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The Way We Dance (2013) (Blu-ray + DVD) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Cherry Ngan (Actor) | Babyjohn Choi (Actor) | Paul Wong (Actor) | Lokman Yeung (Actor)
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Dive into Hong Kong's hip-hop wave with Adam Wong's (Magic Boy, When Beckham Met Owen) breakout movie The Way We Dance. Made with a small budget and minimal star power, the high-energy dance movie took Hong Kong cinemas by storm in 2013. Led by newcomer Cherry Ngan and a passionate dance crew made up of Babyjohn, Lokman, Janice and amputee dancer Tommy "Guns" Ly, the highly successful street-dancing drama is on par with the Step Up series with its mind-blowing dance sequences and pulse-racing dance battles. Cherry plays an amateur dancer who breaks into the hip-hop world and embarks on a dream-chasing journey with those who share the same passion as she does.

Fa (Cherry Ngan) works in her family's tofu store but dreams day and night of being a professional dancer. Signing up for the college dance crew BombA once she got admitted into university, Fa turns into the school's new emerging hip-hop star overnight and quickly hits it off with crew captain Dave (Lokman). After being introduced to Tai Chi by Leung (Babyjohn), Fa looks to incorporate the traditional martial arts into her dance but is devastated by leg injuries. Going head-to-head against BombA's strong rival Rooftoppers, Fa finds it hard to believe what Stormy (Tommy "Guns" Ly), Rooftoppers' leader, has in store for her, and the lengths to which Stormy goes in the name of dance.

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Product Title: The Way We Dance (2013) (Blu-ray + DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 狂舞派 (2013) (Blu-ray + DVD) (香港版) 狂舞派 (2013) (Blu-ray + DVD) (香港版) 狂舞派 (2013) (Blu-ray + DVD) (香港版) The Way We Dance (2013) (Blu-ray + DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Cherry Ngan (Actor) | Babyjohn Choi (Actor) | Paul Wong (Actor) | Lokman Yeung (Actor) | Janice Fan (Actor) 顏 卓靈 (Actor) | 蔡瀚億 (Actor) | 黃貫中 (Actor) | 楊 樂文 (Actor) | 范 穎兒 (Actor) 颜 卓灵 (Actor) | 蔡瀚亿 (Actor) | 黄贯中 (Actor) | 杨 乐文 (Actor) | 范 颖儿 (Actor) 顏卓靈(チェリー・ガン) (Actor) | ベイビージョン・チョイ (Actor) | 黄貫中(ポール・ウォン) (Actor) | 楊樂文(ロッマン・ヨン) (Actor) | Janice Fan (Actor) Cherry Ngan (Actor) | Babyjohn Choi (Actor) | Paul Wong (Actor) | Lokman Yeung (Actor) | Janice Fan (Actor)
Director: Adam Wong 黃修平 黄修平 黄修平 (アダム・ウォン) Adam Wong
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2014-03-28
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
Sound Information: Dolby Digital
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Rating: IIB
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1035369418

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Director: Adam Wong

Growing up in an ancestral tofu shop, Fleur is acturally a Hip Hop genius. As soon as she gets admitted to university, she becomes a supernova in the university dance crew, BowbA, and is highly esteemed by its heartthrob captain, Dave. The group’s other freshman recruit, the seductive and beautiful Rebecca, not only steals Dave’s heart but also instigates the other members to compare Fleiur’s dance steps to a fiddler crab’s moves, Fleur leaves BombA in despair. Meanwhile, Alan, the dowdy chairman of the Tai Chi Club recruits Fleur into his club. Fleur soon discovers an unknown side of Alan’s character, love soon blossoms between them, bringing two seemingly opposite worlds together. While Fleur is blissfully in love, Dave begs her to return to BombA. Having withdrawn from the group to participate in a beauty contest, the ambitious Rebecca quickly becomes the Queen of Scandals in the tabloids. Meeting Dave again makes Fleur realize her passion; stung with jealousy, Alan injures Fleur inadvertently while pushing hands. At this very moment, Stormy, the leader of Rooftoppers suddenly shows up in front of the wheelchair-ridden Fleur and discloses to her the secret to Rooftoppers’ success…
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Professional Review of "The Way We Dance (2013) (Blu-ray + DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

March 28, 2014

Six years after his charming and criminally underrated Magic Boy, director Adam Wong steps back onto Hong Kong cinema screens with The Way We Dance. This urban dance film is exceptionally conventional and commercial – that is, it would be if it were made anywhere but Hong Kong, where audiences get their hip hop hoofing from Korean pop MVs and Step Up movies. Populist filmmaking in Hong Kong trends towards romantic comedies and star-driven thrillers, so it's terrific that a youth dance film like The Way We Dance even got made. Bonus: the film offers surprising performances from new local young talent and brings to life Hong Kong and its unique subcultures in a rare and entertaining way. Globally it's no great shakes, but locally? The Way We Dance is a special Hong Kong film.

Young Cherry Ngan (whose biggest role before this was as Simon Yam's daughter in Nightfall) stars as Fleur (or "Fa"), a hip young thing who works in her family's tofu shop. Fleur leaves her parochial origins behind and heads to university, where she chases her dream of joining BombA, the school's number one street dance group led by her handsome crush Dave (real-life street dancer Lokman Yeung). Fleur immediately impresses everyone with her vivacious energy and unexpected dance skills, but soon leaves the group when Dave hooks up with new BombA dancer Rebecca (Janice Fan), a midriff-baring bombshell who becomes an instant object of campus desire. Dejected, Fleur joins the school's Tai Chi club, led by the mustachioed Alan (Babyjohn Choi), a goofy greaser who's nicknamed "Dickhead Alan" for unflattering reasons. Alan couldn't be happier with Fleur's presence because he not only admires Fleur's talent; he's sweet on her too.

Fleur soon comes to value her friendship with Alan, and the two bond over dance, Tai Chi, tofu delivery and crab-watching (Really!). Meanwhile, BombA starts to bomb – Rebecca reveals herself to be a straight-up Jezebel, and parlays her new BombA fame into a tabloid-attracting gig as a cosplay idol. Now sans Rebecca and Fleur, BombA could use help with the upcoming Dance Chample contest, where they'll face off against dance rival The Rooftoppers, led by street-dancing legend Stormy (Tommy "Guns" Ly, also a real-life street dancer). Will the BombA youngsters overcome their differences and forge forward in pursuit of their dreams, while also earning the respect of the clearly superior Rooftoppers? Yeah, of course they will – and saying so does not constitute a spoiler. Frankly, it doesn't make sense for a youth dance film to end with the destruction of its protagonists' hope and pride. Such an ending belongs to a different genre, like documentary.

Good movies can emerge from conventional stories, and that's what Adam Wong and co-writer/producer Saville Chan accomplish with The Way We Dance. The character arcs are tried and true, but the film hits its emotional beats quite well. The production is technically solid, with authentic Hong Kong locations that are rendered attractively but not glamorized. Dance sequences are more than adequate; Sing Mak's choreography is entertaining, though the inclusion of long, detailed dance sequences stretches the film out to an extended two-plus hours. There's also parkour and a fusion of dance and Tai Chi – a fun mix that makes the film distinctly Hong Kong yet avoids being pandering or exotic. The set pieces may come across as somewhat manufactured; the dancers are clearly performing for the film audience, and some dance scenes feature beats that instantly drop out of nowhere. But the film's entertaining rhythm and positive attitude are hard to resist.

The Way We Dance actually works best in the moments in between dances, largely due to its accurate portrayal of Hong Kong youth culture, not to mention the characters, who are as winning as they come. Both Cherry Ngan and Babyjohn Choi turn in surprising performances as Fa and Alan, giving their characters depth and most especially life. Choi does both hot-tempered and mature with charismatic dorkiness, while Ngan gives genuine spark to her youthful sparkplug of a character. Ngan's expressions are vivid and project spontaneity; she's the discovery of the film, though a large portion of the credit should go to director Adam Wong. Like with his previous Magic Boy, Wong wrests fine performances from younger, untempered actors. Much has been said about Hong Kong Cinema's dearth of young talent, but in Adam Wong's films, that doesn't seem to apply. Maybe this talent deficiency is something that can be attributed to major studios rather than filmmakers?

The enjoyable rapport between the characters helps to compensate for some of the film's more clumsy emotions. In particular, Rebecca's character arc feels forced, especially since her backstory is so detailed and Janice Fan receives less screentime than her co-stars. Maudlin monologues are tough to avoid or excuse in conventional commercial cinema, and that's where The Way We Dance kind of trips up. This is a feel-good movie with no real bad guys, and seeing the filmmakers justify every character positively causes the gears to occasionally grind. Still, the film's energy and heart excuse its imperfections, and propel it above most local cinema into something special and worth celebrating. These are young filmmakers and actors finding inspiration in their surroundings to deliver something that, if not entirely accomplished, nonetheless sings. As one character in the film pointedly says, "These are the scars of our youth. Don't laugh at them!" For The Way We Dance, that's the least we can do.

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April 15, 2014

Adam Wong's soulful offering
As an outsider of the hip-hop world, director Adam Wong shows how far he is willing to go for Hong Kong cinema with The Way We Dance, a breakout street-dancing movie that measures up to the Step Up and Street Dance franchise. The film's genre and cast – with Cherry Ngan stealing the limelight for her role as a passionate dancer – are a far cry from Hong Kong's typical crime blockbusters and all-star vehicles, bringing a breath of fresh air to the local film industry.

Wong throws everything he sees and knows about Hong Kong teen culture into the basket. The result: a vibrant youth film brimming with energy and confidence. A hodgepodge of parkour, street dance battles and university clubs and hierarchy, the film navigates effortlessly between indie and mainstream with its niche subject and highly welcoming teen spirit. It goes beyond the limits of the school, streets and underground clubs to reach places like an industrial building and a traditional tofu shop, showing the audience the multiple facets and possibilities of hip-hop in the concrete jungle of Hong Kong.

The inexperienced cast has shortcomings but that does not decrease the film's charm; instead, it gives rise to a star-in-the-making, Cherry Ngan. With a fresh bob cut, adorable snaggletooth and high-voltage energy, Ngan is valuable to the film's success and we thank Wong for finding her at the tender age of 18. Amputee dancer Tommy “Guns” Ly, a real-life hip-hopper, on the other hand, doesn't just amaze with his breaking skills but also inspires and gives immense life to The Way We Dance.

If Wong is the spirit, then Shing Mak, the film's choreographer, is the soul of the movie. Shing's inventive and original routines rival those of popular franchises and give a full account of the richness and creativity of local dance professionals. Reinventing dancing by combining it with Tai Chi, Shing sets the film apart from all its predecessors, boosting Hong Kong's status in the world of dance.

While the movie has its flaws in pacing and character development, they are offset by its originality and overwhelming positivity, not to mention the much-needed support it gives to local subcultures. The film is significant on a local scale for its attempt to break free from the bondage of the commercial market, and it offers an entertaining and motivating experience that, in the end, makes everything count. With preparations of a sequel already underway, I look forward to seeing what other surprises Wong has in store for us that will surpass The Way We Dance.

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