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On na ma dak lin na (1998)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Fantasy, Music | 28 May 1998 (Singapore)
Two young men fall for the woman staying upstairs when she practises J.S. Bach's "Notebook for Anna Magdalena".

Director:

Chung Man Yee

Writer:

Ivy Ho
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Cast

Credited cast:
Takeshi Kaneshiro ... Chan Kar-fu
Aaron Kwok ... Yau Muk-yan
Kelly Chen ... Mok Man-Yee
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chi-Kwong Cheung
Jacky Cheung ... Policeman (Guest star)
Leslie Cheung ... Editor (Guest star)
Kin-Shing Choi Kin-Shing Choi
Chun Chung Chun Chung
Van Da La Van Da La ... Insensitive mental patient
Joseph Henry Joseph Henry
Duone Dang Hinh Duone Dang Hinh ... Musician
Chun-Ming Ho Chun-Ming Ho ... Masked person B
Josie Ho ... Michelle
Yen Hoang Yen Hoang ... Nun
Yuet-Jan Hui Yuet-Jan Hui ... Masked person A (as Jojo Hui)
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Storyline

Scruffy but irresistibly attractive Yau Muk-yan, without a job or a place to live, moves in with sensitive, shy piano tuner Chan Kar-fu. Both are disturbed, then obsessed, by the amateurish piano playing of upstairs neighbour Mok Man-yee. Obsession turns to romance, and romance to fantasy. The film is structured in four "movements": two themes (Yau Muk-yan, Mok Man-yee), a duet (Yau Muk-yan & Mok Man-yee), and a set of variations (a wild fantasy of Chan Kar-fu in his new novel). Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

28 May 1998 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

Anna Magdalena See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Soulful bespectacled Takeshi's heart-breaking performance
18 June 1999 | by donleavySee all my reviews

This movie stars 3 Chinese pop stars, so on the surface, it's like a Chinese equivalent of such American teeny-bopper fare as Dawson's Creek. But of course, it's much better.

The story has a more thoughtful and philosophical bent to it, and doesn't have silly and manipulative romantic entanglements like its American counterparts. That is, no one whines about their broken heart very much - but you still feel the pain.

Takeshi Kaneshiro is the best of the 3 leads as a lovelorn but reserved loner, and he conveys a lot of emotion while being very subtle. The other 2 actors, Kelly Chan and Aaron Kwok, are fine, too.

The all-important novel that Takeshi's character writes fulfills its promise of being an artlessly simple but incredibly sweet love story.

I'm increasingly impressed by foreign movies and their ability to convey the complexity of love, while by contrast, most American movies seem to make it much simpler and less realistic. This movie is one such foreign movie.

Leslie Cheung & Anita Yuen have small but effective roles as 2 people touched by the novel that Chan Kar-fu (Takeshi) writes.


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