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2 Young DVD Review (Region 0)

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    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><FONT STYLE='font-size: 18px'><IMG SRC='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/images/2Young/2YoungR0.jpg' ALT='2 YOUNG DVD cover artwork' ALIGN='RIGHT'>2 YOUNG</FONT><br>Reviewed July 2005 by <A HREF='search.php?do=process&query=Cas Harlow&showposts=1&forumchoice[]=107&forumchoice[]=197' target='_top'>Cas Harlow</A>.</P><P><B>The Movie : 7</B></P><P>After the fantastic Infernal Affairs trilogy, stars Andy Lau and Tony Leung found themselves even more in the limelight than before. Their films together are pretty-much guaranteed to be good, if not excellent – like House of Flying Daggers – and they are contenders for the best at their game. Personally, however, they are not my favourite pairing out of Infernal Affairs. That award goes to two old-timer experts, like DeNiro and Pacino in Heat, two masters: Anthony Wong and Eric Tsang. They played perfectly off each other in the Infernal Affairs movies so when I heard that they were both in another movie together it became an instant must-see. That movie is 2 Young.</p><P>Every afternoon the young Ka Fu waits patiently for his dream girl, Nam, to finish school – hoping that one day she might notice him. Unfortunately it is a posh all-girl school and she is from a very affluent family, whilst he is strictly working class, the kind of boy who is often chased off school property by one of the matron-like teachers. Taking pity on his determination, she tips him off about an upcoming ballroom dance which the local posh boys school are being invited to. He promptly gatecrashes the party to see her, causing no end of trouble and getting his cover blown, but in doing so he somehow wins her heart. Thus begins a beautiful romance between two teenage dreamers from different backgrounds. They live happily ever after. The End. Only kidding, right from the outset you can tell these two are going to get into a whole world of pain. Their romance hits just about every obstacle you can imagine, not least because of their parents – who both clash disastrously over the matter. The question is – will love conquer all?</p><P>Bearing a striking resemblance to the U.S. Kristen Dunst film Crazy / Beautiful and even some similarities with her more recent Wimbledon, 2 Young manages to remain fresh and original mainly thanks to some fantastic performances. I’m not just talking about the aforementioned masters – I’ll get onto them in a bit – I’m talking about the two young leads. Ka Fu is played by Jaycee Fong, perfectly capturing an innocent romantic boy driven by his heart which is unrestricted by social boundaries. Slightly geeky, he does not seem a natural hero, but you really feel how hard he is trying and it soon becomes impossible not to root for him. Similarly Fiona Sit does a fantastic job as the spoilt, pampered and over-protected Nam, who also just wants to follow her heart. Young and carefree, she finds some solace in her understanding Uncle and Aunt, who do not share her parents’ over protectiveness and disapproval. The parents are, of course, integral to the drama – with Anthony Wong reliably staunch and seemingly unflappable as Nam’s overbearing father and Eric Tsang energetic, enthusiastic but slightly world-weary as Ka Fu’s hard-working father. Just as I expected, they were both perfectly chosen for their roles and do a fantastic job. Trust me, if you see these two in a movie then you are guaranteed to have something worth seeing.</p><P>2 young is a warm little teen romantic drama that explores some difficult themes of social standing inter-spliced with your general teen angst. The story is simple, not glorified in any way, giving it a great sense of both realism and direction and, with some superb performances and solid cinematography I have but one criticism – the soundtrack. If I hear one more unoriginal, clichéd eighties ballad I think I’m gonna lose it. There are very few decent Asian movies that I can think of that have not been hampered by even the briefest of piano-laden lift-music-style ballads – and the more serious the movie, the more out of place the choice of score. Here it is slightly more forgivable, given the story, but the sheer quantity of cringe-worthy – and positively overbearing – ballads is not so easily overlooking. Thankfully there are some moments of silence, where the dialogue takes over and aside from that one quibble I think this is a very interesting little romantic drama from a fabulous cast of young hopefuls and older veterans.</p><P><B>Picture : 6</B></P><P>Presented with a 1.78:1 aspect ratio anamorphic widescreen transfer, 2 Young looks only average in terms of quality. The detail is generally very good, but there are moments of softness when there really shouldn’t be and some scenes exhibit noticeable grain. Occasionally it looks absolutely stunning, but lacks consistency in this regard. The colour scheme is fairly bright but not very luscious – although this only adds to the realistic feel of the drama – and the blacks are solid and deep. Although the transfer is perfectly watchable and does suit the material, it is less than exemplary, even boasting one or two print defects – the first I have come across in some time.</p><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/images/2Young/2YoungR0_1.jpg' ALT='2 YOUNG'></P><P><B>Sound : 5</B></P><P>This release of 2 Young has three tracks but the only one really worth bothering with is the original language Cantonese Dolby Digital 5.1 mix and even that is distinctly limited by the sound design. I can appreciate that the movie does not have anything particularly dynamic in the way of content, but that does not justify a track almost entirely biased to the frontal array. The dialogue comes across clearly but the score seems distinctly muffled through the rears and the tracks behaves little better than its Dolby 2.0 little brother. There is also a dubbed Mandarin track. I should also point out that the subtitles are not fantastic, although considering some of the subtitles I have come across recently (not least on Colour of the Loyalty), I was grateful that these generally made sense and did not require too much deciphering.</p><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/images/2Young/2YoungR0_2.jpg' ALT='2 YOUNG'></P><P><B>Extras : 4</B></P><P>We get a whole disc-full of special features with this release of 2 Young but, yet again, the entire effort is wasted on Western audiences because none of the features have subtitles. You can watch some behind the scenes footage but cannot understand the interviews, endure the deleted scenes with no idea what is being said and fail to get the jokes in the gag reel – and it is all basically a waste of time. Still, the photo gallery looks nice.</p><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/images/2Young/2YoungR0_3.jpg' ALT='2 YOUNG'></P><P><B>Trivia</B><br><P>For user information we use Bitrate 1.4 to scan the disk for the video bitrate, which also calculates the average bitrate. Below is a graph illustrating the bitrate of the disk, including the average bitrate reading. This disk averaged at 5.33 Mbps.</p></P><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/images/2Young/2YoungR0_BR.jpg' ALT='2 YOUNG'></P><P><B>Verdict : 7</B></P><P>2 Young manages to get across a ‘consequences of your actions’ message without ever seeming trite, telling a story of young love and old beliefs and featuring a fantastic cast of now and next generation stars. The video and audio representation let the side down a little and the subtitles are far from perfect and the lovely 2-disc box set boasts a bevy of extras that are pointless without subtitles but none of it detracts from the quality of the drama itself. You should not underestimate this warm little movie, it is well worth your time.</p><div ALIGN='CENTER'>Review Disc Supplied by <a href="http://global.yesasia.com/assocred.asp?W7QIPXOV+/en/prdTransfer.aspx/pid-1004006974" target=”_blank”><img src="http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/SuppliersLogos/YesAsia.jpg" Align="absmiddle"></a><br>Please support us by using our review sponsors.</div><TABLE border='0' CELLPADDING='0' CELLSPACING='2' WIDTH='100%'><TR><TD COLSPAN='2'><B>2 YOUNG (2005)</B></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Genres</TD><TD><A HREF='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=DRAMA' target='_blank'>DRAMA</A>, <A HREF='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=ROMANCE' target='_blank'>ROMANCE</A></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Director</TD><TD><A HREF='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=director&search_for=TUNG-SHING YEE' target='_blank'>TUNG-SHING YEE</A></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Stars</TD><TD><A HREF='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=JAYCEE CHAN' target='_blank'>JAYCEE CHAN</A>, <A HREF='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=DAVID CHIANG' target='_blank'>DAVID CHIANG</A>, <A HREF='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=KAR LOK CHIN' target='_blank'>KAR LOK CHIN</A>, <A HREF='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=WING LIM CHO' target='_blank'>WING LIM CHO</A>, <A HREF='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=SHIU HUNG HUI' target='_blank'>SHIU HUNG HUI</A></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65'><B>Region</B></TD><TD><B>0</B> <FONT>(HONG KONG)</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Supplier</TD><TD><FONT>Panorama Distributions. Released Wednesday 15th June 2005</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>SRP</TD><TD><FONT>$17.99</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Discs</TD><TD><FONT>2</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Format</TD><TD><FONT>DVD9</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Time</TD><TD><FONT>107 mins.</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Chapters</TD><TD><FONT>12</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Picture</TD><TD>Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78:1&nbsp;</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Sound</TD><TD>Chinese Dolby Digital 5.1<BR>Chinese Dolby 2.0<BR>Mandarin Dolby 2.0</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Subtitles</TD><TD>English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Case</TD><TD>Amaray</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Extras</TD><TD>Making-Of ‘2 Young’<BR>Promotional Footage<BR>Deleted Scenes<BR>Outtakes<BR>Teaser Trailer<BR>Photo Gallery<BR>Director Biography and Filmography</TD></TR></TABLE><P STYLE='text-align: center'>If you would like to comment on this review, please reply below.</P>
     

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