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He Ain't Heavy... He's My Father (1994)
"Xin nan xiong nan di" (original title)

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Yuen scorns his father, who he thinks is too generous and forgiving. Through a flashback/time travel gimmick, Yuen meets his parents during their joyous courtship. Yuen comes to understand ... See full summary »

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Chu Yuan
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Chu Ren
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Laura Watt
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Waise Lee ...
Lee Kar-Shing
Yeung-Wah Kam ...
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Lawrence Cheng ...
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Lawrence Ng ...
Loanshark Fung
Hang-Lan Yung ...
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Kan-Wing Tsang
Quinton Wong
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Yuen scorns his father, who he thinks is too generous and forgiving. Through a flashback/time travel gimmick, Yuen meets his parents during their joyous courtship. Yuen comes to understand and admire his dad, and reflect on his own moral defects. Written by Greg Pribyl <gpribyl@isd.net>

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He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother  »

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An entertaining Chinese version of "Back to the Future"
6 June 1999 | by (Venice, California) – See all my reviews

Being a recent fan of Tony Leung Chiu Wai ("Little Tony") led me to rent this at an obscure video store that specializes in Hong Kong film. As usual, he is adept at comedy in this particular feature, playing the materialistic Yuen. Tony Leung Kar Fai (whose acting I find overrated) was adequate as Yuen's father, as was Carina Lau ("Little Tony"'s real life girlfriend) as Yuen's mother. Although the time-travel element was a little contrived and there is no complex Oedipal issues as with "Back to the Future," I was content to suspend my disbelief and concentrate on the humor and the acting. It's a simple story of the struggle to understand the older generation and it's very heartwarming. There's a couple of musical-inspired 50's dance scenes as well as a farcical moment where both Tonys disguise themselves as female servants. If you are familiar with Tony Leung Chiu Wai's work - and wish for something lighthearted (after viewing "Cyclo" and "Ashes of Time") this is a delight to watch.


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