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Xiao Lu Xue (screenplay)
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Explore true love and affections from the angle of ordinary people
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  (in credits order)

Jet Li ... Wang Xingchang

Zhang Wen ... Dafu
Lun Mei Gwei ... Ling Ling
Yuanyuan Zhu ... Chai

Yuanyuan Gao ... 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
Bing Zhou ... Bedhouse Director

Directed by
Xiao Lu Xue 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Xiao Lu Xue  screenplay

Produced by
Thomas Chow .... producer
Ma Hefeng .... executive producer
William Kong .... producer
Hao Lee .... producer
Jason C. Lin .... co-producer
Mathew Tang .... co-producer
Alice Yeung .... co-producer
Shino Zou .... co-producer
Original Music by
Joe Hisaishi 
Cinematography by
Christopher Doyle 
Film Editing by
William Chang 
Hongyu Yang 
Production Design by
Chung Man Yee 
Art Direction by
Simon So 
Costume Design by
Stanley Cheung 
Makeup Department
Yim-Kwan Kwok .... makeup artit to Jet Li
Dennis Lui .... hair stylist to Jet Li
Liu Yexing .... assistant makeup artist
Fan Yonhzhong .... makeup artist
Production Management
Zhang Huina .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Crystal Gong Chun .... first assistant director
Sasa Liu .... assistant director
Han Wenbiao .... assistant director
Cao Yang .... assistant director
Jin Ye .... assistant director
Art Department
Cao Baozhi .... assistant property master
Wang Feng .... property master
Zhang Fengyi .... on-set art director
Li Hongliang .... assistant property master
Wang Qingjiang .... on-set property master
Sound Department
Wei He .... sound designer
Terry Tu .... sound re-recording mixer
Rocky Zhang .... sound designer
Camera and Electrical Department
So Hang .... underwater camera assistant
Zhao Haochuan .... making-of
Huang Huahua .... loader
Cao Junwei .... electrician
Tony Lam .... underwater cameraman
Rain Li .... second unit cinematographer (as Kathy Li)
Chen Lu .... assistant camera
Gu Xiaodong .... assistant camera
Ju Xingmao .... making-of
Liao Xingyi .... dolly grip
Chen Yantao .... electrician
Zhao Yinhao .... electrician
Liu Yong .... still photographer
Xu Youxin .... assistant camera
Xu Yuntao .... electrician
Cunhua Zhang .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ma Guijuan .... costume assistant
Ke Zhang .... costumer
Editorial Department
Olivier Fontenay .... colorist
Other crew
Zhixin Pan .... script supervisor
Ryan Wong .... assistant: Jet Li
Yang Yi .... production coordinator

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Also Known As:
"Hai yang tian tang" - China (original title)
"Ocean Heaven" - USA (video title)
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96 min | 102 min (Shanghai International Film Festival)
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Is this really autism?, 2 June 2012
Author: duncanj-386-766468 from United States

Ocean Heaven is an intriguing movie for several reasons: 1. It portrays a young man with autism, who also shows emotion; 2. We see a sanitized view of modern day China and how disability is supposedly supported by average citizens and the state; and, 3. A terminally ill father struggles with finding support for his son.

Each theme is a separate review I'm sure. I really did not want to like this film, and as a previous reviewer suggested, I was also prepared to turn my nose up after the opening dramatic scene. But I kept going with it. I'm glad I did.

The actor who portrays the young man with autism is actually quite believable. He gets the gestures just right, the mannerisms, the vocalizations,and the expressions. Having known people with autism--all across the spectrum--for thirty years now, I was amazed at how nuanced this performance was, and it did not fall into the mistakes of stereotypical portrayals, such as Rain Man. It worked. His emotional side, based on fear of the unknown, was handled well, as was his father's reactions to him.

The setting for the movie was another aspect of the film that captivated my interest. It is no secret that having a disability in Chinese society is complicated; there is stigma attached to the family, not much support in terms of formal schooling, and even less for social services in the community. It is not discussed, and rarely revealed. Most newborns with obvious disabilities (such as Down syndrome) are routinely abandoned in the hospital and left to die. So why this sudden sympathetic portrayal? Did China undergo a transformation after hosting the Special Olympics in 2008? They did, after all, implement a national policy of "be nice to people with disabilities" in preparation for those games.

The natural supports for Dafu (son) were all around him, if his father would only look. The character of "auntie Chai" totally got Dafu. She could have enlisted his work ethic in her store. He already had a "job" swimming with the fish and sea mammals at the aquarium. We saw scenes of him being one with the water and marine life. And so on. But the film takes us on a trip to see Chinese institutional care, segregated schools, and missed opportunities for true inclusion in his community.

There are side stories that don't advance the film, such as the circus troupe and the film star clown who juggles. The metaphor of the circus outsiders (some would also equate them to freak shows) accepting Dafu is an old cliché that wasn't necessary. Another side story that is not developed deals with his deceased Mother, who apparently could not handle the truth of her son's autism. There are veiled references to her untimely death as a suicide.

Now the story has legs. The real issue that is presented is that it is understandable, and even acceptable for a parent to intentionally kill their child with a disability. Pity the poor parents, who have to endure the shame and burden of a child with a disability. This is how most people really feel. In fact, there is societal support for parents who murder their child out of pity. In Canada there is a famous case of Robert Latimer, a father from Saskatchewan, who murdered his daughter Tracy because she had cerebral palsy. Most Canadians thought Mr. Latimer a sympathetic figure, not deserving jail time for his crime. There are numerous instances of children and adults with autism who end up dead at the hands of a caregiver or family member. Check out the website notdeadyet for further reporting on this subject.

So the opening scene, where Dafu chooses life for himself and his father is quite dramatic, and likely the best evidence of Dafu's intellect, emotion, and will to live. It is also a tribute to all those other people with disabilities who do not get to choose how their life unfolds, whether in China, or anywhere else.

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