Xin nan xiong nan di (1994)
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Cynical son, Chor Yuen is angry with his father, Chor Yan for always helping everyone else till the point he is broke. As such Chor Yuen is unable to go to med school and for the rest of his life, blames his father. His father is later beaten up by a robber and instead of feeling guilty, he fools around with a female doctor. He is transported back in time when he falls into a manhole, only to learn why his father was always preaching the phrase "ren ren wei wo, wo wei ren ren".
Both Tony Leungs exhibit fantastic comedic talent, especially, when they had to disguise themselves as "mahjies" to try and find out how Laura's father outsmarted Chor Yuen. Tony Leung Kar Fai plays his role as an honest man with integrity really well, while Tony Leung Chiu Wai played the role of cynical and angry man very well too. Through the past, Chor Yuen learns that there is a bit of his father in him, and while in coma, Chor Yan probably learnt that the duty of a father is to his wife and child.
The show, perhaps is lesson for all those who had disagreements with their fathers from time to time and perhaps, for fathers to learn that the "ren ren" in that phrase should be about their families.
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.