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  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0045SZ3XM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,585 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Dafu is one of the million autism patients in China: he looks absent-minded, repeats other people's words, swims with amazing ease, keeps everything at home in exact order... and maybe he is not totally aware of his mother's death some years ago. Working in an aquarium, Wang Xincheng takes tender care of this twenty-two-year-old son of his. With the generous help of the neighbors, the two love happily together. Yet, the father understands very well that in the end, he will have to depart from the world, leaving his son alone - and that day will come sooner than everyone is ready to believe.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Cherry on November 8, 2010
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Great acting. Sad,loving, & a caring movie. After seeing the movie you know why it's called Ocean Heaven. I think every one should see this movie, because you see how the young man deals with life, & how the father, family, deals. They are the Hero's in this world.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sabu on December 27, 2010
THIS MOVIE REVOLVES AROUND A FATHER'S LOVE AND CARING FOR HIS SON AND THE MANY STRUGGLES HE FACES. AN ABSOLUTELY TOUCHING PERFORMANCE BY JET LI AS YOU'VE NEVER SEEN HIM BEFORE
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I got this movie knowing there was no martial arts in it, and i thought it was refreshing to see the other side of Jet's talents. While slow, this movie still hits emotionally as a father trying to prepare his autistic son to be more independent.

Good moral story and it promotes works with autism as well as the works of his charity ‘The One Foundation’.
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Wang Xingchang (Jet Li) is a terminally ill middle-aged man working at an aquarium in Qingdao. Having lost his wife, taciturn Wang is living with an autistic son, 21-year-old Dafu (Wen Zhang), about whose fate he is very anxious. Wang spends his last days trying to find a place for his son to live after he is gone, while patiently teaching him necessary skills in life (like how to ride a bus), but new experiences are not always welcome to Dafu.

Though there are several supporting characters, including Ling Ling (Lunmei Kwai), a clown of a traveling circus visiting the aquarium), the film focuses the father-son relationship between Li's and Zhang's characters. It works, because of the superb acting from the leads, which gives credibility to the simple storyline.

The film is written and directed by Xiao Lu Xue (co-writer of Kaige Chen's 2002 drama "Together"). Xiao Lu Xue (her feature debut), it is reported, based her script on her experiences at the educational institute for autistic children where she had worked as a volunteer. "Ocean Heaven" also benefits from Christopher Coyle's beautiful photography with masterful use of light and shadow, as well as the music from Jo Hisaishi (Hayao Miyazaki's "Spirited Away.") The location of the seaside city of Qingdao is a plus.

"Ocean Heaven" is Jet Li's first purely dramatic role. Here Li delivers a strong performance as a selfless father, but "Ocean Heaven" is more than just a proof of his acting abilities, which is considerable. The film deals with several serious issues without becoming depressing or patronizing, and it succeeds. Worth watching if you are not a Jet Li fan.
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