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Xiao Lu Xue (screenplay)
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Release Date:
18 June 2010 (China) See more »
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
Hongliang Li .... 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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Hai yang tian tang" - China (original title)
"Ocean Paradise" - International (English title) (alternative title)
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96 min | 102 min (Shanghai International Film Festival)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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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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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
ordinary heroes, 12 May 2012
Author: Roedy Green from Victoria, BC. Canada

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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