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百年好合 (2003)
Love For All Seasons

Reviewed by: Hyomil
Date: 04/07/2011

Gets stuck on obvious, overdone comedy. Sammi Cheng is decent here but can't do much when Louis Koo's obnoxious character never stops hamming it up. That scores of women would fall all over him for anything but his money is a conceit too much to accept even in a silly comedy, and the ever-lingering question of whether this "heartbreaker" will change is a dud; first he would have to seem like a real person in order for us to care.

Reviewer Score: 4

Reviewed by: j.crawford
Date: 05/09/2006
Summary: quite enjoyable

Try and try again. This is the old adage that best describes the continuing collaboration of Johnnie To Kei-Fung and Wai Ka-Fai. As with Running on Karma, the directors get all mystical as they poetically skewer many of the more ironic aspects of modern Hong Kong society.

Thanks to industry veteran and Milkyway house cinematographer Cheng Siu-Keung, Love for All Seasons is a great looking film. Sammi Cheng Sau-Man is quite good in her role as the "temporary" head of Omei Temple who must experience 21st century "love" to master a legendary sword stance. Funniest scenes revolve around Louis Koo Tin-Lok’s parents. This movie is quite enjoyable.

Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: addy
Date: 10/10/2003
Summary: If only you know what's behind it

Do not waste your time if you are a person with no Chinese pop culture background. This is a typical Chinese Lunar New Year box hit meant for Chinese.

Similar to the 2002 New Year hit "Fat Choi Spirit"-you won't enjoy it if you don't know how to play Mahjong.

For some English speakers who are only interested in Martial Art, Love For All Seaons is "playing Chin in front of cows".

The story is by no means "silly" or "absurd", if only you know who "Lee Mo-sou" is and how "Heart-broken Sword Technic" works.

If you ever shed your tears reading the classic novel "Return of Condor Heros" by Jing Yong, or felt heart broken watching the same titled TVB kong-Fu series, this is a tasty desert to cheer you up.

Reviewed by: danton
Date: 07/27/2003

I found this movie rather boring. Silly romantic comedy with an absurd premise and predictable plot contrivances. The only reason I watched it was because I wanted to see how they portrayed the Omei martial arts school/temple - and even there, the best they could manage was some semi-convincing forms and a little unexciting wirework.

Stay away unless you just can't get enough of Sammi (anyone left who falls in that category?).

Reviewed by: Sydneyguy
Date: 04/20/2003
Summary: A piece of fluff

i won't be as demanding as the other reviewers, since i did enjoy SOME of this movie. A strange concept, someone who needs to have there hurt broken in order for them to learn the ultimate kung style, strange isn't it??

Why do i get the feeling this should of been a lot more funnier than it is!! Louis Koo is rightly cast as the heartbreaker and Sammi Cheung does well in the "master" role, BUT why didn't i laugh more than i should of??

i don't know the answer but the concept of this movie kept me smiling throughout the movie. It's not the funniest movie, but it's not the worst either


Reviewed by: icacutee
Date: 04/17/2003

Shown during Chinese New Year in HK, the competition was between this movie and My Lucky Star (Tony Leung, Miriam Yeung). The only reason Love For All Seasons had a higher Box Office was because this movie contained Sammi Cheng and Louis Koo.

Louis Koo acts as a playboy, a role he often plays (eg: La Brassiere). It may be funny how he tries to break Sammi's heart in the movie at first, but then it gets boring.

Sammi Cheng is her usual innocent, sweet self, but with an extremely disgusting hairdo. Her face in the movie seems bloated, probably due to illness (asthma), and is made worse by the hair. She uses the tone of talking as in Needing You (with Andy Lau) and Fighting For Love (Tony Leung), which was cute in Needing You, but has gotten extremely annoying by now.

The rest of the cast is not worth mentioning, because there is nothing which catches the eye.

Frankly, I am sorry that I actually went to the cinema to view this. Unless you are a fan of one of these stars and you love them no matter what, then I suggest not to see this film, whether buying the VCD/DVD or borrowing. It is just a waste of time.

Reviewed by: MrBooth
Date: 04/07/2003
Summary: Forgettable

Well, it had been a while since I'd watched a Sammiriam movie, and Milkyway Image movies are nearly always worth a watch, so I decided to pick up their latest Chinese New Year offering, LOVE FOR ALL SEASONS.

The premise: Louis Koo is a rich playboy known as "The Heartbreaker", for very good reason. Too much partying leaves his body in ruins, so he goes to Omei temple to be cured by Kung Fu master Sammi Cheng. No sooner is he better than Omei comes under serious threat, and Sammi Cheng has to learn the sect's "Heartbreak Sword" technique to protect the temple. She turns to Louis to break her heart, so that she can master the technique. Gosh, I hope they don't end up falling in love or something.

Johnnie To and Wai Ka Fai are smart inventive film-makers, but I expect they wrote the script for this movie over lunch and made the film in a few weeks. Interesting premise, but padded out to movie length with the usual kind of conflict-romantic comedy formula that seems to be all Hong Kong can produce these days. There's some interesting ideas, but it doesn't feel like their heart was really in it. It feels like a movie made purely with box office in mind, no real feeling or commitment.

Technically, it's as accomplished as a throwaway Milkway film can be expected to be. The acting mostly sucks, but this may have been deliberate - OTT performances being fairly common in CNY films. The cinematography and sound are good without being terribly adventurous. The movie features a few scenes of swordplay and wirework choreographed by Ma Yuk Sing, which feature the kind of whirling twirling Ching Siu-Tung rip-offs that he usually produces. Nice to see somebody bothering to put some actors in the air still, but hardly the sort of action that suggests Hong Kong is about to return to what it does best.

Basically, LOVE FOR ALL SEASONS is a reasonably well made but ultimately disposable piece of fluff, made to satisfy conservative investors and a certain section of the audience that can still be made to go to see a local production if the right stars are in it. It's not a bad film, but it adds little to the world of cinema that hasn't been seen too many times before.

Not recommended, not un-recommended. See it if you feel like it

Reviewer Score: 5

Reviewed by: magic-8
Date: 03/31/2003
Summary: No Love

"Love For All Seasons" is a poorly written romantic comedy that relies on one-dimensional characters that have little or no depth. They are placed in contrived situations and circumstances that push one's suspension of disbelief to the limit. The actors couldn't do much to elevate the fetid script.

"Love For All Seasons" is an example of what happens when the well runs dry. Johnnie To and Wai Ka-Fai try for all out zaniness to hide the lack of character development, using stereotypical roles of a rich womanizer (Louis Koo) and a martial arts master/healer in Sammi Cheng, throwing logic to the wind, but nothing clicks. There are a few chuckles in the beginning, but the movie wears thin with its tedious set ups.

Watching "Love For All Seasons" is like having to pour salt on an open wound. The viewing is a painful experience.

Reviewed by: pjshimmer
Date: 03/30/2003
Summary: Not recommended

The idea of the story was interesting enough, but the result is completely ineffective and unconvincing. Also, it's disgraceful to see no-talent pop stars pretending to do martial arts. Jacky Cheung and Brigitte Lin of the previous generation could have pulled it off, but Sammi Cheng is utter embarrassment in this area.