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And now, we would like to recommend something for you and your family to watch (binge) during this mini-vacation!
❤ Anna & Estelle
- Chinese Title: He Ni Zai Yi Qi (literally “together with you”)
- Mandarin, 119 minutes
- Directed by Chen Kaige
- Starring Liu Peiqi as Liu Cheng and Tang Yun as Liu Xiaochun
- Rotten Tomatoes gave this 73% fresh, 90% of the audience liked it
This 2002 tearjerker follows a father, Liu Cheng, a widowed cook, as he helps his talented son, Liu Xiaochun, become a violinist. Despite having no money or social background, the father and son move to Beijing from a small southern town in hopes of accomplishing their dream. Cheng begs and pleads to get famed teachers to take his son as a private student, but Xiaochun is angry that the father is becoming a commercial sellout and refuses to perform. The story does not end there, as the son soon discovers the truth about his birth (dang-dang, birth secret!) and what it really means to be a part of a family – not just by blood but more by the bond that threads them together. Beautifully written masterpiece timed perfectly for Chen Kaige’s comeback to the Chinese market.
A Chip Off the Old Block
- Hong Kong (Cantonese), 21 episodes
- Originally aired from Nov 30 – Dec 27, 2009
- Starring Ron Ng as Chor Chi, Sunny Chan as Chor Fan, Myolie Wu as So Fung Nei, among others
For Chor Fan and Chor Chi, their relationship as father and son, respectively, has never been easy. Chor Chi, in particular, just can’t seem to get on board with his father’s morals and old-fashioned thinking that seems to be stuck in the ’60s. When a freak thunderstorm sends Chor Chi traveling back in time to 1960s Hong Kong, he meets and befriends his own father when he was a young man himself. Along with the neighborhood’s merry band of misfits and fun characters, Chor Chi and and Chor Fan get into a series of adventures that make them appreciate each other in a way that they weren’t able to in the 21st century. This is one of the most cheerful dramas around that will undoubtedly put a smile on your face and have you laughing from start to finish. Despite all the silliness, there is still a very valuable lesson in there that just because you don’t fully understand someone doesn’t mean that you can’t appreciate them. All around fun and heartwarming goodness!