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Tragic Commitment
Chinese: 沒有老公的日子  
Year: 1995
Director: Frankie Chan Fan-Kei
Cast: Anita Yuen Wing-Yee, Julian Cheung Chi-Lam, Deannie Yip Tak-Han, Josie Ho Chiu-Yee, Eileen Wu Ming-Sun, Dennis Chan Kwok-San, Raymond Tso Wing-Lim, Mimi Chu Mi-Mi
The Skinny: Overbearingly directed women's drama that features a good central performance from star Anita Yuen, but bad everything else.
 
Review
by Kozo:

Three-hankie chick drama finds gynecologist Anita Yuen in a sticky situation. Her loving husband Julian Cheung (Anita Yuen's real-life boyfriend) dies suddenly, leaving her heartbroken. Even worse, Anita is left with a grandson-wanting mother-in-law (the stoic Deannie Yip) and - get this - her dead husbandís pregnant mistress (Josephine Ho)! Deannie wants to keep the kid, leaving Anita and Josephine at odds.

Despite the solid soap-opera set-up, the film is completely undone by stupid plot twists, unconvincing acting, and god-awful music. Josephine Ho's performance has the subtlety of a flying mallet, and Deannie Yip is haughty to a fault. What gives this film minimal points is the final image of the film: Anita Yuen as a mother. Yuen turns in a compellingly restrained performance, considering that the girl was all of 24 when she did the movie.

Otherwise, the film's climax is a total joke and that music! Roel Garcia did a great job on Fallen Angels, but he dropped the ball here. Every music cue is telegraphed and overdone with hackneyed crescendos signaling danger, drama, or whatnot. This is not one for the ages. (Kozo 1996)

 
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 3 NTSC
Intercontinental Video Ltd. (IVL)
16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Dolby Digital
Removable English and Chinese subtitles
 
   
 
 
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