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Anna Magdalena (1998)

On na ma dak lin na (original title)
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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One for a long snooze
10 February 2003 | by leekandhamSee all my reviews

This film is unbelievable. I mean, it's unbelievable that this film even left the drawing board. It's unbelievable that three talented actors could even choose to do a film of this quality. Correction. It's not the quality, it's the lack thereof I should be noting.

Anna Magdalena is a 'romantic tale' (it says on the back), in which a piano tuner (Takeshi Kaneshiro) bumps into a serial womaniser (Aaron Kwok) who is a no-hoper in his aspirations to become a novelist. The 'piano tuner' decides to offer the 'novelist' a hand by putting him up for a few days. Meanwhile a new resident (Kelly Chen) moves into their apartment block, with piano and all, only that she shows little talent. A 'love triangle' forms.

Well, maybe even the clichéd love triangle cannot be an attribute here, as I've seen more chemistry in a bottle of air. The three characters seem as loveless as a defaced stone wall, and the film rarely ever delves further than skin deep. The storyline is virtually nonexistent, and where there is one, there is too much irrelevance to keep the flow running. In particular, the film tries the old tactic of showing the unique quirks of the characters, but in no way do they fit in with the story, nor add anything to what we want to discover.

There is nothing in this film that salvages it from me wanting to call it rubbish. It is simply pitiful. I am a big fan of Kaneshiro and Chen, and I did like to a certain extent their outing in Lavender, but Anna Magdalena would be a film I wouldn't want to remember them for. One to leave on the shop shelf.


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