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Ocean Heaven (2010)

Hai yang tian tang (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 18 June 2010 (China)
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Explores the subject of parental love and autism in kids.

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Xiaolu Xue (as Xiao Lu Xue)

Writer:

Xiaolu Xue (screenplay) (as Xiao Lu Xue)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jet Li ... Wang Xingchang
Zhang Wen ... Dafu
Lun-Mei Kwei ... Ling Ling
Yuanyuan Zhu Yuanyuan Zhu ... Chai
Yuanyuan Gao ... Dafu's Mother
Yong Dong Yong Dong ... Aquarium Director
Ran Chen ... Teacher
Mei Yong Mei Yong ... Principal Tan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rui Chen Rui Chen ... Xiao Ya
Chunhai Li Chunhai Li ... Acrobatic Troupe Director
Bo Rong Bo Rong ... Cleaner
Zhan Shibao Zhan Shibao ... Mental Hospital Doctor
Zhao Xiuyun Zhao Xiuyun ... Head of Wellfare Instituation
Minqiu Yan Minqiu Yan ... Principal Liu
Xinhua Zhang 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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Drama

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Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

18 June 2010 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Ocean Heaven See more »

Filming Locations:

Longkou, Yantai, China See more »

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Production Co:

BDI Films Inc. See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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It was announced that it was to be released in spring 2010, but the release date was pushed back to 24 June 2010, which opened the 2010 Shanghai International Film Festival on 2 June. See more »

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12 May 2012 | by Roedy GreenSee 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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