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This film I felt was simply outstanding and emotional. Tiramisu tells of
fleeting love story between Fung (Nicholas Tse) and Jane (Karena Lam).
is a young postman by day and janitor by night, who also happened to be
since the death of his father years before. Jane is a dancer and part of a
promising contemporary dance group who have reached the final of a major
dance competition. Both happen to meet coincidentally in various places
within a day in Hong Kong, but don't exchange a word. However, a tragic
accident takes away Jane's life and she seeks Fung to fulfill a few final
requests on her behalf before she enters the underworld.
One can't help but make the comparison that Tiramisu is a cross between Ghost and Save The Last Dance, although in truth it does stand out as being very different between the two. The film starts off quite neatly, with as little dialogue as possible, but every fine detail carefully placed into the viewer's mind. As the film progresses, it gets very emotional and is clearly just beautifully and intelligently crafted, with different settings that engage the thoughts of the viewer. The dialogue is sweet and there are good moments of drama, and coupled with a wonderful score and choreography for a few of the dance scenes, I was very impressed by how well the film was put together.
Just watching this film, it is easy to see how difficult the roles are to act, as it requires a lot of purposeful training. And I feel the decision to cast two young actors in the lead role was an excellent choice as Nicholas and Karena play the leads excellently and the spontaneity. Given Nicholas' recent problems and bad press, let's hope he can bounce back with a few more films like this
One to watch
this movie is by far one of the most emotional movies i have ever seen.
it deals with a lot more than the average film.
the story line is simple yet effective. It follows a deaf hk guy (nictse) through an average day till he meets and sees a girl (KarYamLan) and then she dies.
this isn't the sad and emotional part yet, but the story continues, and as it does it gets deeper and deeper, and pulls you in till you get to the finally, which is ultimate!
it is an unusual movie which combines fun, laughter, and sadness, and with an absolutely amazing soundtrack, turns out to be one heck of a movie worth every second watching!
Karena Lam is a dancer, Nic Tse a mailman. They have a chance encounter, and she is thinking of him when she suddenly gets flattened by a passing bus. Now her ghost is back, inhabiting his body so she can finish the dance recital she was going to give. Only trouble is, if she stays in him for too long he may die too. Only other trouble is, he's falling in love and doesn't mind dying if it means being with her. Those looking to see a lot of dancing are in for a disappointment, this is no PARA PARA SAKURA (2001). But director Dante Lam does create a very interesting representation of the underworld -- it looks a lot like the Loire valley, France, except with some black riders right out of LORD OF THE RINGS constantly threatening to kill you.
Ideas behind this film can only be described as a strange cocktail
between the hit film Ghost and Korean blockbuster Failan. Watching the
film through I could feel myself going round in circles. On one hand I
could see this being an un-popular masterpiece. On the other I could
see the film as a desperate attempt by the 'new generation' of Hong
Kong cinema to follow in the footsteps of their prestigious past. The
plot is one that could be told in such a better way. Being directed
poorly and the exceptionally 'cheap' special effects really let the
movie down. Karena lam and Nicholas Tse did what they could with what
little they had to work with. As the movie prolongs, the outcome
becomes obvious. Full marks for a story, full marks on acting. But the
way in which the director portrays this story offended me. Scripted, I
am sure this movie would look appealing to any actress or actor. BUT
WAS AN INCREDIBLE LET DOWN. This is one film I really wouldn't mind the
USA ripping off. Purely because they could do it better. After seeing
this film, I am sure that no reputable director would touch this with a
stick. This film will go in the waste bin of appalling attempts of Hong
Kong cinema to revive itself after the success in the 70's- late1990's
If you want a Tip.....go buy Failan
Fazzman rating ***
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