and to put forward a universal message of courage in the face of adversity - and generally succeeds, if perhaps not quite in the way that Kwan may have intended.

The film revolves around Lantern Street in Hong Kong, where social worker Tung (crooner Eric Suen) has spent his life trying to help the homeless people who congregate there, supported by a friendly priest (veteran star Yuen Wah, whose career has enjoyed somewhat of a resurgence since his popular role in Stephen Chow's Kung Fu Hustle) who had rescued him from the gutter as a child. As things are looking particularly hopeless, he hits on a new way to try and push them to better things, namely putting together a football team with the aim of competing in the upcoming Homeless World Cup. Of course, this isn't easy, mainly since none of them can actually play and have various problems of their own, though by pooling their efforts and supporting each other, it slowly starts to look like their dream may come true.

Team of Miracle: We Will Rock You makes for highly entertaining viewing on a number of levels. Although it does feature some overt humour, mostly in the form of slapstick gags, for the most part it is quite hilarious in a presumably unintentional fashion, mainly since it is so completely over the top in terms of melodrama and cheap sentiment, yanking rather than tugging at the heartstrings. Everyone, absolutely everyone has a sob back story and tragedy in their past, which is aired as often as possible, with lots of emotional flashbacks and slow motion scenes of characters crying in the rain or howling at the heavens.

The homeless people are a bizarre, colourful collection, none of whom are convincingly destitute - including a mad bagman who spends most of the film skulking in a box and threatening people with a knife, a drug addict comedy cripple (who basically just has a crooked neck) and an alcoholic ex-bus driver who plays football in his ragged suit. Believable or not, they are all likeable, and surprisingly do grow on the viewer as things progress. The film benefits hugely from an honest sense of camaraderie, and it is hard to fault its 'don't give up' style message, though the Christian angle is a bit heavy handed at times. There are a few stabs at realism throughout, which along with some footage at the end of the real team do help to remind what the film is supposed to be about, thankfully without resulting in too much of a shift in tone. As a result, the film is big hearted and genuine throughout, and though it would be a stretch to call something this daft moving or emotional, it is effectively rousing.

Whilst the story is pretty basic and predictable stuff, right down to the final showdown and inevitable crunch moments which characters to defeat their own personal demons, it is told efficiently enough by director Kwan, and manages to remain engaging. Unsurprisingly, he packs in lots of motivational speeches (some of which are pretty odd), plus airings of the Queen song We Will Rock You, which again make for plenty of laughs. The football scenes, which occur mainly during the last third, are exciting enough, and though the film is no Shaolin Soccer, it manages to be suitably thrilling in its own way whilst remaining basically grounded.

As such, although obviously hard to take seriously, perhaps less so for a Christian audience, Team of Miracle: We Will Rock You is both entertaining and effective. Managing to somehow be both incredibly earnest and over the top at the same time, it fires home its message whilst ensuring that the viewer has a good time along the way, or at least has plenty of laughs - something pretty rare in the usually dull religiously inclined films.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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