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. —Wikipedia
Xue Xiaolu is a Chinese film director and screenwriter. Her first major feature was 2010’s Ocean Heaven, which stars in Jet Li, and this was followed by 2013’s Finding Mr. Right, starring Tang Wei and Wu Xiubo. Xue is also a teacher at the Beijing Film Academy, and has been a volunteer for 14 years with Beijing Stars and Rain, a non-governmental educational organization for autistic children. —Wikipedia
It's really strange to see Jet Li as an autistic teenager's father. This movie is not interesting at all mainly because of the schematic drama, predectability and manipulative generic resources in acting, music and montage. Doyle, miss Kwai and even Li are notably wasted here.