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Touch Of The Light (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) Blu-ray Region A, All

Sandrine Pinna (Actor) | Huang Yu Hsiang (Actor) | Li Lieh (Actor) | Harry Chang (Actor)
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Based on a heartwarming true story, Touch of the Light is Taiwan's official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 85th Academy Awards. Produced by renowned filmmaker Wong Kar Wai's Jet Tone Films, the film is the feature directorial debut of Golden Horse Awards Best New Director winner Chang Jung Chi, who turns his award-winning short film about the friendship between a blind pianist and an aspiring dancer into a feature-length inspirational crowd-pleaser.

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.

This edition includes making-of features. First Press comes with a small photo booklet, only available while supplies last.

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Product Title: Touch Of The Light (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) 逆光飛翔 (Blu-ray) (台灣版) 逆光飞翔 (Blu-ray) (台湾版) 光にふれる(逆光飛翔) (Blu-ray) (台湾版) Touch Of The Light (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)
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
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region, 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: 2013-06-14
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Taiwan
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Duration: 109 (mins)
Publisher: Taisheng Multimedia Corporation
Package Weight: 145 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1033390115

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導演:張榮吉

  逆著光 朝我自己的方向飛翔

  兩顆平行的心,在不經意間望見彼此身後那道逆光,等待展翅飛翔的可能。

  天生眼盲的裕翔,首次離家北上唸書,他琴彈得好,卻堅持不參加任何比賽,因為不想被同情,他只想跟大家過得一樣。

  此時,他遇見愛跳舞的小潔,因故被迫放棄學舞,卻交了個一跳街舞就閃耀著光芒的男友,暖陽般的裕翔走進她的世界,融化了小潔冰冷的心。

  裕翔的勇敢深深牽引小潔;而小潔帶領裕翔經歷不曾有過的冒險。他們填補彼此遺失的力量,就算夢想遙不可及,也不再是獨自面對。

  青春的他們,大聲嘶吼著,現在的他們,朝著最初的夢想,遇開步伐,逆光而行。

*柏林影展入選「新世代」單元
*第49屆金馬獎最佳新導演 張榮吉
*台北電影獎最佳女演員獎 張榕容
*第49屆金馬獎年度傑出台灣電影工作者 黃裕翔
*台北電影獎觀眾票選獎
*台北電影節國際青年導演競賽 觀眾票選獎
*釜山影展觀眾票選獎
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Professional Review of "Touch Of The Light (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)"

July 29, 2013

This professional review refers to 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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