抱擁朝陽
Up for the Rising Sun (1997)


Reviewed by: annelam
Date: 04/29/2002
Summary: Interesting themes but totally destroyed by its pace.

This movie has an excellent cast.. (George Lam, Anita Yuen, Lam Ka Tung, Jessica Hester) with interesting themes but is totally destroyed by its pace! If it was somewhat an artistic movie, its slow paced dialogue would be forgiven but as this is not, I would have expected a faster and more interesting dialogue. The climax isn't really achived as the story builds up too slowly. The themes dealt in this movie is realistic and should appeal to many as rich ppl's family feud somehow seems to have an interesting appeal to almost everyone who can relate to it or actually hopes that will one day be able to relate to it! However, just interesting themes and an excellent cast aren't enough to make this movie a memorable one. Interesting to watch but won't be missed if skipped. My rating? 5/10.


Reviewed by: ButterflyMurders
Date: 01/14/2002

The plot has already been sufficiently covered by an earlier review, so I'll just post my thoughts.

Firstly, I was surprised that the film was made in 1997, because when viewing it I was convinced it was an 80s film. The film for most part is mildly interesting, except that the large financial transactions occurred too fast for me to comprehend fully before they finished. It was unfortunate that the financial transactions dealing with the Cosmos company were the - climax, somewhat - of the film because it didn't allow the characters to evolve beyond their typical "stock" personalities - for instance, the spoilt, wilful young girl, and the resigned, rich father. There were also a few loose ends which I thought were concluded unsatisfactorily. For instance, Tung Ching's massive debt is solved by her...miscarriage? What's up with that? (apart from maybe a sublime reminder to ruthless women that bad things will happen to women who wish to be dominant, but maybe that's me being too much of a paranoid feminist). And one last thing that annoyed me - why did they dub George Lam's voice?!

But as I said before, I still found this movie to be mildly interesting. For one, it's always interesting to watch people act as though they were playing monopoly, but with realy money. I also found the acting on the whole was solid, which always improves the watchability of a film. So to sum up, this isn't a bad film by any means, but not one I'd put on the top of my viewing list.


Reviewed by: hktopten
Date: 12/21/1999

Complete waste of talent, everyone from George Lam to Jessica Hester to Lam Ka Tung.


Reviewed by: pablo
Date: 12/09/1999

Adapted from a novel by Leung Fung Yi


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

Chiyi Hon (Anita Yuen), the charming daughter of a ruined real estate investor, convinces business magnate William Tong (George Lam) to ally with her on a few business maneuvers, with marriage thrown in as an unbeatable incentive. But she has an ulterior motive: to crush the investor who left her father penniless. Family alliances, mainland investments, predatory women with who use money like Monopoly play-dough...nearly every transaction is carried out in affected coolness, even as the rivals set the full force of their capital to collapse each others' financial empires. It's far-fetched even as it grabs your attention. Yuen is a major draw, as usual, but capital-intensive dramas like this have such a high failure rate for one good reason: you can't really visualize the effects of these abstract monetary wars for long stretches -- only that somebody's getting the shaft for some economic reason that progresses two steps faster than the audience's comprehension kicks in..

(2.5/4)



[Reviewed by Steve Spinali]

Reviewer Score: 6