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Over the Rainbow, Under the Skirt
Year: 1994

Director: Joe Ma Wai-Ho
Producer: Peter Chan Ho-Sun, Lee Chi-Ngai
Cast: John Tang Yat-Kwan, Eileen Tung Oi-Ling, Eric Tsang Chi-Wai, Ellen Lo Oi-Lun, Law Koon-Lan, Wong Wai-Nam, Lau Ching-Wan (voice), Leslie Cheung Kwok-Wing, Yip Kwong-Kim, Clifton Ko Chi-Sum
The Skinny: The sequel to Yesteryou Yesterme Yesterday proves to be affecting and nearly as good as the original.
by Kozo:

     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 kind. 
     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, Joe Ma. 
     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)

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