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I Have a Date with Spring
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Year: 1994
Director: Clifton Ko Chi-Sum
Writer: Raymond To Kwok-Wai
Action: Chung Chi-Wing
Cast: Alice Lau Ar-Lai, Law Koon-Lan, Fung Wai-Hung, Louisa So Yuk-Wah, David Wu, Tse Kwan-Ho, Ko Hon-Man, Yeung Ying-Wai, Radium Cheung, Chung King-Fai, Fung Bo-Bo, Raymond Wong Bak-Ming, Teresa Mo Sun-Kwan, Anita Lee Yuen-Wah
The Skinny: An enjoyable flick for all ages. Those who care little for the trials of aging Chinese singers should probably look elsewhere, but most grandparents will be happy to watch this movie with you.
Review
by Kozo:
    This acclaimed and popular feel-good flick from Clifton Ko and Raymond To is a decent, if somewhat slight charmer chronicling the lives of four nightclub singers over two decades. The film takes place primarily during the sixties, and relates their stories via flashback. Alice Lau plays the primary singer, who actually made it big but had to give up her best love (David "Wu-Man" Wu) in the process. Needless to say, this causes the lion's share of her current regret. Law Koon-Lan, Fung Wai-Hung and So Yuk-Wah play the pals.
     Based on a popular stageplay by Raymond To, I Have a Date with Spring is enjoyable nostalgia for those who can actually consider the film a trip down memory lane. The rest of us will have to be content with fine supporting turns (Law Koon-Lan won a Best Supporting Actress award), some great Cantonese and Mandarin songs, and the very amiable atmosphere. Clifton Ko and Raymond To have been known for great Category I cinema, meaning movies that are suitable for kids, grandparents and everybody in between. The Ko/To team would go on to create other Category I wonders like One of the Lucky Ones and The Umbrella Story. This film won three Hong Kong Film Awards, but was nominated for a slew of others, including Best Picture. It's tirelessly sentimental, but I liked it. (Kozo 1997)
Awards:

14th Annual Hong Kong Film Awards
• Winner - Best Supporting Actress (Law Koon-Lan)
• Winner - Best New Artist (Alice Lau Ar-Lai)
• Winner - Best Screenplay (Raymond To Kwok-Wai)
• Nomination - Best Picture

• Nomination - Best Actress (Alice Lau Ar-Lai)
• Nomination - Best Supporting Actress (Fung Wai-Hung)
• Nomination - Best New Artist (Hui Fan)
• Nomination - Best Original Score (Lee Hong-Gum, Wan Hol-Geen)

Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Universe Laser
Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
English and Chinese Subtitles
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