(aka 'Yu gwo. Ngoi')

Directed by Peter Chan
China / Malaysia / Hong Kong 2005

Peter Chan Ho-sun finally returns with Perhaps Love, the closing film for the Venice Film Festival 2005 and a nominee for Oscar Best Foreign Language Film. The film features a star-studded cast, including top Mainland actress Zhou Xun, Hong Kong super singer Jacky Cheung, Takeshi Kaneshiro who has been on the rise in Japan, and also Korean actor Ji Jin Hee who is best-known for his role in Dae Jang Geum. Peter Pau, after his Oscar winning cinematography for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, serves as the cinematographer for Perhaps Love, another potential Oscar winning film. The crew also includes top musician Peter Kam for film scores and famous art director Yee Chung-man for the production design.

In this splendid movie musical, Takeshi Kaneshiro stars as Lin Jiantung, a film-student-turned-actor who first encountered Sun Na, played by Zhou Xun, 10 years ago at film school. Sun Na now becomes famous director Nie Wen's (Jacky Cheung) girlfriend, apparently in exchange for a better career. She keeps forgetting her past, while Lin Jiantung indulges himself in remembering his romance with her ten years ago. Now all three of them has to work together in a musical, the plot of which is amazingly similar to their own experiences!

Some say Peter Chan offers a Chinese version of the famous musical movie Chicago. Whether this claim holds true or not, in Perhaps Love Peter Chan has explored an art form which very few Hong Kong or even Chinese film directors dare try. Yet, beneath all the enchanting singing and spectacular dancing scenes indeed lies the theme of romance, which seems a recurring motif in all Peter Chan films from Comrades, Almost a Love Story to Perhaps Love.

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Theatrical Release: September 2005 - Venice Film Festival

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DVD Review: Mega Star (2-disc Gold Edition) - Region 3 - NTSC

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Distribution Mega Star Home Video - Region 3 - NTSC
Runtime 1:47:48 
Video 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.59 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s   

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio Mandarin (Dolby Digital 5.1), Mandarin (DTS) 
Subtitles English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Mega Star

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• Trailers
• Making of...
• B-Roll
• Bollywood dancers
• Men are Born Jealous clip

• Do You Love Me clip

• Cast and Crew clip

DVD Release Date: January 26th, 2006

Hardcover digipak inside cardboard box
Chapters: 30

 

Comments:

NOTE: This is reviewed on Blu-ray HERE.

I have no complaints whatsoever with the DVD image which appears to be a pristine anamorphic, tight, and progressive transfer. It is perfect. Audio is also exceptional (both 5.1 and DTS). Likewise the subtitles are excellent, unfortunately the 2-disc extras don't appears to have English subtitles. The package for the 2-disc 'Gold' edition is a lavish and exquisitely bound 4-tiered hardcover digipak that is a lot like a book.

As far as the film goes, I still prefer Chan's Comrades, Almost a Love Story but for those keen on an Asian love story with musical elements - this will certainly suffice. It might be akin to a Chinese Chicago or perhaps Moulin Rouge. The female lead, Zhou Xun, certainly has something very good going on with the camera and her constant contemplative glances never seem tiresome.

Gary W. Tooze

 



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