Friday, May 17, 2013

Ocean Heaven 2010

     Sam is a widowed father raising his autistic son David.  His mother died when he was just seven years old and now he is 21 years old.  Sam is suffering from terminal liver cancer and he doesn’t know what to do about David.  He has searched for homes but there doesn’t seem to be one able to take David.  Sam tries to teach David necessary life skills to live on his own without his father.
     This film is a change of pace for a martial artist, acting without any fighting in every scene.  Draws you in to Sam’s life of dedication, patience, caring, love and a lot of struggles.   I’m not sure about the accuracy of the portrayal of autism which probably varies by the individual but this seems very real.  3 ½* (I liked this movie)

94 min, Drama directed by Xiao Lu Xue with Jet Li, Zhang Wen, Lunmei Kwai, Zhu Yuanyuan, Dong Yong, Yan Minqiu, Gwei Lun-Mei, Ran Chen.

Note:  Blockbuster 3*, imdb 7.2 out of 10, 82% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

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