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Trivial Matters consists of seven breezy, revealing stories that are at once very Edmond Pang and very Hong Kong. A married couple (Crystal Tin, Chan Fai Hung) in therapy reveal how clueless they are about their partner's sexual needs. An actor (Chapman To) helps a prostitute recharge her phone. A rookie assassin (Shawn Yue) takes a hit with his hit at a bowling alley. A young man (Edison Chen) discusses toilet etiquette at a noisy dance club. Two high school friends (Gillian Chung, Stephy Tang) end up on starkly different paths in life after becoming young mothers. An instructional video from space recounts a nostalgic high school love story. A man (Eason Chan) comes up with the perfect strategy to solicit oral service from his conservative girlfriend. Candid, offbeat, and just a bit racy, Trivial Matters tweaks identifiable situations and encounters into humor, irony, and sudden moments of reflection.
|Product Title:||Trivial Matters (2007) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 破事兒 (2007) (DVD) (台灣版) 破事儿 (2007) (DVD) (台湾版) 些細なこと （破事兒） （台湾版） Trivial Matters (2007) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Jan Lamb (Actor) | Eason Chan (Actor) | Chapman To (Actor) | Gillian Chung (Actor) | Shawn Yue (Actor) | Chet Lam (Actor) | Stephy Tang (Actor) | Conroy Chan (Actor) | Kristal Tin (Actor) | Juno Mak (Actor) | Kenny Kwan (Actor) | Feng Xiao Gang (Actor) | Isabel Chan (Actor) | Chen Hui Hong (Actor) | Zhang Zheng (Actor) | Peter Kam (Actor) 林海峰 (Actor) | 陳 奕迅 (Actor) | 杜汶澤 (Actor) | 鍾欣桐 (Actor) | 余文樂 (Actor) | 林一峰 (Actor) | 鄧麗欣 (Actor) | 陳子聰 (Actor) | 田蕊妮 (Actor) | 麥浚龍 (Actor) | 關智斌 (Actor) | 馮小剛 (Actor) | 陳逸寧 (Actor) | 陳輝虹 (Actor) | 張錚 (Actor) | 金培達 (Actor) 林海峰 (Actor) | 陈 奕迅 (Actor) | 杜汶泽 (Actor) | 锺欣桐 (Actor) | 余文乐 (Actor) | 林一峰 (Actor) | 邓丽欣 (Actor) | 陈子聪 (Actor) | 田蕊妮 (Actor) | 麦浚龙 (Actor) | 关智斌 (Actor) | 冯小刚 (Actor) | 陈逸宁 (Actor) | 陈辉虹 (Actor) | Zhang Zheng (Actor) | 金培达 (Actor) 林海峰（ジャン･ラム） (Actor) | 陳奕迅（イーソン・チャン） (Actor) | 杜汶澤 （チャップマン・トー） (Actor) | 鍾欣桐 （ジリアン・チョン） (Actor) | 余文樂（ショーン・ユー） (Actor) | 林一峰（チェット・ラム） (Actor) | 鄧麗欣 （ステフィ・タン） (Actor) | 陳子聰 （コンロイ・チャン） (Actor) | 田蕊妮 （クリスタル・ティン） (Actor) | 麥浚龍（ジュノ・マック） (Actor) | 關智斌 （ケニー・クァン） (Actor) | 馮小剛（フォン・シャオガン） (Actor) | Isabel Chan (Actor) | Ｃｈｅｎ Ｈｕｉ Ｈｏｎｇ (Actor) | Ｚｈａｎｇ Ｚｈｅｎｇ (Actor) | 金培達（ピーター・カム） (Actor) Jan Lamb (Actor) | Eason Chan (Actor) | Chapman To (Actor) | Gillian Chung (Actor) | 여 문락 (Actor) | Chet Lam (Actor) | Stephy Tang (Actor) | Conroy Chan (Actor) | Kristal Tin (Actor) | Juno Mak (Actor) | Kenny Kwan (Actor) | Feng Xiao Gang (Actor) | Isabel Chan (Actor) | Chen Hui Hong (Actor) | Zhang Zheng (Actor) | Peter Kam (Actor)|
|Director:||Pang Ho Cheung 彭 浩翔 彭 浩翔 彭浩翔（パン・ホーチョン） Pang Ho Cheung|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese|
|Place of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.78 : 1|
|Sound Information:||Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM), DTS Extended Surround(TM) / DTS-ES(TM)|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1014430202|
Director: Pang Ho Cheung
Everything is so rapid in city life-coming fast, leaving fast. Life is enmeshed with joy and sorrow, always a mixture of sentiments. Flowers grow and wilt things rise and fall. How many earth-shattering events happen in our lives? More or less everything is like a speck of dust: no matter whether in life or death, love or desire, gratitude or resentment, friendship or enmity, when you look back they're all just trivial matters.
These seven side stories about free will after all, are little more than jokes played by God on humans. Some love stories may end in misunderstandings, and some start from misunderstandings. In our lives, these trivial matters that make us laugh or cry are constantly interrupting us.
Love that comes, goes and then comes again is always unexpected. There are always May different small love stories around us. No matter how much the people involved may cry to the heavens or bash their heads on the ground in anguish, to everyone else in the world those are merely trivial matter.
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This professional review refers to Trivial Matters (2007) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Trivial Matters further demonstrates that Pang Ho-Cheung is Hong Kong's leading young director - even if the movie itself isn't really very good. A dry, witty, and sometimes unfathomable series of vignettes, Trivial Matters is an adaptation of Pang's published fiction, which has earned its own fans due to its cleverness and wit. Pang translates that wit here in a sometimes self-amused fashion, but his usual flirtation with overt cleverness is lost because Pang has subdued his style, opting out of obvious attention-grabbing significance and simply letting the material speak for itself. There are gags and reveals aplenty, but the jokes here seem to be mostly in the content, and less in the actual form. For those tired of the obvious "wink-wink" of Pang's earlier efforts, the change is a good thing. Too bad the actual quality of the stories is so uneven, and even when the film works it's most definitely an acquired taste. Still, as often is the case, even average Pang Ho-Cheung is better than what we usually get.
The English title of this film is very fitting, as that's essentially what the film is about: unimportant matters, though occasionally something greater can be gleamed. Each short story highlights smaller events in its characters lives, sometimes bringing them to a larger significance, or sometimes leaving them adrift. The opening segment is a variation on the "he said, she said" routine, with Chan Fai-Hung and Crystal Tin playing a married couple whose most recent sexual experience is seen in a humorously different manner by each party. The segment kicks the film off in a witty manner, with the droll offscreen voice of Jan Lam (as the couple's therapist) providing the self-referential commentary. The content is snarky Pang stuff, but he lets the content to the talking, and limits his technique to video-recorded interview segments with the occasional cutaway to heavy petting sessions, complete with nudity.
That's right: nudity. In a rarity for a Hong Kong film (and a Category IIB one, no less), Trivial Matters delivers nudity, sexual content, and even drug use. The nudity comes from no-names, with the notable exception of Chapman To, who bares his backside in a sure-to-be scar-inducing case of "too much information". In To's segment, he plays an actor (presumably himself), who meets a Mainland prostitute (Zhang Zheng) at a hotel, and enjoys a brief tryst, before somehow finding a surprising, though likely unfulfilled connection. Nothing new occurs in the segment, and the content smacks suspiciously of cliché. Still, the segment does achieve a quiet poignancy through its actors, and demonstrates Pang's superlative understanding of performance AKA: how to stop your actors from overdoing it.
The same sensitivity with actors shows up in the film's longest segment, starring Stephy Tang and Gillian Chung. The two play old school mates whose lives take different turns, with each having a long-lasting effect on the other. The characters the girls play are both exaggerated and yet real, but the situation is pretty much a snoozer, achieving interest mainly through the male fantasy-fulfilling image of the two female singers decked out in secondary school outfits. And yet the segment still manages to affect, mainly through a good performance from Stephy Tang and the subtle mining of familiar emotions, namely regret, missed chances, and the irony abundant in everyday lives. The segment also features an appearance by once-maligned singer Juno Mak, and possesses an evident and enjoyable affection for Hong Kong and its local pop culture.
Other segments vary in length and effectiveness. The shortest one involves Edison Chen and Stephanie Cheng, and seems to exist merely for its absurd gross-out factor. Kenny Kwan stars in the most stylized segment - depicted in silent, supposedly-aged film footage - about a young man who names a star after his high school sweetheart (Angela Baby). Eason Chan takes center stage for a clever story about a horny dude (Chan), who uses holidays as an excuse to receive fellatio from his otherwise prudish girlfriend (Isabel Chan). This last segment possesses a rather large gag - quite literally - but again, it's handled not through an overuse of showy technique, but through Eason Chan's controlled performance and an unassuming wit that entertains.
Rounding things out is a final segment about a hitman-in-training (Shawn Yue) who's so professional that he abides by working hours, and yet will still interrupt his assignments to share some marijuana with his mark (Conroy Chan). The segment starts in a promising manner, with an amusing and absurd conversation between Assembly director Feng Xiaogang and Isabella composer Peter Kam about the assassination service's bonus scheme. The segment escalates to the actual hit, but then it stalls and pretty much goes nowhere. There's possible implied meaning in the way the segment ends that could mark it as clever, but Pang makes the mistake of delivering a joke that's probably funnier to him than it is to the audience. At the very least, he doesn't try to explain it away, choosing to let his work speak for itself - even if what it says is nothing that substantial.
When Trivial Matters works, it does so because it's relatively restrained, managing humor and some touching moments without going overboard to get the audience there. The cast of familiar names acting against type is another plus, and provides an amusing diversion for Hong Kong Entertainment aficionados. Still, Pang never sustains a thread throughout the film, and as a result it seems to start and stop in noticeable jerks. Some parts work and some parts don't, and true satisfaction by the audience is likely unattainable given the varying success of the differing storylines. It's also hard to really give a massive thumbs up to a film that seems to be more self-amused than anything else, but to Pang's credit, he does manage moments and emotions that can surprise, mainly because they don't announce themselves. Given both Exodus and Trivial Matters, it seems that Pang Ho-Cheung is attempting to refine and develop his voice as a filmmaker - an accomplishment because he's already a better director than most of his so-called professional peers and he's still trying to get better. It's only a bit better than film school work, and more than a few steps below Wong Kar-Wai, but Trivial Matters is a welcome little movie from Hong Kong's best fledgling auteur. His development remains worth following.
by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com
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February 25, 2008
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If ever there was a movie to get a good dose of OMG reactions here, it could most likely be this one. Featuring a lot of popular stars of attraction with Gillian of Twins, Stephy Tang, Stephy Cheung, Edison Chen, Eason Chan and Kenny Kwon of Boy'z, surely a lot of younger viewers are gonna buy this, too. But this film opens with a little more content than some may imagine! To get a bit of an idea what is displayed here, movies like "Sex is Zero" and "Wet Dreams" would be in a similar category, but in this film there's a bit more 'cheek' revealed than in those aforementioned sex comedies. Okay, I know I'm sounding like a Presbyterian Victorian granny here, but while I was watching the first short film, the "For Gillian and Stephy Fans!" circular sticker that (could have been) displayed on this DVD cover, seemed a little bit out of kilter to me, as the all bared docu-interview opener is one tale of the unexpected. So, if you are in the DVD mood, and simultaneously get an unexpected visit from your aunts, grans, or an all and sundry family gathering (which seemed to happen in Stephy Tang and Alex Fong's "Marriage to a Fool" I watched the night after), and if you ask aunt and gran if they would like to see Gillian and Stephy's new film, as you place the DVD into the player and having never watched this film before - there will follow (maybe) a bit of an embarrassing surprise, when the first film short begins. Fortunately, though, you can skip to the appropriate section of Gill and Stephy's film - in this case chapter 10 (wipe sweat from brow, situation sorted!). But, concerning this movie's theme, that imaginary situation comedy could really be no more than a 'mountain out of a mole hill' or a 'storm in a teacup', if such a circumstance could occur.....a trivial matter. You'd get over the embarrassment, and think back to it with mirth and chuckles. Right?
Okay, so what's all this possible 'embarrassment' about in this film then? Well, to mention what Edison Chen says in one of the making of shorts, is "this film sucks", which I don't think is to elude your confidence about this film, but more Edison's way of paraphrasing another of the vignettes featured here about.....something I'm not going to mention (and another short you may have to use the skip button on in family gatherings!). Well, this is seven separate short omnibus films, relating to director Edmund Pang's past thoughts, experiences and writings from his student days. Also being his seventh movie, EP decided to put together seven little films about the nature of things we all deem important, but which are, in fact, trivial circumstances that shouldn't be taken too seriously at all - and should have very little importance in effecting our lives. Especially concerning loving relationships. (This is, of course, a crazy film about the rational of impossibility). The overall seven offerings here, though, are shown as various caricatures of the oddly kooky, in mock candid humorous fashion and self effacing slapstick, with some pretty crude elements featured. There are also some more poignant and ironic situations that relate to school days, which is Gillian and Stephy Tang's story "Ah Wai The Big Head" (which ironically is the best short out of the bunch), about needful friendships, inadequacies, competition, teen pregnancies and boyfriends. There is also some daft stuff about a hit man who ends up 'making merry' with the guy he is supposed to shoot in a bowling club, due to the fact that he is a student learner assassin, played here by Shaun Yue, which is pretty good (and goofy!). Its all very 'punk rock' all of this, as the short films featured are about unconventional subject matter and taboos. But most are poignant and certainly drive home the daft seriousness,of how human beings can let some of these things get the better (well, in caricature form, anyway).
The films are also shown in different styles and running times. Some are more shorter than others. One film with Edison and Stephy Cheung (and quite a bit of toilet humor), is only about 5-7 minutes long, as is also a short featuring Kenny Kwan of Boy'z, and shown in a grainy hand held video camera style, with over documented dialog (and also features Angela Baby, but she only has a baby amount of film time here). Other shorts, like the opener, are done as a mixture of documentary styled mock interviews, interspersed with action parts (which are nothing to do with "Kung Fu Dunk"!). There are the more longer running and standard film style with the Gillian and Stephy T film, Eason Chan's own 'celebratory' moments, and a prostitute sentimentality issue with Chapman To's part. Gillian and Stephy T's film seems to be the most story driven and structured with a more substantial plot (although there does seem to be a sudden cut off at the end, like a needle being taken swiftly off a playing record). Most of the other shorts are pastiches and/or satirical takes on the everyday trivia of human contact.
As miniature sets of situation comedies/dramas, these do all have ironies attached in the fact that most things are crazy to worry about, but some things can cause regret. Here though, they're all really just crazy and off the wall types. Its not a film that features humorous anecdotes of more sober elements of trivia. Like worrying if your physical parts are okay (I mean in the "200 Pound Beauty" way), or mundane ones like missing planes at airports (although I guess the latter one would be too lame for this 7!)
I'll give this a 8/10 for its audacity. Its a crude and rude diary of events this, that may entertain some, but may not be liked by all. DVD as some good extras, but they are not subtitled this time. And remember, "would you like to see Gilly's new film, auntie?" should be followed by chapter 10!