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Alan & Eric -
Between Hello and Goodbye
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Alan Tam, Eric Tsang and Maggie Cheung
Chinese: 雙城故事
Year: 1991
Director: Peter Chan Ho-Sun
Producer: Lee Chi-Ngai, Peter Chan Ho-Sun, Samson Chiu Leung-Chun, Barry Wong Ping-Yiu
Writer: Lee Chi-Ngai, Barry Wong Ping-Yiu
Cast: Alan Tam Wing-Lun, Eric Tsang Chi-Wai, Maggie Cheung Man-Yuk, Blacky Ko Sau-Leung, Barry Wong Ping-Yiu, Paul Fonoroff
The Skinny: Tear-jerker from the guys who would go on to create the United Filmmakers Organization (UFO). The drama and the execution are not as polished as their later works, but it's still an affecting movie.
 
Review
by Kozo:

Pre-UFO drama from UFOís main men, Peter Chan and Lee Chi-Ngai. This is an effective, though schmaltzy tearjerker about two lifelong friends, Alan Tam and Eric Tsang. Eric is a kindly, self-sacrificing man who gives everything up for those he loves. This includes a romance with the woman he loves, Olive (a winning Maggie Cheung). When itís revealed to him that his easygoing buddy Alan digs Maggie and vice versa, he gladly steps out of the way to let them get it on. Alan eventually goes on to become a huge popstar (which makes for some easily obtained footage at one of Alanís many concerts), leaving his two friends alone. When itís revealed that Eric loves Maggie, the whole thing collapses, though a final plot device allows for some tear-soaked closure. 

The sappy elements of this flick are all-too-apparent, as the UFO guys had yet to learn the magic of quirkiness which so often saves otherwise bland mushy stuff. Unlike later UFO efforts, supporting characters (like Blackie Ko, Barry Wong, and Paul Fornoroff) are left in the back and given little to do. Thankfully one of UFOís major characteristics comes through: itís the characters that drive the movie, not plot set-up. Both Cheung and Tsang are genuinely affecting, and there is real character work in Eric Tsangís award-winning role. This is an affecting work, and a good primer for UFO's later films. (Kozo 1996)

 
Awards:

11th Annual Hong Kong Film Awards
• Winner - Best Actor (
Eric Tsang Chi-Wai)
• Nomination - Best Screenplay (Lee Chi-Ngai, Barry Wong Ping-Yiu)
• Nomination - Best Art Direction (Luk Man-Wah)

Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 3 NTSC
Mega Star (HK)
16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandrain Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles
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