Three years ago, April's career allowed her to emmigrate to Canada. She has been working happily ever since. Her personal life, however, is in turmoil. Her husband, Tong, remains in Hong Kong, where he struggles to make it as a singer/songwriter. Since marrying, he has had to eke out a living as a realtor. Unfulfilled, and increasingly insecure about his talents, he is terrified to emigrate to Canada. If he cannot succeed in his own country, in his own language, how can he possibly attain fulfillment in Canada? When Tong finally comes to Canada, hoping to appease his wife, he meets another woman... Written by
A sparkling jewel of a movie, well worth watching for its engaging storyline and warm characterisation
I had the great privilege of seeing this film at the Cambridge International Film Festival 2001. Michael Parker said he calls the film a Romantic Tragedy and Comedy, and hopes we agree that each character is doing what they need to be doing by the end of the film. I certainly did, and I'd like to thank him for 109 minutes of sheer quality.
I have to say that I think I've rarely seen a more rounded film, the story was entertaining and funny without trying too hard. Cinematically it was beautiful to watch and the acting was engaging and first class..this says a lot not only about the actors, but about the quality of the story writing and the directing too. For a first film this was outstanding, indeed I'd think it was outstanding how ever many films Michael Parker had directed before. I look forward with great anticipation to his next film.
The subject matter of the film was treated gently, and yet considered seriously. The 'jokes', poking fun at cultural identities, and loss of identities etc. were done in such a way that I am sure no one could have been offended, the gentle humour from situations arising was one of the things that made me take this film to my heart. So many films that deal with situational comedy are flat and often irritating because they use too many 'in your face', 'beat you about the head until you get it', techniques, not so here....here you will be led by the hand through a warm, at times bitter sweet and always cleverly questing story. Thank god for someone with talent to be in charge of both the writing and the directing.
Initially I came to see the film for Nick Lea's performance, what I got was not only a great performance from an actor I admire, but also a real treat visually (oh the scenery!) and audiologically...the music was such an integral part of the story that it was only on second viewing I managed to isolate some of the compositions and really listen....I commend the composers and performers for a job well done, a sparkling part of a beautiful jewel-like whole.
The surprise of the film for me was Bif Naked..who gave a lovely performance as Matthew's (Nick Lea) girlfriend and I hope to see her in more films soon, I found her very engaging to watch. All the actors worked so well together that at times it was possible to forget that you were watching a scripted story. All in all the most heartwarming and entertaining film I have seen this year.
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