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Roy comes back to Hong Kong after spending 30 years in Brazil. Despite having Alzheimer's, he holds a half smoked cigarette in his pack because it was a memento from the girl he loved. Upon arrival, he meets a rascal named Smokey, who is trying to find out who his father is and is always videotaping a policewoman, with who he has an infatuation for. The two form a lasting friendship as they try to help each other out in their quests. Written by
Ban Zhi Yan is a tender movie about the memory of a lifetime. It's sure to be a sentimental film for Chinese audiences, especially because of its theme song, Teresa Teng's Wo Zhi Zai Hu Ni (I Only Care For You). One of the lines in the song is especially poignant, considering the determination of Pao Ge to find the woman in his memory. It goes, "...losing my life wouldn't be a shame..." which is just as well as Pao Ge is willing to do anything to find the one thing in his life that matters to him.
It's a dramatic, symbolic, sad, beautiful, very human and at times, funny film to behold. Sandra Ng is especially funny as Third Sister, the Lady Boss.
You will find that it will linger in your mind long after its brilliance has faded upon your TV/computer screen... And if by some chance, you managed to forget it, you will remember again, when you hear that song... Or when you encounter a half-smoked cigarette.
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