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The Allure of Tears (2011) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region All

Gigi Leung (Actor) | Richie Jen (Actor) | Aarif Rahman (Actor) | Joe Chen (Actor)
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Break Up Club director Barbara Wong and writer-producer Lawrence Cheng are back to break your heart with The Allure of Tears. Featuring Richie Jen, Gigi Leung, Aarif Lee (Echoes of the Rainbow), idol-drama queen Joe Chen, and Under the Hawthorn Tree new stars Shawn Dou and Zhou Dongyu, the poignantly romantic melodrama consists of a trilogy of standalone tales about life, dreams, and the often futile pursuit of happiness. Though they vary in tone and theme, the subtly connected storylines wield enough emotional power to drive home the message - cherish your loved ones before it's too late.

Young leukemia patient Xili Mei (Zhou Dongyu) befriends You Le (Aarif Lee), an angry rich kid being treated for brain tumor at her hospital. Her optimism inspires in him a renewed passion for life, as well as a budding romance destined for tragedy... In a bid to organize a fundraising concert to save their music academy from bankruptcy, Ding Dake (Richie Jen) is reunited with fellow alumnus Yang Lin (Gigi Leung), a world-famous violinist who abruptly retired three years ago after an accident left her half deaf... Chen Sheng (Shawn Dou) and Zhang Cai (Joe Chen) are a couple very much in love but forced apart by harsh circumstances. To fight for their future, Chen struggles to make his career away from home, but when he returns three years later, their future is but a shattered dream...

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Product Title: The Allure of Tears (2011) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 傾城之淚 (2011) (DVD) (香港版) 倾城之泪 (2011) (DVD) (香港版) 傾城之涙 (2011) (DVD) (香港版) The Allure of Tears (2011) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: Tears in a Fallen City / Allure Tears / The Tears Tears in a Fallen City / Allure Tears / The Tears Tears in a Fallen City / Allure Tears / The Tears Tears in a Fallen City / Allure Tears / The Tears Tears in a Fallen City / Allure Tears / The Tears
Artist Name(s): Gigi Leung (Actor) | Richie Jen (Actor) | Aarif Rahman (Actor) | Joe Chen (Actor) | Zhou Dong Yu (Actor) | Shawn Dou (Actor) | Teddy Robin (Actor) | Lawrence Cheng (Actor) | Pan Hung (Actor) | Dennis Chan (Actor) | Morris Rong (Actor) 梁詠琪 (Actor) | 任 賢齊 (Actor) | 李 治廷 (Actor) | 陳喬恩 (Actor) | 周 冬雨 (Actor) | 竇 驍 (Actor) | 泰迪羅賓 (Actor) | 鄭丹瑞 (Actor) | 潘虹 (Actor) | 陳國新 (Actor) | 戎 祥 (Actor) 梁咏琪 (Actor) | 任 贤齐 (Actor) | 李 治廷 (Actor) | 陈 乔恩 (Actor) | 周 冬雨 (Actor) | 窦 骁 (Actor) | 泰迪罗宾 (Actor) | 郑丹瑞 (Actor) | 潘虹 (Actor) | 陈国新 (Actor) | 戎 祥 (Actor) 梁詠琪 (ジジ・リョン) (Actor) | 任賢齊(リッチー・レン) (Actor) | 李治廷(アーリフ・リー) (Actor) | 陳喬恩(ジョー・チェン) (Actor) | 周冬雨 (チョウ・ドンユィ) (Actor) | 竇驍 (ショーン・ドウ) (Actor) | 秦迪羅賓(テディー・ロビン) (Actor) | 鄭丹瑞(チェン・ダンソイ) (Actor) | 潘虹(パン・ホン) (Actor) | Dennis Chan (Actor) | Morris Rong (Actor) Gigi Leung (Actor) | Richie Jen (Actor) | Aarif Rahman (Actor) | Joe Chen (Actor) | Zhou Dong Yu (Actor) | Shawn Dou (Actor) | Teddy Robin (Actor) | Lawrence Cheng (Actor) | Pan Hung (Actor) | Chen Guo Xin (Actor) | Morris Rong (Actor)
Director: Barbara Wong 黃真真 黄真真 黄真真(バーバラ・ウォン) Barbara Wong
Release Date: 2012-05-18
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: China
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Rating: IIA
Duration: 124 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1030906300

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Director: Wong Chun Chun

The romance film by Bartara Wong tells three touching love stories which are named the “three teardrops”, Each story portrayed by different actors explores the hidden emotions, confusion and desire of today’s young people. First Teardrop: a beautiful and cheerful girl suffering from bore cancer (Zhou Dong Yu) gives hope to another patient who used to be a cynical and pessimistic second generation rich (Aarif Lee). He is getting well due to her encouragement yet their love is destined to be tragic… Second Teardrop: In order to save the music academy from bankruptcy, ex-student Din (Richie Ren) tries to convince the internationally renowned violinist Yang Lin (Gigi Leung) to perform for a fund-raising concert Din, who used to has a strong sentiment towards Yang, now finally understand the reason behind her sudden withdrawal from the music scene. Third Teardrop: working class couple Sheng (Shawn Dou) and Cai (Joe Chen) are forced to separate in order to pursuit a better future through hard work. After three years, Sheng returns with fortune to marry Cai. However, their happiness vanishes miserably when it is just within reach.
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Professional Review of "The Allure of Tears (2011) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

July 3, 2012

Hong Kong film maker Barbara Wong, known for romantic comedies that tackle modern issues, such as the recent The Perfect Marriage and The Break Up Club returns with something a little more bitter than sweet in The Allure of Tears As its title suggests, the film is a tearjerker of the highest order, featuring 3 vaguely connected stories of love and loss, with the emphasis firmly on the latter. Seeing Wong working again with regular writer-producer Lawrence Cheng, the film features a fine cast made up of newcomers and industry veterans, including Richie Jen (Punished), Gigi Leung (Marrying Mr Perfect), Aarif Lee (Bruce Lee, My Brother) and popular television starlet Joe Chen (You're My Destiny), plus Shawn Dou and Zhou Dongyu, stars of Zhang Yimou's Under the Hawthorn Tree.

The first of the film's segments focuses on Zhou Dongyu as Xili Mei, a young woman suffering from leukaemia, who meets You Le (Aarif Lee), a spoiled boy from a rich family, when he comes to the hospital to be treated for a brain tumour. Though the two initially clash, they soon become close, and romance follows, hampered by their life threatening conditions. From here, the film tells the story of a music academy professor, whose wife is in the hospital bed next to Xili Mei. With the academy in danger of going bankrupt, he organises a concert of former pupils to try and raise money, reuniting cellist Ding Dake (Richie Jen) and Yang Lin (Gigi Leung), a famous violinist who was forced to retire after a fall left her half deaf. The final part charts the relationship between Chen Sheng (Shawn Dou) and Zhang Cai (Joe Chen), a young couple living on the poverty line who break up, planning to return to each other when their fortunes have improved. Needless to say, things don't work out as hoped.

Anyone approaching The Allure of Tears needs to ask themselves one simple question - do you want to feel depressed? Though this may sound a little facetious, it's fair to say that the film is unlikely to be accused of false advertising, as it really does live up to its title, delivering 3 stories of sadness and lovelorn suffering. This is evidently clear right from the start, with the first terminal illness themed segment really notching up the heartbreak, mixing pure love, tragedy and sacrifice seemingly in an effort to make clear to the viewer that they are in for 2 hours of less than cheerful times. Thankfully, the second story is a little lighter, and though it still deals with similar themes, it has an inspirational air, and at least doesn't offer too much in the way of grief and anguish. This relative light heartedness doesn't last long however, the final piece getting right back to tormenting its characters with hardship and death.

Thankfully, Barbara Wong is a talented writer and director, and the film sees her again working well with Lawrence Cheng to produce something that while being undeniably melodramatic, has the all important ring of truth to it. Though it occasionally does go a little too far in heaping on the misery, in particular during the third story, the film is rarely hysterical and works hard for its tears through a decent and grounded script. While the three parts are all short, each manages to pack in probably about as much character development and substance as has been seen in most feature length genre films from China of late - not that this is saying much, admittedly, though there's enough depth here to at least make the viewer not feel too manipulated. The film also benefits from some solid direction and visuals, successfully combining slick production values with some grittier handheld camerawork, and though the soundtrack could have been a bit more muted, there's nothing too grating or over the top.

The cast are all on solid form, and this also goes some way to making the film more palatable than other melodramas, the younger cast members managing to hold their own against the more experienced genre old hands. Shawn Dou and Zhou Dongyu arguably deliver the best performances, mainly due to their appealing freshness and pained innocence, though the film is essentially an ensemble piece and Wong gives everyone the same focus and amount of screen time.

The Allure of Tears definitely succeeds in its aims, and stands as one of the best and most moving tragedies from China of the last couple of years. Of course, this also means that the film isn't a great deal of fun, and though well made and written, it's all the more depressing as a result.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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