5.0/10
227
3 user 7 critic

Linger (2008)

Hu die fei (original title)
A woman is revisited by the ghost of her ex-boyfriend, three years after a car crash took his life.

Director:

Writer:

(screenplay)
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Sparrow (2008)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A gang of pickpockets roam the streets of Hong Kong.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Simon Yam, Kelly Lin, Ka Tung Lam
Triangle (2007)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Told in three 30-minute segments, three friends seek out the buried treasure of a mysterious stranger.

Directors: Ringo Lam, Johnnie To, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Louis Koo, Simon Yam, Honglei Sun
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Three people - a criminal, a bank officer and a cop - end up in a catastrophic situation in the midst of a global economical crisis and are forced to betray any morals and principles to solve their financial problems.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Richie Jen, Ching Wan Lau, Terence Yin
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An original twist on an eternal triangle, where secret crush and unrequited love take on altogether newfangled meanings of their own.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Louis Koo, Yuanyuan Gao, Daniel Wu
Throw Down (2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A former Judo champion is given the chance to redeem himself after he befriends a competitor and an aspiring singer.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Louis Koo, Aaron Kwok, Cherrie Ying
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

(Cantonese/Mandarin with English Subtitles) After a popular actor is jilted at the altar by an actress he travels to the mountainous area of Yunnan province. There, he finds true love with ... See full summary »

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Louis Koo, Sammi Cheng, Yuanyuan Gao
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A cop is forced into early retirement due to retinal damage. But after witnessing a bank robbery along with a female inspector - who believes he has acute senses - they team up in hope to solve the case.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Andy Lau, Sammi Cheng, Kerry Chan
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Two former lovers find themselves irresistibly drawn back together, despite the fact that each of them is engaged to someone else.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Vic Chou, Aaron Chow, Yuanyuan Gao
Mad Detective (2007)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A rookie cop teams up with a former detective with a supernatural gift to hunt down a serial killer.

Directors: Johnnie To, Ka-Fai Wai
Stars: Ching Wan Lau, Andy On, Ka Tung Lam
Vengeance (2009)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A French chef swears revenge after a violent attack on his daughter's family in Hong Kong, during which her husband and her two children are murdered. To help him find the killers, he hires three local hit-men working for the mafia.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Conroy Chi-Chung Chan, Chi Ping Chang, Gwendolyn Chen
PTU (2003)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Over the course of one night, a team of cops frantically search for their colleague's missing gun.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Simon Yam, Suet Lam, Ruby Wong
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

This is a movie about two people (Gigi Leung and Takeshi Kaneshiro), who are destined to be together but by some twist of circumstances they never find each other.

Directors: Johnnie To, Ka-Fai Wai
Stars: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Gigi Leung, Edmund Chen
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vic Chou ...
Zheng Jing Dong
...
Foo Yan Kai (as Li Bing Bing)
Maggie Siu ...
Ms. Chan (as Maggie Shiu)
Suet Lam ...
Yan's Roomate (as Lam Suet)
Roy Cheung ...
Dr. Yuen
Yi-kei Fong ...
(as Cecilia Fong)
You-Nam Wong ...
Hui Luk Wo (as Wong You Nam)
Mia Yam ...
(as Mia Yan)
Jimmy Fu
Ronald Yan ...
Doctor
Wai Leung Hung ...
(as Hung Wai Leung)
Wai-Ling Chan ...
(as Chan Wai Ling)
Rachel Chan
Cody Wong
Queenie Wong
Edit

Storyline

A woman is revisited by the ghost of her ex-boyfriend, three years after a car crash took his life.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

To Love & Cherish...In Life & Death.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

10 January 2008 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Flying Butterfly  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

ONLY MEMORY
Performed by Bingbing Li
Music Composed & Arranged & Mixing by Guy Zerafa and Dave Klotz
Lyrics by Lin Xi
Vocal Producer: Benny Bi
O.P. Touch Music Publishing Pte. Ltd.,
EMI Music Publishing (S.E. Asia) Ltd., Taiwan Branch
S.P.: EMI Music Publishing Hong Kong
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A Nutshell Review: Linger
6 January 2008 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

A romance movie may be simple to make, but also amongst the most difficult. Almost every other movie out there has a romantic angle in it, and if the movie is one that has it as a primary, it either be something jolly good to appeal to the masses with a strong storyline, or be differentiated through the many gimmicks like time travel or the supernatural, or contain charismatic and beautiful leads to shoulder the movie.

Johnnie To has decided to take a temporal walk away from his contemporary crime thrillers of late, and gone into the romance genre. This isn't something new though, as he had lent his hand in directing romantic flicks like Turn Left, Turn Right. I still maintain that romance may not be his forte, but it only means that he should get more capable scriptwriters to craft a story of more substance, rather than to have the story feel as if it's coasting through trivial circumstance after trivial circumstance, that even the gimmicks employed - ghostly apparitions and novelty like being the male lead Vic Chou's movie debut, fail to lift the movie from baseline mediocrity.

Vic plays Dong, a school basketball player who cheats on his school flower girlfriend to get into the pants of Yan (Li Bing Bing), whom he discovers trying to taunt his girlfriend with their secret trysts. Frustrated, he chases her car in a motorcycle, and in one of the most ridiculous scenes ever in trying to find out if she loves him or not, deserved to die for his dumb recklessness.

Fast forward 3 years, and Yan is now a law clerk, but cannot forget the guilt and responsibility she felt for causing Dong's death. Relying on drugs to get by, she soon gets visited by Dong (yes, he waited for 3 years to decide to linger around, hence the title), and the two begin a journey of quaint discovery of themselves, and of their love toward one another, all this while with many forgettable supporting characters (like the impetuous teenager who is a Dong-wannabe) trying very hard to either compensate for the weak leads, or thrown in to create yet another convoluted, unnecessary sub plot, like themes of family, of second changes, reconciliation and forgiveness, bloating what is essentially short film material into a feature length.

There are many faults in the movie, which at times passes off as cheap comedy. Ghosts, if you believe, usually linger around our realm so as to finish off outstanding business. Here, the outstanding business happens to be finding out if a girl loves you from 3 years ago, and waiting out quite vengefully for a dad to ask for forgiveness. However, Vic Chou comes across more as Casper style, the friendly ghost with zero character, made worst by his non existent acting. Bottom line is, he crashes and burns in his big screen outing, playing an unremarkable character that his limited acting ability can never transcend, apart from being whiny.

Li Bing Bing tries hard, but comes across as that - trying hard. If any good thing were to come out of this, it would be lending her vocals to the theme song. Otherwise, her Yan has nothing much to offer, character wise, being a girl who's trying to figure out her life out of drugs, and coming to terms with guilt, which is soothed by the reappearance of her ghostly lover.

You'll feel absolutely nothing at all for the lead characters, which point to a failure, especially for a romance movie. With a terribly weak storyline no thanks to Ivy Ho, it felt that To had to direct this in order to try and salvage the movie from its weak plot. However, you'd probably find more fun identifying each time a To regular like Maggie Shiu (as in the credits), Lam Suet and Roy Cheung appear on screen, rather than try to tear your hair out in giving an iota of chance for the story, and the leads, to work something out. Don't hold out for a satisfying ending though, as everything about the movie is way below average.

Vic Chou fans may only be the ones supporting a movie like this, having the much talked about love scene touted to see their idol bareback/chested. But urgh, on the big screen it has lots of zits. And sex with clothes on, under the blanket, is always such a turn off.


11 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Does this have a US release date? hheughlen
Discuss Linger (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?