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All About Ah Long Reviews

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½ December 11, 2015
It's kind of normal in terms of the story, but the director's ability makes it much more. This is an early work by Johnny To, much before he establishes his style in gangster movies, but his direction is already profound and delicate. Chow Yun-Fat, I think, does much better in the role of this kind of an unsuccessful man who made a big mistake in his past. Sylvia Chang does an excellent job as a mother who meets her son for the first time in ten years after she gave him birth. The child actor is good, and Man-Tat Ng is shining in a supporting role as always.
½ September 8, 2015
Nominé neuf fois aux 9e Hong Kong Film Awards, All About Ah Long est un mélodrame familial de Johnnie To, contant l'histoire d'un père célibataire qui voit revenir la mère de son fils dans sa vie. Si l'on attendait absolument pas le réalisateur sur ce terrain-là, force est de constater qu'il se débrouille plutôt bien dans les séquences légères, là où il a franchement la main lourde quand il s'agit d'être émotif. Chow-Yun Fat et Sylvia Chang sont excellents, tandis que la musique de Lo Ta-Yu est datée mais adéquate. All About Ah Long n'est heureusement pas trop long et reste un film sympathique à défaut d'être inoubliable.
½ August 5, 2014
A heartbreaking story.

Twenty years later, this story is still in my heart and the songs still pull my heartstrings. One of the best performances by Chow Yun-Fat.
March 2, 2013
This "Love Story" is probably Johnnie To's masterpiece. The portray of HK in the 90's is great and the casting is amazing. This is Chow Yun-Fat best flick along side Hard Boiled. The script is very powerful. This truly shows the good versatility of To. A must see if you want to truly know Johnnie To and Chow Yun-Fat work.
December 7, 2012
Uneven and over-the-top "All about Ah Long" is a culture specific romance picture that may not resonate with non-Chinese audiences. The leads (Chow Yun-fat and Sylvia Chang) are fine but the script is hard to swallow if you're from a culture that treats domestic violence as irreconcilable.
August 5, 2011
An excellent drama with parallels similar to Kramer vs. Kramer. A father's ex-girlfriend returns after 10 years, with intent to take their son away. He must decide what is best for his son or his own happiness.

Masterful acting, even from the child actor. Chow Yun Fat and Sylvia Chang are great too, their characters have a history and they are fueled by back story and prior history.

One of the best Hong Kong movies, the one that made Chow Yun Fat a star in Taiwan.
April 20, 2011
good movie but did not like the ending
½ November 6, 2009
This movie got me bored most of the time, ah not to mention a contrived tragic finale ba!
May 16, 2009
great casting and great music indeeed....80's Hong Kong Classic Movie. MUST watch!!!
½ March 2, 2009
Extremely good drama, great acting and a very touching story.
½ January 1, 2009
A classic one for both HK Cinema & Chow Yun-Fat himself.
½ August 2, 2008
I Like Chow Yun-Fatt The BEST In This Movie! COOL!
½ July 30, 2008
Nice drama and touching story that melt your heart....
The ending is a classic....
Heartbreaking performance!!!
July 20, 2008
you know you can never forget the old time...
July 5, 2008
Compared with Chow's another famous early film "An Autumn Tale," Ah-Long boasts for its more delicate narrative and deeper characterization. "An Autumn Tale" shows a diasporic love story in US, but it fails to tackle further with the cultural and race issue, as "Tian mi mi" successfully manages. When watching Ah-Long, I proposed two possible approaches which could lead this film out of cliche. First, father stands for local love while mother stands for foreign money. The child's choice is emblamatic of Hong Kong's dillema between its motherland and colonizer. Second, arranging a tragic ending to break the happy ending mode to show a sacrifice has to be made between the two. Johnny To does not develop the first, but does the second, which breaks the convention and makes this film stand out of the Hong Kong New Wave.
½ June 1, 2008
Definitely an must see drama! You will shed tears!
½ May 19, 2008
One of the best from Chow Yun Fatt. He is just too cool especially the scene he cut his hair and enter the circuit once again! Great story, great casting and great music. Must WATCH!
½ March 6, 2008
Another "don't miss" of Yun-fat Chow. Very good story of a father and a son, although the ending is quite sad. The performance of the child in this film is excellent.
February 11, 2008
M-D_Diamond & Hand woven, silk rug
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