Zinnia Flower (2015) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3
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One car accident claims the lives of Wei's (Stone) wife and Ming's (Karena Lam) fiance. Each deals with the shock and grief in their own way. Angry and desolate, Wei shuts himself in at home and lashes out at those around him. Ming calmly goes about her business, reassuring those who worry about her and silently accepting the harsh words of her would-be in-laws. Both happen to participate in 100-day mourning rituals at the same Buddhist temple where they recite prayers for the recently departed. Over the 100-day mourning period, they cry, hurt, vent, reminisce and take small gradual steps towards bidding farewell to their beloved partners.
|Product Title:||Zinnia Flower (2015) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 百日告別 (2015) (DVD) (香港版) 百日告别 (2015) (DVD) (香港版) 百日告別 (2015) (DVD) (香港版) Zinnia Flower (2015) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Karena Lam (Actor) | Stone (Mayday) (Actor) | Bryan Chang (Actor) | Nana Lee (Actor) | Cai Heng Yan (Actor) | Umin Boya (Ma Chih Hsiang) (Actor) | Alice Ko (Actor) 林嘉欣 (Actor) | 石頭 (五月天) (Actor) | 張 書豪 (Actor) | 李 千那 (Actor) | 蔡 亘晏 (Actor) | 馬志翔 (Actor) | 柯 佳嬿 (Actor) 林嘉欣 (Actor) | 石头 (五月天) (Actor) | 张 书豪 (Actor) | 李 千那 (Actor) | 蔡 亘晏 (Actor) | 马志翔 (Actor) | 柯 佳嬿 (Actor) 林嘉欣（カリーナ・ラム） (Actor) | 石頭（シートウ） (Actor) | Bryan Chang (Actor) | 李千那 （リー・チェンナー） (Actor) | Cai Heng Yan (Actor) | 馬志翔 （マー・ジーシアン） (Actor) | 柯佳嬿 （アリス・クー） (Actor) Karena Lam (Actor) | Stone (Mayday) (Actor) | Bryan Chang (Actor) | Nana Lee (Actor) | Cai Heng Yan (Actor) | Umin Boya (Ma Chih Hsiang) (Actor) | Alice Ko (Actor)|
|Director:||Tom Lin 林 書宇 林 书宇 林書宇 （トム・リン） Tom Lin|
|Producer:||Liu Wei Ran 劉蔚然 刘蔚然 Liu Wei Ran Liu Wei Ran|
|Writer:||Liu Wei Ran | Tom Lin 劉蔚然 | 林 書宇 刘蔚然 | 林 书宇 Liu Wei Ran | 林書宇 （トム・リン） Liu Wei Ran | Tom Lin|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese|
|Country 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?|
|Publisher:||Edko Films Ltd. (HK)|
|Package Weight:||110 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1050408976|
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After the death of his wife, director Tom Lin (Winds of September, Starry Starry Night) went in search of closure, and the result is this heartrending drama about loss, grief and the agonizing path to letting go. Karena Lam makes a long-awaited comeback to the big screen as Ming, a woman who loses her fiancée in a car accident that also killed the pregnant wife of Wei (Stone). Over the course of 100 days - the traditional Buddhist period for mourning the dead - Wei and Ming each find their own way to deal with the pain of their loss. But can they ever truly learn to say goodbye?
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Director Tom Lin (Starry Starry Night, Winds of September) drew upon personal experience to create his somber drama Zinnia Flower. Lin recently lost his wife to illness, and he uses those painful emotions for this story of two strangers who cross paths while mourning their loved ones. Unlike Lin’s previous, more approachable works, Zinnia Flower features a restrained, sedately-told narrative that lacks stylistic punch. Dramatic exclamation points are abundant, but Lin takes care not to compromise his subject matter with pandering melodrama or Hallmark Card-like epiphanies. This isn't Departures, which portrayed funerals as cathartic monuments to closure. In Zinnia Flower, the departed do not inspire a grand emotional reckoning but instead a sustained, arduous and subtly illuminating process of mourning.
Zinnia Flower begins in the aftermath of a car accident that takes multiple lives. Lin Shin-Ming (Karena Lam) loses her fiancé Jen-Yo (Umin Boya), a chef who planned a culinary honeymoon to Okinawa for the couple, while travel planner Chang Yu-Wei (Stone) loses his wife Wen (Alice Ke), a music teacher who was also pregnant with their first child. After the initial shock, Ming and Wei both attend a 100-day Buddhist Ceremony, which honors the departed at regular prayer gatherings held every 7th day until Day 49, with one final gathering on Day 100. The ceremony gives the film a nominal structure, while also providing opportunities for Ming and Wei to meet and connect. Otherwise, each goes through their own individual grieving process, encountering personal discoveries and even moments of emotional or physical harm. Letting go is the goal but it's not one easily reached.
Unlike what Zinnia Flower's poster depicts, the film doesn't present a relationship or inordinate sharing between the two leads. The two don’t help each other deal with their losses – actually, the film seems to say that mourning of a loved one is a journey that one must take alone. Frustratingly, the journey might never end. Each person goes about the process in an individual, perhaps aimless manner. Wei engages in a spontaneous sexual encounter and hides reminders of Wen from his sight, while Ming deals with the leftover pieces of her aborted marriage by packing Jen-Yo's belongings and emptying their new flat. Eventually, Wei begins to track down Wen's former music students to return their tuition money while Jen goes on her honeymoon alone. There are small moments of closure, and some potent stabs to the heart, but only occasional catharsis and no epiphanies. Their paths bring them closer to moving on but progress is incremental, quietly frustrating and even despairing.
At the same time, their journeys possess beauty. The picturesque scenery and delicious foods of Ming and Jen-Yo's Okinawa honeymoon imbue their love with color and understanding. Meanwhile, Wei’s encounters with Wen's students yield lasting traces and reminders of his wife's favorite music and the joy in her smile. Given Tom Lin's sometimes inscrutable direction, the actors must carry the film; Stone goes for a convincing suppressed anger, but is outshone by Karena Lam's gentle and subtly layered melancholy. Lam accomplishes more by doing less, such that her quiet outbursts, more deliberate than inadvertent, carry more power. There are some continuity issues and a lack of forthcoming, but the film ultimately rewards patient viewers with a revealing and non-judgmental statement that loss – more than anything – is hard. Zinnia Flower may not earn high-profile accolades, as it's too subtle and lacks critic or crowd-pleasing technique, but it presents a real and worthwhile journey that, most likely, we all must take one day.
by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com