A Moment of Romance II (1993)

Reviewed by: mrblue
Date: 09/26/2006

A Moment of Romance II stars Wu Chien Lin as a Mainlander who comes to Hong Kong to try and earn money for her brother's release from prison. Finding no legitimate work since she has no ID card, she is made to be a hooker. During her first job, a gang boss is killed, and Wu is framed for the murder. While running away from the gang, she meets up with a street racer (Aaron Kwok), who helps her to hide out. Soon, a romance develops, which is put into jeopardy by the cops and the Triads closing in.

This is a sequel to the first film in name only, and it shares very little of that movie's excitement and romance. Aaron Kwok is positively horrible as the lead -- I was wishing for the high days of Ekin Cheng in Legend of Speed; at least you could have some fun in that movie laughing at the performance instead of being bored by it. A Moment of Romance II is also terribly unfocused. It doesn't seem to know if it wants to be a Triad movie, a romance, or a racing picture.

There are a few highlights, though, which manage to save A Moment of Romance II from being total bargain-bin filler. Anthony Wong is superb as Aaron's psychotic racing rival. And the racing scenes are actually done quite well. Even though they are a bit undercranked, the stuntmen here definitely earned their paychecks. Honestly, if the film-makers has just tried to set out to make a decent motorcycle racing movie, the results probably would have been much better than what we have here. Alas, once again, this is a case of a movie trying to be everything to everybody, and ending up as a bit of nothing to no-one.

[review from www.hkfilm.net]

Reviewed by: Souxie
Date: 01/06/2002
Summary: Don't listen to them!

Don't listen to them! I really liked this movie for the characters, the plot and even though I had a feeling about the ending it still made me cry (and I'm only admitting that cos everyone else appeares to have been unmoved by it!). How unfair was that?
Aaron Kwok was GOOD (but didn't get his kit off - but you can't have everything), and Anthony Wong was the bad guy you love to hate (again). Good movie, have watched it twice since, READ STSH review if you have any doubt - watch this movie!

Reviewer Score: 8

Reviewed by: danton
Date: 01/03/2002

Same formula, same lead actress as in Part 1, but this time around the male hero is portrayed by Aaron Kwok, and the roles are reversed. Aaron is now the rich kid (although he still rides bikes) and Wu Chien Lien is the poor girl he meets and falls in love with. She shines once again as the suffering noble heroine (and it seems she suffers a lot emotionally in all her movies...), but overall, this one is not quite as good as the first one (blame it on Aaron).

Reviewed by: MilesC
Date: 08/17/2000
Summary: Not too dull, not too good.

This movie spreads itself too thin; there's too much violence for the central romance to be at all convincingly developed, but there's too many different characters and "romantic" scenes for it to be a very good thriller. It doesn't help that Aaron Kwok is the lead, and Wu Chien-Lien was still limited to being "the girl next door" at this point in her career. As a romantic movie, the lack of development and chemistry make it a total dud; as an action movie, well, if you like explosions and people falling off motorcycles you'll get plenty of that here. I have to say, Sharp Tongue Soft Heart lives up to his nick with his comments below; how anyone could find anything about this film moving is beyond me. And movies make me teary all the time.

Reviewed by: STSH
Date: 01/24/2000
Summary: A definite must-see.

Don't listen to those philistines without romance in their souls ! Captures the spirit of the original AMOR, even improving on it, and there are many parallels with the slightly better Love_And_The_City - the father/son tension, the no-regrets attitude of young lovers, clashes with the law, the lush background music. After happily watching this film for the fourth time, it's still a great show.
Excellent blend of violent motorbiker racing sub-culture and romantic melodrama. Also, as a competitor motorbiker movie, it is far superior to the later Full_Throttle.
Director Benny Chan, to his great credit, takes the title very seriously and fills the screen with romantic moments and memorable images. Sin holding Fu tight as he first rescues her and they ride off together. The moment when their simmering desire is finally released with their first kiss. The competitive taunting between Fu and the mad baldy. The villain forces Fu to drive faster so, with Sin clutching him and saying she's not afraid, he drives very much faster, and they laugh maniacally at the villain's discomfort.

Sin Lin's performance as Sin is spot-on as the frail but strong girl. Aaron plays Fu with stoic cool.
And the support cast is terrific. The pathetic Wiseguy, Fu's best friend minus a foot, betrays his best friend (Fu) to pay off gambling debts then tries to atone.
Anthony Wong as the loopy bald guy who keeps daring Fu to race him. Ho Ka Kui does what he does best, playing the loud-laughing brute crime boss Kui who gets his come-uppance early (this scene is as gory as it is hilarious).
Paul Chu ads just the right touch as Fu's tortured father, and the old guy who plays his retainer is as lovable as he is ancient (he must be about 90 !).

But the feisty old cop Bill (Kwan Hoi San), who pursues Sin to nail Kui's treacherous usurper Bor, steals every scene he's in, and the film is worth watching for him alone. Girls, keep the tissues handy. Guys, cheer Fu as he races to win. And to remain unmoved during the final scene, you'd need a heart of stone.
For anyone who loves a HK movie with its heart firmly on its sleeve, this is a definite must-see.

Reviewer Score: 10

Reviewed by: hokazak
Date: 12/09/1999

Boooooring! Has a pretty nice look to it, but the characters and relationships are pretty tepid, for HK fare. Anthony Wong tries to bring some spice to the movie, as the psycho, underground motorcycle-racing semi-bad-guy, and it's kinda cool seeing his ankle fall off, but that Aaron Kwok is a major wet noodle... It has all the sappy melodrama and tragedy that I usually love in these "Heroic Bloodshed" romantic tragedies, but it all just falls flat - or never even gets off the ground - in this one... Oh well! Check out "As Tears Go By", or any of the other more successful entries in this genre, instead...

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

This movie doesn't hold a burnt-out, wet candle to it's predecessor. Ng Sin-Lin plays an illegal Chinese immigrant who has come to HK to earn enough money to bail out her dissident brother. And she is amazing! Knife her in the gut and she's on her feet in five minutes and cleaning and repairing your apartment; hit her with a car and two minutes later she'll reconcile you with your father; pistol-whip her a few times and - ahhh, you get the picture. Despite all this gumption, she keeps trying to accept her fate to be a prostitute. Aaron Kwok keeps rescuing her despite a complete lack of chemistry between them, though he's almost as indestructible. Aaron is in less than half the film, has only a handful of dialogue, and wanders through with a numb expression. Anthony Wong steals scenes as a biker villain, but his good performance isn't enough to save this boring movie.

[Reviewed by Lori Saltis]

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

What's wrong with you guys? "A Moment of Romance 2" is no masterpiece but it's still a very good flick. The only complaint I have is that it's too similar to the first one, but beside that I have no complaint. The acting is fine (especially Wu Chien-lien and Kwan Hoi-san), the directing is top notch and the score is, like the first film, very beautiful. You should realise guys that it's not because a movie is not directed by Ching Sui-tung or doesn't have Chingmy Yau in it that makes it necessary a bad film...

[Reviewed by Martin Sauvageau]

Reviewed by: spinali
Date: 12/08/1999
Summary: NULL

When a boyishly handsome motorcycle racer (Aaron Kwok) rescuesa pretty mainlander girl (Wu Chien Lian -- sigh) from the mob, a tear-jerking romance is born and eventually does a crash-and-burn. Too bad; the characters and variegated plot line has a lot going for it.


[Reviewed by Steve Spinali]

Reviewer Score: 5