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Dream Lovers
Year: 1986
Chow Yun-Fat and Brigitte Lin
Director: Tony Au Ting-Ping
Writer: Manfred Wong, Yau Tai On Ping
Cast: Brigitte Lin Ching-Hsia, Chow Yun-Fat, Cher Yeung Suet-Yi, Wong Man-Lei, Kwan Shan, Elaine Kam Yin-Ling, Billy Ching Sau-Yat, Lam Chung
The Skinny: Chow Yun-Fat and Brigitte Lin stand out in this incredibly beautiful if not too placid romantic drama.
by Kozo:
     This early film from Tony Au features Chow Yun-Fat in one of his only costume roles. Heís Soo Young, a famous composer who collapses during a recital when he dreams of a resurfacing Terracotta Warrior that looks just like him. Tended to by his loving girlfriend Ah Lai (Cher Yeung), he is baffled by the vision as well as recurring memories of a woman from the Qin Dynasty. 
     Meanwhle, Yuet-Heung (Brigitte Lin) dreams of a Chinese soldier making love to her during the same time period. Obviously, the two are past lovers whose connection is only coming to light now, over two thousand years after their untimely deaths. The mystery of how and why they died unfolds when the two find one another and begin a passionate affair. Things get complicated when the location of the Terracotta Warrior is revealed. Also, thereís Ah Lai, who wonít let Soo Young go quietly. 
     This is a beautifully-staged drama made all the better by the simple, yet effective production design from William Cheung Suk-Ping. However, the film may be too beautiful. Itís certainly affecting, but itís so beautiful and emotionally overwrought that the result is oddly sterile - like youíre watching a perfectly arranged flower vase. On the plus side, the love scenes are staged with an eroticism seldom seen in serious Hong Kong films, and Chow and Lin are both excellent. (Kozo 1998)
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Joy Sales
16x9 Anarmophic Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 2.0
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles

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