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Sun yat fai lok (2007)

Rene Liu successfully delivers the complex role of Mi, who chooses to remain single rather than risking the slightest chance of being dumped... See full synopsis »



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Credited cast:
Lam Wai
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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Macy Chan ...
Doris Lai-Yan Chow
Richie (as Richie Ren)
Yuya Kudo ...
Amy Kwok ...
Mi (voice)
Chi-Wai Lai ...
Family Bodyguard
Medical Worker
Qinqin Li ...
Nam's sister
Mi's dad

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Rene Liu successfully delivers the complex role of Mi, who chooses to remain single rather than risking the slightest chance of being dumped... See full synopsis »

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16 January 2007 (China)  »

Also Known As:

Happy Birthday  »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the scene where Rene Liu and her best friend Bowie Tsang catch a film in a cinema, the film that they are watching stars Eric Tsang, the real-life father of Bowie Tsang. Eric Tsang is in fact the producer of Sun yat fai lok (2007). See more »


Happy Birthday
Music by Fai Young Chan
Lyrics by Xi Lin
Performed by Rene Liu
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Move Thee Reviews: Rene's Acting + Poetic Images
4 July 2009 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

Happy Birthday is a visually poetic portrait of a woman's inability to establish a fruitful romantic relationship owing to a lack of a sense of security.

A tragic love story can easily become a tear jerker, yet the director handles the subject with tact and tries hard to move the audience with a simple love story. Xiao Mi, influenced by her mother's sudden leave in her childhood, becomes a vulnerable girl who lacks confidence and is easily freaked out by the idea of loss. She is worried that her good-looking boyfriend will break up with her one day and that's why she refuses to call Xiao Nan her boyfriend. Her personality results in regrets...

Thanks to the Muji-like setting, the love story looks purer and simpler. The white walls, the cream-coloured cushions, the beige teapot, etc, may linger in your mind when you leave the cinema. The props are also carefully chosen to show the moving time. The soundtrack is more touching than the movie and I love the theme song very much. It has been with me for several nights. By the way, the setting and the characters' names also remind me of another movie, Turn Left Turn Right. Fans of Jimmy, a famous Taiwanese illustrator, may like this film! The cast's performance is beyond my expectation. Rene Liu's finely nuanced performance is much appreciated. Other supporting actors also act naturally, though it is not convincing for Louis Koo to act a university student when the wrinkles on his forehead can be obviously seen and Tsang Po Yee slightly overacts.

Because of the moving trailer, I expected too much before watching the movie. As a result, I was a bit disappointed owing to several reasons. First, there is an unpredictable twist at the end, but it is not an original one. I heard some people complain that the ending was old-fashioned. Second, I feel little pity for Xiao Mi as it is SHE who proposes being his best friend first and it is also SHE who regrets. If I were her, I won't announce that I wanna change the relationship. Once she does so, she should know that he can have another girlfriend and may even get married. Later, Mi even has sex with Nam while she knows that he has a girlfriend in Hong Kong! After TEN years, is it reasonable for Nam to get married with another woman when she never calls Nam her boyfriend and she allows him to have another girlfriend? Third, the first hour of the movie is a bit boring. Fourth, it is a pity that Rene's voice is dubbed into Cantonese.

Although I personally find the plot mediocre and the ending slightly disappointing, Rene's subtle performance, the Muji-like setting and those memorable and delicate quotes deserve our praise.

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