Anita Yuen is Mo-Yung, a young HK woman who travels to New York,
carrying a mysterious package for her photographer boyfriend
Benny (Simon Yam). At first she canít find him or old friend Carmen,
but she befriends Rubie (Lindsay Chan), a white girl who speaks
Cantonese. Together, they begin to uncover the truth: Benny is
a drug dealer and the package is snortable.
Also, New York isnít too friendly, as
evidenced by the deranged school teacher (Ted Brunetti) who stalks
Rubie, cursing women and transvestites. What heís doing in the
picture is a puzzle until the final minutes when his mystifying
subplot collides with Mo-Yung and Bennyís, and then the film thinks
itís done something profound.
Crossings is sort of a thriller,
but often slow and existential. Featuring sync sound and shot
like a NYU student film (or a Wong Kar-Wai flick sans Christopher
Doyle), this film is definitely interesting but ultimately lackluster
and without any real weight. Sure, the quiet moments are absorbing
in their simple film technique and recognizable locale, but what
does it really amount to? The acting is decent, except by Brunetti
as the psycho and Monica Ha as Bennyís obnoxious mistress. Anita
Yuen is strangely glamorous in this picture, which helps a bit.