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The Last Women Standing (2015) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Shu Qi (Actor) | Eddie Peng (Actor) | King Shih Chieh (Actor) | Lynn Xiong (Actor)
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Writer-turned-director Luo Luo adapts her own best-selling novel Sheng Zhe Wei Wang into the romantic film The Last Women Standing starring Shu Qi (The Assassin) and Eddie Peng (Rise of the Legend). Exploring modern views towards love and marriage, The Last Women Standing is both a charming urban romance and an empathetic story of a woman's journey towards understanding herself. Lynn Xiong (Ip Man 3), Hao Lei (Dearest) and veterans Pan Hong and King Shih Chieh also co-star in the film.

Perennially single 35-year-old businesswoman Ru Xi (Shu Qi) believes that most things can be achieved through effort and hard work, but not love and marriage. Love can only come naturally, and she's not about to get married just because of her mother's nagging or social pressure. Still, despite her stubborn, strong-minded front, Ru Xi does long to have someone by her side, and she takes an immediate liking to new colleague Ma Sai (Eddie Peng), an easygoing twentysomething with many admirers. For Ru Xi who has never even professed her love to anyone before, it's not that easy to take the first step towards a relationship, and her mother's deteriorating health also causes her to reassess her outlook on life.

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Product Title: The Last Women Standing (2015) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 剩者為王 (2015) (DVD) (香港版) 剩者为王 (2015) (DVD) (香港版) 剩者為王 (2015) (DVD) (香港版) The Last Women Standing (2015) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Shu Qi (Actor) | Eddie Peng (Actor) | King Shih Chieh (Actor) | Lynn Xiong (Actor) | Pan Hung (Actor) | Hao Lei (Actor) | Xing Jia Dong (Actor) | Zhang Wen (Actor) | Du Jia Yi (Actor) | Lee Ping Bin 舒 淇 (Actor) | 彭于晏 (Actor) | 金 士傑 (Actor) | 熊 黛林 (Actor) | 潘虹 (Actor) | 郝蕾 (Actor) | 邢佳棟 (Actor) | 張雯 (Actor) | 杜家毅 (Actor) | 李屏賓 舒 淇 (Actor) | 彭于晏 (Actor) | 金 士杰 (Actor) | 熊 黛林 (Actor) | 潘虹 (Actor) | 郝蕾 (Actor) | 邢佳栋 (Actor) | 张雯 (Actor) | 杜家毅 (Actor) | 李屏宾 舒淇(スー・チー) (Actor) | 彭于晏(エディ・ポン) (Actor) | 金仕傑(カム・シーキット) (Actor) | 熊黛林 (リン・ホン) (Actor) | 潘虹(パン・ホン) (Actor) | 郝蕾 (ハオ・レイ) (Actor) | Xing Jia Dong (Actor) | Zhang Wen (Actor) | Du Jia Yi (Actor) | 李屏賓(リー・ピンビン) 서기 (Actor) | 펑위옌 (Actor) | King Shih Chieh (Actor) | Lynn Xiong (Actor) | Pan Hung (Actor) | Hao Lei (Actor) | Xing Jia Dong (Actor) | Zhang Wen (Actor) | Du Jia Yi (Actor) | Lee Ping Bin
Director: Luo Luo 落落 落落 Luo Luo Luo Luo
Producer: Teng Hua Tao 滕華濤 滕华涛 滕華濤(テン・ホァタオ) Teng Hua Tao
Writer: Luo Luo 落落 落落 Luo Luo Luo Luo
Release Date: 2016-03-22
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: China
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen, 1.78 : 1, 2.35 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD-5, DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: I
Duration: 98 (mins)
Publisher: CN Entertainment Ltd.
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1049143010

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Sheng Ruxi, a white collar woman in her 30s, leads a successful career while having no love life, which is the issue that her parents and friends are extremely anxious about. However, things change when she meets her new colleague Ma Sai, a 25 year-old young man whois considerate and attractive. Sheng Ruxi can’t help but waver from her original perspective because fo the unexpected sparks of romance between them, reconsidering about every aspect of her life.
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October 31, 2016

Though its marketing screams modern commercial romance, The Last Women Standing isn't exactly one. Directed by Luo Luo, who also wrote the novel on which the film was based, Last Women Standing is a fairly straightforward examination of a "leftover woman", i.e., a woman who's hit thirty but isn't due to be married anytime soon and is thus grouped into an undesirable demographic. This subject matter exists because of China's ageist/sexist values, but don’t expect the film to comment on those things – at least, not in a way that addresses society or a larger group of women besides the main character. Said main character is Sheng Ruxi (Shu Qi), who lives in Shanghai and is constantly harangued by her pushy mother (Pang Hong) to get married. Ruxi is annoyed at the nagging, but she simultaneously meets a new guy, her dreamy junior colleague Ma Sai (Eddie Peng). Will Ruxi find love and get married or disappoint her mother and stay single? Romcom clichés ahoy!

The clichés do happen – because something has to in a movie – but the suspense and buildup are lacking. Luo Luo's script serves up numerous disconnected events that push Ruxi and Ma Sai together, like a business trip with a shared room, or a personal crisis that requires Ma Sai to keep Ruxi company. There's also a subplot involving Ruxi's friend Zhang Yu (Lynn Xiong), who's dealing with an ex-boyfriend. However, despite clearly relating to the film's title, Zhang Yu's story feels tacked on because it's simply dropped into the film rather than seeded early on. Many moments in the film suffer from this disconnected storytelling; the overall narrative lacks a consistent flow and some important plotlines aren't even resolved by the time the credits roll. In lieu of a strong story, the film offers Ruxi's slow growth explicated by numerous speeches and monologues. As romances go, Last Women Standing isn't particularly exciting or even romantic.

Shu Qi is the real draw here, as she exudes authenticity even when the material sometimes doesn’t. Ruxi is a no-nonsense businesswoman who carries herself too pridefully in her personal relationships, and Shu ably conveys how her behavior conflicts with her emotions. Shu Qi's performance also helps make up for Eddie Peng's inscrutable character. Ma Sai's lack of development is a big reason that Last Women Standing feels unsatisfying – he never becomes a full-fledged character and pretty much functions as a superficial entity with which Ruxi comes to understand herself. That said, Peng is easy to like, and it's refreshing that the film is told almost entirely from Ruxi's perspective. Last Women Standing strives to give a full portrait of Ruxi's situation, and there's worthwhile material to be found in the effort. Again, it really helps that Shu Qi is the lead, as a lesser actress might not have the chops to carry such a languidly-told film.

Production values are good but not too good; the locations and cinematography make Shanghai into an attractive, modern but not too idealized place. Some of the supporting actors shine; Hao Lei (as Ruxi's boss) and King Shi-Chieh (as Ruxi's father) add weight and credibility to their limited roles. Both are given long speeches to round out their parts, yet manage to lift their scenes beyond narrative cliché. Otherwise, the film seldom capitalizes on its opportunities to be more traditionally crowd-pleasing, e.g., it doesn't make Ruxi and Ma Sai's romance overtly attractive or fun, and refuses to manufacture a conflict that creates a "ticking clock" – at least, not one besides Ruxi's biological one. Overall, the film seems aimed at those who empathize with Ruxi's issues, though Shu Qi's performance may make it worthwhile to even those who don't. The Last Women Standing exists in that difficult space between too thoughtful and too commercial, making it hard for all audiences to fully enjoy. That doesn’t mean it cannot be appreciated.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

April 14, 2016

This professional review refers to The Last Women Standing (2015) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Boasting an unfeasibly attractive lead couple in Shu Qi (The Assassin) and Eddie Peng (Rise of the Legend), The Last Women Standing marks the directorial debut of writer Luo Luo. Adapting her own best-seller Sheng Zhe Wei Wang for the screen, Luo Luo follows the ups and downs of an older Shanghai businesswoman falling for a younger colleague, while trying to deal with parental problems.

Shu Qi plays the 35-year-old Ru Xi, who despite being successful in business has remained single for years, a fact which worries her mother (Pang Hong) to no end and puts great strain on their relationship. Although she resists her mother's fretting and her attempts to set her up with an eligible doctor (Xing Jiadong, 1911), insisting that she's happy to stay on her own, everything changes when she meets Ma Sai (Eddie Peng), a charismatic and kind-hearted twentysomething new workmate. Unsure of how to handle her growing feelings for Ma Sai, Ru Xi hesitantly tries to court him, though their romance comes under pressure due to their age gap and problems with her mother's health.

The Last Women Standing wins points for dealing with the topical issue of 'left behind women' in China, singletons in their late twenties or thirties who are considered in danger of being over the hill. Luo Luo does start the film off seeming like it's aiming to tackle the subject from an unconventional angle and more of a female perspective than usual, though perhaps unsurprisingly it soon veers off into traditional romantic drama territory, with Ru Xi's feelings for Ma Sai developing in an entirely predictable manner. Still, though Ru Xi's journey is straightforward and generic, Luo Luo does at least make an effort not to make romantic, fairy-tale love her chief concern, and uses the supporting cast to work in a number of other social issues that are likely to be of interest to the target audience. While not exactly complicated or challenging, the film does have some meat on its bones, and isn't nearly as vacuous as many of its peers.

The film is clearly a star vehicle, and thankfully both Shu Qi and Eddie Peng deliver exactly as required, giving the material a definite lift with sympathetic and semi-believable performances. It's Shu Qi who really carries the film, making the thinly-written Ru Xi likeable and vaguely believable, helping to distract from the generic nature of her character arc. Although there's no real spark between her and Peng, they're a fun and handsome couple to watch, enough so to keep aficionados of the form happy. The supporting cast are similarly good value, Lynn Xiong (Ip Man 3) adding a bit of liveliness to the usual best friend role, and King Shih Chieh on touching form as Ru Xi's father, who has one of the film's standout scenes towards the end.

As a first time director Luo Luo does a perfectly creditable job, showing a solid grasp of pacing and clearly knowing which boxes to tick, and the film for the most part holds the interest despite its over-familiarity. Sadly, this is undermined by a frequent falling back on clichés, with far too many slow motion flashbacks and scenes of foolish sappiness, made worse by an ever-present melodramatic soundtrack of tinkling piano.

To be fair, this could charitably be seen as in-keeping with the film's modest ambitions, and The Last Women Standing is an unpretentious piece of genre cinema that's generally successful in adding a little depth and thought to the time-honoured formula. Fans of the leads won't be disappointed, and as a romantic drama it does have a fair amount to offer the right audience, if not quite enough to mark it as having breakout appeal.

by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com

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