Summary Ocean Heaven follows a terminally ill father working in an aquarium and struggles to look after his 21 year

old autistic son Dafu (Wen Zhang)who attempts to find his son a suitable home before he passes away. The father Sam Wong (played by Jet Li) has single handedly brought up his son since his wife passed away 14 years ago and looks after him day and night attempting to help him learn basic tasks in order to care for himself. As the story goes along, you see the heart warming relationship between both father and son as well as the community around them, who become closer as the film develops. Many of the scenes are in the aquarium where Dafu is seen swimming with ease and tranquillity which has become some of the most memorable aspects of the film. He is also seen with dolphins. Ling ling (Kwai Lun-mei) plays the role of a clown who is part of a small circus and who gets on well with Dafu becoming friends which leads to them spending time together. But later, she moves along to another place with the circus, and Dafu never sees her again. According to the U.S. Centres of Disease Control, one person out of every 110 is born with autism. It follows that China has over 10 million autism patients. Dafu, show many signs of autism by walking in straight lines and will only turn after stopping and turning, repeating after people constantly putting everything in perfect order. Dafu is seen as a happy character always wanting to play and be with companies. Cast Cast Jet Li Wen Zhang Kwai Lun-mei Zhu Yuanyuan Dong Yong Role Sam Wong / Wang Xingchang David / Dafu Ling Madam Chai Director Tang Sam Wong's deceased wife/Dafu's mother Principal Liu Xia Ya

Gao Yuanyuan Yan Minqiu Chen Rui Ashton Chen Cao Bingkun Ma Zihan

a love so pure and boundless it deserves to be celebrated. and the completion of any one of them equivalent to the sweet triumph of conquering the summit. Dafu doesn't follow directions. Dafu spends a lot of time lining things up or putting things in a certain order. Dafu has poor eye contact. These scenes of Da Fu's graceful diving in the aquarium. local viewers may draw a parallel with a recent article in the Straits Times that also similarly highlighted a gap in our special-needs welfare system in catering to adults with autism. writer/director Xue Xiaolu instead wisely uses his affinity for the world underwaterswimming with the turtles and dolphins. and it is a real concern when these parents ask who is to help them take care of their children when they are too old or frail to do so. Just as you will be led to feel vicariously the patience and determination of these parents like Wang. where both he and Wang works. Dafu has odd movement patterns. there is often support for the young and the old in special schools and aged homes respectively. Dafu throws intense or violent tantrums. Dafu gets "stuck" on things over and over and can't move on to other things. Nevertheless. Reaction Watching Wang patiently teach Da Fu the steps of these daily tasks is in itself a testament to the perseverance and love that parents of children with special needs have for their kids. but little services offered for adults with special needs between these ages. you'll also experience an indescribable joy when Da Fu finally picks up these skills. Unlike lesser directors who would have tried explaining the workings of Da Fu's mind to their audiences. succeeds tremendously thanks in no small part to Jet Li and Zhang Wen's sublime yet powerfully convincing performances.Signs and symptoms Dafu does not respond when his name is called. Wang's search for an institutional home for his son highlights a societal gap that deserves attention.and in this regard.as a motif of his state of mind. On the other hand. especially since Kwai's character seems too ready to accept Da Fu's quirks and idiosyncrasies. Indeed. As Wang sums up aptly. set evocatively against Joe Hisaishi's score and Yee Chung Man's production design. Perhaps the only missed opportunity here is Xue's subplot involving Kwai Lun-Mei's circus clown turned friend to Da Fu.think of these tasks like mini-Everests. are captured in a ravishingly lush blue palette by Christopher Doyle's cinematography. . The responsibility falls on the shoulders of their parents to look after them. different and yet beautiful in its own way. Not enough time is spent delineating the friendship that develops between the two and the result lacks credibility. the film's focus is really on the father-son duo of Wang and Da Fu.

this film is more important and more significant than just being Jet Li's first non-action role. no matter the odds. . the depth of your heart. Especially to the parents of children with special needs who have given themselves continuously to the care of their kids. Jet Li still proves to be a magnetic actor with his unassuming portrayal of an ordinary man looking out for his son while looking death in the eye. no matter the challenge. But really. you should know that even without his fists or kicks.it is an extremely moving story of a father's tireless love for his son.Yes. this is a tribute to the depth of your love.

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