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The Spin Kid (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Blue Lan (Actor) | Nikki Hsieh (Actor) | Tai Bo (Actor) | Hsia Ching Ting (Actor)
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After the enormous commercial success of Night Market Hero, Blue Lan assumes the title of producer for the first time for his latest big-screen outing The Spin Kid. Chosen as the opening film of the 2011 Kaohsiung Film Festival, the debut feature from writer-director Joe Lee blends Taiwan's traditional folk culture with the modern rave culture into a unique and hot-blooded tale about finding love and realizing dreams in electronic music. Blue stars as A-hao, a young country kid who plays parade leader at temple fairs but actually aspires to be a DJ to make every clubber high with his spinning talent. In his unstoppable pursuit of a break on the club scene, A-hao finds himself involved in a gang-controlled drug deal, hunted by his estranged cop father (Tai Bao, Seven Days in Heaven), and fallen hard in love with spunky girl Xiao Ying (Nikki Hsieh, Make Up)...
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Product Title: The Spin Kid (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) 電哪吒 (DVD) (台灣版) 电哪吒 (DVD) (台湾版) 電哪吒 (DVD) (台湾版) The Spin Kid (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): Blue Lan (Actor) | Nikki Hsieh (Actor) | Tai Bo (Actor) | Hsia Ching Ting (Actor) | Xiao Ma (Actor) | Yeh Tien Lun (Actor) 藍正龍 (Actor) | 謝 欣穎 (Actor) | 太保 (張嘉年) (Actor) | 夏靖庭 (Actor) | 小馬 (倪子鈞) (Actor) | 葉 天倫 (Actor) 蓝正龙 (Actor) | 谢 欣颖 (Actor) | 太保 (张嘉年) (Actor) | 夏靖庭 (Actor) | 小马 (倪子钧) (Actor) | 叶 天伦 (Actor) 藍正龍(ラン・ジェンロン) (Actor) | 謝欣穎(ニッキー・シエ) (Actor) | Tai Bo (Actor) | 夏靖庭(シャー・ジンティン) (Actor) | Xiao Ma (Actor) | 葉天倫 (イェ・ティエンルン) (Actor) Lan Zheng Long (Actor) | Nikki Hsieh (Actor) | Tai Bo (Actor) | Hsia Ching Ting (Actor) | Xiao Ma (Actor) | Yeh Tien Lun (Actor)
Director: Joe Lee 李運傑 李运杰 Joe Lee Joe Lee
Release Date: 2012-04-26
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Taiwan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-5
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 95 (mins)
Publisher: Deepjoy
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1030740458

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  一場親眼目睹母親自殺的家庭劇變,使得阿豪(藍正龍 飾)從此得在廟裡由阿公帶大,他跟刑警父親「阿浪」(太保 飾)之間的心結,也因此形同神話中的李靖與哪吒一樣緊繃難解。

  十七年後,在廟裡跳陣頭卻熱愛電音的阿豪,為了從小到大的電音夢,帶著作品去見夜店老闆「豹哥」尋求登台機會,卻飽受市劊的嘴臉,並和個性嗆辣的女DJ「小影」(謝欣穎 飾)起爭執。當晚,與阿豪同行的麻吉「猴子」(小馬 飾)因販售毒品被警方追捕,來包抄的警官竟是阿浪,阿豪被認做共犯,百口莫辯之下倉皇逃逸,阿浪與阿豪父子間僅存的一絲信任就此崩毀。而阿浪也在緝捕的過程中得罪了猴子的老大「瘋狗」(夏靖庭 飾)…負傷的阿豪窮途末路躲進小影的車,小影一時心軟將他帶回家休養,意外發現阿豪的DJ才華以及善良的一面,兩人從互看不順眼到產生露骨激情的愛戀。小影決心協助找出猴子下落,並向豹哥引薦阿豪。阿豪在豹哥的舞廳內擔任代班DJ,他因臉上畫著殺氣十足的將首臉以及讓全場觀眾情緒嗨翻而聲名大噪,甚至取代小影原有的位置,但小影並不生氣,因她已愛上阿豪,並對阿豪娓娓道來自己背負的祕密。關於愛,原來每個人都有自己該承擔的故事。

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Professional Review of "The Spin Kid (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)"

June 4, 2012

Popular Taiwanese star Blue Lan follows up domestic box office smash Night Market Hero with The Spin Kid, a fusion of modern and traditional culture with the actor as a dance music DJ and temple performer caught up in drug related troubles. Lan also produced the film, which marks the debut of writer director Joe Lee and was chosen as the opening film of the 2011 Kaohsiung Film Festival as well as playing at Taiwan Cinefest 2012 in London.

Blue Lan plays A-Hao, a young man who has grown up with his temple caretaker grandfather after his mother died and his policeman father (Tai Bao, Seven Days in Heaven) proved unable and unwilling to care for him. Although he spends most of his time taking part in religious performances at the temple, A-Hao's dream is to become a DJ, spinning records as a means of connecting with his memories of his mother. After an audition at a nightclub with his childhood friend Monkey sees him ending up in the middle of a botched drug deal, he finds himself pursued by the police and his estranged father. Things aren't all bad though, as his music career starts to take off, and he falls in love with a moody beauty called Xiao Ying (Nikki Hsieh, Make Up).

The Spin Kid is an excellent blend of the old and the new, mixing Taiwanese temple culture with modern youthful angst and energy. What really impresses is the way which Joe Lee manages to pull this off with such a naturalistic feel, the film neither falling prey to the kind of fast and flashy visual techniques that might have been expected given the dance music theme, nor going too far with ponderous symbolism. This makes for some intriguing imagery, and the film does have quite a unique feel, especially during scenes of A-Hao doing his DJ sets, decked out in striking temple demon makeup.

This helps to keep things interesting and moving along at a fair pace, as does Lee's inclusion of several action scenes throughout the film, with some fast paced chase sequences and the odd flashes of violent brawling adding an occasional hard and gritty edge. The drugs subplot also injects a little tension, with things not playing out quite expected and the film building to a bittersweet, though fitting conclusion.

All of this complements a fairly basic, though well-told coming of age type story, with Blue Lan doing a decent job as the confused A-Hao, a young man trying to find his direction in life while dealing with past problems, emotional issues and drug related danger. Though he doesn't say much, Lan manages to make A-Hao a believable and likeable protagonist and not simply the kind of typical angry youth figure he might have been. His struggle with his brutal but not entirely unsympathetic father suggests a neat statement on generational difficulties (thanks in no small part to a fine, conflicted performance from Tai Bao), and although the subplot involving his deceased mother does get a bit maudlin and flashback heavy, it still works well enough.

Thankfully, the film's central romance is similarly handled with restraint, Lee keeping things grounded and portraying A-Hao and Xiao Ying as a pair of people who share an instant connection, but who have to face up to a tough and realistic series of obstacles and problems. Nikki Hsieh is on good form as the sulky but vulnerable Xiao Ying, and the way in which the two come together through their awkward courtship rings true. By never going over the top the film is reasonably moving during its later stages, mostly due to the fact that most viewers will likely want the two to overcome their issues end up together.

The Spin Kid is another strong example of the kind of youth cinema being produced by Taiwan at the moment, a film which is both quiet and loud, and that offers an engaging depiction of a young man dealing with a traumatic past and uncertain future. Blue Lan proves himself more than a mere heartthrob, with Joe Lee also acquitting himself well in his first shot at directing, and the film entertains and impresses on a number of different levels.

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