The whole gang (minus Fung Bo-Bo) from Yesteryou Yesterme Yesterday
is back, and apparently Bo (John Tang) hasn’t grown up entirely.
This time out, he’s preparing to enter college, but not before
his final year of high school yields life lessons of the bittersweet
Sometime between Yesteryou and
Rainbow, Bo managed to get together with Ting Ting (Ellen
Lo), but the two find themselves at odds as they have to attend
different schools. Being the youth that he is, Bo’s attention
wanders to a nineteen year-old HK University student (Eileen Tung).
She returns the interest and their developing relationship makes
for some fine moments handled by the king of “Feel 100%” himself,
The inevitable conflict occurs where
Bo must weigh his love for Ting Ting versus his newfound attraction,
but the resolution and reality prove to be a painful lesson. Meanwhile,
best pal Mo (Wong Wai-Nam) suffers from his parents’ divorce.
He ends up moving in with Bo, leading to all sorts of friendship
issues and Bo’s gnawing fear that Mo may be homosexual. All this
and more problems with dad (Eric Tsang).
There is certainly an affecting quality
to this movie that echoes the original, but Rainbow proves
to be more awkward. This is especially evident in the higher quotient
of hot button issues and a story that’s effective but contrived.
Still, the film treads on nostalgic ground, and those who've suffered
as Bo does should enjoy the proceedings. Credit goes to the actors,
from John Tang to Eric Tsang to Eileen Tung, in a winning, real
role. Joe Ma's flick proves to be slightly cloying, but also satisfying,
charming entertainment. (Kozo 1996)