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Juliet in Love
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Francis Ng and Sandra Ng (with friend)
  
Year: 2000
Director: Wilson Yip Wai-Shun
Producer: Joe Ma Wai-Ho
Cast: Francis Ng Chun-Yu, Sandra Ng Kwun-Yu, Simon Yam Tat-Wah, Eric Kot Man-Fai, Angela Tong Ying-Ying, Tats Lau Yi-Tat, Joe Lee Yiu-Ming
The Skinny: Slow-moving yet involving drama from promising director Wilson Yip. His sensitive handling of the characters is matched by the fine performances by leads Francis Ng and Sandra Ng.
Review
by Kozo:
     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. (Kozo 2000)
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
 
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Mei Ah Laser
Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 5.1
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles

image courtesy of Mei Ah Laser Disc Co., Ltd.

   
   
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