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A Moment of Romance 3
Chinese: 天若有情III烽火佳人 "We never go outdoors."
Andy Lau and Wu Chien-Lien
Year: 1996
Director: Johnnie To Kei-Fung
Producer: Johnnie To Kei-Fung
Writer: Sandy Shaw Lai-King, Yau Nai-Hoi
Cast: Andy Lau Tak-Wah, Wu Chien-Lien (Ng Sin-Lin), Alex Fong Chung-Sun
The Skinny: Pretty stars and a great historical backdrop provide a welcome context for another overwrought romance in the Moment of Romance series.
by Kozo:

Third of the epic romantic drama series jettisons director Benny Chan in favor of the series' producer, Johnnie To. A Moment of Romance 3 finds usual leading lady Wu Chien-Lien as a peasant farmer during the 1930s and the Sino-Japanese conflict. She falls for a Chinese pilot (Andy Lau in brooding mode) who crashes in her backyard. She nurses him back to health, and they begin to fall in love, but shes been promised to another and besides, hes a city boy and shes a country girl. Will love conquer all? Gee, I wonder.

Despite the overly hackneyed set-up, the film proves to be decent fluff. Though Johnnie To still uses overbearing montages, Moment of Romance 3 survives due to incredible production values and the incredibly winning Wu Chien-Lien, whos in top form here. Eventually, everything gives way to your standard "choice of love" type deal with one of our two parties running to a romantic reunion, and audiences chasing pretty stars and heart-wrenching pathos will not be disappointed. Given the premise, this film is sap, but its well-executed, watchable sap. (Kozo 1996)

Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Mei Ah Entertainment
16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles

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