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The Allure of Tears (2011) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

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) (Taiwan Version) 傾城之淚 (2011) (DVD) (台灣版) 倾城之泪 (2011) (DVD) (台湾版) 傾城之淚 (2011) (DVD) (台湾版) The Allure of Tears (2011) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)
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: 2014-08-22
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: China
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIA
Duration: 123 (mins)
Publisher: AV-Jet International Media Co., Ltd
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1036457388

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導演:黃真真

  鄭丹瑞、黃真真繼《分手說愛你》後又一感人作品
  三對白色戀人 三段愛情絕戀

  本片是一個三段式結構的影片,由“三滴淚”組成,演繹三段既獨立又彼此有關聯的悲傷愛情故事。其中,“第一滴淚”由周冬雨聯袂李治廷;“第二滴淚”由梁詠琪和任賢齊扮演情侶;“第三滴淚”由竇驍和陳喬恩上演“姐弟戀”。

第一滴淚
  性格樂天的犀利妹(周冬雨飾)在療養院治癌期間遇上同樣患癌,玩世不恭的富二代游樂(李治廷飾)。犀利妹的熱情打開了游樂的心扉,令游樂不但開始以積極的態度面對癌症,更令游樂愛上了她。可惜,這段本應充滿熱血激情的戀愛,卻因命運擺佈,使愛情在開始時已註定不能廝守到最後。

第二滴淚
  為了拯救面臨破產的母校及把握最後機會去實現夢想,丁大可(任賢齊飾)跟同學決意要邀請到於三年前突然隱退的國際知名小提琴家,同時亦是他們的同窗楊琳(梁詠琪飾)復出,舉辦一場音樂會,為母校籌款。但他們卻萬萬想不到楊琳當年隱退的原因,竟是一場意外使她再也聽不見聲音了…

第三滴淚
  陳昇(竇驍飾)和張彩(陳喬恩飾),一對平常的戀人。他們唯一的心願就是一起到人稱"天堂之鏡"的烏龍尼鹽湖。為了他們的將來,張彩忍痛逼走陳昇,要他往外闖,要他出人頭地。二人從此相隔兩地,但距離並沒有把愛沖淡,反而令他們更加認定對方就是命中註定的那人。終於,陳昇兌現了承諾衣錦還鄉迎娶張彩,就在他們以為抓緊了幸福的那一刻,幸福卻捨他們而去。
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July 3, 2012

This professional review refers to The Allure of Tears (2011) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
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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