Reviewed by: wyeeso
Summary: From a typical assassin story to a love mystery
Reviewer Score: 6
The film is a little more than the average assassin-will-get-eliminated-if-he-wants-out story, although it look really average judging from the start of the movie, with Leo the professional assassin (played by Nicky Wu) wanting to quit after gaining some moral senses. Then, like every other assassin story, quitting his job means betraying his gang, and betrayal means he must be eliminated at once! Yet, during the attempted elimination as initiates by Leo's senior, Bob (played by Joe Ma), Leo manages to survive from the fall while Michael the police officer (played by Lawrence Ng) gets a head shot.
Following by such a typical opening (as described above) for an assassin story, romance and mystery suddenly take over. That is, as soon as the heart of the deceased Michael is transplanted to Leo, who has been suffering from a heart disease, Leo appears to have possessed some of Michael's memory regarding his work (ie. Leo can remember where the files are located in Michael's office and the password to his computer) and his fiancee, Maggie (played by Ada Choi). Then, the questions gradually emerge from the love story. Does Leo's love to Maggie has anything to do with Michael's heart, or is it simply just love at first sight? Does Maggie love Leo because he is Leo, or because he possesses Michael's heart?
The answer to all those questions is: we don't know because their love story isn't exactly fulfilled, and we will never know because the story just ends before we can find out.
What we do know is the story ends in a road to revenge (the plot jumps back into being an assassin story), and Leo finally meets his end, dying in the same way as Michael did.
This film consists of actors from HK, Taiwan and China, and they have done a fine performance for their role, although some could have done better.
For example, Nicky Wu looked a bit too pure (and adorable) to be an assassin. I can tell he was trying to show it through his eyes and his looks that he could be a determined killer too, but that's just not convincing enough, especially with his soft voice. Yet, I'll give him a thumb-up for speaking Cantonese all the way and being such a dreamy guy!
Same goes to Ada Choi. She is a great actress in general, but sometimes her performance didn't appear to be strong enough to convince the audience of her character. I mean, yes, I sympathize with her character for being so patient with her finance while waiting for a joyful married life, but there's something with her performance that just make me feel sympathetic, not grieved.
As for Lawrence Ng, he's another great actor but hadn't had the opportunity to show off his performance in this film. But then, I think he will play a better assassin than Nicky if they get to switch roles.
[The Production Crew:]
As soon as I check out who the director was for this film, I think I can understand why this film is more of a romance than an action movie...
As for the casting, there is no doubt that the cast is the selling point for this film. At the time when this film was produced, the 3 leading roles promised to be the best on-screen couple (Lawrence Ng and Ada Choi are known as the best couple from TVB drama "Healing Hands" in 1998) and off-screen couple (Nicky Wu and Ada used to be couple in real life during that period). Then, as usual, Joe Ma is always the best choice for a despicable character in HK movies!
At one point, this film has made a reference to a TVB drama character: Paul Ching from "Healing Hands" (1998), a role that has made Lawrence Ng famous on TV. And in the movie, it's almost like a spoof when Michael (let's not forget it's played by Lawrence) is rushed to ER, the hospital's PA asks for Paul Ching (played by some other guy in the movie) to attend the operation.
There is also a cute scene in the film where Leo first meet Maggie on one end of the footbridge, then he immediately rushes across the street and poses charmingly for her on the other end of the footbridge.
[Worth Watching A Second Time?]
I guess you can watch this film as many times as you want for the sake of Nicky Wu (or other idols of your choice from this movie)! Otherwise it's not really recommended if it's just for the movie in general.
Reviewed by: ryan
Summary: My Heart Will Go On (1999)
What do you think when year hear the title 'My Heart Will Go On'? Song title from the movie 'Titanic' (1997)? Or you are still thinking about whether the love between Ada CHOI Siu-fun and NG Kei-leung in the movie is true? In any way, 'My Heart Will Go On' has taken a risky poolicy by arranging it showing on the same day at 'Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Manace'.
The first movie introduces Leo (NG Kei-lung), an assassin while Michael (NG Kai-wah) is the detective who suspect Leo as the murder and tries to arrest Leo. Leo wants to quit the job while his boss asks his fellow to kill him. When Leo's fellow wants to kill Leo in a theatre, detective Michael appeared to arrest Leo but he is shot by Leo's fellow. As Michael is an organ donor while his fiancee Maggie (Ada CHOI Siu-fun) agrees to give his heart to the needs for transplant. Ironically, his heart goes to Leo. After the transplant, Leo has been totally changed. It seems that Michael's heart still has deep feelings for Maggie which started the indecent love between Maggie Leo ......
The element between the love of a killer and an innocent is a good topic to make it tough and romantic. Maybe this is the reason why we have 'My Heart Will Go On'. In view of the plot, they have tried their best in making the situation interesting by putting organ transplant as the start of love. This tried to make it like the extension of the love from Michael. I appreciate their initiative in creation.
However, it terms of approach, it seems that the feeling of the movie is a bit weird. Maybe one of the point is the lack of variety in describing the love between Leo and Maggie. The first part of the movie tried to describle a bit about Mike but still not enough to make audience has the feeling that Mike loves Maggie deeply. The recall is okay but I consider audience expect more for their affairs. Of course, we understand that it is not easy to make a balance between the romantic part and the action part, 'My Heart Will Go On' has done the basic requirement.
One point you may note is the movie seems to be not enough in describing the partnership between Leo and his fellow. I consider this is another part that they can develop in making the movie more fruitful. Just some recall of their classic cooperation makes how conflict they are more convincing. In addition, it can be more impressive. Now it is okay but everything seems a bit pale.
In terms of performance, I consider Ada CHOI Siu-fun has done a good job. Ada CHOI acts as Maggie which requires lots of varieties in feelings while Ada can make all of them in an appropirate approach. This helps the movie to make the love of Maggie and Leo convincing. For NG Kai-wah, it seems that he does not play much role in the movie. For NG Kei-lung, I consider he has done like an assassin but does not fulfill much as a lover in front of Maggie. I think maybe the plot should give some scenes for Leo to think and recall to give him some opportunities to show his love.
On the whole, 'My Heart Will Go On' is an average movie. The plot is creative while there are still rooms for it to be more extensive and impressive. The performance of Ada CHOI is outstanding while NG Kei-lung seems lack of chance for acting what he is expected.