Mean Street Story (1995)
Reviewed by: STSH on 2003-03-28
Summary: Disappointing mixed bag
I expected to like this film, and to be able to write a review like several others above.

First, the good news. Mimi Chu's supporting performance is terrific. She's by turns pathetic, clingy, difficult and loveable. Perhaps her best performance. Annabel Lau and Eric Kot work well as the feuding couple whose instant dislike for each other becomes physical, but only seems to help hold them together. And, despite Eric Kot's character is rather annoying, he also manages to be quite sympathetic as well.

Much the same praise can be levelled at most of the support cast. Unfortunately, and this is part of the problem with the movie, the same cna't be said of the lead actors.

It pains me to criticise the wonderful and sexy Ng Sin Lin. She looks as good as ever here, and her voice is even huskier than usual (oh wow !). But her performance is flat and uninspired. I'm inclined to blame Dior Cheng for this. MSS is basically a love story, but Cheng plays his part with all the emotion of a plank of wood.

Worse, there is no chemistry or spark whatsoever between the two leads. The hysterical lines they recite near the end don't match at all the obvious lack of feeling they show. It's painful to watch.

Despite all this, the first half of this film is quite watchable, generally pleasant, and even entertaining. But, somewhere around the halfway mark, things start to fall apart and become flabby.

The film ends up looking like a failed attempt to remake both Young And Dangerous and Moment Of Romance, both on a smaller scale. It simply doesn't work.

Reviewer Score: 2