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The Road Less Traveled (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Louis Koo (Actor) | Karen Mok (Actor) | Crystal Huang (Actor) | Wayne Lai (Actor)
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Often considered the spiritual successor to Derek Yee's acclaimed romantic drama Lost in Time (2003), The Road Less Traveled again teams up the celebrated filmmaker with Louis Koo, with Yee serving as producer while the popular actor takes starring role rather than a cameo. Director and co-writer Derek Chiu (Brothers) has crafted a poignant and touching tale of redemption from a similar premise about a bittersweet romance born out of a fatal traffic accident. Much credit should be given to the heartfelt performances of co-stars Karen Mok and Crystal Huang, who play the two women Koo is torn between. The film also counts TVB star Wayne Lai, Mainland actors Yin Xiaotian, Liang Dawei, and Baty Chen among its superb cast.

Hong Kong truck driver Hui Shing Leung (Louis Koo) travels back and forth between Mainland China and Hong Kong every day. One rainy night on the highway to Guangzhou, Leung accidentally runs over and kills a man, whose wife Lu Yin (Crystal Huang) has just learned about her pregnancy. Out of guilt and pity, Leung tries to make up for the loss and pain he has brought her. He begins taking care of the widow and helping out at her small restaurant. In time, affections grow between the two, much to the chagrin of Leung's live-in girlfriend Susan (Karen Mok). But, just when there seems to be a way out of this love triangle, Yin is devastated to find out the truth that her guardian angel is also her husband's killer...

The Hong Kong Version DVD of The Road Less Traveled includes special features like making-of, trailer, and a film stills gallery.

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Product Title: The Road Less Traveled (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 一路有你 (DVD) (香港版) 一路有你 (DVD) (香港版) 一路有你 (DVD) (香港版) The Road Less Traveled (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Louis Koo (Actor) | Karen Mok (Actor) | Crystal Huang (Actor) | Wayne Lai (Actor) | Yin Xiao Tian (Actor) | Liang Da Wei (Actor) | Chen Xi Bei (Actor) 古天樂 (Actor) | 莫文蔚 (Actor) | 黃奕 (Actor) | 黎耀祥 (Actor) | 印小天 (Actor) | 梁大維 (Actor) | 陳西貝 (Actor) 古天乐 (Actor) | 莫文蔚 (Actor) | 黄奕 (Actor) | 黎耀祥 (Actor) | 印小天 (Actor) | 梁大维 (Actor) | 陈西贝 (Actor) 古天樂 (ルイス・クー) (Actor) | 莫文蔚(カレン・モク) (Actor) | 黄奕(ホァン・イー) (Actor) | ライ・ユーチョン (Actor) | Yin Xiao Tian (Actor) | Liang Da Wei (Actor) | Chen Xi Bei (Actor) Louis Koo (Actor) | Karen Mok (Actor) | Crystal Huang (Actor) | Wayne Lai (Actor) | Yin Xiao Tian (Actor) | Liang Da Wei (Actor) | Chen Xi Bei (Actor)
Director: Derek Chiu 趙崇基 赵崇基 趙崇基 (デレク・チウ) Chiu Sung Kei
Producer: Derek Yee 爾 冬陞 尔 冬升 爾冬隆(イー・トンシン) Derek Yee
Release Date: 2011-02-18
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM)
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-5
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIA
Duration: 108 (mins)
Publisher: Vicol Entertainment Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1024019728

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* Special Features:- Trailers
- Stills Gallery
- Making Of

Director: Chiu Sung Kei

Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans. On the Hong Kong-Guangzhou expressway, Yan (Huang Yi) and Hui (Louis Koo) had been living in different lanes - Yan ran a roadside diner with her husband Cheung, while hui worked as a truck driver passing by daily. Their lives never intersect until one stormy night, when Cheung's motorcycle crashed into Hui's truck. Cheung died soon afterward, and Hui wished he were too. In addition to his unbearable guilt, Hui also lost his truck and livelihood due to further police investigation. Hui returned to Hong Kong and sought solace from his fiancee Susan (Karen Mok). But without any income, their wedding was on the brink of cancellation.

Life seemed to have no way out. Yan was in labor and overwhelmed by Hui's affection and care. Yet she believed his love was merely misguided sympathy, and they were meant to go on separate ways. As Hui broke up with Susan to be with Yan, he was shocked to find both Yan and the diner were gone. Where could he find the road that lead to Yan's heart...?!
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Professional Review of "The Road Less Traveled (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

March 23, 2011

The Road Less Traveled sees top Hong Kong director Derek Yee taking the producer's chair for a follow up of sorts to his much lauded 2003 romantic drama Lost in Time. This time, he hands over the directorial reigns to co-scripter Derek Chiu (Brothers), for a tale of cross border love and tragedy focusing on a truck driver played by popular actor Louis Koo (All's Well End's Well 2011, who ends up in a triangle with a young Mainland woman played by Crystal Huang (Just Another Pandora's Box) and his Hong Kong girlfriend Karen Mok (Go Lala Go!). Backing them is an impressive supporting cast including TVB star Wayne Lai (I Love Hong Kong), Mainland actors Yin Xiaotian (My Belle Boss), Liang Dawei, and Baty Chen.

The drama is set in motion when Hong Kong cross border truck driver Hui Shing Leung (Louis Koo) accidently hits and kills a man one night while on his way to Guangzhou. His pain and guilt are made all the worse when he learns that the man's wife Lu Yin (Crystal Huang) is pregnant and struggling to make ends meet with the restaurant they owned. Much to the frustration of his long term Hong Kong girlfriend Susan (Karen Mok), he gives the grieving widow a sizable chunk of their savings, and starts hanging around the restaurant and helping out. Although feelings inevitably start to blossom between the two, everything threatens to fall apart when Lu Yin discovers that he is the man who killed her husband.

Unsurprisingly, the first word which springs to mind with The Road Less Traveled is "bittersweet." Thankfully, the film is a melancholy affair rather than a tacky tearjerker, with Derek Yee and Derek Chiu aiming for a more humanistic approach which takes on board cultural as well as emotional issues in dealing with its characters. As a result, though the film doesn't make for cheerful viewing, it engages on a more basic and genuine level than if it had tugged too hard at the heartstrings. This is even more so since the main characters are all basically good people, with Leung in particular being a decent, kind hearted man who never plans to insinuate himself into Yin's life or to cause any pain for Susan. The script emphasises a sense of fate both regarding the accident and in bringing people together, and does so in a reasonably convincing manner, without sudden hysterics or emotional fireworks.

Though deliberately paced, the film is never dull, and has a fair amount of dramatic tension, with Leung's secret festering away in the background, the viewer only too aware that it is a matter of time before Yin learns of his true identity. This of course leads to a great deal of guilt and angst, though wisely the revelation isn't saved for a sudden last act plot twist, and the decision to work it out earlier on sets the stage for the film to conclude in far more interesting fashion.

Fortunately for such a character based drama, the film is boosted by good performances all round. Crystal Huang and Karen Mok in particular are impressive as the two very different women coming to terms with the changes that the accident has wrought on their lives. Both are interesting, conflicted figures, and the one scene that they share together is possibly the film's best and most telling. Louis Koo also does a perfectly respectable job, his awkward Mandarin fitting the character perfectly, and though he isn's called upon to provide much range, he does successfully manage to convey a sense of inner turmoil. The fine cast carry the film, lifting the script above a few weaker moments, and make it far more than the television movie of the week melodrama that it might have been with lesser talent involved.

Chiu's direction is suitably subdued, and the film strives for an everyday, down to earth feel. It generally succeeds in this regard, though thankfully without being excessively gritty, and it does have some nice visuals in the rural Mainland sections, with lots of shots of rolling green fields. The film also features a lot of cooking, with Hong Kong and Mainland dishes serving to further the theme of exploring the differences between the two cultures. This is central to the film as a whole, and Chiu and Yee do make a few interesting observations, though their somewhat negative portrayal of materialistic Hong Kong residents does feel a touch like pandering to the Mainland market at times.

Despite this, The Road Less Traveled is one of the better character dramas to have come from Hong Kong over the last year or so, and one of the few not to pile on the obvious melodrama. A worthy follow up to Lost in Time, it works for mainly the same reasons, and successfully mixes the bitter and the sweet whilst trying to say something at the same time.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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