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We Are Champions (2019) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Fandy Fan (Actor) | Berant Chu (Actor) | Li Lin Fei (Actor) | Zhuang You Qi (Actor)
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Touch of the Light and Partners in Crime director Chang Jung Chi brings audiences into the hot-blooded world of Taiwan high school basketball in the coming-of-age sports drama We are Champions. Chang, who co-directed the Golden Horse-winning youth soccer documentary My Football Summer back in 2006, takes care to construct a realistic depiction of the training, competition, skills and aspirations of high school athletes. New-generation actors Fandy Fan (HIStory2: Crossing Line) and Berant Chu (How to Train Our Dragon) play brothers on rival school teams, characters inspired by real-life basketball players.

Raised in a tough environment, brothers Hsiu Yu (Fandy Fan) and Tong Hao (Berant Chu) have nothing besides basketball and each other. Because of a street basketball game, their lives begin to change. Younger brother Tong Hao gets scouted into a top-ranked high school basektball team and becomes a star player. Older brother Hsiu Yiu plays for a struggling team that faces the threat of disbanding. With the start of the HBL (High School Basktball League) season, both brothers are determined to give their all for the teams, but to become champion, they will have to beat each other.

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Product Title: We Are Champions (2019) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 下半場 (2019) (DVD) (台灣版) 下半场 (2019) (DVD) (台湾版) We Are Champions (2019) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) We Are Champions (2019) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): Fandy Fan (Actor) | Berant Chu (Actor) | Li Lin Fei (Actor) | Zhuang You Qi (Actor) | Luo Zhang En (Actor) | Wang Qi Cheng (Actor) | Wei Yu Ren (Actor) | Liu Yu Ren (Actor) | Zhang Shi Da (Actor) | Chen Yan Shen (Actor) | Wang Xin Kai (Actor) 范少勳 (Actor) | 朱軒洋 (Actor) | 李霖霏 (Actor) | 莊又齊 (Actor) | 羅章恩 (Actor) | 王啟丞 (Actor) | 魏宇人 (Actor) | 劉育仁 (Actor) | 張仕達 (Actor) | 陳言慎 (Actor) | 王新凱 (Actor) 范少勋 (Actor) | 朱轩洋 (Actor) | 李霖霏 (Actor) | 庄又齐 (Actor) | 罗章恩 (Actor) | 王启丞 (Actor) | 魏宇人 (Actor) | 刘育仁 (Actor) | 张仕达 (Actor) | 陈言慎 (Actor) | 王新凯 (Actor) Fandy Fan (Actor) | Berant Chu (Actor) | Li Lin Fei (Actor) | Zhuang You Qi (Actor) | Luo Zhang En (Actor) | Wang Qi Cheng (Actor) | Wei Yu Ren (Actor) | Liu Yu Ren (Actor) | Zhang Shi Da (Actor) | Chen Yan Shen (Actor) | Wang Xin Kai (Actor) Fandy Fan (Actor) | Berant Chu (Actor) | Li Lin Fei (Actor) | Zhuang You Qi (Actor) | Luo Zhang En (Actor) | Wang Qi Cheng (Actor) | Wei Yu Ren (Actor) | Liu Yu Ren (Actor) | Zhang Shi Da (Actor) | Chen Yan Shen (Actor) | Wang Xin Kai (Actor)
Director: Chang Jung Chi 張 榮吉 张 荣吉 チャン・ロンジー Chang Jung Chi
Release Date: 2020-10-21
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: 118 (mins)
Publisher: AV-Jet International Media Co., Ltd
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1096532174

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Editor's Pick of "We Are Champions (2019) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

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January 27, 2021

High school hoops and hopes
High school basketball is a pretty big deal in Taiwan. While the island's professional leagues have struggled in recent years to maintain attendance and a sustainable business model, the High School Basketball League (HBL) has ballooned in popularity over the past decade. Bolstered by government support, big-name brand sponsorship and broadcast deals, the HBL commands a considerable following and boasts way higher attendance than the beleaguered SBL. HBL's Division 1 tournament is Taiwan's answer to March Madness, with final games held in packed stadiums.

It's the HBL championship tournament that provides the crucial backdrop for Chang Jung Chi's 2019 youth film We Are Champions. The coming-of-age sports drama revolves around brothers Hsiu Yu (Fandy Fan) and Tong Hao (Berant Chu), who come from a poor family and are mostly on their own. They have each other – and basketball. After getting noticed while playing street ball, younger brother Tong Hao is scouted for the backcourt of the defending HBL champion team. Older brother Hsiu Yu, who has a hearing impairment, becomes the point guard for an upstart underdog team with the potential to pull an upset. For these boys of humble origin, basketball may be the ticket to something more. As the brothers overcome hardships while training and competing with their respective teams, they also begin to drift apart from each other due to misunderstandings and heated emotions. On the court of the HBL championship tournament, they face each other as both brothers and rivals.

Director Chang Jung Chi first drew acclaim in 2006 for the documentary My Football Summer about a boys soccer team. Though We Are Champions is a narrative film, there is an up-close and dynamic documentary-like vibe to the basketball portions. Chang spent significant time on field research and put the young actors through intensive training in order to realistically depict the rigorous system, high pressure and play level of elite high school basketball.

Sports drama aside, We Are Champions is at its core about the relationship of two stubborn teenage brothers who are close but competitive. Chang's restrained script and direction capture the inner unrest and emotional outbursts of this rough but heartfelt brotherhood during a stormy period of their young lives. Stars Fandy Fan and Berant Chu do a fine job of conveying the adolescent emotions and dynamics of their characters.

Though basketball is very popular in Taiwan, there are barely any Taiwan basketball films to speak of. Even if we expand the cinematic scope to include mainland China and Hong Kong, there are still only a handful of basketball narrative films – among them, entries like Kung Fu Dunk, Let's Go Slam Dunk! and Amazing. I'm not sure why good basketball films are so hard to come by around here, but I can confidently say We Are Champions is the best Chinese-language narrative basketball film I've seen.

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