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I Wanna Be Your Man!
Year: 1994
Director: Cheung Chi-Sing
Producer: Raymond Wong Bak-Ming
Cast: Lau Ching-Wan, Christy Chung Lai-Tai, Christine Ng Wing-Mei, Francis Ng Chun-Yu
The Skinny: Reasonably interesting comedy drama that derails when its separate plotlines fail to resolve themselves.
by Kozo:
     Writer-director Cheung Chi-Sing definitely has an agenda. You can see the seeds of his later flick Love and Sex Among the Ruins in this 1994 comedy. He seems to specialize in these emotionally complex comedy-dramas centering on ideal love vs. stark reality. In this case, the ideal love is that which Lau Ching-Wan feels for not one but two women. He’s a despised cop who befriends his new boss (Christine Ng) when he discovers that she’s a lesbian. When she tries to get him kicked off her squad, he doesn’t rat her out, leading to the beginning of a friendship. 
     Lau finds himself attracted to both Christine and her girlfriend (Christy Chung), a sweet English-speaking model. This strange triangle goes places you wouldn’t expect in both interesting and compelling ways, which is where Cheung Chi-Sing chooses to have action speak instead of words. The results head towards good, but certain factors derail the film. Firstly, Christy Chung is so sweet and nice that she seems mentally retarded, which isn’t supposed to be the case. Furthermore, there’s a second plotline that seems to have almost nothing to do with the first. In plot #2, Francis Ng plays a harried lawyer who contracts Harvey Dent disease, goes postal, and starts to take the law into his own hands. Things get tense when his good friend Lau is assigned to the case, but the two plotlines never converge or resolve satisfyingly. What’s left is some interesting content but two unfinished movies. (Kozo 1997)
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Mei Ah Laser
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
English and Chinese Subtitles
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