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Long and Winding Road
Year: 1996




Availability:


DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Mei Ah Entertainment
16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles

Director: Gordon Chan Car-Seung
Producer: Tiffany Chen, Wong Jing
Writer: Chan Hing-Kai, Gordon Chan Car-Seung
Cast: Leslie Cheung Kwok-Wing, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Rosamund Kwan Chi-Lam, Dayo Wong Chi-Wah, Michael Wong Mun-Tak, Marianne Chan Miu-Ying, Ivy Leung Si-Man, Isabel Leung Pui-Chi, Wu Ying-Man, Wanda Yung, Kenneth Tsang Kong, Yip Kong-Kin
The Skinny: Gordon Chan directed this UFO-like drama that features one of most bizarre collection of actors EVER. A well-meaning but also trite and uninteresting drama.
Review
by Kozo:

     Though it isn't a film by UFO, it might as well be. This urban drama-comedy from director Gordon Chan and writer Chan Hing-Kai tells the tale of four old friends and the arrested adolescence that threatens to destroy the fabric of the universe. Or something like that. Leslie Cheung is the main guy, a total scumbag who chooses to betray buddies Michael Wong, Dayo Wong and Tony Leung Ka-Fai for bucks and the attentions of Rosamund Kwan. Even worse, he steals Rosamund from ultra-nice guy Tony Leung, which only lowers his standing on the sympathy meter. Thankfully, he loses all his friends on his trip up the corporate ladder, but the expected will occur. Leslie will do a complete reversal and seek absolvement for his terrible, terrible ways. Hopefully you'll still be awake.
     As you'd expect from a
Chan Hing-Kai script, the film is full of existential musings by people who are far too self-aware for their own good. The goal was to be insightful, but the result may seem cloying and false. It's easy to buy that Leslie Cheung could be a total dirtbag, but a total character reversal? And who would want him back as a friend after all the crap he pulled? Whether or not you buy the premise may depend on how much you like Leslie Cheung. His acting is effective here, and co-stars Leung and Kwan do well, too. However, the material just doesn't work. And Michael Wong and Dayo Wong as the other two friends? How did they assemble this cast? In all fairness, there are some interesting and even fun moments in the film, and most of the leads are easy on the eyes. However, that's not enough to make this a good movie. (Kozo 1997)

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