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Love and Let Love!
Year: 1998

Director: Dennis Chan Kwok-San
Cast: Julian Cheung Chi-Lam, Theresa Lee Yi-Hung, Florence Kwok Siu-Wan, Paul Wong Koon-Chung, Elaine Kam Yin-Ling, Joe Cheung Tung-Cho, Michael Tse Tin-Wah, Vincent Kok Tak-Chiu, Lee Lik-Chee, Dennis Chan Kwok-San, Yip Kwong-Kim, Eric Tsang Chi-Wai (voice only)
The Skinny: HK retread of the Guy Named Joe, Always, Ghost formula doesn't accomplish much. Julian Cheung hasn't the requisite acting chops to pull off his role.
by Kozo:
     This romantic drama takes us into the territory previously mined by Ghost and Always. Julian Cheung is Cliff, an immature male who plays video games for a living, which irks his longtime live-in girlfriend Terry (Theresa Lee). Still, the two manage to put a semblance of civility between them in the first twenty minutes - which is time enough for a marriage proposal to get thrown into the mix. 
     Sadly, itís all put aside when a car crash nixes all happy endings that the couple had planned for themselves. Cliff enters the sweet hereafter, leaving Terry to contemplate her own loneliness. Not able to put Cliff behind her, she spurns the advances of nice guy Ed (Paul Wong of the rock group Beyond), who she meets while wandering the roads around her house. However, soon Cliff makes his ghostly presence known, and Terry believes sheís found her everlasting happiness. But is that what they really want? 
     For all the good intentions of this film, it only succeeds as a superficial exploration of the issues of love and loss. There is a good message in this film, as well as a certain hidden nobility to Cheungís character that makes his actions compelling. However, the film is directed really poorly (by character actor Dennis Chan Kwok-San) and is littered with inappropriate symbolic metaphor that seems lifted from a Wong Kar-Wai film. The film is tedious at times, never doing much with whatís happening onscreen. Acting-wise, the film does all right. Sadly, the talent of Theresa Lee is muted while Cheungís limitations are emphasized. He plays a good jerk, but itís hard to see the hidden emotions behind those eyes, even when we know what heís up to. See if youíre a fan of either star, but not for any other real reason, least of all enlightenment on the filmís issues. 
(Kozo 1998)
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Mei Ah Laser
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
English and Chinese Subtitles
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