Surprising drama about two nobodies who find an unlikely romance despite the imminent collapse of their respective worlds. Francis Ng is Jordan, a low level triad who finds himself strangely attracted to divorced restaurant hostess Juliet (Sandra Ng), who’s had a mastectomy and has since retreated into a shell. Through coincidence, the two form a makeshift family with the child of a triad boss (Simon Yam) who’s after Jordan for some dough.
Though that sounds like a typical HK concept-plot, the truth is anything but. This is a near-plotless drama that’s unbearably slow yet riveting in its opacity and depth of emotion. This is a rare HK film in that it does nothing to help the viewer understand—you’re forced to understand volumes through the exquisite acting of the two leads and the low-key direction of director Wilson Yip. He handles the story with an uncommon style and sensitivity which can either draw a viewer in—or possibly turn them off.
This is not a film for undemanding audiences, as it does very little to actually manipulate you. Yip lets you decide whether or not you like the characters—he just presents the situations. This is a difficult film but it’s also a rare gem in its uncompromising storytelling.
Awards: 20th Annual Hong Kong Film Awards
• Nomination – Best Director (Wilson Yip Wai-Shun)
• Nomination – Best Actor (Francis Ng Chun-Yu)
• Nomination – Best Supporting Actor (Simon Yam Tat-Wah)
9th Annual Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards
• Recommended Film
995MB | 1h 29m | 640×352 | avi