Wilson Yip – Jue lai yip yue leung saan ang aka Juliet in love (2000)

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



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