chick drama finds gynecologist Anita Yuen in a sticky
situation. Her loving husband Julian Cheung (Anita Yuen's
real-life boyfriend) dies suddenly, leaving her heartbroken.
Even worse, Anita is left with a grandson-wanting mother-in-law
(the stoic Deannie Yip) and - get this - her dead husbandís
pregnant mistress (Josephine Ho)! Deannie wants to keep
the kid, leaving Anita and Josephine at odds.
Despite the solid soap-opera
set-up, the film is completely undone by stupid plot
twists, unconvincing acting, and god-awful music. Josephine
Ho's performance has the subtlety of a flying mallet,
and Deannie Yip is haughty to a fault. What gives this
film minimal points is the final image of the film:
Anita Yuen as a mother. Yuen turns in a compellingly
restrained performance, considering that the girl was
all of 24 when she did the movie.
Otherwise, the film's climax
is a total joke and that music! Roel Garcia did a great
job on Fallen Angels, but he dropped the ball
here. Every music cue is telegraphed and overdone with
hackneyed crescendos signaling danger, drama, or whatnot.
This is not one for the ages. (Kozo 1996)