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Lover's Tear 
Year: 1991
Nina Li checks on Ngai Sing
Director: Jacob Cheung Chi-Leung
Producer: Sammo Hung Kam-Bo
Action: Lam Ching-Ying
Writer: Jacob Cheung Chi-Leung, Lee Chi-Ngai, Liu Wing-Leung
Cast: Nina Li Chi, Ngai Sing, Lam Ching-Ying, Sammo Hung Kam-Bo, Tsui Kam-Kong, Si Kai-Keung, Teddy Chan Tak-Sum, Guk Fung, Wu Ma, Yukari Oshima (cameo)
The Skinny: Above average crime thriller/drama that succeeds thanks to good direction and a fine leading performance from Nina Li.
by Kozo:
     A fairly standard plot about a cop and a witness who fall in love is helped by good direction and a decent script, as well as an effective performance from lead actress Nina Li Chi. She’s a deaf woman who owes gangster/boyfriend Tsui Kam-Kong big. It seems she was once a prostitute, and Tsui got her out of the biz by making her his moll. He’s actually not such a bad guy, and he honestly cares for her. Still, she doesn’t really feel love for him. 
     Instead, she falls for the new cop in town (Jet Li’s usual nemesis Ngai Sing), when they’re handcuffed together (shades of The Defiant Ones) and forced to go on the run. The whole thing happens because she witnessed the shooting of a public security official (Yukari Oshima in a small cameo), and Ngai Sing needs her to clear his name. Lam Ching-Ying turns in a charismatic supporting turn as Tsui’s chief lieutenant who also has a thing for Nina. Sammo Hung is the local police chief who must bring Ngai in, though he believes him to be innocent. 
     The situations and characters are handled convincingly and sensitively, but Ngai Sing proves to be a millstone. He isn’t a credible romantic lead and he strikes few sparks with Nina Li. The film is also a tad confusing, with too many loyalties and relationships running counter to each other. Sometimes it seems that there may be easier solutions to the film’s convoluted problems, but nobody bothered to plug those plot holes. Still, it all ties together well by the end in a well-staged stand-off. 
(Kozo 1998)

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