飛一般愛情小說 (1997)
Love Is Not a Game, But a Joke


Reviewed by: mehaul
Date: 02/04/2003

Cute romantic comedy about 3 college age boys on a month quest to find a girl named Karen. Starts off a little sluggishly, but a nice chemistry develops between the boys and the women they meet. 7.5/10


Reviewed by: future113
Date: 01/08/2002
Summary: Excellent acting from Hsu Chi


This 1997 movie is interesting and a bit sad. I really liked Hsu Chi in this movie, she did an unbelievable good acting job. You couldn't help but feel for her character. I also liked the lady bus driver, she was pretty cute.
This movie is about 3 college age boys who travel to a city searching for a girl that they all like named 'Karen'. In the process they all meet somebody else, and that's how the movie develops.
Certainly, I would suggest this movie but if I were to watch it again, it'll just be to see Hsu Chi's fine acting.
Rating: 8.5/10


Reviewed by: shelly
Date: 07/26/2001

One of 1997's most interesting films. The opening credits, a beautiful, subtly designed play of digital underwater effects, promise that something unusual will follow. And it does. Director/screenwriter Riley Ip offers a rough scaffold of a story: 3 young men arrive in Hong Kong from Canada, bent on competing to find "Karen", the woman they think they all are in love with. But each finds someone else, unexpectedly. The new objects of their desire are Hsu Chi (a police woman with an addiction to philosophy, food, and dangerous characters), Christine Ng (a daredevil bus driver adrift in domestic unfulfillment), and Theresa Lee (a homeless woman with a manic disposition and gift for kleptomania). All three give excellent performances as characters who turn out to be far more interesting than the men looking for them. Jan Lamb, who plays a fragrance-sensitive soul of few words, is the standout among the men: his nicely restrained and nuanced performance finally convinced me that he is a gifted comic actor. Gorgeous cinematography by Jingle Ma: the film's fluidly mobile camera, translucent blues and greens, and luminous night scenes make it one of the best-looking movies of the year. Ip acknowledges his debt to Wong Kar-wai: references to the latter's films are sprinkled playfully throughout. It reminded me of last year's intelligently scripted Love among the Ruins, but it is far more fully realized. Love is not a Game is a witty film, but one that's also full of feeling. 


Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

Three youths who studied aboard in Canada, because their dreamgirl Karen said "See you again if it's in our destiny.", all return to Hong Kong, cramp into a cheap Tsimshatsui motel, and begin a first come first serve competition of love. The three each uses their own tricks. Eddie tries to find his way with a fortune teller in Wong Tai Sin, only to encounter a sweaty but sexy female bus driver; Paul asks for police woman to help; Leslie spends the day making phone calls, but another girl approaches Leslie......

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