Hong Kongís version of Go. This fast-paced, inventive
and interesting comedy-drama from director Alan Mak delves
into the lives of HKís night-owl rave party attendees. However,
instead of an examination of shallow Gen-X lives, we get a
strangely lurid mystery involving a missing girl.
Mark Lui heads things off as Don,
a rat race inhabitant who canít remember his one-night tryst
with a mysterious woman who left her filofax under his bed.
Retracing his steps, he meets Nicole (the comely Jaymee Ong)
at a rave and asks her if the filofax is hers. Her response
is to drag Don into the toilet for a quickie - and from there
the story takes strange and interesting turns.
out that Nicole doesnít own the filofax. It belongs to a girl
named Sonia Au, who once dated Stephen (Terence Yin). Stephen
is evidently pining for Sonia, much to the consternation of
Ashley (Yoyo Mung), who meets Stephen after ending up with
the filofax. Ashley suspects foul play has done away with
Sonia. And so on and so on.
Rave Fever is nothing more than a
candy-coated confection set against a sexy, neon-lit backdrop.
The dance music, cool actors (Sam Lee shows up for one of
his patented character turns) and hip time-shifting storytelling
all add to the infectiously airy fun. Despite some tension,
there is nary a serious moment in this film. Soul-searching
and questions of youth are not seen in this movie. The characters
just get on with it, and each chance meeting leads to the
next with often entertaining results.
There is a flirtation with darkness
that the film attempts, but it leads to nothing more than
an elaborate joke about the perils of overdrinking at rave
parties. At that point, you realize the film means absolutely
nothing. All that jumping around and head-banging leads to
no important revelations about our lives. Itís just what these
kids do, and it sure is fun watching it. Yep, this movie is
really a lot like Go. (Kozo 1999)