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Ocean Heaven (2010)

Hai yang tian tang (original title)
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Explores the subject of parental love and autism in kids.

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(as Xiao Lu Xue)

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(screenplay) (as Xiao Lu Xue)
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Credited cast:
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Wang Xingchang
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Dafu
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Yuanyuan Zhu ...
Chai
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Dafu's Mother
Yong Dong ...
Aquarium Director
Ran Chen ...
Teacher
Mei Yong ...
Principal Tan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chunhai Li ...
Acrobatic Troupe Director
Bo Rong ...
Cleaner
Chen Rui ...
Xiao Ya
Zhan Shibao ...
Mental Hospital Doctor
Zhao Xiuyun ...
Head of Wellfare Instituation
Minqiu Yan ...
Principal Liu
Xinhua Zhang ...
Principal Feng
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The story of a father's tireless love for his autistic son. A terminally ill father's attempt to teach his autistic son the necessary life skills to survive on his own before he passes away. It is also a poignant tribute to the infinite love that parents have for their children and their unending desire to take care and look after them to their best abilities, no matter the struggle, no matter the effort. Written by Vineet

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Explore true love and affections from the angle of ordinary people

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Ocean Heaven  »

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In order to portray this character well, Zhang Wen (playing Dafu) went swimming every day. He previously did not know how to swim, but because swimming and diving are his character's strong points, he became an expert swimmer. He also visited an autism school every day, working to understand the students' way of thinking. See more »

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ordinary heroes
12 May 2012 | by (Victoria, BC. Canada) – See all my reviews

I read the plot outline on the box. A man with an autistic son, who is terminally ill tries to figure out a way to ensure his son will be cared for after he dies. That is quite a punch right there.

The movie really grabbed me emotionally with repeated small acts of kindness, not just from the father but from everyone in his community. You will need a box of Kleenex. The father has totally dedicated his life to his son's well being. His gentle kindness transforms everyone around him and brings out the best in them.

The movie completely worked until the very end when Dad tried to create a simple religious myth to explain his impending death to his son. It was bathos. It spoiled the end of the movie for me. The movie suddenly went Disney on me. It was just too goofy. I suppose I could reframe it as insane last ditch desperation.

It has an intense bitter-sweet ending.


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