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Title: Amphetamine (HK 2010 movie Blu-Ray) Director: SCUD Starring: Leung Man Yee, Peng Guan Qi, Bai Zi Xuan, Su Mei Region Free Languages: Cantonese, Mandarin Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese DVD Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital 5.1, Uncompressed PCM 5.1 Running Time: TBA minutes Format: NTSC (Please ensure your BD player is compatible)


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  • Actors: Byron Pang, Thomas Price, Man Yi Leung
  • Directors: Xiang Yun
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Import
  • Language: Chinese (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Cantonese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Ais
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004J85T5K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,704 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John C. Marshell Jr. on July 6, 2012
Format: DVD
This film has all the makings of a contemporary gay film. Issues of sexual ambiguity, social inequality, family, drug use, and emotional frustration weave their way through a love story highlighted by many nude scenes involving two very beautiful young men. The acting is certainly above average, and most scenes are shot with some truly outstanding cinematography. The music has a playful sober quality that is enhancing and emotionally complementing. Even the plot, a notorious weak spot in most Asian films, is well assembled and largely believable. But if this is all you see in this film, a gay love story wrapped in social issues and male beauty, then you have missed out on what it is all about.

Scud has craftily made a film that affects sensibility beyond mere aesthetics and narrative and the boundary of reason. His film is about transformation and the "equalizing of things," a very old theme in Chinese literature and philosophy. It is about the intuitive and harmonizing demands of life and death, good and evil, reality and illusion, and the integration of seemingly contradictory elements into a whole that defines human happiness and fulfillment. "Amphetamine" is essentially a presentation based on the philosophical underpinnings of the "Butterfly Story" from the "Zhuangzi." Yes, there is something deeper going on in this film. It is something to experience.

Throughout the film Scud interjects dream sequences, shot more like commercial advertising, that are disruptive and seemingly amateurish, at least intially. They are designed to weaken the line between reality and illusion and draw the viewer away from the usual mind set one has when watching a movie.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Literato on November 27, 2011
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This and Latter Days are both in first place as best gay film... Thomas Price, half-Chinese, half-Brit, has to be the most beautiful man on the planet, clothed or nude. The story is bittersweet, as the gay man(Prince) tries to earn the love of a fitness trainer, who is straight and about to lose his mother to cancer. There are several balletic sequences, and what makes this film so poetic: the nudity is not sexual. Both men have gorgeous bodies and are living sculptures. Hope to see a lot more of Prince (no pun). Regrettably, there is little biographical info on him online. The film is a masterpiece.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric Baker on November 18, 2014
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A very intense homoerotic movie for a limited audience that appreciates the beauty of the young (legal) Asian nude male body
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By AsianCharm on January 9, 2012
Format: DVD
Kafka was a hetersexual guy. One day, he witnessed a girl who was about to be raped by a bunch of hooligans. He tried to intervene, but ended up getting raped himself. Since then, he befriended the girl. But the psychological trauma of being raped, the burden of working several jobs day after day, and his mother's incurable illness finally took a toll on him, and he developed an addiction to amphetamine. His grim outlook on life took a turn one day after meeting Daniel, a successful financier who worked for a big investment firm in Hong Kong. They fell in love, and Daniel pledged to love him and protect him for the rest of his life. But happy days only lasted a very brief time. Soon, Kafkas mother died, and he got caught with amphetamine on a trip to China, coupled with his inferiority and his incapability of accepting same-sex love, as well as his phobia of anal sex between men, he committed suicide by jumping off a suspension bridge. There have been numerous films in the past which depicted homosexuals who could not accept their sexual orientation, thus ended up tragically, like killing themselves. To depict a straight guy who turned to same-sex love by will, but also ended up tragically, this was one of the first. However, I think to present same-sex love in such a negative and dark tone are really passe. This is the third installment of the triology on same-sex love by Hong Kong computer-real estate investor-movie director Scud. The previous installments City Without Baseball, and Permanent Residence all explored the inhibitive and the distressing side of same-sex love. One other note, Bryon Pang was a contestant of the 2005 Mr. Hong Kong contest, and had been working in the television industry before landing his major role in Amphetamine.
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