Xin buliao qing (C'est la vie, mon chéri) (1994)

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Hong Kong filmmaker Derek Yee's highly lauded and sentimental tearjerker swept the 1993 Hong Kong Film Awards and was warmly embraced by audiences due to its well-developed characters and exceptional performances. Anita Yuen stands out as Min, an ebullient young woman who came from a street-singing family and now lives in a broken-down apartment house. Her upstairs neighbor is Kit (Lau Ching-wan), an aspiring songwriter who has just broken up with his fiancée, a successful singer (Carina Lau). Kit knows that his perky downstairs neighbor has the charisma and talent necessary to become a star herself; he is re-energized by the prospect of shepherding her career and begins falling in love with her. Unfortunately, Min's childhood bone cancer -- which had been in complete remission for a decade -- returns and she soon finds her declining health sapping most of her excitement for both life and her career. Kit devotes himself entirely to getting Min back on her feet, setting the stage for the obligatory weepy denouement. Despite its "Disease of the Week" story line, Yee (who also wrote the screenplay) never allows his film to become trite or maudlin, and his strong cast (notably Yuen and Lau, Hong Kong's Best Actress and Actor winners of 1993 for their performances) never overplay the material. Paul Chun and Petrina Fung took home awards in the supporting categories, ably backed up by Carrie Ng, Sylvia Chang, and Jamie Luk. Herman Yau appears in a cameo. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi
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Art House & International , Drama , Romance
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Carrie Ng
as Ling
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An incredible love story of endless love, a songwriter (Kit) who is struggling through life with the troubles that tear at the soul of most me, after breaking up with a star singer (Tracy), with little money to his name he moves into a rundown building, living above a incredibly perky young lady (Min). Min will stop at nothing to get Kit out of his shell. Min's family are street singers and, as Kit soon surmises, the girl has great potential to move beyond this modest existence and into the recording industry. Transformed by his exposure to Min, Kit makes plans with her to start a career, but the unimaginable happens: After over ten years of perfect health, the bone cancer Min experienced as a child has returned. The willpower and zest for living which has helped keep Min alive for this long quickly extinguishes, and it is up to Kit to help her try and regain it. I warn you this is a Tear Jerker. I can give it no less then 4 1/2 stars. .

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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The film examines the theme of death's reflective influence on life. If death is known and always kept aware of as inescapable, everyting in life will be fused with interest and gratitude. But this film fails to delve into this serious question deeper, only remaining in the surface of a cliched love story. Also, Yee tries to set the contrast of modernity and tradition in Hong Kong by foregrounding the musical performance, the pop highly commercialized and the Yue opera innocent but incapable of keeping track of the modern tempo. But this theme also fails to develop fully and all ends up with only a star-crossed love story.

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