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  • Actors: Jacky Cheung, Eric Tsang, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Sandra Ng, Zhou Xun
  • Directors: Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Peter Chan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tai Seng
  • DVD Release Date: December 18, 2007
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000XJD31Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,923 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Enchanting Chinese musical about the making of a musical follows the efforts of the movie-within-the-movie's director (Takeshi Kaneshiro) to mount an epic production even as his girlfriend--and leading lady--confronts mixed feelings about her leading man, with whom she's had a previous romance. Reality takes strange shapes as the love triangle plays itself out in song and dance. Xun Zhou, Jacky Cheung co-star. 97 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: Mandarin DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English, Chinese; "making of" featurette; theatrical trailers; TV spots. In Mandarin with English subtitles/Dubbed in English.

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Love the story, the set, the singing and Takeshi!
P. H.
If this film reminds you of Chicago, Singing in the rain, House of flying daggers, or even Curse of the golden flowers.
Paul Chiu
Visually, the images all but leap off the screen.
J. Scheppler

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 26, 2007
Format: DVD
Peter Chan's Perhaps Love is an intriguing Chinese/Hong Kong/Malaysian backstage musical built around the notion of life as a movie where we constantly edit our memories and that, while we are all the leading players in our personal movie, we're no more than bit parts rather than co-stars in anybody else's and that consequently life is full of abandoned subplots and deleted footage. With the huge amount of mutual crossover between local pop stars and Hong Kong movies, it's surprising there have been so few movie musicals from that part of the world, but they're thin enough on the ground for this to be marketed as the first Chinese musical in 40 years. Only it's not 'really' a musical - like most modern musicals, it tries to disguise the fact it's a musical by setting its drama against the making of a movie musical as Takeshi Kaneshiro has to come to terms with the fact that the great love of his life (Zhao Xun, excellent in a virtual dual role) has completely edited him out of her memory because to her the past is only useful as a reminder of what to get away from. Her present is Jacky Cheung's director with Fellini syndrome (he can't see what he really wants to do with his film), and she's already rewriting that relationship in expectation of a Hollywood deal. Through it all wanders Ji Jin-hee's angelic keeper of discarded footage, an occasional observer rather than an active participant.

Hong Kong's failed official entry for the Best Foreign Film Oscar, it's a lavishly mounted affair, with beautiful photography and great design.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Scheppler on January 18, 2009
Format: Blu-ray
I didn't think "Perhaps Love" could be more beautiful than it is in standard DVD format, but I was wrong. This is a movie that deserves to be seen and heard in high-definition. The sumptuous '05 Chinese musical story-within-a-story is a feast for the eyes and ears and this release delivers on Blu-Ray's promise. The first thing I noticed was how sharp the music is in BD HD; every instrument in the orchestra can be heard with remarkable clarity. The power of Jacky Cheung's voice is more enhanced; the pain in Takeshi Kaneshiro's and the vulnerability in Zhou Xun's is more pronounced. Visually, the images all but leap off the screen. In Kaneshiro's opening scene the image is so detailed it's possible to count the whiskers on his face. The dance sequences, already thrilling in standard DVD, feel like they're taking place in your living room in HD. It's really nice to see that a movie doesn't have to be filled with superheroes, robots, car chases, and gunfights to be worth watching in Blu-Ray. If you love the musical format, "Perhaps Love" in Blu-Ray is a treat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Chiu on September 12, 2008
Format: Blu-ray
If this film reminds you of Chicago, Singing in the rain, House of flying daggers, or even Curse of the golden flowers. Well, it should as a lot of what's eye candy in those films are incorporated in this tight little love story.

I buy a lot of blu-ray DVDs from Amazon.com and was delighted to finally see a good list of Hong Kong titles. I never heard of this 2005 Hong Kong film, I was very surprised that I bought a musical. I must say it started very slowly but really got interesting once the love triangle plot got sticky.

Perhaps Love must have came out after Chicago as there is plenty of Fosse influence here. It is far different than any Chinese musical from the Shaw period of the 1950's to 1960's Hong Kong. If you are from that period of Hong Kong, this film may not bring back much memories for you, it did not for me. In fact, I got more flashbacks of the Chow Yun Fat's "Better Tomorrow" series from this film, of the modern Hong Kong.

Back to my main point. This is a feast for the eyes, not so much for the ears, although it is a musical. The camera work and art direction is among the best I have ever seen. Still, without a terrific love story, I would have fast forwarded to the next beautiful scene. I did not and in fact, have already watched it 3 times before writing this.

The English track is pretty good and you really do not miss much listening to that and even the lyric translation is "lossless".

Finally, this is a movie and life in China is not this colorful. Perhaps in your dream, but then again, after the 2008 Olympics, the whole world may think all of China is just this attractive. Simply remember not to be disappointed if you ever get the chance to visit mainland China, beyond the big cities.

Paul
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Larry Billman on October 6, 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Having been a fan of the Movie Musical my entire life, when I heard about this film, I was skeptical. A movie musical made in China? Directed by a man (Peter Chan) who said that he hates musicals? I purchased this disc and fell in love. The Asian cast is all magnificent - and singing for themselves. The choreography by famed Bollywood choreographer Farah Khan is wonderful and her "eye" for capturing dance on film makes the musical numbers fascinating to watch. The brilliant "opening number" prepares us for the stunning visual journey we are about to take. Although the plot is melodramatic (with lots of references both visual and musical to "Phantom of the Opera")it was made for Chinese audiences and fans of Jacky Cheung, the excellent male lead. The many "extras" that are included are fascinating. Is the movie musical dead? (Think "Rock of Ages") Nope. It is alive and well and living in China. And also brilliantly captured in this excellent Blu-ray disc. Film musical fans: Do yourself a favor and check this one out.
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