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Welcome back to This Week In Discs! As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. Floating City Bo Wah Chuen (Aaron Kwok) is a successful businessman in modern day Hong Kong, but his journey to the top is a trip through the city’s shifting history. Born with blue eyes and abandoned by his mother, Bo grows up with a strong work ethic and a desire to achieve more than his social status would allow. He eventually joins one of the biggest British companies in the colony and sets about making a name for himself while never forgetting the value of family and the concept of giving back. Director Yim Ho‘s film starts a bit slow as Bo’s early days as a child are explored, but once he grows into a young man (and Kwok appears on-screen) the film comes into focus as essentially the modern history of Hong Kong itself told on the intimate scale of one man’s life and family. We see the struggle of Chinese citizens dealing with their conquerors, but we also follow them out of British rule in 1997 to the destination city they inhabit now. There’s emotion and heart to be found here as family becomes the driving force, both on the personal level as well as the larger one, and it’s a valuable message complete with some gorgeous photography as well. [Blu-ray/DVD extras: None]

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Editor’s note: Rob was so moved by his screening of Wither at the 2013 Stanley Film Festival that he was inspired to present his review in a very special format: as an imagined dialogue between its co-directors Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund. Enjoy. A coffee shop, sometime in 2012, somewhere in Sweden Sonny Laguna: Tommy my friend! Thanks so much for meeting me today. Tommy Wiklund: Well 200 voicemails are hard to ignore, Sonny. What can I do for you? SL: I have an idea for our next movie. TW: Is it the Heidi remake where she’s bitten by a rabid squirrel and then eats her own grandfather? I already told you I wasn’t interested in that one. SL: No no, it’s better. But we’ll come back to that later. This is a completely fresh idea that came to me while watching the latest Josh Wheaton film.

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