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The Soul of Bread (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Michelle Chen (Actor) | Chen Han Dian (Actor) | Chen Ying Git (Actor) | Hu Jia Wei (Actor)
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Following her breakout performance in You Are the Apple of My Eye, Michelle Chen lends her goddess-like charm to The Soul of Bread. She's caught between two suitors in Taiwan directors Sean Kao and Lin Chun Yang's bakery-themed romantic comedy based on Kao's award-winning TV movie of the same name from 2006. The filmmakers enriched the story for the theatrical remake, with more lighthearted humor, cultural insights, and a little nostalgic sentiment thrown in the mix. Casting has also been updated, with popular comedian Chen Han Dian (Jump Ashin!) taking lead role for the first time and singer Anthony Neely making his film debut here. The yummy crowd-pleaser also features veterans Liao Chun, Chen Ying Chieh, Samantha Ko, Janel Tsai, and Michelle Chen's Apple co-stars "Wan Wan" Hu Chia Wei and Yan Sheng Yu in key supporting roles.

The daughter of the owner of a small-town bakery in Kaohsiung, Hsiao Ping (Michelle Chen) has grown up together with baker Gao Bing (Chen Han Dian), who considers Hsiao Ping his future bride. But Hsiao Ping actually has a dream that doesn't belong here, so for the last six years, she has refused to say yes to Gao Bing's numerous proposals. One day, a handsome Eurasian celebrity chef named Brad (Anthony Neely) comes to the peaceful town in search of inspirations, and finds his late mother's favorite bread at the bakery. Brad is immediately smitten with Hsiao Ping, who is also fond of him and arranges for him to become Gao Bing's apprentice. Gao Bing, desperately vying for his goddess's affection, challenges Brad to a baking showdown. Which will Hsiao Ping choose - the familiar Taiwanese taste or the endearing European sensation?

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Product Title: The Soul of Bread (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 愛的麵包魂 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) 爱的面包魂 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) 愛的麵包魂 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) The Soul of Bread (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Michelle Chen (Actor) | Chen Han Dian (Actor) | Chen Ying Git (Actor) | Hu Jia Wei (Actor) | Gao Zhi Hong (Actor) | XIANG LIN (Actor) | Liao Jun (Actor) | Janel Tsai (Actor) | Samantha Ko (Actor) | Anthony Neely (Actor) | Lai Cheng Te (Actor) | Hou Yan Xi (Actor) 陳妍希 (Actor) | 陳 漢典 (Actor) | 陳 盈潔 (Actor) | 胡家瑋 (Actor) | 高志宏 (Actor) | 相林 (Actor) | 廖峻 (Actor) | 蔡 淑臻 (Actor) | 柯淑勤 (Actor) | 倪 安東 (Actor) | 賴 承德 (Actor) | 侯 彥西 (Actor) 陈妍希 (Actor) | 陈 汉典 (Actor) | 陈 盈洁 (Actor) | HU JIA WEI (Actor) | 高志宏 (Actor) | 相林 (Actor) | 廖峻 (Actor) | 蔡 淑臻 (Actor) | 柯淑勤 (Actor) | 倪 安东 (Actor) | 赖 承德 (Actor) | 侯 彦西 (Actor) 陳妍希(ミシェル・チェン) (Actor) | Chen Han Dian (Actor) | 陳盈潔(チェン・インジェ) (Actor) | HU JIA WEI (Actor) | Gao Zhi Hong (Actor) | XIANG LIN (Actor) | Liao Jun (Actor) | ジャネル・ツァイ (Actor) | Samantha Ko (Actor) | 倪安東 (アンソニー・ニーリー) (Actor) | Lai Cheng Te (Actor) | Hou Yan Xi (Actor) Michelle Chen (Actor) | Chen Han Dian (Actor) | Chen Ying Git (Actor) | HU JIA WEI (Actor) | Gao Zhi Hong (Actor) | XIANG LIN (Actor) | Liao Jun (Actor) | Janel Tsai (Actor) | Samantha Ko (Actor) | Anthony Neely (Actor) | Lai Cheng Te (Actor) | Hou Yan Xi (Actor)
Director: Sean Kao | Lin Chun Yang 高 炳權 | 林 君陽 高 炳权 | 林 君阳 Sean Kao | 林君陽(リン・ジュンヤン) Sean Kao | Lin Chun Yang
Release Date: 2012-07-20
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Taiwan
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: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIA
Duration: 111 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1031199875

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Director: Lin Jun Yang, Gao Bing Quan

Gao-Bing (Chen Han-tien) works in Mr. Chiu’s small bakery, and all he can do is work really hard so that this place will not fall apart. Ping (Michelle Chen), Mr Chiu’s daughter, the girlfriend of Gao-Bing, often complains that GaoBing only follows the traditions and doesn’t take any actin to save their bakery and her life… Brad falls for Ping at the very first sight. Even though Ping is engaged to Gao-Bing, Brad finds her very special, even a little bit like his mother. He never hides his feelings towards Ping, and even proposes to bring Ping to France. With all his heart and soul, Gao-Bing would like to get ping back and show the world what is the best recipe for love….
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July 31, 2012

Localization sells
Despite this being the age of globalization, Cape No. 7 taught the Taiwanese film industry one important lesson: localization sells. Its record-breaking box office grosses told filmmakers that Taiwan audiences don't only want big-budget blockbusters filled with spectacle. Sometimes, they too want films about Taiwanese values and Taiwanese characters. In other words, they want films that they can call their own.

The Soul of Bread rides that bandwagon. Even though its core story is a romantic triangle between small-town bakery chef Gao Bing (Chen Han Dian), his longtime girlfriend Hsiao Ping (Michelle Chen), and hunky world-renowned foodie Brad (Anthony Neely), much of the film's charm come from its small-town setting and its supporting cast. Directors Sean Kao (remaking his television film) and Lin Chun Yang create a world filled with endearing characters like Hsiao Ping's father (the bakery owner who's also the town DJ), a sunglasses-donning policeman, and neighbors who use Brad's bread as aphrodisiac.

This is what elevates The Soul Of Bread above other Taiwanese idol romcoms. With its flawed storytelling and lack of any real dramatic weight, The Soul of Bread may not be a particularly memorable film. However, it also manages to tell a story with real dilemmas (the comfort of home vs. the adventure of ambition, Chen Han Dian vs. Anthony Neely), the production has a layer of polish, and it's charming without going over-the-top like idol dramas often do.

Even more comforting to Taiwan film fans, The Soul of Bread feels like a local film - though 98% of Anthony Neely's dialogue is in English - without feeling like it's desperately pandering to local audiences. It showcases a lot of local charm, but it also tells a universal story that overseas audiences can relate to. After a longtime slump, it's good to see Taiwan commercial cinema starting to find a unique formula for success. It's easy to dismiss commercial films like Cape No. 7 and The Soul of Bread for being light fluff, but what's so bad about Taiwan-made films that can bring audiences back into Taiwan cinemas?

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