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Floating City [Blu-ray]

Aaron Kwok , Charlie Young , Yim Ho    Blu-ray

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In 1940s Hong Kong, the poorest families had no choice but to abandon their children. Bo Wah Chuen (Aaron Kwok), a mysterious blue-eyed Asian boy, is ostracized and shunned. As he works his way up from lowly laborer to an esteemed engineer for the British colonies, a shy but beautiful wife by his side, and another woman's attention growing that could feed both his heart and his career, Bo remains haunted.

Who is he? Where does he come from? Who does he want to be?

From Yim Ho, pioneering director of the Hong Kong New Wave movement, comes a lyrical and heartbreaking story of family, identity, and love that survives generations.

Run Time: 105 minutes

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss This One! Dec 1 2013
By C.Wallace - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
This is a stirring movie. It tells the story of Bo Wah Chuen from his infancy through his rise to the top Chinese position in the Imperial East India Company based in Hong Kong. The story is fictional, but an endnote claims that it is "based on real life characters." The adult Bo is brilliantly portrayed by Aaron Kwok. Kwok presents a somewhat shy, but tough as steel character who overcomes a difficult childhood through his own hard work and determination.

Bo's mother was Chinese and desperately poor. She sold the newborn Bo to a woman who had just miscarried her own baby. This woman turned out to be a great mother for Bo. She raised him exactly as she would raise her own children. Bo's birth father was British; hence Bo was often insulted, called a "half-breed" or "mixed." This birth father had no contact with Bo. The insults came from both the Chinese around Bo and the British who mocked him as he worked his way up in their world.

There are four sterling performances by women in this film. Josie Ho is Bo's adoptive mother when she was young. Paw Hee Ching plays Bo's adoptive mother during the latter part of her life. Charlie Yeung is Tai, Bo's wife. Annie Liu plays Fion, a Hong Kong businesswoman who possesses overwhelming charm and confidence. She opens her door for Bo, but he does not walk in because he loves Tai.

The director, Yim Ho, put together a seamless classic. The cinematography is spectacular, with each shot carefully planned and executed.

It's in Cantonese with English subtitles. Most highly recommended.
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars really bad Jan. 10 2014
By naware - Published on Amazon.com
The lead actor is in his late forties but they have him playing a young man in his late teens and early twenties for a lot of the movie, which looked ridiculous. They also have him playing a half white, which also was ridiculous because he is about as mixed as Kim Jong-Il. They died his hair a stupid shade of brown red and then put him in blue contacts, which because his eyes are black on black, made his eyes looked weird instead of even the slightest shade of blue. His nose rivals Jackie Chan's for massiveness. And the English displayed by most of the characters was horrible. You could train an intelligent dog to make barking sounds that would sound more like passable English. This entire movie is inauthentic in every possible way.

If that wasn't bad enough, the story is boring, slow to get to the point, and just poorly done. If you want to be bored out of your mind, why not clean your house instead of watching this--at least you'll have something to show for your time. I made it 41 minutes into this movie and then fast forwarded to check if the movie continued to be the abomination it was the first 41 minutes before deciding to scrub my floors instead with that last hour.

I don't know at all how anybody would enjoy this movie.
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