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Ocean Heaven (2010) More at IMDbPro »Hai yang tian tang (original title)

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Ocean Heaven -- With the kind help of friends and neighbors, widower and aquarium worker Sam Wong (Jet Li) shares a contented life with his autistic 22-year-old son, David (Lunmei Kwai). That is, until Sam learns that he has a terminal illness.
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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
Wenbiao Han .... assistant director
Sasa Liu .... 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
Yantao Chen .... electrician
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
Yuntao Xu .... electrician
Liu Yong .... still photographer
Xu Youxin .... assistant camera
Cunhua Zhang .... gaffer
Yinhao Zhao .... electrician
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 Paradise" - International (English title) (imdb display title)
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96 min | 102 min (Shanghai International Film Festival)
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A Nutshell Review: Ocean Heaven, 14 August 2010
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

The marketing for this film went into overdrive with its touting of this being action star Jet Li's first dramatic role. Unless you count his appearance in a non combative role in Founding of a Republic and the various attempts to balance his action status with more dramatic acting chops such as Danny the Dog, then Ocean Heaven will be that maiden effort. Written and directed by Xue Xiao Lu, this modest effort is by no means small in ambition, having the likes of Jay Chou and Kwai Lun Mei lend their vocals to separate title tracks (with Kwai also starring in the film), as well as being lensed by the renowned Christopher Doyle.

Jet Li stars as Wang, a middle aged technician at Qingdao's Ocean World who discovers that his liver cancer is at its 4th stage, and a medical death sentence has been passed, giving him 3 to 4 months to live. His prime concern will be that of his autistic son Da Fu (Wen Zhang) because this means as the main caregiver, he has to find an able, trusted replacement, most likely an institution, but as any single parent can attest to, this effort is none too easy in the absence of direct family support, with places like mental institutions being totally out of place, and Da Fu being too old for an orphanage, and too young for a senior citizens' home. The film opens with a father-son suicide, only for the latter to inexplicably save the both of them, and bringing them back to the drawing board.

It's interesting to note (at least for me) that the Chinese language term for Autism is "Gu Du Zheng" which directly translates to a condition of loneliness. Through the film, Wang cannot shake off the fact that this figuratively applies to him, being alone in his care of his teenage son for many years since the passing of his wife, and not wanting to impose his troubles and issues on others, such as his neighbour and provision shop owner (Zhu Yuanyuan) who undoubtedly has affections for Wang himself. Wang is the classical stoic Chinese man who bottles up his troubles, seeking instead to source for solutions himself than to rely on the graces of others, although help does come from an understanding boss, as well as Da Fu's school principal.

Xue spends considerable screen time in outlining the father-son relationship, albeit that it's not quite the norm because communication almost always seem like a one way street. Wang, with his limited, time, wants to train Da Fu in performing simple tasks in looking after himself, from cooking to taking the public bus, and through many of these scenes, Xue has allowed for an awareness of autism to ring through without resorting to over-reliance on melodrama to do so. Tasks are to be explained with extreme patience, and knowledge imparted through constant rote learning and praising. It's not easy, but as any parent, this unconditional love is something that's quite innate.

Both Jet Li and Wen Zhang share great chemistry, which helps make their individual performance credible. You'll for once feel as exasperated as Li since this time he cannot kung-fu kick his way out of challenges and troubles, and have to rely on perseverance and love to educate his son. You'll feel his pain, and share his pessimism and slim hopes that he'll be able to impart, delegate and leave behind enough for his son not only material wealth, but emotional stability as well, which comes in the form of a sea turtle motif, known for its longevity, Wen Zhang too has this child like quality in his portrayal of autism which endears, and is able to bring out the confusion, fear and anger when he is not understood by others.

The only peculiar performance here will be that of Kwai Lun Mei's Ling Ling, whose role is that of a clown who juggles. I can't place her role anywhere other than to solely beef up the star attraction to this film, because her role and the subplots involving her character all seem a little out of place and useless, and can be done without. Perhaps it is just there to balance that sense of bleak from Wang's point of view, since scenes between Ling Ling and Da Fu mostly hinges on play and friendship, providing that lift to the audience, unbeknownst to Wang, that his son is capable of making new, genuine friends, and that he need not worry that Da Fu will eventually be alone in this world after Wang's own passing.

I won't say this is a tearjerker, but there will be those who will inevitably be touched by Father's love, going by the amount of sniffles in the cinema hall. I suppose Jet Li's foray into a purely dramatic role is quite successful, although personally I can't wait to see him kick serious ass in The Expendables with an ensemble cast of action heroes where he belongs. But of course one can't go on forever in such a role. Maybe he too can adopt the Jackie Chan direction (I'm pretty sure they would have exchanged notes during their pairing in The Forbidden Kingdom) where a film role balancing drama and action is possible ala Chan's Little Big Soldier, or even following what Clint Eastwood is doing in going behind the camera to tell heartfelt stories.

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