DVD Sheng dan mei gui

DVD Sheng dan mei gui
DVD Sheng dan mei gui
Run time: 90 min
Rating: 5.9
Genres: Drama | Mystery | Thriller
Director: Charlie Yeung
Writers: Charlie Yeung
Stars: Aaron Kwok, Chen Chang, Lun Mei Gwei
Storyline
Tim (Kwok) is a defence attorney with a heart of gold. Refusing to be simply a hired gun for his clients, he quits his high-powered job to become a prosecutor for the Justice Department. With the support of fiancee Megan and cop buddy Nam (Liu Kai Chi), Tim decides to start afresh. When he meets a handicapped piano teacher, Jing (Gwei), who urges him to help her. She is accusing her doctor, Zhou (Chang) a renowned surgeon of sexual harassment during a routine check-up. But with no witnesses and only their own conflicting testimonies, a Rashomon-like mystery unfolds. To make matters worse, Zhou’s defence attorney, Freddy, is Tim’s successor at his old law firm, and proves to be Tim’s toughest opponent to-date. As a media frenzy encircles the case, it slowly destroys the lives of everyone involved. Written by Youtube
Details:
Country: Hong Kong
Release Date: 23 May 2013 (Hong Kong)

3 Comments

  1. It sure pays to know people in high places. That's the first thing that came to our mind when we saw how this Charlie Young directed movie was marketed. Besides the big names that are Aaron Kwok (Conspirators, Cold War), Gwei Lun Mei (Girlfriend Boyfriend, Flying Swords of Dragon Gate), Chang Chen (The Grandmaster, Red Cliff) and Xia Yu (Double Trouble, The Painted Veil), Tsui Hark and Jacob Cheung's names are slapped on in the most indiscreet way as producers. One should have noticed by now how the cast members come from Hong Kong, Taiwanand Mainland China– to increase the ease of marketing the movie in all three territories. This being Young's directorial debut, it won't hurt to have such big names backing her up.

    This courtroom drama has Gwei playing a handicapped girl who accuses Chang's renowned surgeon of sexual harassment. Enter Kwok's prosecutor and Xia's defence attorney for an emotionally charged showdown of what it takes to unveil the truth, and whether it really matters in this day and age where media messes fact, reality and justice up in the most unimaginable ways.

    If Tsui and Cheung's involvement in this movie was to guide Young along the treacherous paths of filmmaking, they have done a fairly good job. The 90 minute production is well worth your time, considering how it left us pondering about how the world has morphed into a state where appearances matter more than true emotions, which were once held more dearly when things were simpler. Young's script had gotten substantial funding from the Asia Film Financing Forum, and while the plot could have helped with a little more melodrama, the fairly tight pacing of the storyline manages to keep viewers engaged.

    The cast delivers noteworthy performances. While Kwok doesn't turn in any surprises with his portrayal of a emotionally tormented and torn man, he still manages to leave his fans impressed with how he has transformed into a credible actor in recent years. Gwei whispers a lot in this movie, and it proves how we are often conveniently bought by appearances. The award winning actress shows us again how volatile she is, with this character that may just be a wolf in sheep's clothing.

    Chang's cool and almost menacing portrayal of a doctor under the media's spotlight is one of his best performances yet, and one cannot help but feel for the immense pressure his character is experiencing. Again, a Mainland Chinese actor effortlessly steals the show from his co stars. Xia's screen presence is undeniably strong, and his scenes with Kwok are memorably powerful.

    There is little wham bam action in this drama, and most scenes take place in the courtroom where characters pit their wits against each other. One may diss this as yet another courtroom story with little new surprises to offer, but we'd like to think it serves as a stark reminder how truth isn't of utmost importance these days, as much as we often swear by it, making it a mantra we tell others we live by.

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  2. Charlie Young's directorial debut- Christmas Rose. When I first saw the title 'christmas rose' I thought this might be a little too naive and cliché, I cannot find anything interesting from the title or any of the storyline. But I always believe there's a reason for the script that wins foundation from Asia Film Financing Forum, there it is, I bought the DVD and it eventually turns out much better than I expected. There's no doubt Charlie Young has an enchanting script which focus on the vulnerable group of the society and the justice. The theme is sexual harassment, which happens to be one of the most highlighted social events nowadays. Leading actress Gwei Lun Mei effortless played a paralyzed girl Jing Young who was sensitive and paranoid, she came from a humble family that presented people from one of the most low-class community, she was raped by her stepfather and was injured ever since, which resulted in the courtroom drama finally. Aaron Kowk also impressed me in his part in this film. He played a prosecutor who was confused by the media and his own six-sense, people always tend to believe what their first thoughts are, rather than the real fact buried deep beneath. Other supporting actors like Chang Chen is as good as he usually is. Director Charlie Young's care and kindness for the vulnerable group of the society, and her profound introspection of the whole mess that media might cause, all impress me and proved her to be on the right track to become a renowned director. However, the weakness of linking the title Christmas rose and the paper roses that Jing Young made in the film together is somehow lessening the entire suspense drama-effect.

  3. Realistically speaking, the production quality of the film itself does not reach the score rating by me,should be 7 or even less;

    but considering the subject matter involved in this type of Hong Kong movies, and even fewer of world cinema, also it's the first movie directed by this director,which as a former famous HK Actress,so given a higher evaluation,just for encouragement;

    But it must be noted that: I agree with a fan's view – The compassion is above the law, which is not good, this is the confusion and loss of values

    "Christmas Rose" – The Romanticism and Idealists of law. Just like the rose(or U can say love..)from Valentine's Day:already withered,before it Bloomes..

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