Fractured Follies (1988)
Reviewed by: ewaffle on 2010-01-25
“Fractured Follies” is a chaotic mess, a string of episodes barely held together by the story of the pitiable Yau Kwong Nam trying to open a market, May Yau his beautiful and flawed daughter trying to help and a ne’er-do-well cab driver falling in love with May after he has run into her while driving his cab. The actors, particularly Chow Yun Fat, Joey Wong and Nina Li Chi acquitted themselves well in the face of inadequate material from the SEVEN screenwriters credited. Wong Chung, seeming more talented in front of the camera than behind it, kept things moving in a workmanlike fashion. Made in 1988, a year in which Chow Yun Fat was in nine movies, Joey Wong and Nina Li were in seven and the 75 year old Cheng Mang-Ha in five, it was pretty much a day at the office for everyone involved which showed in what made it to the screen.

Everything that Wong Fat-Fei, Nam’s bad guy cousin, did to take advantage of his gullible and not completely sane relative was predictable, as was every counter by the motley bunch surrounding and supporting Nam. The romance between May and Joe Leung was neither romantic nor credible although the much more rough and tumble coupling of Sea, Joe’s horny brother and Scarlett, May’s even hornier cousin, was well done. They were the most likeable characters in the movie.

One scene had Chow Yun-Fat in drag, looking like someone auditioning for the title role in a Chinese adaption of “Silas Marner”. There were several situations in which Joe and Sea’s fellow cab drivers played pivotal roles but they weren’t developed after that and Joe’s dismay on his wedding day, when he realized that he had been duped into marrying May by a scrubwoman acting as the voice of the Buddha simply made no sense. While it might be a bit of a shock to find out that your bride, played by JOEY WONG for goodness sake, is a virgin it is no reason for alarm.

Recommended only for dedicated fans of the featured players
Reviewer Score: 3