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My Dad is a Jerk!
Year: 1997 "Stop bothering me, kid!"
Lam Bo-Lun and Lau Ching-Wan
Director: Joe Cheung Tung-Cho
Producer: Derek Yee Tung-Sing
Writer: Raymond To Kwok-Wai
Cast: Lau Ching-Wan, Lam Bo-Lun, Shu Qi, Cecilia Yip Tung, Bosco Lam Hing-Lung, To Ching-Ching, Wong Ka-Ming, Benz Kong To-Hoi, Annabelle Lau Hiu-Tung, Jason Chu Wing-Tong, Lee Sun-Yan, Dennis Chan Kwok-San, Jamie Luk Kin-Ming, Jacob Cheung Chi-Leung, Chin Kar-Lok, Dayo Wong Chi-Wah, Raymond Leung Pun-Hei, Cyrus Wong Ka-Ming, Gwai Chung, Guy Lai Ying-Chau, Wong Ying-Kit, Shou Wai-Koon
The Skinny: Likable comedy-drama that sustains interest until overused plot devices threaten to derail the film.
by Kozo:
     Amiable flick with Lau Ching-Wan as a flaky dad whoís left with his 9 year-old son (Lam Bo-Lun) when ex-wife Cecilia Yip comes to town. Lau messes up at first, but must eventually learn to be a mature, responsible parent. Shu Qi appears as Lauís girlfriend. 
     Lam Bo-Lun turns in an impressive first time performance, though he seems too mature at times. Lau Ching-Wan is terrific though, as is Shu Qi in her most appealing, natural performance yet. Cecilia Yip does a nice job with her limited role. 
     This is a well-written, well directed flick, but the film derails near the end for some quickie pathos. Itís all rather pleasant but then something bad has to happen! Break out the tissues. 
     The plot device ultimately rings false, but the actors make up for it. Lau Ching-Wanís acting really shines in this film. Though itís a variation on his usual cute bit, he really manages to create a character behind his adult suffering from arrested development. Not a film that needs to be seen, but you could do worse.
(Kozo 1997)
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