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Huang Yu Hsiang plays himself in this charming film inspired by his own experiences when he left home to attend university. On his own for the first time, Yu Hsiang quietly struggles to adjust to the new dorm and classroom environment and find a place for himself. He befriends a young woman, played by Sandrine Pinna (Miao Miao), who yearns to dance though she has given it up. The two kindred souls inspire each other to confront their insecurities and reach for the light. Touch of the Light also co-stars Da Mouth's MC40 and Harry Chang (My Queen), funnyman Na Dow (Black & White Episode 1: The Dawn of Assault ) and Li Lieh as Huang Yu Hsiang's nagging, loving mother.
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|Artist Name(s):||Sandrine Pinna (Actor) | Huang Yu Hsiang (Actor) | Li Lieh (Actor) | Harry Chang (Actor) | Lin Yu Chih (Na Dow) (Actor) | MC40 (Da Mouth) | Huang Lian Yu (Actor) | Samantha Ko (Actor) 張 榕容 (Actor) | 黃裕翔 (Actor) | 李烈 (Actor) | 張懷秋 (Actor) | 納豆 (Actor) | 大嘴巴仕凌 | 黃連煜 (Actor) | 柯淑勤 (Actor) 张 榕容 (Actor) | 黄裕翔 (Actor) | 李烈 (Actor) | 张怀秋 (Actor) | 纳豆 (Actor) | 大嘴巴仕凌 | 黄连煜 (Actor) | 柯淑勤 (Actor) 張榕容 （チャン・ロンロン／サンドリーナ・ピンナ） (Actor) | Huang Yu Hsiang (Actor) | Li Lieh (Actor) | Harry Chang (Actor) | 納豆（ナードウ） (Actor) | MC40 (Da Mouth) | Huang Lian Yu (Actor) | Samantha Ko (Actor) Sandrine Pinna (Actor) | Huang Yu Hsiang (Actor) | Li Lieh (Actor) | Harry Chang (Actor) | Lin Yu Chih (Na Dow) (Actor) | MC40 (Da Mouth) | Huang Lian Yu (Actor) | Samantha Ko (Actor)|
|Director:||Chang Jung Chi 張 榮吉 张 荣吉 チャン・ロンジー Chang Jung Chi|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese|
|Country of Origin:||Taiwan|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.78 : 1|
|Sound Information:||Dolby Digital 2.0, DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Disc Format(s):||DVD, DVD-9|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Publisher:||AV-Jet International Media Co., Ltd|
|Package Weight:||190 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1033390114|
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Professional Review of "Touch Of The Light (2012) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Deluxe Edition) (Taiwan Version)"
Touch of the Lightsees Taiwanese director Chang Jung Chi adapting his 2008 award winning short The End of the Tunnel into a full length feature, produced by Wong Kar Wai's Jet Tone Films. Based on a true story, the film follows the real life experiences of piano prodigy Huang Yu Siang, here played by himself, with award winning French-Taiwanese actress Sandrine Pinna, also known as Chang Yung Yung (Miao Miao) in the female lead role, both of whom featured in the original short. The film was a big hit with the critics, winning Best New Director for Chang at the Golden Horse Awards, as well as being selected for Taiwan's official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 85th Academy Awards.
The film begins with Huang Yu Hsiang preparing to leave the small town where he lives with his parents to study music at a university in the big city, a move which will see himself on his own for the first time. Though he quickly makes friends, including his jovial roommate Ching (Hsieh Kan Chun), his new environment and classroom life takes a lot of getting used to, as he struggles to find recognition for his piano playing talents on his own terms. One day he meets a young woman delivering drinks called Jie (Sandrine Pinna), who desperately wants to train as a dancer but has been held back by family difficulties. The two connect immediately, and start to inspire each other to overcome obstacles and fulfil their dreams.
The best thing about Touch of the Light is that it's really not the film you expect it to be, being far from the sentimentalist, disability of the week melodrama that its premise suggests. It doesn't take long to realise this, with Huang quickly making friends at the university and fitting in well with campus life, with only a few instances of minor discrimination. As such, the film from early on treats his blindness as a simple, unavoidable fact of his life, much as he does himself, and thankfully avoids cheap stabs at sympathy. This immediately, and very pleasingly, sets the narrative off in a different direction to the usual kind of struggle against cruel society type tale, Huang instead simply trying to succeed in his studies and to do what he loves doing without people giving him advantages for being blind. With Huang very impressive in the often awkward situation of playing himself, he's a likeable, hardworking and generally optimistic fellow, and his quiet determination wins the viewer over, making his story engaging and entertaining.
Jie is similarly an interesting character, and though her journey is somewhat more straightforward, it's nevertheless every bit as involving. An outwardly bad-tempered young woman who seems to be unhappy with her lot in life, the script successfully delves into her past and character as the film goes on, and watching her gradually, hesitantly flourish makes for very rewarding viewing. This is mostly down to the excellent turn by Sandrine Pinna, and it's easy to see why she has emerged as one of Taiwan's most praised young actresses, having won awards and nominations for not only Touch of the Light but her previous two films Miao Miao and Yang Yang.
Though the film is basically predictable, Chang still manages to steer clear of most cliches, most notably in the way that Huang and Jie's relationship develops. Rather than the usual romance or anything forced, the film instead simply treats them as two kindred souls who come together to help and support each other. This isn't to say that the film denies any possibility of future romance, and there's an obvious and very enjoyable chemistry between the two, made all the more effective for not being forced. This gives the film a very warm and gently humanistic feel, complimented by Chang's unobtrusive visual style, the director aiming for an appropriately bright and hazy look. Though the pace is slow, the film comes across as grounded and thoughtful, and it keeps the viewer engrossed throughout, and while it's mercifully free of needless subplots, there's always something going on.
Touch of the Light definitely has a lot to offer, and marks a very solid debut indeed for Chang Jung Chi. Well worth all of the praise and awards it has garnered to date, it's an appealing and moving film, bolstered by two fantastic central performances and a refusal to fall back on the same old cliches of the form.
by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com
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June 30, 2013
Touch of the Light is about as nice and warm as movies get. Inspiring without ever feeling cheesy or cliched, the heartfelt Taiwan drama depicts the friendship and struggles of a blind piano prodigy and an aspiring dancer. The film may be fictional but the experience is real. Leading man Huang Yu Hsiang plays himself, reliving his story of moving to the city to attend university and learning to live on his own for the first time.
Director Chang Jung Chi has known Huang Yu Hsiang for many years, capturing him in multiple documentaries and shorts before expanding the story into a feature-length film. The familiarity and empathy show in Touch of the Light, first and foremost in the way the story is shared quietly, gradually and comfortably. At school, Yu Hsiang, of course, encounters challenges and doubters but the film never plays things up for drama. Instead, the film recognizes and revels in the great significance of small steps and simple overtures, from making friends to memorizing the walk from the dorm to the practice room. Yu Hsiang's greatest conflict is internal: an aversion to music competitions because of words overheard as a child.
The other half of the film belongs to Sandrine Pinna who plays Jie, a tired, standoffish woman who works at a bubble tea shop. She's out of school and on her own, but there's not much going on in her life. Her mother is a spendthrift, her boyfriend's a cheater and she's given up the one thing she loves: dancing. In many ways, Pinna's character hits even closer to home with audiences. Jie isn't obviously different or talented in the way Yu Hsiang is; she's just a normal young woman looking for a sense of self-worth and the courage to pursue her dream of dancing. Two people with loneliness in their hearts, Yu Hsiang and Jie meet by chance and hit it off, inspiring each other to become better people. Their friendship is platonic, one built on mutual support and understanding of each other's dreams and demons.
Though life is filled with hardships that can't be helped, Touch of the Light finds the world to be mostly warm and wonderful, and it is this underlying sentiment that especially makes the film so welcoming. Yu Hsiang and Jie not only have each other, they are also surrounded by genuinely kind people who lighten the load. Yu Hsiang's jock roommate cheerily takes him under his wing without second thought, Jie's boss lends her money and encouragement and Yu Hsiang's mother (wonderfully portrayed by Li Lieh) worries and nags while firmly pushing her son to take the step towards independence. Touch of the Light not only inspires audiences to face our hearts and reach for more, it also reminds us of the friends and family who see us through tough times just by being themselves. The world feels like a nicer place after watching Touch of the Light.