Reviewed by: MrBooth
Summary: Bleak end-of-love story
I really hate love stories, I really do. I particularly hate love stories where I'm asked to care about the difficulties that beautiful people have in getting each other in the sack or something like that. It's basically just that I'm bitter, obviously [:frown;]. But given that this is the case, you can understand how refreshing it is when the fairy tale romance between two not-too-beautiful people (Anita Yuen & Alex Fong) is suddenly brought short when Fong returns home from work on his birthday and announces that he has another girlfriend, and is leaving.
Reviewer Score: 9
The movie focusses on that other, more personally poignant, part of a relationship - the end of one. It takes a fairly honest and unflinching look at the effect of a break-up on all concerned. Anita Yuen is our central character, and the one most severely affected by the break up. She was living the fairytale life (or so she thought), and her marriage and her man were totally core to her concept of her life and herself. Once the relationship that was rooted so deeply is torn out, she begins to fall apart.
Anita's performance is excellent - I think she might have won best actress for it? It's an intense performance, and a harrowing one. The other characters in the picture are equally well developed and portrayed though - Alex Fong as the errant husband, Almen Wong as "the other woman", Francis Ng as the lawyer who takes Anita's case and befriends her, and the young child actress Wong Man Yi as the daughter in the middle of it all.
Director Daniel Lee has quite an interesting filmography behind him now - from the impenetrable artsiness of WHAT PRICE SURVIVAL to the bleak drama of A FIGHTER'S BLUES, passing inexplicably through BLACK MASK on the way. TDDUP is on the art side of the list, slightly more so than A FIGHTER'S BLUES but less so than WHAT PRICE... not a bad balance.
The movie manages to be very fair (nobody is really blamed) and convincing in its portrayal - until it goes a bit OTT at the end, perhaps.
Probably another movie that will get looked over due to the dull & generic name, but worthy of attention for those that like their love stories well crafted but a little more serious... alright, downright depressing [:biggrin1;]
Reviewed by: sharon
This is a film, where it takes a simple storyline and changes it to something unexpected. I was speechless to watch Anita Yuen play Bo Bo with such emotions and feelings. Everything about the film was well thought out and doing perfectly. Even with a ending that's hard to forget.
Alex Fong (Alex) told Bo Bo that he is leaving her for another women. This sends Bo Bo through all the emotional states of a divorce, which was a foreshawdowing told by her friend. She goes through all the pain done to her by her husband, and plays it all out in her fairy tale fantsies that she tells her daughter.
The move focuses on the emotional state and eventually insanity of Bo Bo. It's hard not to be sweapt away from the mass of melancholy in the movie. The mood is dark and even the fantasies are that way. Everything, from the different types of camera angles, to music to the realistic performance from all the character were done to perfection. A well made movie in my view! I would highly encourage anyone to watch this.
Reviewed by: paul
Summary: Unsurprisingly fascinating!
Evidently, Anita Yuen does not yet feel she's yet earned enough HK Film Awards, because she puts in a performance here that makes her a shoe-in for another Best Actress nomination (note: this reveiw was written prior to her nomination and win... just call me Nostradamos!). Anita's "Bo Bo" is the very picture of innocence, but when her husband (Alex Fong) suddenly announces he is leaving her for another woman (Almen Wong!), Bo Bo begins to unravel.
Director Daniel Lee (Black Mask; What Price Survival) frighteningly demonstrates how quickly and easily feelings of abandonment and loss of control can cause a person to spiral toward total physical and mental devastation. A powerful film.
Reviewed by: MilesC
Summary: Surprisingly enjoyable.
Went into this one with my expectations near zero; I mean, honestly, does the story of a dumped wife have much inherent interest to you? While that is the basic story, writer/director Daniel Lee takes things in interesting and unexpected directions as Anita begins to lose it. Interesting and worth a watch.