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Running Time? Extended Version?


What is the exact running time for the entire movie? Is it true that 30 minutes was edited out for the DVD version?

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After viewing the movie on DVD recently, I wondered if I had missed something. Seems I have and quite a bit. According to http://imdb.com/title/tt0133028/alternateversions the original director's cut was 162 min and the DVD version is only 117 min. That's actually 15 extra minutes than was reported on an Asian film site I checked. Even 30 minutes is quite a chunk to edit out and the alleged 45 minutes is even worse. I can't help thinking that some of the things that left me wondering were, indeed, at least partially covered in that missing segment. Sadly, this isn't the first Chinese (or even Asian) film to be so trimmed for DVD foreign release and is unlikely to the last. Pity. Maybe some day someone will have the sense to release the film in its complete version.

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I have a feeling what was edited out was to do with the niece's s/l-it felt really incomplete.Plus it could also be when wan and foon ran that restautant-that felt rushed.

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Sadly, this isn't the first Chinese (or even Asian) film to be so trimmed for DVD foreign release . . .
Maybe some scenes were deemed too controversial for a commercial release. I am surprised that it was possible to make this film at all considering the sensitivity of the subject in Chinese eyes.

Having said that, it was all beautifully handled and made me shed a tear at the end.

8.5/10 on my score card

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Interesting thought. Although Happy Together, another HK film released the same year, was likely as controversial.

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Although Happy Together, another HK film released the same year, was likely as controversial.
Hmmm... Good point. I had forgotten about that movie, which BTW I did not like all that much.

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Agreed. A very tough film to watch. Ji Sor is definitely more of a love story in the truest sense of the word.

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Agreed.

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My "Mei Ah" DVD runs to 1:56:47 beginning to end, including credits.

Lovely film BTW.

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Just curious...Where did you find it?

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Just curious...Where did you find it?
If you mean the DVD, I got it from YesAsia.com

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Hmmm. My YesAsia one is only 112 min!

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the english sub version is only 112 mins

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Just curious...Where did you find it?
If you mean the running time, I checked it on my machine, as in "Time Remaining".

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I think I should have asked...when did you buy it on Yesasia? I just got mine as a freebie there and chose it because 1) I like Carina Lau and 2) I had never seen the film and heard it was a great performance.

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Mine is a YesAsia freebie too. I chose it after checking up on the freebies in YesAsia's reviews and on imdB. A fine movie indeed.

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