Jet Li (Lee Nin Kit) and Wen Zhang's father and son relationship in OCEAN HEAVEN has led to an enormous response from the public. Local show business has been just as supportive, as Hong Kong Best Actors and Actresses like Lau Ching Wan, Simon Yam Tat Wa, Sandra Ng Kwan Yu and Paw Hee Ching have all seen the film. All agreed that the film was sincere and touching and greatly complimented Lee Nin Kit's first "abandoning martial art for drama" acting performance.
Lau Ching Wan felt that now many commercial films drive the local film market, which lacks some sincere movie of people and culture. Yam Tat Wa agreed that the film was very real and had a lot of life. Yam Tat Wa also admired Lee Nin Kit's performance. "Although in ECHOES OF THE RAINBOW (SHUI YUET SUN TAU) I also played a father, if ECHOES OF THE RAINBOW and OCEAN HEAVEN were released at the same time, the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor might likely have gone to Lee Nin Kit."
Paw Hee Ching was teary eyed after watching the film. She has known Lee Nin Kit for years and always felt that he was very frank good actor. She still could tell that he has put in a lot of hard work into his performance despite making many commercial martial art films in the past. Ng Kwan Yu was just as touched completely due to Lee Nin Kit's delicate and touching acting. "I thought it was very amazing because I have never seen such as solid Lee Nin Kit. The hardest part was this was a very touching movie, but his performance was absolutely not melodramatic!"