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Crossings


Reviewed by: ksbutterbox
Date: 01/19/2002
Summary: Interesting...

The cast alone is worth the watch. I know there are some really stupid stereotypes... see ("Farewell China")also set in N.Y. This one is more oblique and worth more than one watch.Keep in mind this is trying.. (maybe a little too hard) to be an "art film".


Reviewed by: Inner Strength
Date: 01/19/2002
Summary: Pretty bad

Crossings, or 'Choh Oi' in Cantonese suggests the obvious is you understand Chinese...it has a lot to do with prostitutes. A movie done plenty of times before, but set at a more serious pace. A drama set and shot in New York, it is the story of a woman (Anita Yuen) who has come from Hong Kong to find her 'boyfriend' (Simon Yam) but, a lot more is going on with him that she doesn't know about. An American man who is fascinated with Asian women also has a lot to do in this movie, as he tries to be with Chinese women, prostitutes.

It is a strange story, and very strange to watch. I don't particularly like it, but it is worth watching, but don't go searching hard for it. Evans Chan has also cast a Eurasian as a main character showing the different lifestyles of Chinese living in America. I don't think it was shot in sync-sound, but it was clearly meant to look and sound like it was.

I found Simon Yam extreamly annoying, and really didn't like his role. Anita Yuen played very well, although I don't think she was the best actress to be used in this film. The westerner (whoever he was) was very annoying indeed, and his treatment of people was very bad, just a reminder I suppose that there are a lot of people like that.

Rating: 1.5/5

(This rating is based on the year & genre, so don't think it's based as a comparison on new releases etc.)


Reviewed by: jfierro
Date: 12/21/1999

Has the look and feel of an independent film. Filmed on location in New York and featuring some white actors who can actually act. But besides that, it's all pretty run-of-the-mill, intent on being downbeat.


Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

One of the eeriest films I have ever seen. The movie felt really strange from beginning to end, mixing a few seems-like-American along with Chinese-but-not-so-Chinese elements, didn't feel like I was watching a movie from HK, nor one from the US. Bizarre, chilly, queer, weird, bewildering, need I say more? Anita Yuen goes all the way from HK to NY to find her seems-like-but-not-quite-boyfriend, only to find out he's a drugdealer. Not recommended except for diehard Anita fans like myself.

(1.5/5)



[Reviewed by Brandon S. Ou]


Reviewed by: spinali
Date: 12/08/1999
Summary: NULL

Benny (Simon Yam) has been using Mo Yung (Anita Yuen), hisunsuspecting "girlfriend" from HK, to smuggle drugs to him in America. She pursues him to NY, discovers his game, and finally gets pushed onto the subway tracks by a roving maniac. Lindsay Chan plays Yuen's confidante. A real depresso-fest, directed by Evans Chan.

(1.5/4)



[Reviewed by Steve Spinali]

Reviewer Score: 3