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The marketing for this movie 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 Lun Mei also starring in the movie), as well as being lensed by the renowned Christopher Doyle. Both Jet Li and Wen Zhang share great chemistry, which helps make their individual performance credible. Xue Xiao Lu also 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 and through many scenes, Xue Xiao Lu has allowed for an awareness of autism to ring through without resorting to over-reliance on melodrama to do so. 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.
- husky10000years, Sunday, December 19, 2010