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Soundless Wind Chime [DVD] [2009]

Yulai Lu , Bernhard Bulling , Kit Hung    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Yulai Lu, Bernhard Bulling, Marie Omlin
  • Directors: Kit Hung
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Feb 2011
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CSKCTU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,376 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Kit Hung's ethereal and enchanting ode to the early films of Wong Kar Wai sees handsome Ricky, a young gay delivery boy who shuttles back and forth between his restaurant and various bustling Hong Kong locales, on the cusp of a sexual awakening that will change his life forever. One day he is pick-pocketed by the mysterious Pascal, a macho barfly who, after a pang of guilt, decides to return Ricky's wallet. On the run from his abusive boyfriend, Pascal immediately falls in love with the tender Ricky, and the pair become embroiled in a passionate yet tumultuous relationship. Events are further complicated when Ricky meets Pascal's twin brother, a revelation that exposes more truths about his lover than Ricky could ever have imagined.

Extras:

  • Directors Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Making of the Soundtrack

This DVD contain a movie s spellbinding soundtrack by German composer Claudio Puntin and his jazz octet, Sepiasonic. Sountrack available to download as MP3 from the DVD to your IPOD or any MP3 player.


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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Seeking resonance 8 Jan 2011
By Son of Nietzsche VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Pascal, Swiss, in his late-20s, is homeless and broke in Hong Kong. He makes cash by street-entertaining and pick-pocketing. Ricky, a slightly younger Hong Kong native, recognises Pascal as someone who once picked his pocket. Drawn to Pascal's pained desperation, he tries to help him. The intimacy between the two gradually grows and they seem happy - yet there remains a side to the enigmatic Pascal that is somehow closed to Ricky.

The scenes of the development of their relationship that constitute this film are interspersed with 'flash-forwards', of Ricky alone, in Switzerland, searching for Pascal. The viewer is aware from the start that some event will arise to tear apart their connectedness - but what, and will they reconvene?

SOUNDLESS WINDCHIME (Mandarin/Cantonese/English, with English subtitles) is concerned with emotional intensities that are pre-verbal; limitations on what the characters can say, and what can be expressed. Consequently, the film intentionally eschews dialogue and narrative structure in the attempt to tap into swarms of affect that transcend analysis. Boundaries between characters become blurred, the question 'why?' is rendered redundant, and time loses linearity. The viewer should not expect any clarifying denouement, and should certainly anticipate being left with far more questions than answers...

Undoubtedly the lead cast give strong performances - particularly Pascal (Bernhard Bulling) - and the dreamy cinematography is quite stunning in places. Nevertheless, this is an ambitious project - is it successful?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This is a film about disguised lives. Ricky (Wong Kar Wai) at one time says in a phone call home from Hong Kong that he is teaching someone how to trade, implying that he is supposed to have a job on the stock exchange or similar; actually he is a delivery boy for a fast food Chinese restaurant. Pascal, a shaven headed westerner (Bernhard Bulling), is the assistant of another westerner, a juggler whose role is to distract the public whilst Pascal picks pockets. Ricky is one such victim but his chase after Pascal is frustrated by a ticket collector. Pascal's relationship with his partner is that of underling in an abusive relationship, out of which he walks after submitting to one violent rape too many.

So there is the scenario of two lives coming into contact. It is preceded by the seminal image of the film, Pascal lying on the ground face-up staring upwards. Is he day-dreaming, and why is there what looks like milk seeping from under him?

Ricky distraught is given fresh funds (and guidance on replacing his stolen ID pass) by his surly landlady, a hooker operating from the room below Ricky's. Ricky comes across a weeping Pascal and comforts him with a sandwich; as you do. Before long they have started an affair, living together in Ricky's cramped digs. Ricky irons Pascal's shirts; it is unclear what Psacal really offers in return.

So the story progresses. Intercut with the Hong Kong scenes are others clearly set in Europe. Such is the bewildering nature of the film, it is at first hard to tell if these are flash-forwards or flash-backs. And who is Ueli, the handsome German who so resembles Pascal (not least as they are both played by the same actor, I found out)? And why is his sister so angry with him and everything?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Soundless wind chime. 14 April 2011
By pedro
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Some bits are fine & interesting, but it's often not clear why things happen, or what the connection between them is, or why things end up as they do.
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4.0 out of 5 stars astonishing visually, but a bit unclear 31 Jan 2012
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
To see this film is to enter into a world so poetic, so deeply felt and evoked that it makes most films look plodding and literal-minded. One should see it and surrender to its effect, the immediacy of the locations, the daring use of close-ups that bring us so near to the characters we feel we could almost touch them. Everyday moments are rendered vividly, but any attempt to describe how its world of feeling is conveyed is bound to fail, it is so purely cinematic. At a literal level the plot is not entirely clear after two viewings, and it could possibly have had a bit more focus in the script, as this does add a note of frustration. The acting is very strong and both the main actors have a beauty which feels somewhat incidental rather than the reason for their being there. Its meaning is more in the images than in what is said. A reviewer on American amazon likened it to a poem by Mallarme and this strikes me as an apt analogy - it requires thought; difficulty seems to be a part of it in the same way as it is in, say, a Robert Bresson film, even though it isn't austere in that way; but it is very dense, and at the same time light, brushing with the lightest touch against the spiritual essence of things.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Seeking resonance 5 Sep 2010
By Son of Nietzsche VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Pascal, Swiss, in his late-20s, is homeless and broke in Hong Kong. He makes cash by street entertaining and pick-pocketing. Ricky, a slightly younger Hong Kong native, recognises Pascal as someone who once picked his pocket. Drawn to Pascal's pained desperation, he tries to help him. The intimacy between the two gradually grows and they seem happy - yet there remains a side to Pascal that is closed to Ricky.

The scenes of the development of their relationship that constitute this film are interspersed with 'flash-forwards', of Ricky alone, in Switzerland, searching for Pascal. The viewer is aware from the start that some event will arise to tear apart their connectedness - but what, and will they reconvene?

SOUNDLESS WIND CHIME (Mandarin/Cantonese/English, with English subtitles) is concerned with emotional intensities that are pre-verbal; limitations on what the characters can say, and what can be expressed. Consequently, the film intentionally eschews dialogue or narrative structure in the attempt to tap into swarms of affect that transcend analysis. Boundaries between characters become blurred, the question 'why?' is rendered redundant, and time loses any linearity. The viewer should not expect any clarifying denouement, and should certainly anticipate being left with far more questions than answers.

Undoubtedly the lead cast give strong performances - particularly Pascal (Bernhard Bulling) - and the dreamy cinematography is quite stunning in places. Nevertheless, this is an ambitious project - is it successful?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Film of Loss, Longing, and Rebirth
‘Soundless Wind Chime’ is a 2008 joint Swiss-Hong Kong production, directed by Kit Hung. It tells the story of the life of a short relationship between Pascal (a Swiss young man in... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Nicholas Casley
2.0 out of 5 stars Satyricon retold
Nobody knows what The Satyricon is about because we only have fragments from different stages in the story. This is what Soundless Wind Chime is like. Read more
Published 10 months ago by R. Wooldridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Resonant
Ambitious and enigmatic, Soundless Windchime appears at first to buckle under the weight of its own profundity, however, the intelligent direction and assured acting saves it, I... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Philzee
5.0 out of 5 stars Its dreamlike poignancy lingers long after the final scene closes
A film that you feel, perhaps more than you wholly understand, through gorgeous imagery and an understated sense of intimacy, told in such a sensitive way. Read more
Published 23 months ago by James Harris
3.0 out of 5 stars A sincere romance
I enjoyed this movie a great deal for its innocence and sincerity.

Pascal the homeless foreigner in a culturally hostile country (Hong Kong) finds love in the most... Read more
Published on 27 Sep 2011 by Kurt Clare
2.0 out of 5 stars Fragmentary and unsatisfying
I'd really like to say I enjoyed 'Soundless Windchime', but honestly it's just too much like hard work. Read more
Published on 27 April 2011 by Bom
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