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Un Baiser Vole
Year: 2000 "Why can't I ever get any eye contact?"
Christy Chung
Director: Chu Yui-Bun
Producer: Manfred Wong
Writer: Manfred Wong
Cast: Stephen Fung Tak-Lun, Christy Chung Lai-TaiNatalie Ng Man-Yan, Cheung Yi-Tung, Yuen Wai-Ho, Tsui Ka-Ho
The Skinny: A coming-of-age movie that adds nothing new or noteworthy to the genre. Great for fans of Christy Chung, who I assume are quite numerous.
by Kozo:
     A pseudo-UFO production, this coming of age drama has some marvelous little moments, but on the whole it really does nothing new and worse, ends up with nothing to say. 
Stephen Fung is Stephen Lee, an aimless high school graduate who manages to enter one of HK’s universities and promptly becomes enamored of his French literature teacher Sophia (Christy Chung). If that weren’t enough, he’s saddled with his “puppy love” girlfriend (Cheung Yi-Ting), who loves him but is so reserved that she practically has a padlock on her undergarments. Then there’s Amy (interesting newcomer Natalie Ng Man-Yan), a chatty classmate who keeps Stephen busy in the horizontal sense. In an effort to train his sensitivity, Stephen joins a club that delights in the promiscuous exploits of its members. And his relationship with his parents is strange as all hell. 
     Yep, this is definitely a coming-of-age movie, so you wait, wait, wait, and wait some more for Stephen to bag Sophia and learn the life lessons that John Tang learned in those amusing “Banana Ripening” movies from UFO. Keep waiting. Stephen does end up reaching conclusions with all his chosen women, but I really don’t think he learned anything at all. I sure as hell learned nothing, and neither did anyone in the movie. 
     Occasionally, there are some familiar truths to what happens to the characters, but they’re anchored by nothing other than Stephen Fung’s sheepish grin. At the very least, the performers and production are attractive. HK uber-babe Christy Chung is always welcome on the screen, and the various newcomers have their moments. Still, I’d rather rewatch all those “Banana Ripening” movies. (Kozo 2000)
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles

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