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Tears and Triumph
Year: 1994 "After this, let's get a Big Mac."
Lau Ching-Wan embraces Anita Yuen
Director: David Lam Tak-Luk
Producer: Raymond Wong Bak-Ming
Cast: Anita Yuen Wing-Yee, Lau Ching-Wan, Frankie Lam Man-Lung, Mui Siu-Wai, Kitty Chu Kit-Yi, Jamie Luk Kin-Ming, Chung King-Fai
The Skinny: Sappy soap opera doesn't rate tears nor does it rate as any sort of a triumph. In fact, it's just bad.
by Kozo:
     Standard HK soap opera is by-the-numbers and average as all hell. Anita Yuen is a single mother who (get this) ends up falling for the rich son (Lau Ching-Wan) of her boss. Sadly, Lauís brother-in-law (by his half-sister) was the bastard who knocked Anita up. Even worse, the guy wants her back and conspires to destroy her life if she wonít go along.
     This is a film that proves that Anita Yuen and Lau Ching-Wan have considerable range as actors. It's amazing that Yuen can so easily go from poise and beauty in one flick to cute and wacky in another. Lau Ching-Wan is a terrific actor as well, but when this film was made (a couple of years ago) it seemed that he was still refining his screen persona. This is one of his most unrealistic characters: a rich dreamer who has the luxury of chucking it all for love. Thankfully he has Anita Yuen as his reward - it makes his choice understandable from a fan standpoint. However, in reality none of this would ever happen.
     This is a completely average film leaning towards awful. The laughable plot, bad music cues, and ridiculously evil ex-boyfriend only add to the lunacy. The best thing about this movie: a song by Faye Wong, which recurs throughout the film.
(Kozo 1996)
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Widesight Entertainment
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
English and Chinese Subtitles
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