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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.
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
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 5.1
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles

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