From Singapore to Hong Kong to Macau, 3 different women with different lives experience the same situation of falling in love with 2 men and how they deal with the dilemma. In Singapore, ...
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From Singapore to Hong Kong to Macau, 3 different women with different lives experience the same situation of falling in love with 2 men and how they deal with the dilemma. In Singapore, meet Joy who's torn between her boss and an idealistic baker. In Hong Kong, Cherry dreams of the strong, macho type but also wants the sweet, sensitive New-Age guy. In Macau, Cecilia and Chun-Nam have been an item since high school. The passion dies, as it always does, and while working in Macau, Cecilia meets old schoolmate Tung. One night, Cecilia sleeps with both Chun-Nam and Tung, and gets pregnant. Written by
When I Fall In Love...With Both (2000) is one of the better films to have emerged from the declining Hongkong movie industry in recent years. While Hongkong filmmakers have either migrated their talents to the West ever since the 1997 Hongkong handover to China, or have degenerated into producing cheap sex-oriented films or brainless flicks for the uncultured masses, it is gratifying to see serious filmmakers such as Derek Yee produce a proper film such as this one, which can stand on its own in an industry dominated by male-chauvinist types. He worked with Hongkong director Samson Chiu in producing and directing this feminist film about the different choices 3 women in 3 different locales have to make, when they are faced with a common dilemma in their relationships - that of having to choose between 2 men. The subject matter is provocative enough in a conservative Asian society; what more when it involves WOMEN two-timing men. And in this regard, the film produces three different endings for the 3 female leads. Having divulged this much so far, the three female leads, Hongkong babes Michelle Reis and Theresa Lee, together with Singapore's top actress Fann Wong, deliver steady performances. The scripting and characterisation may come off too staid and cliched at times and at times, you feel that the script may be too commercially-oriented, but at the end of the day, the topic remains there, stark choices have to be made, and the feelings of the three women are chronicled in true detail in the various stories that they appear in, with Michelle Reis delivering the most self-assured and poignant performance in her Macau story as a lady impregnated by both her fiance and her ex-boyfriend in one night. Theresa Lee's story, set in Hongkong, tells of the difficult choice she has to make when confronted with twins so different in character - but in both she finds the elements she needs. The Singapore story is short, sweet and straight to the point as it tells of both the literal and metaphorical conflict between "bread" and "love" as Fann Wong falls for her superior at work and a shy baker in a bakery. The choices in the three stories range from the baroque to the pedestrian - and the stories have their individual flavour each. The soundtrack in Theresa Lee's Hongkong story, performed by Fann Wong, is a touching song titled 'Stay' that really brings out the sensitive emotions in the story. A reasonably good film to enjoy.
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