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True Love
Year: 2000
Sam Lee and Elle
Director: Ivan Lai Kai-Ming
Cast: Sam Lee Chan-Sam, Elle Choi (Siu Suet) (Siu Suet), Cheung Kwok-Keung, Joe Junior, Sheila Chan Suk-Lan, Law Lan, Peter Lai Bei-Tak, Carlo Ng Ka-Lok, Bau Hei-Jing
The Skinny: Strangely dark and needlessly tragic "A Star is Born" retread, only with a pizza boy (Sam Lee) instead of the aging songwriter. Also not a very good film.
by Kozo:
     Vapid showcase for new idol singer Elle (Siu Suet) is an interesting little exercise that collapses beneath a truly abominable script. Elle plays Siu Suet, a burgeoning idol singer whose career goes to hell when she refuses the sexual advances of her manager Leo (Cheung Kwok-Keung). When her mom dies, Elle proceeds to spin into a drug-induced stupor until her long-time admirer Sam (Sam Lee) comes to her rescue. Sam snaps her out of her self-pity and gives her back some measure of self-respect. When a new chance comes by, Sam supports her even though her return to the stage may mean an end to any chance of love.
     What’s interesting about this movie is its desire to show the dark side of idol manufacturing. Elle’s road to stardom is fraught with backstabbing and two-faced chicanery. The fact that Elle actually is an idol singer makes the film an unusual experience. One wonders what Elle actually had to go through to become a new singer and get her own starring role in a movie about an idol singer.
     Self-reflexive trivia aside, the film eventually gets submarined by hackneyed plotting, poor scripting, and just plain terrible direction. Ivan Lai has yet to direct a truly good movie, and it definitely shows here. Sam Lee and Elle are appealing enough that you want them to ride off into the horizon, but they need a better movie to do that. And a less manipulative ending would help, too. 
(Kozo 2000)
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Universe Laser
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 5.1
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles
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