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My Heart is that Eternal Rose
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Year: 1989
Joey Wong and Kenny Bee
Director: Patrick Tam Ka-Ming
Action: Tony Leung Siu-Hung
Cine: Christopher Doyle, David Chung Chi-Man
Cast: Joey Wong Cho-Yin, Kenny Bee, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Chan Wai-Man, Gordon Liu, Ng Man-Tat, Kwan Hoi-San, Cheung Tat-Ming
The Skinny: Somewhat overwrought heroic bloodshed picture which features decent pathos but a rather blank leading man in Kenny Bee. Faring better are scenery queen Joey Wong and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai in an award-winning supporting role.
by Kozo:
     Overly-romantic heroic bloodshed picture from future Wong Kar-Wai collaborators Patrick Tam and Christopher Doyle. The story is standard genre stuff: star-crossed lovers Joey Wong and Kenny Bee reunite after many years, but those years have not been kind. Since the death of her father Kwan Hoi-Shan, Joey has become the lead moll to triad boss Chan Wai-Man. The formerly happy-go-lucky Kenny is now a hitman for hire. Circumstances arise which bring the two back together, but as you'd expect, the bad guys won't let Joey go without a fight. Gordon Liu shows up as the evil rug-wearing henchman, and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai is the lowly triad gofer.
     While the plot and execution are rather standard, My Heart is that Eternal Rose has some nifty caveats which make it worthwhile. The film was shot by Christopher Doyle, which means nothing is its correct color, but is gorgeous to look at nonetheless. Also, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai is very good as the lovelorn nice guy who decides to help our heroes at his own risk. His righteous, emotionally-winning performance is immediately sympathetic, and a good counterpoint to Kenny Bee's robot-like lead. Joey Wong is fine in her role, and Chan Wai-Man and Gordon Liu are suitably menacing. This really isn't an overly special film, and those turning in for action are sure to be disappointed. Despite the occasional brandishing of two guns and some snippets of slow motion, the gunplay is not cathartic in the manner popularized by John Woo. My Heart is that Eternal Rose is more genre pulp than heroic bloodshed, but nonetheless it's a suitably entertaining Hong Kong flick. (Kozo 1996/1998)
Awards: Ninth Annual Hong Kong Film Awards
• Winner - Best Supporting Actor (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai)
• Nomination - Best Editing (Cheung Kwok-Kuen)
• Nomination - Best Art Direction (Patrick Tam Ka-Ming, Eddie Mok Kwan-Kit)
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Mei Ah Entertainment
16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles

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