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Year: 1994

Director: Evans Chan Yiu-Sing
Cast: Anita Yuen Wing-Yee, Simon Yam Tat-Wah, Lindsay Chan Ling-Chi, Ted Brunetti, Monica Ha, Toshi Chan
The Skinny: Existential drama has the feel of an independent art film, but the apparent depth of a low-budget student film.
by Kozo:

     Anita Yuen is Mo-Yung, a young HK woman who travels to New York, carrying a mysterious package for  her photographer boyfriend Benny (Simon Yam). At first she canít find him or old friend Carmen, but she befriends Rubie (Lindsay Chan), a white girl who speaks Cantonese. Together, they begin to uncover the truth: Benny is a drug dealer and the package is snortable.
     Also, New York isnít too friendly, as evidenced by the deranged school teacher (Ted Brunetti) who stalks Rubie, cursing women and transvestites. What heís doing in the picture is a puzzle until the final minutes when his mystifying subplot collides with Mo-Yung and Bennyís, and then the film thinks itís done something profound. 
     Crossings is sort of a thriller, but often slow and existential. Featuring sync sound and shot like a NYU student film (or a Wong Kar-Wai flick sans Christopher Doyle), this film is definitely interesting but ultimately lackluster and without any real weight. Sure, the quiet moments are absorbing in their simple film technique and recognizable locale, but what does it really amount to? The acting is decent, except by Brunetti as the psycho and Monica Ha as Bennyís obnoxious mistress. Anita Yuen is strangely glamorous in this picture, which helps a bit. (Kozo 1995)

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