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He and She
Year: 1994
Director: Lawrence Cheng Tan-Shui
Cast: Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Anita Yuen Wing-Yee, Lawrence Cheng Tan-Shui, Christine Ng Wing-Mei, Law Kar-Ying, Annabelle Lau Hiu-Tung, Sheila Chan Suk-Lan, Alex Fong Chung-Sun, Michael Lam Wai-Leung
The Skinny: Cheery romantic comedy/drama that's submarined due to its patronizing depiction of homosexuals. Ekin Cheng sings the main theme. Whoopee.
by Kozo:
     Once again, Hong Kong shows a sensitive (not) attitude towards homosexuality. Get this premise: Tony Leung Ka-Fai stars as a flaming gay man who became gay because his prom date cheated on him while wearing the dress he made for her (!?!). He helps the spritely Anita Yuen through her single motherhood when the married bastard who knocked her up (director Lawrence Cheng) takes off. Tony and Anita share the burden of parenthood, and despite all those pesky life issues (love, money, etc.) all is well and good. Then one day Tony starts reacting sexually to Anita and he finds himself falling in love with her. Then the real father returns, setting up a problem: who does she choose? A real puzzler.
     Both of the leads are fine and itís all romantic and charming in a hackneyed sort of way. However, truly liking this film is a near impossibly thanks to terrible sexual politics and an overdone courtroom ending. In all truth, this is an embarrassing motion picture that is supposedly sensitive towards homosexuals when in fact it most definitely is not. Too many Hong Kong films insist on depicting gays as people who need to be "straightened" out by the right girl/guy. This one is no different; in fact, the very storyline hinges on that conceit. All I can say is: uh...yeah. (Kozo 1996)
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Ocean Shores
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
English and Chinese subtitles
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