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Hong Kong 1941
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Cecilia Yip and Chow Yun-Fat
 
Year: 1984
Director: Leung Po-Chi
Producer: John Sham Kin-Fun
Writer: John Chan Koon-Chung, Sammo Hung Kam-Bo
Cast: Chow Yun-Fat, Cecilia Yip Tung, Alex Man Chi-Leung, Shih Kien, Guk Fung, Paul Chun Pui, Wu Ma, Billy Lau Nam-Kwong, Angela Yu Chien, Hon Yee-Sang, Stuart Ong, Chu Tau, Wang Han-Chen, Yee Tin-Hung, Lam Chi-Tai, Lam Chi-Git, Chin Kar-Lok, Pang Yun-Cheung, Chun Kwai-Bo
The Skinny: An award-winning performance from Chow Yun-Fat anchors this excellent drama from director Leung Po-Chi.
Review
by Kozo:
     Early Chow Yun-Fat flick features a pre-John Woo display of unparalleled charisma. Chow is Fay, who befriends Keung (Alex Man) in wartime Hong Kong. Fay is heavily principled, but not above using guile and deception to act out his noble intentions. He tags along with Keung, despite Keung’s essential immaturity, and ignores the burgeoning romance between he and Keung’s fiancée Nam (Cecilia Yip). When the Japanese hit, Keung decides to stay against the better judgment of Fay and Nam. Thanks to Keung, they all stay and things go from bad to worse. Fay joins the Japanese as a Chinese recruit, much to the dismay of his friends. However, Fay's plan is to earn the trust of the Japanese just so he can keep his friends alive. His plan works, but Keung gets in way over his head, and Fay must decide how much he's willing to sacrifice for honor and righteousness. This is a fine film from director Leung Po-Chi, with a good story, believable characters, and a towering central performance from Chow Yun-Fat. He was rewarded with Taiwan’s Golden Horse award for Best Actor that year. Cecilia Yip is wonderful as the emotionally damaged Nam. Highly recommended for fans of Chow Yun-Fat. (Kozo 1996)
Awards:

4th Annual Hong Kong Film Awards
• Winner - Best Cinematography (Lai Sui-Ming)

• Nomination - Best Picture
• Nomination - Best Director (
Leung Po-Chi)
• Nomination - Best Actor (Chow Yun-Fat)
• Nomination - Best Actress (Cecilia Yip Tung)
• Nomination - Best Supporting Actress (Yu Sin)
• Nomination - Best Screenplay (John Chan Koon-Chung)
• Nomination - Best Editing (Cheung Yiu-Chung)
Taiwan Golden Horse Awards
• Winner - Best Actor (Chow Yun-Fat)

Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Universe Laser
Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 5.1
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles
  DVD (USA)
Region 1 NTSC
Fox Home Entertainment
16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen
Cantonese and English Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 5.1
Removable English* and Chinese Subtitles
Trailers, promotional material, production notes, interviews with Cecillia Yip and Paul Chun Pui
*NOTE: the subtitles on this disc are DUBTITLES, meaning they're a transcription of the rewritten English soundtrack AND NOT a pure translation.

image courtesy of Universe Laser & Video Co., Ltd.

   
   
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