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Hold You Tight
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Chingmy Yau and Sunny Chan
Chinese: 愈快樂愈墮落
Year: 1998
Director: Stanley Kwan Kam-Pang
Cast: Chingmy Yau Suk-Ching, Sunny Chan Kam-Hung, Eric Tsang Chi-Wai, Ko Yue-Lun, Sandra Ng Kwun-Yu, Tony Rayns
The Skinny: Sensitive, moving character drama from director Stanley Kwan with fine acting from Eric Tsang and Chingmy Yau.
by Kozo:

In his first film since 1994, director Stanley Kwan explores human sexuality among a trio of Chinese males. Jie (Ko Yue-Lun) is a Taiwanese immigrant to HK who works at a pool. He finds himself strangely attracted to sullen newlywed Wai (Sunny Chan Kam-Hung), who’s experiencing a few marital difficulties with his new bride Moon (Chingmy Yau). In a thinly-veiled attempt to get closer to Wai, Jie ends up entering into a passionate affair with Moon. 

However, Moon is not long for this world. She dies, leaving Wai shattered and alone. Wai manages to find friendship with a openly gay real-estate agent (Eric Tsang), who harbors an attraction for Wai as well. Jie returns to the picture, not knowing where Moon is, but after discovering that she’s dead, he returns to Taiwan. There he meets a divorced woman named Rosa (also Chingmy Yau) who helps him reconcile his unrequited attraction to Wai. 

Kwan explores the depths of male love and longing, and leaves much room for interpretation. Apparently, Chingmy Yau represents woman, and she does a fine job with her two roles. It’s amazing to think that this is the same woman who was a Wong Jing regular for a majority of the nineties. Sunny Chan is also quite effective in his subdued role, and Eric Tsang turns in another solid performance. When you compare Hold You Tight to last year’s A Queer Story, it's obviously a superior exploration of emotional attachment - be it homosexual or otherwise. (Kozo 1998)

Awards: 18th Annual Hong Kong Film Awards
• Nomination - Best Director (Stanley Kwan Kam-Pang)
• Nomination - Best Actress (Chingmy Yau Suk-Ching)
• Nomination - Best Supporting Actor (Eric Tsang Chi-Wai)
• Nomination - Best Cinematography (Kwan Bun-Leung)
• Nomination - Best Art Direction (Yu Ka-On)
• Nomination - Best Original Score (Yu Yat-Yiu, Leung Kei-Cheuk)
5th Annual Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards
• Recommended Film
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Mei Ah Laser
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 5.1
Removable English and Chinese subtitles

image courtesy of Mei Ah Laser Disc Co., Ltd.

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