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Isabella (2006)

Yi sa bui lai (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 6 April 2006 (Hong Kong)
A Macao police officer's bachelor life is interrupted by the daughter he never knew he fathered.

Director:

Ho-Cheung Pang

Writers:

Ho-Cheung Pang (screenplay), Ho-Cheung Pang (story) | 3 more credits »
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5 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »
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Credited cast:
Chapman To ... Chen-Shing Ma
Isabella Leong ... Bik-Yan Cheung
Josie Ho ... Woman at herbal tea shop
Derek Tsang ... Fai (as Kwok Cheung Tsang)
Anthony Chau-Sang Wong ... Chen Shing's boss
Sui-man Chim ... Landlord
Louise Hodgson Louise Hodgson ... Young Main Character
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steven Cheung Steven Cheung ... Chen-Shing - adolescent (as Chi-Hang Cheung)
Kenny Kin-Man Chung Kenny Kin-Man Chung ... Shing's friend #4
J.J. Jia J.J. Jia ... Hua - Bik-Yan's mother (as Xiao-chen Jia)
Ho-Yin Lo Ho-Yin Lo ... Waiter
Deborah Poon Deborah Poon ... Shing's friend #2 (as Koon-Lam Poon)
Meme Tian ... Kate
Chi-Man Wan Chi-Man Wan ... Suspect
Yeung-Ming Wan ... Bik-Yan's father
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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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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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Kinda disappointed
4 July 2006 | by blindgSee all my reviews

I simply loved every Pang movies, probably my favourite is "Beyond Our Ken" and starting from this I'll try to explain the main defects I found in his new movie. BOK was a movie of great feeling tension and that was his strong point together with Pang's creative direction and a solid and particularly intriguing script: Isabella is the perfect opposite of this. Somewhat predictable script, so-so acting (can't get people who praised Chapman To, probably one of the most overrated HK actors in the last years and Isabella Leung was nothing special), it misses completely to deliver the mood even if the premises were really high due to the dramatic story. He tried to emulate Wong Kar Wai describing characters with simple touches but fails completely in delivering solid personality unlike WKW. One of the few good point is the camera work, sometimes genius as we have already experienced. Hope it will be back to the right path, if this is one of the so-called "maturity" movies, I want only immature, but damn real movies.


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

6 April 2006 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Macau, China

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$269,556
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