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The Personals (Blu-ray+DVD) (Taiwan Version) Blu-ray Region All, DVD Region All

Rene Liu | Doze Niu | Chen Kuo Fu (Director)
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During the emergence of Taiwan New Cinema, the state-run Central Motion Pictures played a significant role in not only fostering directors of the movement, but the development of Taiwanese cinema in general. Under its new management, the revamped Central Pictures Corporation has digitally remastered six classic films from the 80s and the 90s, producing brand-new digital prints that guarantee to overcome the test of time. After Dust in the Wind, four more of these films are arriving in high-definition on Blu-ray for fans to see these films the best way they have ever looked before.

Based a popular novel, Chen Kuo Fu's The Personals is a documentary-style drama consisted almost entirely of interviews a woman has with her potential suitors after she put out an ad on the newspaper. Screened in the Un Certain Regard section in the 1999 Cannes Film Festival, The Personals is an intriguing exploration of modern relationships, interpersonal communication, and gender politics. In addition to Rene Liu (A World Without Thieves) in an award-winning performance as the woman looking for love, The Personals also features Wu Bai (Time and Tide), Doze Niu (Monga), and Aaron Chen (Eat Drink Man Woman) as potential suitors.

This edition includes the film on both Blu-ray and DVD. The bonus DVD also includes an interview with co-writer/director Chen Kuo Fu.

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Product Title: The Personals (Blu-ray+DVD) (Taiwan Version) 徵婚啟事 (Blu-ray+DVD) (台灣版) 徵婚启事 (Blu-ray+DVD) (台湾版) 徵婚啟事 (Blu-ray+DVD) (台湾版) The Personals (Blu-ray+DVD) (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): Rene Liu | Doze Niu 劉若英 | 鈕承澤 刘若英 | 钮承泽 劉若英(レネ・リウ) | 鈕承澤 (ニウ・チェンザー) Rene Liu | Doze Niu
Director: Chen Kuo Fu 陳國富 陈国富 チェン・クォフー Chen Kuo Fu
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2011-04-28
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Taiwan
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition, NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
Sound Information: LPCM
Disc Format(s): DVD, Blu-ray
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Duration: 108 (mins)
Publisher: Sony Music Entertainment (TW)
Package Weight: 200 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1024222892

Product Information

BD (電影本片)
內 容: 正片108分鐘
發  音: 國語
字  幕: 英文、繁體中文
螢 幕 比: 寬螢幕1.85:1
聲音格式: 杜比環繞音效、LPCM 2.0
區碼系統: 藍光全區
解 析 度: Full HD1080

DVD (電影本片+全新收錄幕後花絮)
內 容: 正片108分鐘、花絮18分鐘
發  音: 國語
字  幕: 英文、繁體中文
螢 幕 比: 寬螢幕1.85:1
聲音格式: 杜比環繞音效、LPCM 2.0
區碼系統: 全區NTSC

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Sincerity is not good enough.
Before Feng Xiao Gang's If You Are the One, there was Chen Kuo Fu's The Personals, an intimate comedy-drama about a lonely Taipei urbanite's search for a husband. Sharply written, wonderfully performed, and skillfully directed, The Personals has such a universally appealing setup that it's easy to see why Feng wanted to use the story to reflect relationships in modern China (with Chen's approval - he serves as co-story writer and producer on Feng's film).

While Feng tells the story of a lonely single person's search for a mate from a familiar point of view - a middle age man with a sometimes mean sense of humor - Chen bravely faced the challenge of taking on a female point of view in his 1999 version. Chen and co-writer Chen Shih follow Jiazhen (Rene Liu), an eye doctor who abruptly quits her hospital job and takes out a classified ad in the newspaper looking for a husband. What follows is a series of conversations between Jiazhen and potential suitors, which range from a factory worker to a salesman who turns the meeting into an unsuccessful sales pitch. The most amusing part of The Personals is that despite the fact that it's made by male filmmakers, the film brutally mocks the various men that Jiazhen come across. What's even more impressive is Chen's ability to create sympathy for some of these men, reminding us that beneath their pathetic outer shells lie sad, lonely people who are as desperate for love as Jiazhen.

Author Jade Chen reportedly took out a real classified ad and based her subsequent novel (which the film is based on) on her encounters with the suitors. This may explain Chen's use of mostly minimalist setups to capture the encounters. The director covers each conversation with only two or three stationary camera angles, and he usually stays on one particular angle for an extended period of time instead of cutting to whoever is speaking. While this style can be slightly alienating at first, one begins to realize that Chen does this to make the audience feel like a third member in the conversations. In real life conversations, we don't always put our focus on the person speaking. Instead, we sometimes focus on the person reacting to what is being said. If not for the presence of recognizable faces like musician Wu Bai and actor-director Doze Niu (playing himself), Chen could've easily convinced the audience these encounters are real.

When seen as an adaptation, If You Are The One is easily a lesser version of The Personals. While Chen's film is an anti-romantic comedy, Feng's film fits the mold of a commercially friendly romantic comedy by sacrificing natural interactions and minimalist setups for a stronger emphasis on broad humor. However, what Feng does better than Chen is managing to tell the story with a coherent (albeit somewhat loose) narrative that includes a logical beginning and a satisfying ending. In The Personals, Chen tries to wrap up Jiazhen's story with a surprise revelation from a side plot, but it only brings an unneeded dose of melodrama into the proceedings, making it the weakest part of a great film.

To be fair, The Personals has a set up that doesn't necessarily call for a conventional narrative. If most films offer an answer to the questions they raise, then The Personals simply offers an incomplete answer at best. In exchange, it offers an involving observation into the life of a lonely urbanite, and what happens when she attempts to reach out into a world she doesn't know. Along with Jiazhen, we meet people that we would think nothing of when we run into them on the street everyday. Sometimes her disdain reflects ours, and at other times, we see bits of ourselves in these men. We might even begin to wonder what we would do or say in their situation. The Personals may not offer much answers in the end, but it leaves plenty for us to think about.

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