花月佳期 (1995)
Love in the Time of Twilight


Reviewed by: PaulJones
Date: 01/19/2001
Summary: I love this Movie!


This is the best chinese movie i've ever viewed since the Mr.Vampire Saga 4.
I wwas really touched by the beautiful Charlie Yeung, and the good acting of Nicky Wu. Such a perfect pair. I bet they're lovers in real life..They have a good combination,specially at the love scenes.

But the most touching part for me is when YanYan cried and visited Kong's grave.Later she told herself that she would save him from Devil King.

This film shows us that love is the greatest of all things abound here on earth.Death won't even matter,as long as you can tell how you love someone with all your life.

Charlie Yeung,i don't think she has done an english film.But i'm loking forward for that.She is my favorite chinese actress.She has the looks and she has love inside her.

Even though i'm fromthe Philippines,i never miss to watch her films here
via cable Tv.I'm her biggest Fan here.Maybe someday,i get the chance to meet her.

Nicky Wu is a good talented actor.He has the potential to make it big nt only in HongKong, but in Hollywood as well if he try.He's the perfecy guy for Yang Caini or Charlie Yeung.

If i ever find a vcd or dvd of that movie here,i'd buy it and keep it forever.It would take eternity for me to forget it.

I Love Charlie Yeung.I love this movie.


Reviewed by: grimes
Date: 04/08/2000

Apparently, Tsui Hark liked Nicky Wu and Charlie Yeung so much in The Lovers that
he decided to make another similarly themed movie starring the two of them. Love in
the Time of Twilight shares the silliness that characterizes most of The Lovers, but
none of the drama. However, it's an enjoyable film in its own right.

Love in the Time of Twilight follows Yan Yan, who performs in a Cantonese opera
troupe with her father and many others. On Affinity Day (a match-making day) she
runs into Kong, with whom she develops an instant animosity. Two weeks later, Kong
comes back in the form of a ghost to ask her to help him prevent his own murder by
traveling back in time.

The plot only gets more bizarre as the two make multiple trips back and forth
through time in an effort to prevent Kong from being killed. Concentrating on the
multiple time travel trips and other assorted weirdness will only bring on a headache,
and anyway this aspect is immaterial to the charm of the film.

As in The Lovers, Charlie Yeung generally steals the show away from Nicky Wu, who
has the role of straight man. The two work well together and of course, no light
comedy would be complete without a romance. Any movie viewer watching this film
will know right form the beginning that Kong and Yan Yan are destined to be
together. In some ways, the plot's cliches feel almost like a homage to earlier films.
This is heightened by the setting of the film, which appears to be the 20s or 30s,
when film started to become a true mass entertainment.

I could have done without Eric Kot in this film. He lays on his usual weirdo schtick a
bit too thickly and his presence is generally distracting, especially in light of Charlie
Yeung's more gently charming screen presence. She has a wonderfully amusing way
of sticking out her tongue at someone. Though she doesn't display the acting skill
she will show in later films like Task Force, she manages to portray an interesting
character. Some of her best scenes are when she is portraying her past and future
selves simultaneously, as her future self becomes increasingly frustrated with her
past self's stubbornness.

This film represents a more mature Tsui Hark than is seen in his earlier, more
bombastic films, though Love in the Time of Twilight is subdued only in comparison
to sometihng like Peking Opera Blues. This film feels very much like a tribute to a
more innocent time, given its plot and visual style. I love the sense of breathlessness
felt throughout much of the film. It is quite easy to get caught up in the story and
characters.

This film would make for great viewing when you are feeling a bit of ennui, as its
charm, silliness, and romance are bound to bring smile to your face.


Reviewed by: jfierro
Date: 12/21/1999

I consider this another tragedy of 1995 --- a fantastic film that was overlooked by a cynical audience. Tsui Hark comes through again, seamlessly mixing a rousing time-travelling plotline, a feuding romance between two talented stars, and some very inventive special effects. Everything is so good, it's hard to say what the strongest points are. Certainly Charlie Young and Nicky Wu light up the screen as two antagonists thrown together by supernatural circumstances. They come across as witty, boisterous, and romantic. A great sign for the future. Tsui Hark is just an incredibly creative filmmaker, and he just seems to be getting better with time. Sadly, the disappointing box office means we won't see any more films like this for a while.


Reviewed by: kjohnson
Date: 12/09/1999

Reportedly rushed out by Tsui Hark in response to the popularity of the Charlie/Nicky Wu duo from The Lovers (who are rumored to be boyfriend/girlfriend in real life), this is a rather goofy ghost/time-travel comedy which doesn't make much sense. If you're a fan of Charlie or Tsui Hark, you'll probably want to see it, but be warned that it's not as good as The Lovers (of which I only liked the first half) and not anywhere near as good as The Chinese Feast.


Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

I really enjoyed this movie a lot. I didn't find the plot confusing, actually I thought it was nicely paced and some of the situations are just hilarious. The two leads are wonderful, the physical comedy is very well choreographed and it has some great visual and special fx (loved the surreal netherworld). Maybe it's just me, but I love ghost stories, and this is one of the best.

(8/10)



[Reviewed by Dan Liatowitsch]


Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

Might be best described to a western film fans as a cross between"Ghost" and "Back to the Future." Beautifully filmed, the story harkens back to Howard Hawks' fast-paced screwball comedies like "Bringing Up Baby."

[Reviewed by Michael Perry]


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

When some bankrobbers strangle poor clerk Nicky Wu in electrical cable, he somehow gets sucked into the wiring. As a spirit, he enjoins adorable Charlie Yeung to free his soul -- and the only way of doing that is to use his ghostly powers to make copies of themselves and go back into the virtual past. Yes, I know this makes zero sense, but director Tsui Hark's blender-mix of psychotronic special effects (including the best-yet use of morphing in an HK film), impossibly complicated plot twists (in which older versions of our heroes keep on frustrating the plans of newer ones), and hapless romance has some inspired moments -- though it certainly helps if your attitude toward movies is forgiving.

(3/4)



[Reviewed by Steve Spinali]

Reviewer Score: 7