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He Ain't Heavy... He's My Father (1994)

Xin nan xiong nan di (original title)
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
Anita Yuen ...
Yee / Lynn
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Laura Watt
Yuen Chor ...
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The Professor
Waise Lee ...
Lee Kar-Shing
Yeung-Wah Kam ...
Rocky
Anita Lee ...
Kan
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Dr. Jenny Chung
Lawrence Cheng ...
Lone / Chuen
Lawrence Ng ...
Loanshark Fung
Hang-Lan Yung ...
(as Helen Yung)
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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February 1994 (Singapore)  »

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He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother  »

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Uplifting and meaningful family comedy!
17 October 2014 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

This is a family comedy from Hong Kong, starring Tony Leung Chiu Wai as Chor Yuen, who scorns his father Chu Ren (Tony Leung Ka Fai) as too generous and soft which ultimately leads to him falling victim to a burglary attempt by a thief he let go. Left in a coma, Ren's misfortune has made Yuen in different. But, things change when Yuen falls through a time portal and journeys to the past to see his parents, relatives and neighbors in their younger days. This blast from the past makes Yuen understand his father more and makes him evaluate his own morals.

This is a beautifully written plot that brings the importance and understanding of family to your heart, sending chills to your body and tears to your eyes at the right moments. The movie blends in drama with comedy and is a steady-moving but captivating story. It is very interesting to see one's journey to the past to witness his family's younger days, which makes one appreciate his loved ones more and helps one evaluate his/her own moral compass. It makes me want to time travel back in time and see the livelihoods of my own parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and others.

It is also interesting to see how Yuen attempts to change the course of action by helping his family and neighbors in the pastime (giving needed financial, career and moral advice), hoping to make the present time better for the people involved.

Peter Chan did a nice job directing and assembling a respected and well-acted cast of characters for the movie. The plot drags in a few areas, but there are plenty of laugh-out-load and tear-jerking moments that make this a near perfect movie for the general audience.

Grade B+


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