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Yi sa bui lai (2006)

A Macao police officer's bachelor life is interrupted by the daughter he never knew he fathered.

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Bik-Yan Cheung
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Woman at herbal tea shop
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Fai
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Chen Shing's boss
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Landlord
Louise Hodgson ...
Young Main Character
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Chen-Shing - adolescent (as Chi-Hang Cheung)
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Shing's friend #4
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Hua - Bik-Yan's mother (as Xiao-chen Jia)
Ho-Yin Lo ...
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Kate
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Yeung-Ming Wan ...
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On the eve of Macau's handover to China, police officer Shing is having the worst time of his life. Suspended for suspected corruption, he tries to find solace with an elfin creature by the name of Yan, whom he just picks up. As he tries to smooth-talk her to bed, she suddenly snaps back with the biggest turn-off imaginable: that she is the daughter he never knew existed!While Shing desperately tries to hold himself together, his bachelor life inevitably falls apart as Yan insists on living under his roof. Together the two of them start roaming through exotic Macau, tracking down Yan's missing puppy and striving to acquaint with each other. No sooner has Shing grown into his new role as a father than he finds his hands full: when Yan is not fighting with his girlfriend Kate, she is being bothered by her dorky classmate Fai. Written by Anon

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$125,688 (Hong Kong), 7 April 2006, Limited Release
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In all three scenes that Anthony Chau-Sang Wong appears in, he is eating something. The first scene has him eating a hotpot, the second scene that he appears in, he is eating noodles and in the last scene he is eating a bun. See more »

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Chen-Shing Ma: Do you know, you can't live in Macau without a Rolex?
Chen-Shing Ma: People don't just look down on you, they don't even see you.
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Endearing
17 July 2007 | by See all my reviews

This movie gets it right. From a simple and "seen-it-before" premise-- a man reunites with his daughter he never knew he had--comes a tale of human frailties, failures, fears, familial fraternity and future-looking forgiveness. The themes and concept may be old news, but the look, feel and refined storytelling of this one is as refreshing as a cold beer in summer. It is quirky & funny with fine nuanced performances by both leads. Isabella Leong got a few acting nods for her role and she really carries the piece well trying to gain her father's favour and exploring a relationship she never had.

Music-wise this film is also covered with a prominence of powerful pieces that not only set the mood, but sometimes tell the story themselves. Peter Kam also get recognized for his work, but arguably its Ho-Cheung Pang's choices as well as calculated visual and sound editing that makes it all work.

Ho-Cheung Pang really gets the best of everyone with this. Earthy real sets & decors from the arts department, lighting & impressive camera-work, etc. From the potent acting to the steady interior shots or the moving exterior close-ups, everything fits into the beautiful puzzle. The cinematography is innovative, alluring, but properly restrained and like the music also tells the story in its own way. A little hint of Kar Wai Wong here with occasional focus on feet or parts of the body, but always very well done and adding to realness and proposed point-of-view.

The movie leaves the audience in a happy contemplative mood. Having enjoyed the slice of life, embarked with the characters and feeling all the better for it.

This is a great picture that will have me seeking Ho-Cheung Pang's past & future projects. A voice I definitely want to hear more from in Hong Kong cinema...


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