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Fascination Amour
Chinese: 愛情夢幻號


DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Cantonese Language Track
English and Chinese Subtitles

Year: 1999
Director: Herman Yau Lai-To
Producer: Raymond Wong Bak-Ming
Cast: Andy Lau Tak-Wah, Ishida Hikari (Shek Tin Guong), Lillian Ho Ka-Lei, Astrid Chan Chi-Ching, Wong Lui, Kui Wing, Raymond Wong Bak-Ming, Christine Ng Wing-Mei, Anthony Wong Chau-Sang
The Skinny: The ship looks great and Japanese star Ishida Hikari is charming. Too bad about the movie.

by Kozo:

Since he’s one of the only bankable stars left in HK, Andy Lau has taken it upon himself to flood the theaters with star vehicles. Unfortunately the byproduct of the larger output is expected: bad movies. Fascination Amour is a perfect example. Designed solely to make money during the Lunar New Year, this fluffy romantic comedy rests solely on Lau’s able shoulders. Sadly, the filmmakers didn’t give him a proper character. 

Lau is a spoiled playboy who’s on fiancée number 8 - and makes sport of getting rid of them. With his entourage (including an amusing Anthony Wong) in tow, he boards the cruise ship Fascination with the intent of ridding himself of his latest set-up. However, he didn’t count on falling for heiress Sandy (Ishida Hikari) who is - no surprise here - the only girl who can withstand his “money buys all” attitude. Things aren’t that simple - she’s losing her fortune and won’t let money buy her. Lau must prove that he can be a normal guy so he follows her ashore with a backpack and $10 in his pocket. 

At this point, the film manages to right itself for some appropriate sappy soul-searching, but the hour leading there is interminable. The film’s other romance is incredibly uninteresting, and the running gag of married couple Raymond Wong and Christine Ng reliving scenes from Titanic is without a doubt the most cloying, artificial comic device yet seen in a Hong Kong film. 

On the plus side, Ishida Hikari gives a charming performance, allowing us some hint as to why she's worth pursuing. The same really can’t be said for Andy Lau. While his screen presence has grown in recent years, he still looks uncomfortable playing a shark. It’s hard to see him as the dirty bastard everyone takes him for because he’s...well...Andy Lau. At least the ship is nice looking. (Kozo 1999)

image courtesy of The Hong Kong Movie Database Copyright ©2002-2017 Ross Chen